No love for the Snoopy Express? As a native Sanduskian, you definitely have it right with Millenium Force as number 1. I always got wary to ride Top Thrill when I would see the entire bloody ride blowing in the wind.
This is definitely where I parked my car.
You ever see it not make it over and have the train come back down backwards?
(I'm still pissed off at cedar point for doing away with the pirate ride)
PG <3 PG
All the time. It was a normal occurrence when the ride first debuted.
I actually liked the Pirate ride, as well. I was more disappointed about them giving the canoe ride the boot.
You ever see it not make it over and have the train come back down backwards?
All the time. It was a normal occurrence when the ride first debuted.
Sure you guys aren't talking about Maverick? Millennium Force has a cable-lift so it shouldn't ever stall or roll-back, whereas Maverick has a LIM launch which is susceptible to stalls and rollbacks if wind speed increases after the computer has calculated the launch velocity.
Shandy is not beer
We were referring to the Dragster.
My bad - totally missed that when I first read your comment.
The elusive rollback is the only reason I ride TTD anymore.
I worked there briefly the year it opened and that thing was coming back down a lot.
Being in the Navy, I had the chance to ride a few rollercoasters outside of the US. But for me, the best (and certainly the coolest) is the coaster at the top of the Stratosphere Tower hotel in Vegas. It's a coaster, and a pretty cool one at that... and it sits on top of the 1100 foot Tower! It actually hangs over the edge of the building at certain points. Check it out:
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No love for the Mine Ride? Or the Gemini? What kid didn't choose a color (better have been red if from Ohio) and want to destroy the other coaster in a race to the finish?
You win with people.
I was thinking that the Mine Ride would challenge for the #31 spot. The skeleton train through the park is more exciting than that snoozer.
Yea I was kidding about the Mine Ride. I thought it was a shoo-in for #31
I fell for the joke, just like I always fall for the stupid fake little hill at the beginning of the stupid Mine Ride.
I've never met anyone over the age of 12 who left the Mean Streak without feeling pain
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Corkscrew, as well.
I remember the corkscrew was bad about beating one's head against the restraint bar while going through the spiral.
And to hell with the mean streak. Falling down concrete steps is more pleasant.
I can't believe I forgot about the Blue Streak. My friends and I would always loosen our seatbelts and see how close we could come to having gravity eject us from the ride. They changed the restraint bar recently, to our disappointment. Definitely was the least safe roller coaster at the park for a while.
Yeah, and I remember the very last car felt very loose on the track.
I was on power tower with my brothers in law a few years ago and while being shot up one of them reached over and unbuckled the other one's strap that buckles to the bottom of the bar. He completely freaked out. It was great.
If there was anything that gave me a sense of existential anxiety it was the near vertigo I would get from the Power Tower and the Space Needle. Not a fan of non-roller coaster rides.
This is the only reason blue streak is rideable, but it makes it so so worth it.
Ezekiel Elliott...And He's got an opening! Elliott! Can they catch him? No they can't.
No kidding, how many concussions do you think that ride caused?
How it isn't at #31 in its current condition is beyond me. It needs some RMC love and care.
It's a company that makes wooden coasters to steel see the new Texas giant. I feel a sense of sarcasm thought with his comment though could be wrong
No, no sarcasm intended. I don't have a problem with the rough coasters, but the Mean Streak was absolutely unbearable last time I rode it. With all the good things that I've heard about the Rocky Mountain coasters, it's about the only thing they could do to it that would make me want to ride it again.
I am curious of other people's opinions of Vortex if in my height range (6'4")... it is completely painful! Still ride it everytime... but it hurts like hell!
July 25th is BeatTTUN day at Cedar Point
Looking forward to riding all the coasters
Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan
Both parks are featuring big discounts for active and retired military members over Memorial Day Weekend.
"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott
I know Cedar Point does 50% off up to 6 tickets with an active duty ID. I hope they take my reserve ID as well.
Fact: Millennium Force is still the greatest coaster on the planet 15 years after it first opened.
I haven't been to Kings Island in years, but is Flight of Fear still a thing? That one was baller as hell.
When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.
It is still a thing, yes. It's rough and the cars feel cramped for leg room (I'm 6'). We skip it when we visit KI.
Used to love that ride but last few times I rode it, it wasn't nearly as dark in the building as I remember. Made the ride a lot less fun.
Yeah it's still there but if LIM launches are your thing you should try Maverick in CP, it has 2 separate LIM launches.
That and firehawk are both great. Legitimately surprised firehawk wasn't on here.
It is, but they took some MPHs off the start. Rode it with my gf in the fall during Fear Fest, cause #nostalgia. Walking into the loading area was a trip down memory lane, it screams Original 90s X-Files.
Love you more, JW. 1/16/71-9/23/12
I hate rollercoasters and just threw up. Won't read. 0/10.
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Watching your kind at the park was always funny. Evolution has caused northern Ohians to have titanium stomachs the past few decades.
Is the witch's wheel still there? I can't do that one any more.
Pretty sure it is, I haven't been back to the park in a few years. That was always the KO for the first timers.
Watching your kind at the park was always funny.
Can we expect a small rant in the next SS?
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
Get well soon Mrs.Naut 6-0 > 3-6.
Undoubtedly set to a Bee Gees sound track...
The "roller coaster as life" metaphor is so apt and obvious that it has long been a pale cliche. Still, the parallels remain. The whole experience is dominated by tedium. You will spend a considerable amount of time confined with screaming children and unpleasant odors. There will be pain, and quite possibly disappointment. The air of catastrophe lingers over the entire enterprise. But. There is always anticipation, and there are thrills. I am wary of all those who disdain roller coasters, as these are the same who shrink from the messiness of life and real experience and would rather spend those few days allotted them on the uncomfortable bench beside the coaster, eating fried dough, and mocking those who ride.
I agree with the Millennium being #1. I'd have to say the new Valravn at CP is now a close #2. I can't believe the Gatekeeper at CP didn't make this list. It would be top 5 easily for me. I'm not a fan of any wooden coaster. Maybe when I was 18, but now that I'm in my 40's, I need a smooth, steel coaster for me to enjoy it.
Excited to ride Valravn this year. I like Gatekeeper but I need to ride it again to get a better feel.
I got to ride the Valravn at OSU Day at CP on May 6th. The first drop was amazing. You literally go straight down after hanging over the edge for a few seconds. It's also a very smooth ride and you are harnessed in very well.
The nice thing about CP on OSU day, the park is like 25-33% full, so it only took about a 45 minute wait in line. Not bad for a new coaster.
Did you see the line when they opened the gates at 7pm for season-pass holders? Line went from 45min to 3+hrs in about 5 minutes. We got in line at 6:30. When we got off, there were people in line who still hadn't made it to the turnstiles who had already been waiting an hour.
Yes, I did. That was the first time that happened on OSU Day. The last few years, it was even easier to get on rides after dark as most families had left the park. But they didn't open the park to season pass folks previously. We luckily did the MF & Valravn prior to the season pass holders showing up, so we only waited 30 min for the MF & 45 for the Valravn. The Dragster didn't open until late because they hadn't tested it thoroughly enough that week due to the weather. The lines got out of hand quickly, so we skipped it this year as we couldn't stay very late (Little league games in Pickerington the next morning).
Gatekeeper grew on me this year. I was EH at first, but after riding everything else, it is a fantastic ride and needs to be experienced in the front seat.
Also magnum and mean streak are not top 10 coasters, I get the nostalgia of them but they are in no way better than the Gatekeeper. Means treat needs to be torn down. I basically piss blood every time I get off that thing
I consider KI my 'home' park. I've not been to CP in...30yrs (or so). We're going to go to CP this summer, looking forward to riding coasters that are 'new' to me, especially Valravn.
I've been to CP more times than I've been to KI. I'm originally from the Cleveland area but now live in Cbus. But I was just at KI about 4 years ago and have been to CP the last 3 years for OSU day. if you like coasters, you're going to love CP. KI is a "cleaner" park, but not quite the coaster park that CP is.
My memory as a child was that CP has more rides, but KI had better rides. That could have been because I wasn't able to ride all of the rides at the time because of my age/height.
(to clarify, just that top-to-bottom KI had more quality - CP may have a better overall coaster, but the worst as KI was better than the worst at CP)
I've never understood the 'holy war' between the parks, especailly from folks living in CBus...they're pretty much the same distance from here, go to both and enjoy the rides!
For myself, I prefer CP. CP has better and more coasters in my opinion. But I think KI is the better park to take little kids to. Especially kids that are too small for the big coasters.
KI is a lot closer to you if you live in Columbus. The drive to CP sucks.
I live on the far north side. CP is ~30min longer drive.
My memory as a child was that CP has more rides, but KI had better rides.
KI definitely trumps CP when it comes to kiddie rides (not to mention a much better layout for them, with all the kiddie rides grouped together vs spread-out like CP) but when it comes to regular rides CP takes the prize.
Agree. Gatekeeper is top 5. Especially if you get the very front-right seat (long hang time with nothing under you as it slowly inverts over the first hill).
Valravn is definitely top 5 but I still put MF at #1. Maverick and Magnum are both overrated IMO.
Beast is still a classic and has to be the smoothest *wooden* coaster out there. It's definitely not smooth, but compared to most other wooden (and slower) rides, it's glass.
Maverick > Magnum but both are great
Ride Magnum while sitting in Car 1, seat 3 - the amount air you'll catch in that seat is incredible! When riding in that seat I give Magnum the nod over maverick -- but if sitting anywhere else then Maverick is better...
Talking Cedar Point is always great conversation, thanks for the fine prose Andrew!
Cedar Point is just one of the things that us Ohioans are blessed to be able to enjoy with minimal drive time but it's right up there near the top of the list for me!
Millennium Force @ #1, absolutely correct!! The first hill and the view of the lake is a great combination and this thing just screams all the way through, from the second you leave the station to coming around that last turn at the very end of the ride!!
Top Fuel is such an adrenaline rush and even though it's a much shorter ride compared to other coasters, that feeling you get when you get to the top and make that hairpin turn and then twist and start to descend back to the ground is just incredible!!
Miss me some Demon Drop though! Makes me want to purchase a couple of tickets and hit the road this weekend!!
"Defiance in Silence"
I waited almost three hours to ride the Demon Drop when it first opened.
I waited about the same with my sister, not too long after it opened. Back in those days between waiting in line and trying to get food, you only got like 5-6 rides in before you had to go home.
It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.
It used to scare the bejesus out of me but isn't that the (Cedar) point?!
Here's a fun fact for your Thursday morning FP:
The Demon Drop has been moved to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. It was previously located at Cedar Point, Dorney's sister park, before being relocated to Dorney Park for the 2010 season. It is currently one of the oldest operating of its kind in the world.
Miss me some Demon Drop though!
Drop Zone (KI) and Power Tower (CP) kick Demon Drop's ass
Demon Drop goes way back so I'd definitely agree that they've improved these types of rides since Demon Drop was introduced.
I've never ridden Drop Zone but Power Tower is an excellent upgrade to Demon Drop, whether you're going up or down and Giant Drop at Six Flags gives you a great ride too if you're into that type of adrenaline rush!!
Rode that once. Never again. I'm not a fan of everyone in the park hearing my heart beat.
CP is the greatest. Been going every 3-5 of July from Texas since '02. Highlight of my summer every year.
Anyone had a chance to ride Valravn yet? I'm hoping to check it out this summer.
Also, I'm a fan of Firehawk at KI. The first turnover/drop is unique. Also Gatekeeper is a pretty nice ride.
Rode it during OSU day (May 6th)...amazing, one of my favorite rides in the park. The view before the drop is incredible. Interesting trains too, only 3 rows, but they go 8 across.
Road the MF the summer it came out, somehow it was late in the evening and a hard rain had come through. No one was really left in the park, my friend and I walked up to the gate, no wait, first car. We rode it about 5 times that night. Best coaster ever imho.
So awesome - lots of great memories, love that ride.
Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!
It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.
When I think back on it now, it is even more crazy to me. It was like we had the run of the park for like 2 hours. No one was around, I think people gave up and went home. We were staying overnight and went back the next day, the only one with a decent line was The Magnum. I think we covered every big time ride available at the time. Since we were freshmen in college, we then went and got loaded, great day/night, not so great next morning.
After the night of drinking I wouldn't have been able to keep my cookies down if I had gone to the park the next day.
Just one of the many reasons I miss OHIO year after year.
I know the ride it self is kinda out dated but the backwards racer should of gotten a shoutout for its historic relevance and uniqueness.
That was my first coaster ever. I loved the backwards racer.
RIP Backwards Racer (damn you Cedar Fair!)
I realize there's some sentiment with Beast and Magnum, but I'm not a fan of rides that cause physical pain. Millenium at #1 is dead on, but I have Maverick #2 and it isn't close (I have yet to experience the new CP ride or Gatekeeper).
Most coasters, and The Beast is no exception, the ride changes depending on where you sit in the train. Over the wheels is usually the roughest ride on The Beast. Very last row has a cool experience for the first drop, then beast the hell out of you. The front car is usually the best ride.
Vortex - front seat of last car.
Banshee - front row or back row. Front gives the amazing view during the ride, back is a more intense ride.
Diamondback - really can't go wrong anywhere on the train, but I still prefer the extreme ends of the train (similar reasons as Banshee)
Car 1, seat 3 on the Magnum is known as the "ejector seat" (for good reason) you will get stupid amounts of air on those gravity hills. I like the leave as much space between my legs and the lapbar as possible and I damn near floated out of my seat (seriously, my kneecaps were directly under the bar) I had to actually push it down mid way through the gravity hills.
I've found that the first row of the last car on Magnum really allows you to brace your knees well for the bunny hills coming back. While I love the ride and layout of Maverick, any seat but the very front is extremely painful on my shoulders. The roughness of the Beast is why I love it, even though brakes have severely neutered it over the last 20 years.
The Magnum is awful. NO WAY it belongs on any list ahead of the Diamondback.
Firehawk at King's Island is a pretty cool experience. Feels like you're flying
Pretty sure that one was taken from Geauga Lake when they closed that park. It's fun. But I'd apprecuate a longer ride.
I hate the offseason.
It is...I find the restaints painful, though, so I got my one ride to say I did it and never went back for another.
#1 for me: The Beast. At night. In total darkness.
Back in the 80's, before they added all those damn trim breaks (and seat belts) I managed to catch the last train for the night. As we were coming back into the station one of the attendants asked if we wanted to ride again - of course we did! They let our train roll straight through the station w/o touching the breaks -- it was bloody awesome!
Diamond Back is also really fun at night, the back section of the track has no lights so you can't see what's coming. Still not quite as fun as The Beast in the dark though...
Haven't been to King's island for awhile (going this summer tho)....but really, not many better ways to while away some time in the summer with the family than a trip to Cedar Point. Days like those help get me through June- August until football season. Thanks for the good reviews.
Ohio is #12 in tourism in the nation according to business insider. Not bad.
Really? Thats actually pretty interesting.
#12 seems sort of low but who am I to argue?!
Oh, who am I kidding...
Ohio is #12 in tourism in the nation according to business insider to this Buckeyes fan!!
Magnum above the Maverick? No chance. Also, the Mean Streak is awful.
I don't always talk to Xichigan graduates, but when I do, I ask for large fries
Adventure express is the old Indian Jones ride hence the design... I definitely have to agree with millennium #1 but maverick and gatekeeper are definitely 2 and 3.. Fire hawk was great at six flags(xflight) when it opened up..
Magnum just has a special place in my heart. <3
I'm glad I got to ride the Son of Beast and didn't die before it got shut down.
I totally missed riding it. I went the year before it opened, then didn't get to go back until the end of Banshee's first year. I know it was a rough ride and it has a bad reputation, but still wish I could have checked that one off the list.
It was really fun - I first rode it the day after I had my wisdom teeth removed, wasn't the smartest decision I ever made...
The manta at seworld is my favorite. My favorite ride at kings island is Delerium. Love this ride but makes me sick every time.
Manta is awesome, much better than Firehawk. It's how flying coaster should be done...
Need to remind people about Ohio State Alumni day at Cedar Point. It's usually the day before public opening day and is restricted to OSU alumni (+family/friends). So the park is nearly empty compared with typical weekend crowds. They ballparked 10k people this year, compared to a typical summer weekend that gets 30-50k.
Top Thrill is a great ride, but I've never waited more than 30 minutes for it (except for its opening season). It's not worth more than 30min wait. And it seems to close 5 or 6 times a day due to wind or issues.
Go during special CP days or during the week (Mondays after holiday weekends are *dead*) and you won't have to wait more than 15 min for anything!
When you grow up in Chicago, you go to Six Flags lol...I went there once and luckily avoided having to ride anything. When I was in college I went to Kings Island and overcame my fears...I rode Vortex, Firehawk, and the Racer. I don't think I can lend much to this conversation haha
He ain't even stretch doe!!
Six Flags in Chicago sucks
Six Flags sucks in general.
Six Flags has some decent coasters but it doesn't compare to Cedar Point. I'd highly recommend Raging Bull and Superman and if you like the wooden type coasters, The Viper does not disappoint!
Growing up in Ohio and then moving to Chicago, I've experienced both and would take CP over SF any day of the week but when you can't get to Ohio, Six Flags is not a bad second choice.
Agreed. Viper and Raging Bull were really good. Raging Bull is my favorite drop on a B&M hyper.
Without a doubt Millennium Force is the best coaster I have ever been on. I have easily been on 50 different roller coasters(CP, six flags great adventure and new england, kings island, busch gardens VA & Tampa, Knotts berry farm). Nothing compares to Millennium Force. It is a perfect roller coaster.
All roads lead back to Columbus
Have heard good things about Knotts Berry.
KBF is a great place to go with some great rides.
Knotts Berry is an excellent park. I don't want to use underrated, I feel like it is more under appreciated
The first inverted coaster i ever rode was at KBF. Montezumas Revenge. And that was really my first experience with coasters as that was the first year I was tall enough to ride the big rides, and I've been hooked ever since. I've been trying to hit different parks every year to see what else is out there. I'm going to hit Holiday World in Indiana this year. They have a couple of fun looking coasters there.
The only thing that I've ridden that's close is Superman at SFNE. If that had had the T-bar restraints instead of the U-shaped bar, it might be close to edging it out. Superman is a great coaster with an excellent layout.
Great write up Andrew.
I rode The Beast in it's inaugural season at KI. Besides the Matterhorn at Disney Land (I was 4 and it hardly counts as a coaster), Beast was the first roller coaster I ever rode. It ruined me on everything else, and it will always remain #1 for me. The combination of high speed, being close to the ground and in trees, and the periodic darkness of tunnels is hard to match. The newer coasters are impressive in the speeds, angles and dangles, but there is something unique in an all-wooden coaster, with no safety rollers on the cars to keep you on the track.
I highly recommend checking out Busch Gardens Williamsburg. the Loch Ness Monster and Alpengeist were cutting edge when they were built, and well worth the trip. As a pilot, Alpengeist is about the closest you can get to flying in a military aircraft performing maneuvers like a barrel roll, aileron roll, Split S and an Immelmann.
+1 for Alpengeist. Probably the smoothest coaster I've ever ridden.
Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.
Thanks - back at ya. It's pretty incredibly at night.
Love Alpengeist, although I found it to be a little rougher than other inverts I've ridden. Fantastic theming and just some monster elements. I especially love the dive into the shack after the mid-course brakes. Have you been to Busch Gardens Tampa, Navy? Montu is their invert, and it is my personal favorite invert. Great pacing, great trench runs/feet choppers, and good theming. It was also my 100th coaster, so I'm a little partial to it, haha.
I haven't been to Tampa, bu it's on the list. I've loved inverted coasters ever since the original Bat at KI. I'll have to give Montu a try.
Have ridden Banshee at Kings Island? Longest inverted coaster in the world
Not yet. Plan to this summer.
I actually liked Son of Beast when I rode it. I believe that was before they removed the loop.
Son of Beast (pre-loop removal) was a great coaster! Still pissed they tore it down
You forgot the SeaDragon at the Zoo, the oldest functioning roller coaster in Ohio. Also, there's Stricker's Grove in Ross County that has two coasters. And don't forget the Python at Coney Island in Cinci. I'm disappointed that you didn't include these 4 in your count of coasters.
Adventure Express was my first roller coaster! Holds a special place in my heart. And here's Andrew, throwin' shade.. The Racer was another of my childhood favorites. My cousin and I rode it 31 times one afternoon just because there was literally never a wait. I am also one of the ones who got to ride Son of Beast with the loop. Very cool coaster!
Do you guys remember the King Cobra at KI? The stand-up coaster?
lol I was just getting ready to mention King Cobra. Green and yellow with the one loop I believe.
Yeah, just the one loop, it was fun but really short
That's right! I rode it a few times before it was taken down. What's there now? That swinging pendulum thing?
I believe it was located somewhere between Delirium (giant frisbee) and Invertigo
And very painful. That little bicycle seat thing you had to kind of straddle was not comfortable. I remember thinking about how short the ride was, but was thankful I didn't have to endure the crotch pain any longer.
Don't ride Rougarou (formerly known as Mantis) in Cedar Point - it's like King Cobra on steroids
But it's no longer a stander so.....
You waited too long to ride a coaster, man! My first one ever: Scooby Zoom. Solid ride. They even send you around multiple times.
The next step up was the Beastie.
A nice pass-the-time activity of waiting in line is examining all the different paint layers on the Beastie to see if you can figure out what the ride was called with that particular color. You can see The Fairly Odd Coaster paint under the Woodstock Express paint, and sometimes the Beastie paint is coming through the Odd Coaster paint, and whatever it was before that...Scooby something? That coaster holds a special place in my heart, because that was the first coaster I rode with my Dad, and the first coaster I took my kids on.
It'll always be the Beastie to me.
and whatever it was before that...Scooby something?
Yes, in fact, it was the Scoobie Doo roller coaster when the park was owned by Taft Broadcasting and that section was known as the Happy Land of Hannah Barbera. The bumper cars were Flintstones themed, they had a Jetsons ride, etc. and you would see H-B characters roaming around.
As a youngster growing up in Ohio, nothing beat a trip to KI for Hanna Barbera Land and the Scooby Doo roller coaster. I couldn't wait until I was tall enough to ride the Racer.
I have yet to ride Valravn, but I fully expect it to fight Diamond Back for third place
Didn't there used to be a park in southwest Ohio called Americana? I vaguely remember it growing up.
Yes, in Middletown. It used to be called LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park, opened in the '20s and closed in 2002
That place is still sitting there. Abandoned. Sad.
And Fantasy Farm was right across the road, right? Didn't they have one of those gondola rides across the park, and one fell or something? Can't remember if that was Americana, Fantasy Farm, or Kings Island.
Although it wasn't the most exciting, my first looping roller coaster experience was standing-up on King Cobra at King's Island, like was mentioned, above. They demolished it a while back to build one of those damn slingshot things.
Prior to the King Cobra, the only loop we had was the Screamin' Demon. Pushed you off the ledge into a loop and up to the other side, before sending you back through it backwards. Short, but sweet.
The totally half-hearted, "woo..." in response to being asked how their ride on the Adventure Express was (at the very end of the video) is hilarious.
and that half hearted 'woo' still happens to this very day
Gotta go with:
2. Magnum XL-200 (ride in the very next-to-last seat that's not over a wheel = not as rough)
4. Millennium Force
5. The Beast (at night)
6. Top Thrill Dragster
10. Wicked Twister?
Haven't been to King's Island in a good while (maybe 2009?) and last time at Cedar Point was 2009 so I haven't ridden Banshee, Gatekeeper, or Valravn which would all be top 7 I'm sure.
Moved down to SC two years back... anyone here ridden Fury 325 at Carowinds? Best rollercoaster by far I've ever ridden and frankly craps all over Millennium Force.
Magnum over Millennium Force?! What the actual hell??
I know, I know...
Actually, I don't know. I'm a big airtime (weightlessness) guy and Millennium Force just doesn't have much of it. It's a fun ride, but the intensity just isn't there. It's all about the visuals and the speed mainly. When I first rode it as a 10 year old when it opened I thought it was the greatest thing on earth, but idk... I feel it's a little overrated I guess?
Magnum certainly delivers more airtime (particularly in the "ejector seat") but Millie destroys Magnum in the speed (93mph vs 72mph) and height (310ft @ 80degrees vs 205ft @ 60 degrees) categories.
Yeah, rode it last summer. Frankly, wasn't expecting much since they already had I-232, but man was it intense! Surprised me for sure. Not as good as Millie in my opinion, but definitely one of the best of the B&M speed coasters.
Are you me? This is basically my list for Ohio coasters, although I think I'd have Raptor at #6. I'm with you 100% on Fury. I grew up near CP, but moved down to the Charlotte area for work. I was absolutely blown away by the Fury. It is my favorite coaster and it's not even that close. It made me feel like a kid again.
Anyone remember The Bat?
Yeah, I always point out the remnants of it to my kids while waiting in line for Vortex. They stole a little bit of the idea for Top Gun from The Bat. Never got to ride The Bat. It was always broken down every time I was there.
The first suspended coaster. Back when the ads for KI talked about "Beasts, Bats and Demons." You can see the Vortex under construction in this video.
News to me, but they changed the name of Top Gun to The Bat a few years ago. This is just Top Gun. That's Banshee that you see in the background. Here's is a 1981 pov.
Btw, Navy, since you mentioned Busch Gardens Williamsburg, you ever ride Big Bad Wolf? That drop over the river was awesome!
Thanks for that trip down memory lane. I'd forgotten how much that ride rattled and sounded like it was going to fly apart...
The violent rocking/swinging action of the cars was it's ultimate undoing - too much horizontal stress on the tracks
Thanks for the correction, CPFanatik. And, yes I have ridden Big Bad Wolf. Great coaster. I found another video of the original Bat. I remember getting off one time and the ride closing shortly after because the entire train fell off the rails in the station house.
This video is what is currently called The Bat (previously Flight Deck, previously Top Gun). The Vortex is not under construction in this video, which would be a very neat trick since I don't think we had 480p quality video back then plus Vortex currently sits where the The Bat (the original) was (hence the styling of the station house).
The ride you're seeing in the background is Banshee.
Thanks for the correction.
Scared shitless of rollercoasters. It pains me to admit this, but if it was between wearing a Michigan shirt and riding a rollercoaster....
Replace the Mean Streak with the Rougarou and it's a pretty solid list.
Look at the clock. _ichigan still sucks.
Both are horrible rides lol. I've never been on a less enthusiastic ride than when we went on rougaro. Everyone was dead silent, not a single laugh or scream from the entire train, it was actually funny. They can tear that and mean streak down for new ones imo.
This is going to be very unpopular but The Magnum could fall into Lake Erie for all I care I've never gotten off that ride without a nasty headache or a knee beat to hell I would rather ride the 1960's blue streak before that evil thing and Raptor is vastly overrated.... just gets old really fast. The Gatekeeper being excluded is a real head scratcher and I would imagine the Valravn or whatever its being called might jump in on the action as well. Being stuck on top of the tallest hill of The Beast not once but twice lol yeah that was quite entertaining and it was hard not to get off the Vortex and march right back in line to do it all over again back in the 90's. I know it doesn't own any records but The Maverick is just a special coaster and deserves a little more love than it gets but #4 is pretty good so props for that. Probably going to be awhile before something overtakes Millennium Force.
Maverick would have a higher ranking if they hadn't removed the heartline roll and replaced it with a boring s-curve
You are 100% right QuadCities... I agree with both of those comments!
Get off Magnum and it's, "That was fun let's go ride Blue Streak."
Get off Blue Streak and it's, "Let's do that again."
It's a bit of a trek from Magnum to Blue Streak
Well it work's for Gemini as well and it isn't like there aren't things to ride between Magnum and Blue Streak.
Don't get me wrong. Magnum is quite a ride but it is also a one or two and done for the day with it. I haven't ridden it since my younger and fitter days and it would do bad things to my neck.
I could just never get out of my seat on Blue Streak or Gemini.
The Beast is like an old classic movie with no CGI that should never, ever get re-made. What an amazing roller coaster.
how is magnum checking in ahead of Dragster, Raptor or Maverick?
Top Thrill Dragster is overrated IMHO - stupidly long line for a ridiculously short ride
Fast Pass. makes it worth it.
Not really, I still had to wait over an hour WITH Fast Lane Plus (regular Fast Lane doesn't work on TDD, GateKeeper, Valravn or Maverick)
Gemini is always going to be a top coaster for me. Nothing is funnier than grabbing some poor saps hand while you are going around the turns. The petrified OH SHIT look is always priceless. Also the "head choppers" on the first and second drops got me everytime.
Michigan and Ohio once fought over Toledo. Ohio Lost
The Beast is great but rattles your brain like a paint mixer.
I've always enjoyed the wooden coasters of Mean Streak and Mean Streak. I haven't been beat up too bad by them. Just find a patsy to ride with and cushion the blows. And I love the aesthetics of a wood coaster. Just friggin' awesome to look at! But MF and Raptor are my favorites since I haven't rode a coaster in about 8 years and have never been to KI. Pretty nostalgic article though.
"Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain."
A few thoughts of my own on the coaster issue:
1. Millennium Force is the best I've been on (over 150 in the eastern US). Love that ride. Went to a coaster event in '02 where we got to ride it after the park closed down until 1am. The last 10 minutes or so, they shut down the lights that illuminate the side of it. This was before the horrible spot lights of TTD, so it was absolutely pitch black out on the island. Best roller coaster ride of my life.
2. For many years, I had an "Ohio has the best hands down" attitude, but the more I've travelled, the more I see that while we have some great rides (and even some of the best imo), there are some really great rides out there. Superman at Six Flags New England, Dueling Dragons (before they didn't let you duel anymore), and Intimidator 305 are all great steel coasters that are up there on my list. El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Thunderhead, and The Voyage are all better than the best wooden coaster you'll find in Ohio, which to me is the Beast. While I absolutely love the Beast, it just isn't the same coaster with all the brakes on it. If they ran it without brakes, it would shoot back up my list.
3. We lost some good ones when Geauga Lake closed down. Dominator (now at King's Dominion) and Big Dipper (RIP) were two of my favorites.
4. Give me Blue Streak over the Mean Streak any day. Blue Streak has great airtime along with some old time roughness, but is very re-ridable.
While I absolutely love the Beast, it just isn't the same coaster with all the brakes on it. If they ran it without brakes, it would shoot back up my list.
Yes they really neutered The Beast when they installed those additional trim breaks, but it was either add breaks or end up rebuilding the damn thing when it tears itself apart as the wood ages. Fun little fact: The Beast was designed and built in-house by Kings Island's maintenance department.
Yeah, I know, it just sucks having ridden it before it was tamed. Still a fun ride, but just a shadow of its former self, imo.
I've heard nothing but great things about Intimidator 305 and El Toro. Always find those two in top 5-10 lists. The airtime on the latter is supposedly insane, and Intimidator 305 is basically a hybrid of Millennium Force and Maverick so it's hard to go wrong there. Haven't been to Kings Dominion in years...
Not sure how many people on here know what this mean, but Mean Streak needs to get the RMC treatment fast. That would be pretty sweet.
El Toro is the only airtime coaster I've been on where I was glad the lap bar was stapled to my legs. I rode it opening season, not really knowing what to expect, and wow! Completely blew me away. Not to mention the first drop has a great head-chopper.
RMC topper is the only way I'll probably ever ride Mean Streak again. I agree. Haven't ridden one yet (Iron Rattler, NTG, and Lightening Rod this summer!), but I've heard nothing but rave reviews.
Can anyone tell me of some good hotels near Cedar Point and some other stuff to do in that area after Cedar Point? Looking to go this summer for the first time, and I live in cinci. Thanks!
Consider staying at the park. The hotels aren't really anything great & they are a bit overpriced, but they do allow you early access before the general public.
And a side trip to Tofts is always part of my experience. They have Tofts in CP, but it's not nearly the same.
I am going up to Toledo at end of month. My wife is almost positive I am going to Sandusky I have taken it as a challenge but it may be one I will lose. Haven't missed a trip to cp in first year of a coaster since ttd opened. By the way a roll back after midnight was the best ride ever.
Was so happy to see Millennium Force getting the respect it deserves!
I remember many years ago when Cedar Point announced their newest ride "The Banshee". But because of criticism and the need for political correctness they changed it to "The Mantis". Now I see Kings Island ripped that name off and went with it on one of their own coster, interesting.
Kings Island didn't really "rip off" the name, Cedar Fair owns both parks and has owned the naming rights to "Banshee" since the mid '90's... "The Mantis" has since been renamed to Rougarou.
What does political correctness have to do with it.. obviously you have never pissed off a banshee before... Not a good idea..
Several years ago, we're at Cedar point in the water park, and we notice a red painted coaster (the Maverick?) stalled at the top and the people had to get out and slowly make their way down via a narrow cat walk. I love coasters, but am terrified of heights, so I cannot imagine the horror had I been on that ride. I forbade my kids from that ride for the day. Two hours later, we look up and it happened again. It made me somewhat nauseous.
Was probably Magnum, I don't think you can see Maverick from the water park
Probably the worst I've ever seen was at King's Island about 10 years ago... I was riding Face-Off (now Invertigo or whatever) and people were stuck at the top of Drop Zone (270 feet tall) for about 45 minutes before they SLOWLY lowered them down. I love drop zone and the view is great and everything, but nah... I wouldn't want any part of that.
I lost all interest in Drop Tower type rides after that little girl had both of her feet cut off above the ankles while riding Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville
Can't believe Disaster Transport didn't make the list
It no longer exists, torn down in 2012
Lol was meant for sarcasm... next time I'll italicize
If anybody wants to know what nightmares are made of, Google Joyland Wichita.
Oh, what the heck, here's the link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/joyland-the-abandoned-amusement-park?utm_term=.ngQgV5b1W#.ff5a59Z0n
It's a local hot spot for vandalism and late night exploring.
...uncomfortable feeling that is likely comparable to what Vincent D'Onofrio felt like after being beaten with bars of soap while strapped to the top bunk in Full Metal Jacket.
You sir have NO idea how much that hurt...
Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!
I agree that MForce is #1, but 1A has got to be the X2 at Magic Mountain out in Los Angeles... when the Buckeyes go to the Rose Bowl, skip the crowds (and cost) of Disney Land and head to MM... the only park in America that comes close to Cedar Point and Kings Island:
"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."
Millennium is hands down the best; as stated the speed throughout the entire ride is what I love about it. I do get a little squishy on the lift and can't see the steps lol
Millennium Force is the best ride I have ever been on. It is better than Dragster in many ways. According to National Geographic, it is psychological warfare in the brain and it doesn't happen with Dragster. Dragster is a great ride, but the G-force is overwhelming and takes away all the other sensations.
Magnum is still a great ride. I have not been on the Beast since the late 70's when it opened. I was 7 and terrified, then wanted to go again.
And Gemini and Corkscrew are still very fun. My 7 year old (at the time) went on the Corkscrew by herself over and over while her mom stood in line when the Dragster was broke (which was all day).
Millenium Force is still the best, no argument.
I love the Raptor and only rode Maverick once but did enjoy that ride. Mantis was one of my favorites, but didn't they tear that one down or something? My opinion of mantis may be slightly swayed by a particularly hilarious ride with my high school friend bouncing up and down in the stand-up seats until it locked him in a squat for the entire ride.
As for KI, been there a couple times with my friend on a company day where there were essentially no lines. Firehawk is awesome, can't believe it didn't make the list. I will never willingly ride the beast again. We ride that thing probably 4 or 5 times over the course of a couple hours and I'm fairly certain I got a concussion. Diamondback, I think I liked it but again, concussion from the beast ruined most of the rest of that evening.
Mantis was actually transformed into Rougarou, which is still open today at Cedar Point.
Cool thanks! I haven't been there for a while, the kiddos are still too little. Maybe in a few more we'll venture up there.
I just realized that I have not been on Gatekeeper. They were doing some maintenance or something when I went last year. I had it mixed up with Rougarou.
So I need to ride that and Valravn asap.
The craziest roller coaster I have ever seen is in China. The seats move and flip individually.
Check it out on you tube.... its amazing.
It's called Dinoconda POV S&S 4th dimension roller coaster
Yuuuuup... Same thing as the X2 that I posted earlier at Magic Mountain in California.... Absolutely unbelievable.
Just FYI, you're all wrong. :)
I'm a bit of a coaster junkie (297 across the country, will soon be almost 400 when I go to Europe this fall) so I tend to be a bit more critical of coasters than most. That being said, Maverick is my favorite ride in Ohio and it's my #7 in my top 10.
I will say some of the best coasters in the world in my opinion are typically never at the big parks but those 1-2 coaster parks.
How firm thy friendship..
Just east of Ohio in Pittsburgh I rode the "STEEL PHANTOM" one wicked coaster the changed and slowed down to injuries.
It was up there with Ceder Points Magnum but faster. These where the last two best rollercoaster I've rode. Haven't been to Kings Island since Hanna-Barbarra and the "SCREAMING DEMON".
Kennywood in Pittsburgh has 3 nice wooden coasters as well. The Racers , The Thunderbolt , and my favorite in last car "The Jack-Rabbit "
Kennywood isnt on Cedar Point or Kings Dominion's level but its a nice amusement park.
"The Past Builds the Future"
Thunderbolt is a terrific "old school" wooden coaster. That drop right out of the station is so cool. Seems like every time you ride there is someone losing it that you don't start with a lift hill.
Didn't get to ride the original version of Phantom but the rebuild is terrific. You still get that plunge through Thunderbolt which is very neat.
Lost challenge had to go. Valravn is awesome but nothing was cooler than watching my 8 year old niece almost cowering on way up Millennium hill and the look of joy on they way down.