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  1. Considering that 2020 was the first year in forever that I rode new coasters, this was super easy. Still got to add West Coast Racers since I got that very late 2019, but it opened too late for the 2019 Rankings. But even so, updating my 2020 Coaster Submission took less than 5 minutes.
  2. Cedar Point, Kings Dominion, SFGAdv, BGT, SFMM, Fuji-Q, and Liseberg. Mirabilandia just needs one more solid coaster (They already have iSpeed & Katun. Just need one more non-crappy coaster), and then that'd definitely be one of the best collections ever.
  3. Not counting relocations Flashback @ Six Flags Magic Mountain Psyclone @ Six Flags Magic Mountain Colossus @ Six Flags Magic Mountain Spellbreaker @ Legoland CA Speed the Ride @ Nascar Cafe Roar @ Six Flags Discovory Kingdom Invertigo @ California's Great America Villain @ Geauga Lake Double Loop @ Geauga Lake Big Dipper @ Geauga Lake Mean Streak @ Cedar Point Disaster Transport @ Cedar Point Gwazi @ Busch Gardens Tampa Dueling Dragons Fire @ Universal Orlando Dueling Dragons Ice @ Universal Orlando Super Manage @ La Ronde Cobra @ La Ronde Son of Beast @ Kings Island Firehawk @ Kings Island Vortex @ Kings Island Dragon @ Adventureland (Good Riddance) Galaxi @ Indiana Beach Opa @ Mt. Olympus Treetop Racers @ Adventure City Scandia Screamer @ Scandia Little Dipper @ Scandia Cyclone @ Six Flags New England Galaxi @ Palace Playland Rolling Thunder @ Six Flags Great Adventure Brontojet @ Movieland Studios Super Wirbel @ Holiday Park Half Pipe @ Sarkanemmi Sideshow Spin @ Dollywood Georgia Cyclone @ Six Flags Over Georgia Regina @ Tobu Zoo Mad Mouse @ Fuji-Q Highlands Not gone yet, but will be gone soon Cyclone @ Toshimaen Corkscrew @ Toshimaen Mini Cyclone @ Toshimaen With Relocations, you can add Hurricane @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (Now @ Western Playland) Boomerang @ Knotts Berry Farm (Now @ Trans Studio Action Zone) DejaVu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain (Now @ Six Flags New England) Dominator @ Geauga Lake (Now @ Kings Dominion) (RIDDEN BOTH) Thunderhawk @ Geauga Lake (Now @ Michigan's Adventure) (RIDDEN BOTH) Head Spin @ Geauga Lake (Now @ Carowinds) (RIDDEN BOTH) Iron Wolf @ Six Flags Great America (Now @ Six Flags America) (RIDDEN BOTH) Ragin Cajun @ Six Flags Great America (Now @ Six Flags America) (RIDDEN BOTH) Skyrider @ Canada's Wonderland (Now @ Cavallino Matto) Laser @ Dorney Park (Now @ Traveling German Fairs) Tony Hawks Big Spin @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Now @ Six Flags Mexico) Green Lantern @ Six Flags Magic Mountain (Now @ La Ronde) Holly's Wilde Autofahrt @ Holiday Park (Now @ Eifelpark) Ronde de Rondins @ Parc Asterix (Now @ Fraispertuis City) Karlos' Taxi @ Djurs Sommerland (Now @ Vauhtipuisto)
  4. Well, I've ridden A LOT more hyper coasters since this post. So....time to update the list. Anything bold, I've ridden since my original post. 1. Expedition Ge Force - So much variety. So much airtime. It's as good as everyone claims 2. Superman (SFNE) - I heard this ride went downhill when it went back to being Superman, which makes me sad since I loved it as Bizarro. Lots of great airtime, and that twisty section at the end was great. 3. Phantom's Revenge - A ton of airtime, nice custom layout. Love the 2nd drop * .Intamin Mega-Lites (Piraten & Kawesami) - I know most people consider the Mega-Lites to be too small. But...they're not too much smaller than something like Steel Eel, which also fails the 200 ft mark. Didn't officially rank it, but this is where I'd put it. And besides, the Mega-Lites are amazing rides. 4. Goliath (SFOG) - Best B&M Hyper (Not counting Gigas cause then Fury 325 would be way up there). Downward Helix on Goliath > Upward Helix on Nitro. 5. Behemoth - Really good B&M Hyper 6. Diamondback - Another really good B&M Hyper 7. Nitro - Yet another really good B&M Hyper 8. Fujiyama - Very underrated ride. Really good airtime, and some strong laterals. I don't care about the coat-hanger transitions at the end! Big thumbs up! 9. Magnum XL 200 - Love the ejector air on the bunny hops back. I don't care if its brutal and hurts. 10. Steel Eel - A small, but fun ride. 11. Intimidator - Whether the trims are on or off will really make a difference with this ride 12. Superman: Ride of Steel (SFA) - While it does have some strong airtime, there's too much straight track and dull moments. That giant helix might as well be straight track. 13. Thunder Dolphin - The setting in the middle of Tokyo is what makes this ride. The layout itself is kind of bland. Great first drop, but the rest of the ride feels really constrained and boxed in. Would be much lower if not for the stunning view of Tokyo and....being in Tokyo. 14. Raging Bull - Love the first drop. Would be so much better without that trim on the 3rd hill. 15. Apollo's Chariot - This ride is fun. Has some decent floater air. But man. This is an overrated B&M Hyper 16. Goliath (La Ronde) - Not the best, but it's a fun ride. 17. Silver Star - It may be my least favorite B&M Hyper, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, I'm at freaking Europa Park. Best park ever! 18. Desperado - Hey. I find it underrated. It's not nearly as rough as people make it out to be. 19. Hollywood Dream - Oh yeah. Forgot about this B&M Hyper. I take back what I said about Silver Star. Fun little mini-hyper. Oh, and make sure you ride it backwards as Backdrop. SO MUCH BETTER that way! 20. Titan (SFOT) - Twisty bits and helixes are fun, but airtime is really what hyper coasters are for. 21. Goliath (SFMM) - It's Titan, only missing a helix. 22. Steel Force - Sorry, but I just did not care for the Morgan Trio. Eh, at least it had some airtime. 23. Mamba - Another one of the Morgan Trio. It has some head choppers. 24. Wild Thing - The final addition of the Morgan Trio. 25. Bandit (Youmiriland) - Don't really think of this as a hyper coaster. But other people are ranking it, and I suppose it counts as a Mini-Hyper. So might as well rank it. Fun ride. But nothing too special. Then again, I might be speaking better of it if I got more than 1 ride on it.
  5. 1. How many parks did you visit in 2019? 9 2. Best new-for-2019 (or new-to-you-in-2019) ride? New for 2019: Copperhead Strike New For Me in 2019: Either Lightning Rod or Intimidator 305 3. Name the first 3 coasters that come to mind. Manta Pyrenees West Coast Racers 4. What was the best flat ride you rode in 2019? Tango 5. What is your favorite RMC under 130 feet? (cheat sheet) Outlaw Run 6. What was the last Premier coaster that you rode? Full Throtttle 7. Name a park you've been to that you're already planning to revisit. Knoebels 8. What is your home park and how many times did you visit in 2019? SFMM & KBF are my home parks. A lot for both. 9. What park are you most looking forward to visiting in 2020? Really excited to be returning to Knoebels this summer 10. Kennywood or Dollywood? Pick one Dollywood 11. What ride/coaster disappointed you the most in 2019? Superman: Ride of Steel 12. You're at Great Adventure. You play that racist-ish gong game and win a one hour ERT session for you and your friends on ONE coaster of your choice. But damn! El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro are all down! So you ride... Jersey Devil 13. What is the last coaster that changed your top 10? Intimidator 305 14. Most recent park food you ate. Enchilada @ Knotts 15. What park do you wish was your home park? Tokyo Disney Sea 16. What 2020 attraction do you have the biggest boner for? That I'm gonna ride: Jersey Devil Out of all the 2020 rides: Iron Gwazi 17. What park will you visit next? Either SFMM or KBF 18. Favorite breakfast before a day at a park? Doughnuts 19. Cedar Fair park you visited most recently? Knotts Berry Farm 20. Was it awesome? Eh. I rode Xcelerator. So it was a fun day. 21. Skyrush or Candymonium? Last time I was at Hersheypark, neither of those rides existed. But I think it's a safe bet to predict that Skyrush will be the better ride. 22. What 2 overseas parks do you want to visit the most? That I haven't done.... Efteling Alton Towers 23. The best B&M coaster you rode in 2019 was? Fury 325 24. What is the saddest/dirtiest credit whore thing you've ever done? Getting the credit at John's Incredible Pizza 25. Last time you bought fast pass? Fuji-Q 26. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2019? Lightning Rod @ Dollywood. I went on a SUPER busy day 27. What season passes/membership do you currently have? Six Flags Cedar Fair Sea World 28. If you could go to a park with anyone on this forum for a day who would it be and to what park? Not sure with who, but Tokyo Disney Sea, because that is the best park ever. 29. Battle of the Busch 2020: Iron Gwazi or Pantheon - which would you rather ride? Iron Gwazi, though both look super good 30. Most times you've ridden one coaster (rough estimate or exact if you're a super nerd) Over 1,000 31. Congrats! You just won passes to spend A WEEK at the park of your choice! Dorney Park or Valley Fair? Pick one and why. Dorney Park. I'd rather be in the Allentown/Philadelphia area than Minneapolis 32. Talk about a park food that knocked your socks off All the stuff from Tokyo Disney 33. Pick one: Kumba or Montu Kumba 34. What are your three least favorite woodies? 3rd Worst: Anacaonda @ Walygator Parc 2nd Worst: Wild Beast @ Canada's Wonderland Worst: Bandit @ Movie Park Germany 35. Best sweet snack at a park (degree of difficulty: not Dollywoods cinnamon bread) Tokyo Disney Popcorn 36. Kings Island is on the phone and they want you to decide what is going in the old Vortex spot. What do you add? Ground-Up RMC. Grandson of Beast 37. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2020 ride) T-Express 38. Name 3 parks you want to visit in the next 3 years. 3 Parks I haven't done and hope to hit in the next 3 years Alton Towers Blackpool Pleasure Beach Six Flags Mexico 39. Name 3 other forum members you hope fill this out. No 40. Show us how cool you are by posting a picture of yourself on a coaster or in front of coaster. Bonus points if you're holding a sign with a number on it like the nerd you are. Too lazy to dig through my photos to find one.
  6. 1. Pyrenees 2. Montu 3. Katun 4. Dueling Dragons Fire 5. Alpengeist
  7. I've been able to ride Tango at California Fairs for the past few years (definitely agree with you about it being one of the best flat rides ever) and haven't had any problems with it being unreliable or always breaking. But from the way you describe them at other parks, they definitely seem unreliable over there. Perhaps the Ray Cammack Show one is in much better shape than the rest since that one reliably runs.
  8. 1. Outlaw Run 2. Steel Vengeance 3. Lightning Rod 4. Twisted Colossus 5. Twisted Timbers 6. Iron Rattler 7. Storm Chaser 8. Railblazer 9. New Texas Giant 10. Joker
  9. Cedar Point: Steel Vengeance + Maverick. Do I need to say any more? Some runners up. Kings Dominion: Intimidator 305 + Twisted Timbers Mirabilandia: iSpeed + Katun Fuji-Q: Eejanaika + Dododonpa Six Flags Magic Mountain: X2 + Twisted Colossus Busch Gardens Tampa: Kumba + Montu Liseberg: Balder + Helix
  10. 1. Steel Vengeance 2. Maverick 3. Millennium Force 4. Raptor 5. Top Thrill Dragster 6. Valravn 7. Magnum XL 200 8. Wicked Twister 9. Gatekeeper 10. Gemini 11. Rougarou 12. Blue Streak *. Disaster Transport 13. Corkscrew 14. Iron Dragon 15. Cedar Creek Mine Ride *. Mean Streak 16. Woodstock Express
  11. I don't hate Boomerangs nearly as much as other enthusiasts, but there's a couple reasons these rides get a bad rep. Mainly, they can hurt. I'm assuming you've only done the one Boomerang in Chile, but some of them can be REALLY bad. And even then, most aren't really that good. Sure, there are a couple good ones, and most aren't THAT bad, but the ones that are bad, are REALLY bad. Also, if you travel a lot for roller coasters, Boomerangs can be pretty repetitive and something that you've done before. I tend to think of them (along with SLCs) as the Starbucks or McDonalds of roller coasters. Even with coaster layouts that I really like, such as Batman: the Ride, or those Premier Sky Rockets, they're a ton of fun, but I tend to prefer custom stuff.
  12. Time for another update America Arizona: Desert Storm California : X2 Colorado: Wild Chipmunk Connecticut: Boulderdash Florida: Kumba Georgia: Goliath (SFOG) Idaho: Aftershock Illinois: Viper Indiana: Voyage Iowa: Outlaw Kentucky: Storm Chaser Maine: Excalibur Maryland: Jokers Jinx Massachusetts: Superman: The Ride Michigan: Shivering Timbers Minnesota: Renegade Missouri: Outlaw Run Nevada: El Loco New Hampshire: Untamed New Jersey: El Toro New York: Comet (Great Escape) North Carolina: Fury 325 Ohio: Steel Vengeance Oklahoma: Silver Bullet (Frontier City) Pennsylvania: Phoinex South Carolina: Afterburn Tennessee: Lightning Rod Texas: Iron Rattler Utah: Cannibal Virginia: Intimidator 305 Wisconsin: Hellcat Canada British Columbia: Coaster (PNE Playland) Ontario: Behemoth Quebec: Goliath (La Ronde) Other Countries Denmark: Piraten Finland: Thunderbird France: Monster (Walygator Parc) Germany: Expedition Ge Force Italy: iSpeed Japan: Eejanaika Norway: Speed Monster Spain: Muntanya Russa (Tibidabo) (It's the only credit I have in Spain) Sweden: Balder
  13. I should probably wait to post since there's only 1 Cedar Fair park I haven't been to, and I'm hitting it next month. But anyways, here's how I rank all the Cedar Fair Parks I've been to. 1. Cedar Point 2. Canada's Wonderland 3. Knotts Berry Farm 4. Carowinds 5. Kings Island 6. Valleyfair 7. Worlds of Fun 8. Dorney Park 9. California's Great America 10. Michigan's Adventure
  14. Absolutely, those pod hotels are incredibly cheap. I stayed at the Grids Akihabara hotel, which charges around $25-30 a night. You don't have a ton of space, but you'll probably be out all day, so just having a bed and a shared bathroom should be fine. It's in Akihabara, only a 5 minute walk from the JR Akihabara station and all the cool stuff Akihabara has. Also, Grids is a big Pod Hotel chain in Japan and they have hotels in other cities that are similarly priced. Aside from that, everything else I have to suggest, people have already mentioned. 1. Get the Rail Pass. Worth every yen, and the trains in Japan are so reliable. 2. As long as you learn the bare minimum amount of Japanese and try, you should be fine language-wise. 3. Definitely keep looking at airfare prices. I only paid $500 for a (non-direct) roundtrip flight from LAX to Narita. Granted, I'm not sure which city you're flying out of, so it may be more expensive. But I'm pretty sure not $2500 expensive. 4. I'd also try and swing by Tobu Zoo. Kawasemi (as well as all the Intamin Mega-Lites) is really good.
  15. Might as well join in with my rankings Top 28 1. El Toro 2. Outlaw Run 3. Expedition Ge Force 4. Steel Vengeance 5. Balder 6. Maverick 7. Boulderdash 8. iSpeed 9. Superman the Ride (SFNE) 10. Eejanaika 11. Fury 325 12. X2 13. Coaster (PNE Playland) 14. Kumba 15. Phantom's Revenge 16. Kawasemi & Piraten 17. Insane 18. Arashi (HOLY CRAP!!! This thing flipped like crazy! The Insane of Japan) 19. Pyrenees 20. Montu 21. Katun 22. Flying Dinosaur 23. Voyage 24. Phoenix 25. Twisted Colossus 26. Iron Rattler 27. Storm Chaser 28. Do-Dodonpa Bottom 5 355. Ninja (SFSL) 356. Wild Beast 357. Bandit (Movie Park Germany) 358. Dragon (Adventureland) 359. Gouderix
  16. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Outlaw Run, iSpeed, Kawasemi 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? 22 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Tokyo DisneySea obviously 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Steel Vengeance 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Fujiyama. I did not expect to like that ride nearly as much as I did. 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? Something at Tokyo Disney. Everything there is so good. 7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? HangTime 8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Busch Gardens Williamsberg 9. Best ride themed to a bird? Phoenix 10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? Not sure. 11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Hmm. Hard to choose. Gonna go with Olympia Looping for now 12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? Copperhead Strike 13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Valleyfair 14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose... Kumba 15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? Not sure. Haven't done Winterfest 16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? Never done Wicker Man, but I'm gonna choose that simply due to how much The Shed sucks. 17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? Six Flags Magic Mountain 18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. Intamin 19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. Amazingly, I have yet to hit Kings Dominion (Summer 2019), so I guess Kings Island wins by default, even if judging just by looks, KD would win. 20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? 2 hours for Flying Dinosaur @ USJ 21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Something at SFMM. Not sure which SFMM coaster I rode the most. 22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? Intamin 1st Generation Freefalls 23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) Maverick 24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Log Flumes 25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? Checking out cool theming Eating & Drinking Hanging out with friends 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Canada's Wonderland. I'm not sure why I liked this park so much, I just really liked it a lot. And with Yukon Striker opening up this year, they now have 2 new for me B&Ms for me to do when I go back. 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. Six Flags Magic Mountain X2 & Twisted Colossus 28. Launch or Lift? Launch 29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? Yes. Bought it at Cedar Point & Fuji-Q (WORTH EVERY YEN!!!) 30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Bandit @ Movie Park Germany 31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? Neither 32. Best Batman themed ride? Batman the Ride 33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Fun day 34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you) El Toro 35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? Rain 36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. Obviously not 37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Meh. Not bad, but I have better things to eat 38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? Silver Bullet @ KBF 39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Funnel Cake 40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!) In the front, right hand side
  17. I can now check Pyrenees & Tokyo Disney Resort off my bucket list. Intimidator 305 & Busch Gardens Williamsberg will hopefully get checked off this summer.
  18. Hundeprutten @ Bon Bon Land (AKA, Dog Fart Coaster)
  19. Update Time 1. Coaster @ PNE Playland 2. Phoenix @ Knoebels 3. Eejaneika @ Fuji-Q 4. X2 @ SFMM 5. Phantom's Revenge @ Kennywood 6. Comet @ Great Escape 7. Euro Mir @ Europa Park 8. Dododonpa @ Fuji-Q 9. Shock @ Rainbow Magicland 10. Winjas @ Phantasialand HMs: Lightning Run, Viper (SFGAm), Cannibal, Helix
  20. My biggest piece of advice is to not put off a trip because you're worried that they're going to get something new for 2020 or 2021. Parks are always gonna be adding something new. Sure, if it's a place you've been before, you can wait for a big announcement, but I highly recommend going to a really cool place you've never been before, even if they're gonna get something new next year. For instance, Nagashima Spaland is getting Hakugei next year, but I don't regret not putting off Japan for a second to wait for it. Sure, it'll probably be really good. But it's just yet another thing to look forward to when coming back to Japan. You've already listed 7 trip ideas that are all really good contenders. I highly suggest just picking one of them and doing that next year without worrying about if they're gonna get something for 2020 or 2021. Even if a park gets something new after you visit, just another reason to go back.
  21. 2019 is gonna be a much smaller year for me than this year, but this is what I've got planned. Defiantly: Six Flags Magic Mountain Knotts Berry Farm Disneyland Disney's California Adventure Sea World San Diego Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Six Flags America Dollywood Carowinds Busch Gardens Williamsberg Kings Dominion Possibly: Six Flags Over Texas Oaks Park
  22. Cyclone @ Toshimaen this Thursday. Nothing special about the ride itself, but man. Japan is amazing!
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