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  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 1. How many parks did you visit in 2019?




    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.




    West Coast Racers


    4. What was the best flat ride you rode in 2019?




    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.




    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




    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?




    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....


    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?




    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




    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)




    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.




    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Time for another update



    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



    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

  7. 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

  8. Hotels: Ideally I would like to stay in the city centers of Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I would be looking for comfortable, clean, private (secure) accommodations. Doesn’t have to be luxurious, or spacious. These pod hotels, even if bathroom showers are shared? It is possible to get under a $100, or $75 a night?

    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.

  9. 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

  10. 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?



    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?



    8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019.

    Busch Gardens Williamsberg


    9. Best ride themed to a bird?



    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.



    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...



    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.



    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)



    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?




    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?




    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?




    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

  11. This is the cream of my bucket list, since the entire list would contain just about every coaster I haven't been on or park I haven't been to.



    Intimidator 305


    Walibi World Goliath


    Wildfire (Kolmarden)



    Atlantis Adventure

    Mountain Flyer

    The High Five Woodie in China

    Anaconda @ Gold Reef City

    Formula Rossa

    Coaster Through the Clouds

    Gravity Max

    Olympia Looping

    West Edmonton Mindbender



    Tokyo Disney Resort

    Busch Gardens Williamsberg

    Alton Towers

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    Happy Valley Shanghai

    I can now check Pyrenees & Tokyo Disney Resort off my bucket list.


    Intimidator 305 & Busch Gardens Williamsberg will hopefully get checked off this summer.

  12. 1. Coaster @ PNE Playland

    2. Phoenix @ Knoebels

    3. X2 @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

    4. Phantoms Revenge @ Kennywood

    5. Comet @ Great Escape

    6. Viper @ Six Flags Great America

    7. Euro Mir @ Europa Park

    8. Shock @ Rainbow Magicland

    9. Winjas @ Phantasialand

    10. Cannibal @ Lagoon

    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

  13. 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.

  14. 2019 is gonna be a much smaller year for me than this year, but this is what I've got planned.



    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Knotts Berry Farm


    Disney's California Adventure

    Sea World San Diego

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    Six Flags America



    Busch Gardens Williamsberg

    Kings Dominion



    Six Flags Over Texas

    Oaks Park

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