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I thought it would become easier and easier to make top ten lists, but it's actually getting harder. I've been on so many coasters that are clearly above average, but not amazing, and it's really hard to separate them from one another. Therefore, these lists are very rough.

(Yes, I know this is currently in my sig, but I like to post here once or twice a year so I can look back and track changes over time.)



01. Giant Dipper

02. Voyage

03. Timber Terror

04. Evel Knievel

05. Tremors

06. Hades

07. Prowler

08. Legend

09. Cyclops

10. Tornado


Of those, 1-5 are solid contenders, and 6-10 (and beyond) are my "8/10" rides that blend together somewhat.



01. X2

02. Aftershock

03. Goliath

04. Medusa

05. Tatsu

06. California Screamin'

07. Steel Hawg

08. Powder Keg

09. Mr. Freeze

10. Mamba


Again, this list feels a bit "off" to me, but all that really means is there's plenty of time for it to get decimated and rearranged in the future courtesy of many higher quality rides.

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Top Ten Period:


Mindbender (SFoG)


Boulder Dash




Intimidator 232

Goliath (SFoG)

El Toro


Top 10 Wood:


Boulder Dash

El Toro





Viper (SFGAm)

Beast (PKI)



Top 10 Steel


Mind Bender (SFoG)

Intimidator 232

Goliath (SFoG)

BTR – all, since I LOVE this layout.

Mr. Freeze (SFStL)




DD Fire

DD Ice



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1. Coaster @ PNE Playland

2. Voyage @ Holiday World

3. Phoinex @ Knoebels

4. Raven @ Holiday World

5. Comet @ Great Escape

6. Prowler @ Worlds of Fun

7. Cornball Express @ Indiana Beach

8. Viper @ SFGAm

9. Hellcat @ Timber Falls

10. Renegade @ Vallyfair



1. Maverick @ Cedar Point

2. X2 @ SFMM

3. Dueling Dragons @ IOA

4. Kumba @ BGT

5. Phantoms Revenge @ Kennywood

6. Montu @ BGT

7. Behemoth @ Canada's Wonderland

8. Incredible Hulk @ IOA

9. Sheikra @ BGT

10. Storm Runner @ Hersheypark

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First post!!


I just updated my lists.


Top 10 wood:

1) boulder dash

2) voyage

3) el toro

4) tremors

5) legend

6) timber terror

7) comet

8) ghostrider

9) coney island cyclone

10) the beast


Top 10 steel

1) bizarro (sfne)

2) millennium force

3) storm runner

4) tatsu

5) maverick

6) x2

7) xcelerator

8) nitro

9) diamondback

10) ride of steel (Darien lake)

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Top 10 quality coasters/rides.


Afterburn (Carowinds)

California Screamin' (Disney California Adventure)

Cornball Express (Indiana Beach)

Diamondback (Kings Island)

Goliath (Six Flags Over Georgia)

Kentucky Rumbler (Beech Bend)

Maverick (Cedar Point)

Millennium Force (Cedar Point)

Mr. Freeze (Six Flags Over Texas)

Mystery Mine (Dollywood)

Raging Bull (Six Flags Great America)

Raptor (Cedar Point)

Raven (Holiday World)

Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster (Warner Bros. Movie World)

Shockwave (Six Flags Over Texas)

Space Mountain (Disneyland)

Steel Hawg (Indiana Beach)

Superman Krypton Coaster (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

Tennessee Tornado (Dollywood)

The Voyage (Holiday World)

Titan (Six Flags Over Texas)

Top Thrill Dragster (Cedar Point)

Viper (Six Flags Great America)


Worthy mentions:

Batman The Ride (Six Flags Great America)

Boardwalk Bullet (Kemah Boardwalk)

Flight of Fear (Kings Island)

Georgia Cyclone (Six Flags Over Georgia)

Great White (SeaWorld San Antonio)

La Vibora (Six Flags Over Texas)

Splash Mountain * (Disneyland)

Splash Mountain * (Disney Magic Kingdom)

Thunderhead (Dollywood)

American Eagle: Red (Six Flags Great America)

Georgia Scorcher (Six Flags Over Georgia)

Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point)

Mindbender (Six Flags Over Georgia)

Nighthawk (Carowinds)

Runaway Mountain (Six Flags Over Texas)

Space Mountain: Alpha Side (Disney Magic Kingdom)

Space Mountain: Omega Side (Disney Magic Kingdom)

Steel Eel (SeaWorld San Antonio)

Surfrider (Wet'n'Wild Water World)

Tig'rr Coaster (Indiana Beach)

Tornado (Stricker's Grove)

Tower of Terror (Dreamworld)

Whizzer (Six Flags Great America)

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^^^It's nice to see some other Middle America Trip Voyage fans coming out of the woodwork.


The ride has everything I love. Speed, airtime, length (not to mention height), tunnels, bunny hops, and of course plenty of unprecedented "OMGWTF" moments. And even if it's not exclusively a terrain coaster, the scenery is exquisite as well--a refreshing change from rides in more bland settings.

Overall it had me thinking "I'm not completely sure what just happened...but I loved it!"

It is rough, arm-wrenching, and painful. It's also not the world's most consistent ride, and it's definitely more intense in the back. I had to do a mix of arms-up rides, defensive rides, and some that were a combination. Those 90 degree turns were a bit much although it wouldn't be the same ride without them.


Incidentally, Legend is not something I would label as my favorite "style" of woodie, but like Voyage it has a very "WTF" character to it which made me fall in love. So many unpredictable turns and sexy tunnels. It even has some decent airtime, something it's not known for. I feel a little weird placing it in my top 10 but it was memorable so it can stay for now.

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Here is mine. I put down top 10 steel and wood and then overall top 10 in parenthesis after the park name.




1. Millenium Force - Cedar Point (2)

2. Storm Runner - Hershey Park (3)

3. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion (6)

4. X2 - SFMM (7)

5. Maverick - Cedar Point (8)

6. Tatsu - SFMM (9)

7. Manta - Sea World Orlando (10)

8. Montu - Busch Gardens Tampa

9. Incredible Hulk - Islands of Adventure

10. Diamondback - Kings Island


Wood: (need to ride more)


1. Voyage - Holiday World (1)

2. Phoenix - Knoebels (4)

3. El Toro - SF Great Adventure (5)

4. Lightning Racers - Hershey Park

5. Legend - Holiday World

6. Twister - Knoebels

7. Raven - Holiday World

8. Beast - Kings Island

9. Wild One - SF America

10. Thunderbolt - Kennywood

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1. Voyage

2. Boulder Dash

3. El Toro

4. Shivering Timbers

5. Thunderhead

6. Hades

7. Prowler

8. Cornball

9. Phoenix

10. Avalanche




1. Storm Runner

2. Alpengeist

3. Intimidator305

4. Bizarro (SFNE)

5. Millennium Force

6. Griffon

7. Raging Bull

8. Maverick

9. Batman the Ride (mostly the one at SFGAm, but I'll take em wherever I can get them)

10. Medusa (SFDK)

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1: Manta (1)

1: Kraken (1)

1: Griffon (1)

1: Goliath (SFOG)(1)

5: Nitro (5)

5: Alpengeist (5)

7: Montu (7)

7: SheiKra (7)

9: Apollo (9)

10: Kumba (10)


Four way tie I like B&Ms far too much.



1: Thunderhead

2: El Toro

3: DB Hurricane

4: Georgia Cyclone

5: Gwazi Tiger

6: Great American Scream Machine

7: Starliner (Cypress Gardens)

8: Triple Hurricane

9: Gwazi Lion

10: Rolling Thunder...



1: Dahlonega Mine Train

2: Runaway Mine Train (SFGAdv)

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1. El Toro (Back seat, otherwise it wouldn't be #1)

2. Phoenix

3. Coney Island Cyclone

4. Twister

5. Cheetah (guilty pleasure...)

6. Jack Rabbit (Kennywood)

7. Lightning Racers (both sides)

8. Thunderbolt

9. Racer

10. Big Dipper (Geauga Lake) ...:c



1. Millennium Force

2. Apollo's Chariot

3. Ride of Steel (Darien Lake)

4. Kingda Ka (Overrated, I know, but it's still pretty damn exhilarating)

5. Manta

6. Maverick

7. Dragon Mountain

8. Steel Force

9. Magnum XL-200

10. Big Bad Wolf ...:c

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1. Millennium Force

2. Intimidator 305

3. Maverick

4. X2

5. Storm Runner

6. Magnum XL-200

7. Top Thrill Dragster

8. Phantom's Revenge

9. Apollo's Chariot

10. Intimidator



1. Voyage

2. El Toro

3. Evel Knievel

4. Prowler

5. Thunderhead

6. Ravine Flyer II

7. Phoenix

8. Rampage

9. Lightning Racer

10. Boss

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An Updated list would be needed...




2.Intimidator 305

3.Millennium Force


5.Apollo's Chariot

6.Goliath (SFOG)


8.Storm Runner






2.Lightning Racer

3.Roar (SFAm)


5.Georgia Cyclone

6.Grizzly (KD)

7.Rebel Yell


9.Great America Scream Machine (SFOG)

10. Beast

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1) El Toro

2) Ravine Flyer II

3) Terminator

4) Lightning Racer

5) Roar (SFDK)

6) Beast

7) Wildcat

8) Blue Streak

9) Ghostrider (It might move up, if I get another good ride on it)

10) Racer (Red)



1) Bizarro (SFNE)

2) Maverick

3) X2 (My baby forever)

4) Diamondback

5) Magnum XL 200

6) Xcelerator

7) Nitro

8) Millennium Force (Sorry MF fanboys)

9) Top Thrill Dragster

10) Raptor

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1. Voyage

2. The Beast

3. Legend

4. Lightning Racer

5. Evel Knievel

6. Ravine Flyer II

7. Twister (Knoebel's)

8. Viper

9. Shivering Timbers

10. Phoenix




1. Raging Bull

2. Alpengeist

3. Storm Runner

4. Maverick

5. Millennium Force

6. Nitro

7. Talon

8. Riddler's Revenge

9. Raptor

10. Phantom's Revenge

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2.Magnum XL-200

3.Superman-Ride of Steel (SFA)




7.Intimidator 305

8.Bizarro (SFGAd)





1.El Toro



4.Viper (SFGAm)

5.Lightning Racer

6.Blue Streak

7.Thuner Run

8.Big Dipper



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