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^While I can't say "You'll like this better than this," I can't see Cheetah Hunt beating Maverick, even for someone who doesn't care for strong forces. I don't always care for strong forces. But Cheetah Hunt is more like an Intamin launched mine train with a slow barrel roll. Which is fine. Despite being the same "type" of ride as Maverick, it's so far from it.

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Wood:

10. Prowler

09. Raven

08. Comet (Great Escape)

07. Voyage

06. Phoinex

05. Colossus (Heide Park)

04. Coaster (PNE Playland)

03. Boulderdash

02. Outlaw Run

01. El Toro

 

Steel:

10. Iron Rattler

09. Katun

08. Montu

07. Phantoms Revenge

06. Kumba

05. X2

04. Ispeed

03. Maverick

02. Bizarro (SFNE)

01. Expedition Ge Force

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Come to think of it, I did make some tweaks and additions this season. My steel list still seems kinda awkward to me, with some early-credit loyalty going on, but that's okay. I'm happy with my wood list, with a couple common #1 woodies a few spots lower than the norm seems to be. I'm still partial to well-run traditional or classic-inspired rides.

 

Wood

01. Boulder Dash

02. Coaster (Playland)

03. Voyage

04. Phoenix

05. Giant Dipper (SCBB)

06. American Thunder

07. Timber Terror

08. Outlaw Run

09. El Toro

10. Tremors

 

Steel

01. X2

02. Maverick

03. Iron Rattler

04. New Texas Giant

05. Phantom's Revenge

06. Top Thrill Dragster

07. Aftershock

08. Medusa

09. Tatsu

10. Flight of Fear

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My updated list (last one was back in 2011).

 

In no specific order...

 

Steel:

 

X2

Leviathan

Raptor

Great Bear

Silver Bullet

Gatekeeper

Millennium Force

Dominator/Batman Knight Flight (GL)

Dragster

Talon

 

Wood:

 

Wildcat @ Hershey

Voyage

Thunderhead

El Toro

Phoenix

Lightning Racer

Apocalypse

White Lightning

Ravine Flyer II

Roar (East)

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Okay, some pretty big changes since the last time I did my top 10.

 

1. Piraten, Djurs Sommerland. --> It is simply the best ride in the world, IMO. All the elements are exactly where they should be.

2. Expedition Geforce, Holiday Park. --> Very close to the Megalite, however the airtime is not as strong. Best first drop in the world.

3. Balder, Liseberg. --> The ride with the most airtime in my mind. The lack of twists keeps it away from the top spot.

4. Colossos, Heide Park. --> This giant is just pure airtime heaven, and so re-rideable.

5. Insane, Gröna Lund. --> Probably the most awesome ride in the world per square feet.

6. Blue Fire, Europa Park. --> Amazing ride, even though it's not the most intense. The roll and the post loop turn is to die for.

7. Stealth, Thorpe Park. --> Best launch I have been on to date.

8. Juvelen, Djurs Sommerland. --> Such an amazing coaster for everyone. Huge surprise for me.

9. Speed Monster, Tusenfryd. --> Very awesome coaster, that is the perfect combination of twist, airtime, loops and a kick-ass launch.

10. Lisebergsbanan, Liseberg. --> Best Schwarzkopf in the world.

 

A shout out to Krake and Black Mamba, who didn't make the cut, but are still amazing coasters.

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Wood

01. Boulder Dash

02. Coaster (Playland)

03. Voyage

04. Phoenix

05. Giant Dipper (SCBB)

06. American Thunder

07. Timber Terror

08. Outlaw Run

09. El Toro

10. Tremors

 

You know what's bad? I had to look up American Thunder to see what ride it was

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  • 10 months later...

Tentative update. I can never get over feelings of awkwardness and uncertainty about various particulars of my rankings, but it's all good. If I do switch things up, I'll make sure everything's good and settled for my Hawker ballot.

 

Wood

01. Boulder Dash

02. Coaster (Playland)

03. Voyage

04. Phoenix

05. Giant Dipper (SCBB)

06. American Thunder

07. El Toro [changed]

08. Timber Terror

09. Outlaw Run

10. Tremors

 

I rode Boulder Dash, Voyage, Phoenix, and El Toro this year. Voyage and Phoenix in particular were impressive enough that I wanted to raise their rankings, but considering their competition, there isn't much room for them to move. Being a bit lower, El Toro had room to finally move up. I used to place it slightly yet decidedly behind Outlaw Run, but there's a level of simplicity and pure fun that really came through during my El Toro marathon this year that can't be matched by anything other than a few of the best more traditional woodies.

 

Steel

01. X2

02. Maverick

03. Iron Rattler

04. New Texas Giant

05. Phantom's Revenge

06. Top Thrill Dragster

07. Lightning Run [new]

08. Aftershock

09. Medusa (SFDK)

10. Tatsu

 

I rode NTAG and Lightning Run this year, and several others in recent memory. While NTAG once again proved itself to me after its involuntary absence from my life, it's still in neck-and-neck competition with iRat. As with several other rides that have ended up favorites, I had one or two underwhelming early laps on Lightning Run that left me baffled. Soon it came through with the ejector airtime and other forces that make it easily better than most other rides.

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10. Wild Thing - VF. I don't find WT as boring as most enthusiasts do. It has some good floater air and decent forces.

9. Dragon Challenge (Blue) - IOA. Unlike most, I prefer blue over red on this one. DC is relentless from start to finish.

8. Viper - SFGAm. Floater airtime galore, and relatively smooth for a woodie.

7. X-Flight - SFGAm. Another underrated coaster. Good forces in the back, and the wingrider sensation is pretty cool.

6. Manta - SWO. Pretzel loop. Enough said.

5. Batman: The Ride - SFGAm. From drop to brake run, Batman is amazingly intense.

4. Renegade - VF. Airtime and twistiness: two terrific elements for wooden coasters.

3. Raging Bull - SFGAm. Despite the trims and the rattle, the airtime and intensity make up for it.

2. Kraken - SWO. This ride is just simply tons of fun.

1. Goliath - SFGAm. This coaster pushes everything to the max. Intensity, airtime, hangtime, and the overall fun factor.

 

Honorable mentions: Steel Venom, Dragon Challenge (Red), S:UF (SFGAm), California Screamin'.

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With the summer season almost over and no new credits left for the year, here's my tentative lists.

 

WOOD

 

1. El Toro

2. Phoenix

3. Outlaw Run

4. Boulder Dash

5. Coaster (Playland)

6. Ravine Flyer II

7. The Voyage

8. Tremors

9. Timber Terror

10. American Thunder

 

(Honorable mention: Lightning Racer, Raven, Thunderhead)

 

STEEL

 

1. Phantom's Revenge

2. Superman:ROS (SFNE)

3. NTAG

4. Maverick

5. Skyrush

6. I-305

7. Kumba

8. DD-Fire

9. Storm Runner

10. Millennium Force/TTD

 

(Honorable mention: Ride of Steel, Goliath (SFOG), Montu, Powder Keg, Batman-TR, Fahrenheit)

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That I've been on

 

1. Magnum XL 200 (Love airtime)

2. Millenium Force (Sorry Maverick fans, didn't get to ride it while I was there)

3. Afterburn (Intense and greatly paced)

4. Intimidator (Floater + Speed= Fun)

4. Goliath SFOG (Floater + Helix= Fun)

(they're tied)

6. Mindbender (Schwarzkopf. Nuff said)

7. Griffon (First drop provides great negative G's)

8. Verbolten (My first and only launched, great ride!)

9. Alpengeist (Sooper fast)

10. Apollo's Chariot (May change when I get to ride in back seat. Middle is a bit boring for my tastes)

 

NOTE: Subject to change when Fury 325 opens

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TOP WOOD

1. Outlaw Run (#1 overall as well)

2. The Voyage

3. Goliath @ Six Flags Great America

4. Hades 360

5. Cyclops

6. American Thunder

7. Prowler

8. The Legend

9. The Raven

10. Racer @ Kings Island

TOP STEEL

1. Millennium Force

2. Maverick

3. Powder Keg

4. Lightning Run

5. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

6. Raging Bull

7. Diamondback

8. Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast @ Six Flags St. Louis

9. Manta @ SeaWorld Orlando

10. GateKeeper

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Ooh here's my list as it currently stands. Haven't been on a few in too long though:

 

1. W Voyage

2. S Millennium Force

3. S Goliath (Walibi)

4. S I305

5. S SROS (SFA)

6. S Nitro

7. S Maverick

8. W T Express

9. S Top Thrill Dragster

10. W Lightning Racer

11. W El Toro

12. S Goliath (SFOG)

13. W Colossus (Heide)

14. S Kumba

15. S Magnum XL

16. W Son Of Beast

17. W Thunder Run

18. W Rampage

19. W Raven

20. W Thunderhead

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Wood:

1. El Toro (No surprise there!)

2. Lightning Racer

3. Thunderhead

4. Rebel Yell

5. Wild One

6. Coney Island Cyclone

7. Judge Roy Scream

8. Hurler(KD)

9. Roar(SFA)

10. Grizzly(KD)

 

Steel:

1. Intimidator 305

2. Apollo's Chariot

3. New Texas Giant

4. Nitro

5. Kingda Ka

6. Skyrush

7. Superman: Ride of Steel(SFA)

8. Superman: Ultimate Flight(SFGAdv)

9. Fahrenheit

10. Griffon

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Steel/Overall Top 10 (I've been on some good woodies, but not any that particularly blew me away...)

1. X2

2. Tatsu

3. YOLO

4. Alpengeist

5. Xcelerator

6. Apollo's Chariot

7. SFMM Goliath

8. SFDK Superman

9. SFDK V2

10. Silver Bullet

 

Wood

1. SCBB Giant Dipper

2. Gold Striker

3. GhostRider

4. Colossus...RMC, you make me happy

5. CGA Grizzly

6. SFDK Roar

7-10. N/A...wow.

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I don't separate wooden and steel coasters in my top 10. It's just all compiled.

 

1. Maverick (CP)

2. Millennium Force (CP)

3. Diamondback (KI)

4. X2 (SFMM)

5. Full Throttle (SFMM)

6. Banshee (KI)

7. Top Thrill Dragster (CP)

8. Beast (KI)

9. Magnum XL-200 (CP)

10. Goliath (SFMM)

 

This will definitely change when I ride Twisted Colossus next year.

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Wood

1. The Voyage—Holiday World

2. El Toro—Six Flags Great Adventure

3. Ravine Flyer II—Waldameer Park

4. Boulder Dash—Lake Compounce

5. Phoenix—Knoebels

6. The Raven—Holiday World

7. The Legend—Holiday World

8. The Beast—Kings Island

9. Predator—Darien Lake

10. Silver Comet—Martin’s Fantasy Island

 

Steel

1. Intimidator 305—Kings Dominion

2. Bizarro—Six Flags New England

3. Magnum XL-200—Cedar Point

4. Millennium Force—Cedar Point

5. Diamondback—Kings Island

6. Leviathan—Canada’s Wonderland

7. Phantom’s Revenge—Kennywood

8. Maverick—Cedar Point

9. Ride of Steel—Darien Lake

10. Behemoth—Canada’s Wonderland

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1) Tatsu

2) Xcelerator

3) Full Throttle

4) California Screaming

5) Superman: Ultimate Flight

6) Superman: Escape from Krypton

7) Space Mountain (Disneyland)

8) Medusa (Discovery Kingdom)

9) Goliath (Magic Mountain)

10) Giant Dipper (Santa Cruz)

 

I need to get out of California. Planned trips to Disneyworld and the 2 Texas Six Flags for 2015 should see some changes to this. As will Twisted Colossus. I should probably make it to Great America to get on Goldstriker too

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Wood:

10. Raven

09. Comet (Great Escape)

08. Voyage

07. Phoinex

06. Colossus (Heide Park)

05. Coaster (PNE Playland)

04. Boulderdash

03. Balder

02. Outlaw Run

01. El Toro

 

Steel:

10. Montu

09. Insane (Grona Lund)

08. Piraten

07. Phantoms Revenge

06. Kumba

05. X2

04. Ispeed

03. Maverick

02. Bizarro (SFNE)

01. Expedition Ge Force

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