So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby medoman » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:50 am

Surely Alpina Blitz at nigloland should be on the list? MACK's mega-lite "tribute".

This year I rode it and my first mega-lite (piraten) and I have to say I think I prefer the MACK version. The seats are far more comfortable, the airtime just as extreme, plus the 2nd hill has this fantastic transition of floater into ejector air in the same hill. After Alpina Blitz I got off with a huge smile on my face and instantly went for a re-ride. Piraten was really good but left me slightly underwhelmed after Alpina Blitz.

The only other new coaster I rode this year so far has been Flug Der Daemon, which feels like they forgot to tick the "low friction" box in RCT3, It's a fun ride once it warms up but I rode first thing in the morning and the train barely made it through the course which really killed the pacing. The first airtime hill is pretty sweet though and I do like how the ride is themed and fits in to the surroundings.

at the end of this month/start of next however I will be getting to ride Goliath so hopefully that will be good

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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby rcjp » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:24 am

^^Have you ridden other wing coasters besides Flug der Daemonen? If so, how do they compare? Based on POVs it looks like the one which moves the slowest through the inversions which is kind of the opposite of what I was expecting.
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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby redfoot12 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:38 am

I rode Banshee, Lightning Run, and Goliath this year and prefer them in that order.

Banshee-- I just had a whole buncha fun riding this thing and don't really have anything else to say (except I hate this new style of restraints). It's probably my favorite "big" B&M inverted (over Alpengeist, Montu, and Raptor). I rank it behind Afterburn and Fire Dragon though.

Lightning Run-- Really enjoyed this one as well and I would love to ride again when my thighs have slimmed down. I have small hopes that a ride like this might come to Elitch Gardens now that I live an hour from there (something of its ilk is probably the only thing that could get me to go back to that heap of mediocrity).

Goliath-- While fun, I don't prefer to have that much hangtime on a woodie. Still probably a top 10-15 woodie for me. Like one of my many new riding buddies from Cedar Point and Mini New Hotness, RubySparkles, I too rode Outlaw Run for the first time later this past summer. Unlike her, I'd say Outlaw Run craps all over Goliath.

RMC has me intrigued though and I look forward to possibly trying out NTAG, Iron Rattler, Steel Medusa, and Twisted Colossus in 2015!
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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby medoman » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:42 am

the only other B&M wing coasters I've ridden are gatekeeper and the swarm. With a full train and after it's warmed up, Flug is still a nice coaster, and has much better pacing. Not sure how accurate the POVs are as if its an empty train then it crawls through the course. I stayed at the hotel and saw it testing with an empty train first thing in the morning and it was incredibly close to stalling in the inversions. With a full load it runs much better

compared to the other 2 wing coasters I've been on, It's probably my favourite looking wing coaster and has the best bit of airtime after the first drop. It is really nicely themed and very photogenic.

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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby tooooobbe » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:47 am

rcjp wrote:^^Have you ridden other wing coasters besides Flug der Daemonen? If so, how do they compare? Based on POVs it looks like the one which moves the slowest through the inversions which is kind of the opposite of what I was expecting.


I was on The Swarm last year and I have to say that I liked Flug der Daemonen alot more. I just liked the inversions and how close it was to the queques (The Swarm is pretty close aswell).

Next year im gonna do Raptor at Gardaland aswell :)


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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby Mrlittle » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:57 am

So I got to ride El loco, Banshee, Lightning Run, Goliath and Thunderbolt this year. Here is how I would rank them starting with my least favorite.

5. Thunderbolt - Now I will admit, I probably rode it to many times. Some would say 1 ride is to many. I liked it the first time but quickly started to dislike it after.

4. Goliath - It's tough to beat two great RMCs just hours from me and I've been on Outlaw Run. I just wasn't overall impressed with Goliath. It's still a top 20 ride for me.

3. El loco - I really enjoyed this small but very fun coaster. I also really liked the trains. Finally we have a coaster you can enjoy in Vegas.

2. Banshee - It was great to finally see B&M get forceful. It was a very pleasant surprise. KI took a huge chance building an invert coaster when so many other parks are building snooze fest wing ciasters. So I appauld them for stepping out. Plus Babshee has one of the nicest ride signs and stations I've seen in a while.

1. Lightning Run - AWESOME AIRTIME! It's by far the best new coaster of 2014. I have dreams about my rides on it. I hope other parks take note and build more of these. I want one for my backyard.
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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby Swede » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:35 am

Helix is the only 2014 coaster I tried this year as Thunderbolt at Coney wasn't operational during my visit in early June. What can I say. It's a good coaster but after a few rides I was of to Balder for the reminder of the day.

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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby Barge84 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:39 am

All of my plans to ride the new US rides fell through this year, so I've only ridden Helix at Liseberg. I loved it, and it's in my top 5 for steel coasters. I rank it just a little bit behind Maverick for my #3. The ride incorporates a ton of different things, in my opinion. Launches, drops, airtime, inversions, and all in an incredible setting. Sure, some of the inversions get a little repetitive, but I'd say the pretzel inversion is pretty intense, and the last 2 inversion both provide some very awkward feeling hangtime, especially with the restraints Helix has. The final airtime hill that drops over the cliff is one of the greatest "Oh shi*" moments I've ever encountered on a first ride.

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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby Jcoaster » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:52 am

I only rode Thunderbolt which was nothing to write home about. Im ranking the others off of looks and other reviews alone:

1.Lightening Run - Looks beautiful, rides beautiful and packs ejector air. Morgan really stepped their game up and I would love to see more of these installed in other parks.

2. Banshee - I'm a sucker for B&M Inverts and I could already tell this ride would do it for me. Especially if its a throw back to older B&M's as Alvey mentioned.

3. Medusa - Wow.
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Re: So what were the best new coasters of 2014?

Postby SharkTums » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:54 am

I'm not big into ranking but if anyone cares here are my thoughts...

Banshee - Really surprised me with actually having forces and probably the best first drop on a B&M Coaster! Too bad it already had the notorious 'rattle'. If they could smooth it out it would be amazing.

Lightning Run - Totally reminded me of Phantom's Revenge in a good way. It tried repeatedly to eject you. My only problem were the restraints and cars, they were not comfortable at all for me and KT.

Goliath - Like Robb said, worst of the RMC's but worst of the RMC's is till better than more coasters on the planet!

Seven Dwarfs - Kiddie Coaster in the front, Junior Coaster in the back, fun and cute.

Helix - I love Liseberg and the coaster was okay, but it really let me down. Had a bad rattle and was very repetitive. It's okay thought because it gave me more time on Balder with shorter lines! The queue and music were awesome! I have the queue music on my phone!

Thunderbolt - This ride should not exist. So rough and terrible. They raised the height requirement a few weeks into operation which is never a good sign and they should raise it even higher so less people have to ride it.

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