The Rollercoaster/Theme Park Thread

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  1. MichaelNadal

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    Any opinions on San Antonio Fiesta Six Flags? I am plannig a trip over there this weekend, what about the roller coasters and other attractions? are they good? thanks!
     
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    Fiesta Texas is good, Six Flags over Texas is a bit better though... but 5 hours away, so it all depends on if ur only going to be in San Antonio or not. But it's still worth going to if you can't get to SFOT. The big thing at SFOT right now is they took an already awesome coaster, The Texas Giant, which is wooden, and literally turned it into a steel coaster, which is now called "The New Texas Giant", it's badass, have a look:

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    Cedar Point for the win with coasters at 100+, 200+,300+, & 400+ feet.
     
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    Agreed!!!!
     
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    Superman ride there is the only original track, the rest of the coasters are just renamed coasters of typical designs that you would find at most theme parks. That being said, it's an OK park. Def ride superman though. As stated above, if you can go to six flags over texas, it is a much better park in my opinion. I enjoy the coasters there much more.

    Edit: Rattler is also unique to that park, but is well known for a rough ride(some parts of it redesigned years back because riders were getting whiplash). Still a thrilling wood coaster though.
     
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    I want to go there, Kings Island, and Six Flags Magic Mountain more than any other parks, so so bad. Honorable mentions to Six Flags New England, Hershey Park, and Kennywood... sheesh, I have alot of places to go!
     
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    Thank you Michel N. and d.13 , our trip is just to go to the park so we prefer to drive 2 more hours and go to Six Flags Over Texas, btw what is the policy with rainy days? it seems that is going to rain all over Texas this weekend.
     
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    also may snow at my super champ major zone in college station :(
     
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    APOLLO'S CHARIOT IS SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER. I'm not a huge coaster fan, but appollo's chariot is a good one.
     
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    It's SO is, best coaster i've ever been on. The airtime is sick :) I wish they didn't get rid of the Big Bad Wolf there though :(
     
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    As far as I know, you won't be refunded. Be careful too, they shut down some of the rides when its rainy.
     
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    yeah, big bad wolf was the scariest of them all, not in the sense that it was too fast or the g's were too much, but you never really knew when it was going to break down on you. lol
     
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    We do not have too many decent coasters in Germany.
    My favs: Busch Gardens Tampa, don't know it's name, it has a 90 degree freefall. Cheetah?
    The Incredible Hulk, Universal Studios Orlando

    I love this virtual coaster they have at Universal Orlando, some years ago it featured a "Back To The Future" story, now it is a Simpsons-ride. Very entertaining.


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    im a big fan of rollercoasters, but my tummy isnt. last time i went to fiesta texas...well, it didnt end well for me
     
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    Mike, been to Busch Gardens plenty of times. Apollo's Chariot is definitely a good ride (I'm more of an Escape From Pompeii guy lol, but Big Bad Wolf and Alpengeist are good too), but without a doubt the best/scariest roller coaster I've been on is the Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intimidator_305
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WpNSImh6Z8

    I blacked out on it...my eyes were open but I couldn't see! Def worth a try, especially since you're so close to VA anyways. :)
     
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    I live half an hour away from Alton Towers. I'm not sure how the rollercoasters measure up to ones in America, but they're fun.
     
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    good gracious. that doesn't sound appealing to me for some reason. haha
     
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    Likewise for you and the Intimidator we got here (it was a 2 park deal, but ours is made by a different manufacturer and is a completely different ride). Here'e our Intimidator. I definitely plan to ride 305 :)

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    Hershey Park is alright. I think if you'd be going out that way you'd be better off going to Dorney Park. Dorney has better coasters and more of them I think. A lot of Hershey's aren't too exciting and are way too short.

    Went to Six Flags for my high school physics trip. That was pretty sweet. Nitro is probably my favorite out of all the other coasters I've been on.

    Oh, and this coaster is pretty insane. Hope you guys haven't seen it before.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijuQwnfBBZw
     
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    Dont waste your time on Hershey Park if you want coasters. nothing they got is woth it IMO.

    If you like Coasters you have to go to Cedar point. Millenium force is the best stell coaster Ive ever been on, and the factt hat it has won numerous Golden Ticket awards backs up my claim. 300 foot hill overlookiing lake erie and the 2nd longest roller coaster in North America equals awesomeness. Magnum XL is a good coaster also. Top Thrill goes 400 ft in the air and launches at 120 MPH but the ride is short and I dont consider it a coaster.

    If you like Wood like me you have to hit up King's Island and ride The Beast. I havent yet but I need to it make there. They closed down son of beast which was a wooden coaster with a loop. Not sure if they plan on reopening it.

    The BG WIllaimsburg guys, do you remember Drachen Fire? It was only there a couple years but it was pretty sweet, albeit super rough.

    I havent been to Kings Dominion in a long time, but always liked Anaconda, and the Avalanche for some reason.


    The Beast is really a beast. Just look at the thing and how much track is there.

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    Yeah, went to Hershey Park a couple of times in high school, and Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are both better and a lot less of a drive obviously (in state vs driving 3+ hrs to PA).
     
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    @Hollywood, I knooooooow, that's the reason I want to go to K.I, i've heard so much about the Beast and im dying to ride it. The POV vids of it are so sweet. I also want to ride The Voyage, it's one of the newer big wooden coasters and is supposed to be one of the smoothest and have a ton of airtime. It's at another park but check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQfTykPAQFs
     
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    I live and hour from Hershey, and actually used to work up that way. I would still drive to Kings. Only went to Williamsburg once becuase it was further for us to drive and made the day really long. KD we could drive spend the day and get back, if we went to BG we had to stay the night.
     
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    Yep the beast is pretty boss, it'll just about break your neck. We have a wooden coaster here in Louisville too called Thunder Run that for a time at least was the fastest wooden coaster in the world. Sweet thing about Kings Island is that it is literally directly across I-71 from where they play the Cincinnati Masters. You can see the park from the stands. You can make it a sweet combo trip when they're playing the tourney, and do both!
     
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    Also, Son of Beast is completely torn down. It was killing people. I did get to ride it before they tore it down, it was physically pretty brutal.
     
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    Wow, good to know! I know when im going then :twisted:
     
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    Elitch Gardens (the original one) :)
     
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    Coaster of the week:

    Bizarro @ Six Flags New England. This thing has been rated the top steel coaster in the world, like every year since it's been built. I can't wait to ride it one day to see what the fuss is about!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkohW6FXs8
     
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    The theme park closest to myself is Kings Island (right across fron the Cincy Masters) The Diamond Back is the 10th(?) largest drop in the country. It's my fav, but the others are great too.
     
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    No one compares to Cedar Point. Once you go there, you really wont want to go anywhere else because the other parks rides pale in comparison.
     
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    This week wil lbe a RIDE of the week. The JAWS ride at Universal Orlando is closing for good today after being one of the original rides that opened with the park. Im sad to see it go and have been on it and loved it. Definitely encourage everyone to enjoy this video. It's being demolished for a Harry Potter world expansion.

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    Same here, my favorite ride is from universal studios Florida- Disney World. I still have a "shocking" picture with me.
     
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    This week's coaster of the week, is the late, great Big Bad Wolf from Busch Gardens, so glad I got to ride it multiple times. Nothing like riding through the lit village at night, and the river drop.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWO7AYCRaxE
     
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    My home park is getting a world record breaking coaster next year :) I'm stoked!
     
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    I've always wanted to go to SFMM! Used to see X2 on tv.... Here's one from my home park...

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    I rode "The Banshee" (worlds longest inverted roller coaster) at Kings Island a few weeks ago, it was pretty cool. Hadn't been to K.I in 15-20 years. Do remember standing in line to ride "Son of Beast"... everyone in line chanting "Son of Beast! Son of Beast!", except it didn't sound like Son of Beast. :) It did seem to jerk you around a little bit. I thought it was a blast. And of course had to ride The Beast, while now one of the older coasters, it's still my favorite. The Diamondback at K.I was also really good. The older Vortex almost tore my spine out. No line at all to ride it... maybe 4 minutes.

    Kentucky Kingdom, formly Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom has a new coaster. Think it's called Lightening Run. Good air throughout, but only last about 45 seconds. Chang, a cool coaster, was removed by Six Flags when they closed the park and declared bankruptcy. The Twisted Sisters, pretty good, not yet operational after the park being closed for around 4 years.
     
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    Our theme parks are pathetic, so I have nothing really to contribute except that if you come to NZ, don't expect freaking Disneyland!
     
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    Just to add a mention of biggest and fastest rollercoaster in the world, before I am gone from here sadly - the famous Kingda-Ka from Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN8nv4tVFuA

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    This park and Cedar Point in Ohio are on my to do list.
     
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    I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain with a friend a couple of weeks back and I really enjoyed it. I went on X2, Tatsu, Goliath, Superman, and a few others. I definitely really liked Tatsu the most. You literally feel like you're flying. Goliath and X2 were cool but Goliath is next to Superman which is the loudest, most deafening roller coaster I've heard. Not a fun wait in line. X2 was great too but it was literally bumpy as hell and you twist and turn all over the place. After I came back home, I thought I had a brain aneurysm and felt like I had to vomit for two days. So nauseous, thank god I'm still alive.
     
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    Interesting looking coaster.

    The X2 is special experience really. That first vertical drop when they turn you face down is something else.
    Tatsu is amazing flying coaster with the most intense inversion I experienced - the pretzel loop in the middle.
    Goliath is typical hypercoaster with close to 300ft first drop and crazy helix at the end. Smooth as butter.

    There are other great coasters in the park that would probably be top in some other smaller park - new Full Throttle and Green Lantern, than Scream, Batman, Riddlers Revenge, Apocalypse and Viper, but these three really stand out to me.

    Yes never liked Supermen for some reason. And yes Tastu is like flying :) Surprised to hear about your experience with X2. I was in awe after it. Yes you twist and turn a lot (in 4D :)) but it felt great. I heard Goliath can be unpleasant to some people because of high G force in the helix at the end (I was fine), but not X2.
     
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    The coaster my park.... (carowinds www.carowinds.com ) is building for 2015 is going to be world record breaking. The rumor is that it will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the world that has a chain lift/isn't launched. I CANNOT wait lol.

    Right now our biggest coaster is the Intimidator which is racing themed (Charlotte is a big NASCAR city)

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    232 feet and the tallest, longest and fastest coaster in the southeast. The layout for the new coaster has been leaked and it's going to be around 325 feet if that gives you an idea :)
     
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    That looks like a cool ride, and it is loooooong indeed:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTl7Vdy9j0Q
     
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    Yeah, lots of good airtime :) All they took out to build it was a log flume o_O lol.
    My fav coaster is probably Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens in VA. If you count indoor coasters, then the ones at Universal Studios in FL are AWESOMEEEE.
     
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