Roller Coasters - Best of All Time
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Which Roller Coaster is the Best & Top Ranked of All Time? You decide. We have put together a list of the Best & Top Ranked Roller Coasters for you to rank, comment and even add one that is missing. So hold on to your hat while we rank the Best Roller Coasters of All Time.
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Behemoth is a steel roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. It is a Hyper Coaster designed and developed by Swiss manufacturer, Bolliger & Mabillard. Behemoth is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada. The ride is similar to Diamondback (Kings Island), Goliath (La Ronde) and Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure).
After a year and a half of preparation and development, Behemoth premiered in May 2008. With its high speeds, tall heights and rapid changes in both direction and elevation, the attraction is one of the most aggressive thrill rides in the park. Behemoth also has a high hourly passenger throughput – making it one of the most efficient rides in the park.
The ride features a prototype seating arrangement to ensure an unobstructed view for every rider – a first for a roller coaster of this type. The Behemoth experience lasts for approximately three minutes and will subject the rider to a maximum speed of 125 km/h achieved in less than 3.9 seconds followed by five air-time hills, a hammerhead turn and two helixes.
El Toro, meaning The Bull in Spanish, is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. It opened to the public on June 11, 2006. It was designed by Intamin AG of Switzerland. It had the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world, at 76 degrees, until this record was broken by T Express in 2008. It is the third tallest (188 ft; 57 m) and third fastest (70 mph; 113 km/h) wooden roller coaster in the world. It is also the first wooden roller coaster to use a cable lift hill instead of the traditional chain lift. Because of the extreme negative g-forces (airtime) on the ride, the lap-bar restraints are very tight, causing some problems for older and larger riders.
El Toro is the main attraction of a new Mexican-themed section, Plaza Del Carnaval. Some of the ride's track is located in Rolling Thunder's infield. It is the steepest lifted (as opposed to launched) roller coaster in the park.
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Bizarro (formerly known as Medusa) is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. It was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard. The ride debuted as Medusa in 1999 as the world's first floorless roller coaster. Bizarro has three trains, which as of the 2008 season have all been in use full-time. Each train has 8 cars, 7 with a single row of 4 seats and the last with a row of 2, for a total of 30 riders per train. The last row was originally 4 seats, but the centre pair was removed on each train to install a computer module for the sound system. Each seat on every train has a speaker to the left and right of the rider. A recording of Bizarro, the character, fighting and talking is played for the duration of the ride. Frequently, while the train is braked, waiting to enter the station platform, riders hear Bizarro chanting his name and "Bizarro #1".
The Voyage is a hybrid wooden roller coaster which opened in May 2006 at Holiday World, an amusement park located in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. A wooden hybrid consists of a steel structure with wood track. The Voyage has a lift hill of 163 feet, followed by drops of 154 feet, 107 feet and 100 feet. It travels underground through tunnels five times. It is the second-longest operating wooden coaster in the world at 6,442 feet (only The Beast at Kings Island is longer) and third fastest at 67.4 mph. In addition, The Voyage has the most air time of any wooden roller coaster in the world with 24.2 seconds and features three 90-degree banked turns and a first drop that is a steep 66 degrees. The Voyage is also the sixth-tallest wooden roller coaster. In 2006, The Voyage won the Golden Ticket Award from Amusement Today magazine as the Best New Ride. In 2007, The Voyage was awarded the Golden Ticket Award for Best Wooden Coaster. In fact, it captured more vote points than any other wooden or steel roller coaster ever. It retained the title for 2008 and 2009. For 2009, it received more votes than the top steel coaster at 1250 votes.
Millennium Force is a steel roller coaster built by Intamin AG located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It is the fourteenth roller coaster built at the park since the Blue Streak opened in 1964. Standing 310 feet (95 m) tall at its highest point, the coaster overlooks Lake Erie. When built in 2000, it was the first roller coaster to exceed 300 feet in height, and was briefly the tallest closed circuit roller coaster in the world, before being surpassed by Steel Dragon 2000, Cedar Point's own Top Thrill Dragster, and Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Additionally, it is the longest steel roller coaster in the United States. The only two roller coasters in the United States longer than Millennium Force are The Beast and Son of Beast, wooden roller coasters at Kings Island. It is also the first roller coaster to utilize a cable lift system, rather than a traditional chain lift. A potential chain lift was considered too heavy considering that Magnum XL-200's chain was 7 short tons (6 t) and two-thirds as tall. The cable lift uses an 800-horsepower (600 kW) motor that turns a set of sprocket gears that pulls the cable. Cable lifts were previously only used on smaller coasters in Europe. After the 2007 season, Millennium Force had given over twelve million rides total. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.
Balder is a wooden roller coaster at the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden. It opened in 2003 and was an instant success. Balder has twice, 2003 and 2005, been voted Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster in the world in a major international poll - not because it is the biggest or fastest roller coaster, but because of the high percentage of "air time" during the ride.
Balder is very different from a traditional wooden roller coaster because it is a prefabricated wooden roller coaster. This means that instead of trackers cutting, shaping, and laying down the track on site by hand, the track is laser cut in a factory. This means that the track is manufactured to a higher degree of precision than could ever be achieved by hand. The track is also made so that it snaps together like Lego pieces. The track also is made of more layers of wood that are tightly bonded together instead of nailed together by hand like a traditional wooden roller coaster. This has three major benefits, two being to the park and the other being to the riders.
Intimidator is a steel roller coaster at the Carowinds amusement park. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Intimidator is the thirteenth roller coaster installed at Carowinds, and is located on the South Carolina side of the theme park. The Intimidator is the longest, tallest and fastest roller coasters in the Southeastern United States. It was announced on August 26, 2009 and opened March 27, 2010. The roller coaster's name comes from the nickname of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt
Diamondback is a Bolliger & Mabillard steel hypercoaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. The ride is 5,282 feet long and spans from just behind International Street and the Eiffel Tower and over the Rivertown area, and into a wooded area. The roller coaster contains a splashdown element near the end of the ride in the former Swan Lake area in Rivertown, near The Beast. Construction of this ride restored The Beast's entrance to its original 1979 location. Diamondback is the biggest investment in Kings Island’s 36-year history at $22 million (ahead of The Crypt and Son of Beast, each of which cost $20 million). The coaster has a 230-ft lift hill with a 215 ft-drop, featuring 10 total drops and a top speed of about 80 mph. This ride is similar to Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland in dimensions and statistics, and like Behemoth has staggered seating. It opened on April 18, 2009. It is also the park's first ever Bolliger and Mabillard roller coaster. Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers (more commonly known and B&M) is a roller coaster design consultancy based in Monthey, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1988 by Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, with Bolliger acting as president and Mabillard as vice president. The company started with four employees and has since grown to more than 30 people, comprised primarily of engineers and draftsmen. Since 1990, B&M has designed a number of ground-breaking and critically acclaimed roller coasters. In fact, B&M features 20 of the top 50 roller coasters on the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards Top 50 Steel Coasters List for 2007, four of which are listed in the top 10. They have more coasters than any other ride manufacturer on the list.
bigFM Expedition GeForce (renamed after a local radio station for marketing purposes in 2008) is a steel roller coaster located at Holiday Park in Haßloch, Germany. It is one of the largest roller coasters in Europe and has an 82 degree first drop, the steepest in Germany. The trains travel up to 120 km/h (74 mph) through a course 1.2 kilometres long with seven periods of weightlessness. At its highest, the ride reaches 53 metres above ground.
Until the opening of Silver Star at Europa Park, it was the tallest roller coaster operating on the European mainland.
Thunderhead is a wooden roller coaster located at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The coaster, which was the anchor attraction of the new "Thunderhead Gap" section, opened on April 3, 2004, to much critical acclaim. Thunderhead boasts 22 turns and 32 crossovers, and utilizes GCI's Millennium Flyer trains, used on all GCI coasters since 1999. Thunderhead is also the first roller coaster to feature a station flyby.