I have made my list here. I have ridden 96 coasters, but have not been to any of the Cedar Fair parks other than KI or CP. Also have not been to any Six Flags park. You’ll note the absence of the Holiday World coasters on my list like many others have. It has been 13+ years since I have been on them and just remember them hurting.
10. Expedition Everest – The theming and detail and story on this ride just totally blew my mind. First time I rode it, I was in the front seat. Zooming through the mountain, seeing the track so close in front, not knowing which way it was going to twist or turn next, not knowing what might jump out next was just sensory overload. It has all of this and some surprises. And the bit where you go backwards really adds to the sense of urgency as far as the story goes. I love the feeling of being in a completely different world on this coaster and that is why it made my list.
9. Top Thrill Dragster – I’ve been on this 3 or 4 times now and every time, the build up right before getting on is really something. Not many rides give me that anxious feeling anymore, but this one still does every time. The speed, the rush, and the intensity is unlike anything else I know.
8. Kraken Unleashed – I’ve only ridden this gem a handful of times and all of these rides were right after it opened in 2001. My first floorless coaster experience and I had the best time that day because of this ride and Journey to Atlantis. Maybe I keep it on the list for nostalgia, because I don’t remember a lot of details about the ride itself, but I remember how it made me feel that day. Looking forward to riding it again next Spring to see if it still measures up to my memory of it. Who knows, maybe I wont like it and will decide to place the entry with Rougarou?
7. Montu – This still holds up as my favorite invert. The speed, the theme, the dives. The first time I had ridden this the only other inverts I had been on was Raptor and the Dueling Dragons. This left all of those behind in a way I had never thought possible as I had been so impressed with the Dragons. The ride still holds up today.
6. Mystic Timbers – The more I ride this, the more I like it. Zipping through the woods, over WWC, the perception of speed is prevalent. I love how there is barely a piece of track that isn’t dropping, climbing, twisting, or turning. Even the shed at the end provides a distraction while waiting to head back into the station. I could ride this on repeat for hours!
5. Steel Vengeance – Whoa this coaster is really something else! From the speed to the twists and turns there is nothing I have ever ridden that compares to this thing. The only reason it is ranked so down on my list and not at number 1 is because of how badly the restraints hurt me when I ride. They sink down and pin me in so hard I spend half of my time riding thinking about how uncomfortable I am. If it weren’t for that, this one would probably be #1.
4. Diamondback – Good speed on the first drop, and some sweet relaxing floater air for most of the rest of the journey. Love the clamshell restraints. Love the airtime. The trip back into the area formerly occupied by the Keelboats while floating upwards on each hill is always quite pleasant to me. Never huge thrills, but always a delight.
3. Maverick – Rode this bad boy for the first time a couple of months ago. After hearing all good things about it, I was excited to try it for myself. The last time I was at Cedar Point was the summer they had the fences up about this coming new attraction for the following summer. That second launch takes you by surprise if you don’t know its coming. Awesome. The tight turns, the speed, the thrills. My kids and I rode this thing 6 or 7 times on our 2 day trip to the point and loved every lap.
2. Millennium Force – The fast lift hill overlooking Lake Erie, that first drop…wonderful and amazing. The speed, the turns, everything about this one is just right for me.
1. Beast (At night, Front Row) - So this is kind of a controversial pick for me. As I small child in the early 80’s this coaster was the main thing that people talked about that mentioned Kings Island. I anticipated what it would be like to ride this while I was very young. As I got bigger and was able to finally graduate to riding, it was one of the best feelings that I remember having as a kid and that was probably around 32 years ago. So there is a lot of nostalgia at play here with this pick as well I believe. The Beast during the day in any seat might put this coaster back at around #4 on the list for me. But the night rides through the woods in that front seat is my favorite thing at any theme park ever. Being so secluded and having a nice romp through the Forest really takes you out of reality. Then the intensity of the double Helix, being plunged into complete darkness through those tunnels. I cannot say enough good things about this ride at night!