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Postby ArizonaGuy » Sun May 12, 2013 10:31 pm

GigaG wrote:It started off good, but then kinda went weird. Kumba? I wasn't expecting that. And where's the love for Maverick? Unfortunately, I've only been on one of these (I305) when the trims were on. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get the El Toro and Bizarro credits soon, though.


Go ride Kumba sometime and you'll understand why it was given more love than Maverick.
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Postby australianalex » Sun May 12, 2013 10:52 pm

Nice article, the first "best coasters" article I've ever seen with coasters that are deserving of being on the list instead of the usual crap in most lists (*cough* Kingda Ka, Millennium Force *cough*).
I've currently ridden 2 of the 15 (Nemesis and Superman Escape) but will soon be riding iSpeed and Expedition GeForce.

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Postby Schibbles » Mon May 13, 2013 3:56 am

Awesome article! I've always liked 'top 10' type articles. I am really surprised Superman Escape is on there, but very happy! It is my local coaster and I love it, but I am truly surprised that someone who's been on over 1,500 rollercoasters world wide would put Superman Escape in their top 20! I guess I need to start appreciating the ride more... Or did you include it purely because it gave greater variety to the list so it would be appealing to a wider audience? Say, for someone reading in Australia who may not be able to afford a trip to America or Europe.

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Postby GigaG » Mon May 13, 2013 4:11 am

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GigaG wrote:It started off good, but then kinda went weird. Kumba? I wasn't expecting that. And where's the love for Maverick? Unfortunately, I've only been on one of these (I305) when the trims were on. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get the El Toro and Bizarro credits soon, though.

Where's the love for Maverick is quite simply there are better roller coasters in other places of the world. Had I only been in a few hundred coasters, most of them in the USA, sure, Maverick would be on that list. But I've been on 1,500 across the planet, and as much as Maverick may be one of my faves in the USA, it just didn't quite crack that list.

Oh, and if you've never been on Kumba, why are you judging my selection of it?


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Postby AusCoasterFan » Mon May 13, 2013 4:12 am

Surprised Superman Escape has a mention... It's a decent ride, but I wouldn't rate it that high. Nevertheless it's good to see an Australian coaster getting some recognition.

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Postby cfc » Mon May 13, 2013 4:49 am

^I think you Australians tend to underrate your home offerings a bit. Superman Escape is an excellent ride--the dark-ride section is nicely done, and the coaster itself is like a launched Mega-Lite.

I really can't argue much with this list, and I'm looking forward to picking up those coasters I haven't yet ridden (such as Kawasemi).
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Postby sbrubakerjr » Mon May 13, 2013 5:12 am

Glad to see you still giving I305 some credit, that ride is simply...INTENSE.
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Postby AusCoasterFan » Mon May 13, 2013 5:50 am

^^Maybe it's just me. I'm actually bigger fan of Arkham Asylum: Shock Therapy (A Vekoma SLC with the "bonus helix") so perhaps I have a strange taste in coasters! I just feel Superman could have been a little longer as it doesn't quite have enough speed to be as short as it is. I do agree with the in-the-dark section. I think that themes the ride really well. Superman also offers some quality airtime

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Postby Rai Fox » Mon May 13, 2013 5:51 am

I'm glad to see Kumba on there, myself; it's still one of my absolute favorites. Two decades have done nothing to make that coaster any less amazing. There might be bigger and faster now, but Kumba still has one of the best layouts ever built, IMO, and it still keeps up with any 300 foot monster coaster. Plus, it's always going to get special mention just for being one of the coasters that did so much to revive an industry that hadn't gone anywhere in nearly two decades before it was built.

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Postby eBen » Mon May 13, 2013 6:01 am

I agree with the ones I have ridden and the rest have been on my agenda for a while.

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