At the beginning of 2015, I had (unfortunately) not ridden any RMC's - Although I have been quite intrigued by this new up-and-comer since watching construction for New Texas Giant in 2010! After seeing glowing reviews, I could only imagine the potential we could see for the future of roller coasters. Taking old, once-were-amazing, wooden giants and reclaiming the greatness they once had? I'm all for it!
Well for some reason my stars hadn't aligned until 2015, and when rumblings of my home park (SFMM) converting Colossus emerged, I knew my time was coming! Luckily I was chosen to attend the filming shoot for Twisted Colossus in May - a week before opening to the public! And it was even better than I could have imagined. The glorious airtime... I counted 21 spots on one of my 8 rides that day! And the dueling made it even better - It's easily the best coaster in California! A new top-10 steel coaster was born.
After that, I knew I had to ride more, so this is where my Trip Report will start. In August, my coaster friends and I decided we needed to go to Texas, even if just for a few days, because we knew it would be worth it to finally get on New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler.
...But First! A quick stop at Six Flags Magic Mountain because our flight didn't leave until 6:00pm.
Here's a fun crappy picture of my friends and I riding Twisted Colossus at the film shoot (Front two rows on the blue train!)
Why not start our trip off with a little refresher ride on our only RMC so far? [RMC #1]
Decent signage Magic Mountain! Props to you!
Here's the gang - PSA: the back of the train is insane!
And a quick ride on Batman before we head to the airport - It's still one of the best coasters at SFMM
The next morning we woke up in San Antonio - We made our way to SFFT for Iron Rattler [RMC #2]
That drop is... Holy hell... And the drop off the quarry wall at the end?.. Unbelievable. Another top-10 coaster! After 9 rides, I actually preferred this to Twisted Colossus!
These are also the comfiest trains on an RMC, the coaster is glass smooth!
Seriously, this coaster is a piece of art, my only complaint is the slightly slow section with the outward bank on top of the quarry. I also wish it was a tad longer, but I was very happy!
This also blew me away - Krypton Coaster is definitely my favorite floorless now, edging out Kraken
I love the interaction with the quarry wall! Just a great layout - Not your cookie-cutter B&M floorless!
Here's our Batman clone #2 of the trip - This one is mirrored and has a terrible name!
They also had this thing... Better than Green Lantern, but still not really for me. I found it very uncomfortable, oh well!
We had just gotten every credit when we had our only rain of the whole trip. It only lasted 45 mins, but it was torrential!
Coming up next: Day 2 at SeaWorld and SFOT!
Last edited by chickenbowl on Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:32 pm.
Iron Rattler is everything! The first drop is insane especially in the back seat. I agree about the length but the setting can't be beat! Same for Krypton Coaster. Look forward to seeing the rest of the TR.
Day 2 started at SeaWorld San Antonio, which was my final SeaWorld/Busch park that I had left to visit. Although it didn't have too many rides, I found the park to be really pretty and I had a very pleasant morning at the park. We then made the 4-hour drive to SFOT to get some RMC rides, cause that's what our trip is all about!
After the past few years of RMC rapidly developing, I thought that perhaps New Texas Giant would be overshadowed in 2015. I was wrong! I found New Texas Giant to be amazing - a plethora of airtime, and a nice long ride time. This coaster seriously competes with some of the great Intamins of the 2000's. The first double-up is insane in the front, the small hill after the 3rd overbank is also ridiculous. Due to the ride's length, and non-stop airtime, NTAG skyrocketed right to my favorite steel RMC, over Iron Rattler and Twisted Colossus.
Side note - I forgot to take a picture of the 4th Batman clone of my trip (SFOT)
Great looking entrance, the use of glass is amazing!
Steel Eel is my favorite coaster at the park, I loved the scenic lake placement
Down they go. The coaster has some nice pops throughout, I want to ride more of these Morgan hypers for sure!
Batman clone #3 of the trip. Check out the girl's face!
Is it a credit? Who cares! Now we drive to SFOT
Here it is! The original RMC - And my god, it's great! [RMC #3]
My only complaint are probably the 3 consecutive overbanks at the beginning. They kinda feel the same, and RMC has innovated so much since 2011 that they almost feel dated.
But the copious amounts of airtime make up for that small factor!
This hill that passes under the lift is really really good in the back row.
Shock Wave was easily the second best coaster at SFOT. Great spots of airtime in the back row, and the loops were quite intense.
Although I haven't ridden a ton of Schwarzkopf coasters, Shock Wave is definitely my favorite!
Taken from the Justice League entrance, a very fun dark ride! I hope to see more of these pop up, they're really great.
This thing was terrifying. The views were spectacular, but when the wind got going... Woah.
Night rides = AMAZING
The original RMC drop, it's incredible in the back. But the front has the double-up!
I got about 10 rides in NTAG over the trip. So far, we were having a blast!
Coming up next: Day 3 at Silver Dollar City and bonus credits!
Last edited by chickenbowl on Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:04 pm.
Nice TR! My 2015 was a bit of an RMC expedition as well, though I didn't make it to Wicked Cyclone or Goliath. I agree with your assessment of New Texas Giant. The repetition in the first half dogs it a bit compared to its successors, but still a fantastic coaster.
Looking forward to the rest and I'm curious to see how you rank them at the end. I'd go: 1. Medusa Steel Coaster, 2. Outlaw Run, 3. Twisted Colossus, 4. New Texas Giant, 5. Iron Rattler
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