1. Nitro I can find very little fault. Everything I liked about Apollo's Chariot, Nitro does more of.
2. Skyrush More intense than anything else in its height class. The best ejector airtime around. Dinged for the absolute most painful restraints.
3. Apollo's Chariot My rides on it during the spring were plodding and forceless. My rides on it recently were powerful with ejector airtime in the back. Great use of terrain.
4. Intimidator Came in expecting an overtrimmed dud. Trims weren't really hitting so hard when I rode it. Though it has no terrain to work with, it makes up for it with its maneuvers, the hammerhead turn being the big highlight. I also like the staggered seating, it allows a longer train than the 4-across seating does.
5. Goliath (SFOG) Excellent use of terrain. and soaring over the road as cars drive into the parking lot is a highlight. Dinged for severe rattle at the bottom of every hill. Without the rattle, it would be 3rd.
6. Superman: Ride of Steel Great moments of airtime, both floater and ejector, but the helixes are just dead space in comparison. Also very rattly.
7. Wild Thing Intensity is pretty much nothing. Great sustained floater airtime, though, and the figure 8 turnaround is also better than the helix on Steel Force.
8. Goliath (SFMM) Did absolutely nothing for me, save for the blackout helix.
9. Steel Force Did absolutely nothing for me. Oh well, at least it looks good.
Top steel: Millennium Force / Steel Vengeance / Intimidator 305 / Maverick / Fury 325 Top wood: El Toro / Phoenix / GhostRider / Renegade / Flying Turns
1) Superman: The Ride 2) Skyrush 3) Apollo's Chariot 4) Nitro 5) Steel Force 6) Raging Bull 7) Magnum XL-200
I'm very comfortable with the top 2 rankings. Superman is much more comfortable for me than Skyrush, and the layout is linger and more varied, so I give it the edge despite being a notch or two less intense. I must've hit Apollo on a very good day 12 years ago because I got some fantastic airtime on it, which most people report getting very little of. If it is as tempermental in terms of ride experience like Nitro is, those two could be flip flopped. 5-7 rankings are pretty much set for me.
I will be riding S:RoS at SFA tomorrow so we'll see where that stacks up.
After my trip to SFA, I think I'll slide S:RoS in at #5. My best rides on Steel Force were better than S:RoS, but I've had a bunch of forceless duds as well, which is a problem I doubt I'd have with S:RoS.
Pretty similar to what others have said before. Obviously a big fan of ultra-intense rides (and maybe a small bias towards Millennium Force given my signature), but I've been really fortunate to get on a lot of new amazing coasters in the last couple of years. And Fury 325 was really good, if not just a tad over-hyped.
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I added Fury, Intimidator, and Wild Thing to my list of hypers this year. Almost forgot about Wild Thing
The list: Magnum XL 200 Diamondback Goliath (SFOG) Raging Bull Phantom's Revenge Titan (SFOT) Intimidator Steel Eel?
Tier 1 - I'd say Diamondback, Raging Bull, Goliath, and Intimidator are all in the same group. If I had to pick one to ride right now, I'd pick a name out of a hat. They're all really fun, but all have their own flaws. I did think Intimidator was a lot better than anticipated, even after riding Fury first! Phantom's Revenge was a also a surprise hit - not just the extreme layout, the super comfy seats and open cars. The short layout and the fact that I only got one ride on my visit prevent me from claiming it as my favorite hyper. Tier 2 - Magnum has given me some good and bad rides. I really never know what I'm going to get. Steel Eel: I haven't been on it in a long time, but I have fond memories of the airtime. Tier 3 - Titan is at the bottom due to the awkward pace of the ride.
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Not including any of the gigas in this list, but they'd be close to the top if I did. My list is more of a personal one, and includes nostalgia, that's why the SFA Superman is so high. But even though the layout is a bit silly, the ride really does deliver.
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