Since they first started hurtling passengers along their rickety rails, roller coasters have been the kings of the amusement parks. In the spirit of giving customers what they want, parks have been building multiple coasters. Some continued building -- and building and building -- including Ohio's Cedar Point and California's Six Flags Magic Mountain, which escalated the coaster craze to ridiculous levels. The two have been engaged in a seesaw battle to lay claim to bragging rights as the park with the most number of coasters in the world. Recently locked in a tie, Cedar Point ceded the title to its rival with the announcement that it would be dismantling one of its thrill machines, Wildcat, before it opens for the 2012 season.
That brings Cedar Point's total number of coasters down to (a still insane) 16, which ties it for second place with coaster-crazy Canada's Wonderland, and leaves Magic Mountain sitting pretty with 17 rides. Magic Mountain has begun construction on coaster number 18, which is expected to open in 2013.
- Maverick- Review of one of Cedar Point's best coasters.
Photo: Maverick at Cedar Point.