Do you love to ride roller coasters? You're in good company. Coasters remain the most popular attractions at theme parks and amusement parks, and they come in a wide variety of types along with many kinds of layouts, themes, and other features. They also offer varying degrees of thrills and overall coaster goodness. Let's explore some of the more popular rides with my collection of roller coaster ride reviews.
Select Six Flags parks and roller coaster reviews:
- Six Flags Great Adventure coasters In Jackson, New Jersey. Including Kingda Ka, El Toro, and Nitro.
- Six Flags Magic Mountain coastersIn Valencia, California. Including X and Goliath.
- Six Flags New England coasters In Agawam, MA. Including Bizarro and Batman--The Dark Knight.
- Six Flags America coasters in Mitchellville, Maryland, Including Superman: Ride of Steel and The Wild One.
Always rated among the best of the traditional amusement parks, Cedar Point opened in 1870 and never stopped growing. Located on a peninsula along Lake Erie, the sandy beaches that beckoned visitors more than a century ago are still enticing, but it's mostly the coasters--widely considered to be among the best collection of thrill machines on the planet--that lure the throngs today.
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A family park in the truest sense of the term, Holiday World foregoes the mega-thrill rides and hyped-up atmosphere of its teen-targeting competitors for a more laid-back and gentler experience. That's not to say that Holiday World doesn't deliver great rides--and thrills. In fact, its wooden roller coasters rank among the best in the world.
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You have to hand it to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. With its rich themeing, stunning, award-winning landscaping (they don't call it Busch GARDENS for nothing), and superior food, it's a seasonal, more-or-less regional park that thinks it's a year-round destination park. Thrill-ride freaks love the place for its world-class coasters.
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Carowinds has a wonderful collection of coasters that includes everything from traditional woodies such as Hurler to a bone-rattling inverted coaster, Afterburn. The wonderful Intimidator delivers coaster airtime nirvana.
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An enormously popular park, coasters are king at Kings Island, and the legendary The Beast, the world's longest wood coaster, is thrill machine royalty. Diamondback, introduced in 2009, is a world-class hypercoaster and among the best steel coasters in North America.
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The Farm is a bit schizophrenic. While it still retains the charm of the Old-West Ghost Town area from the original park, the grafted-on Boardwalk section, with its souped-up Xcelerator launched coaster, makes an odd contrast. Other coasters dot Knott's skyline.
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- Expedition Everest- Highly themed--and surprisingly thrilling--coaster.