A Roller Coaster Lover Top-Five List Of Best Rides

I’ve got quite a few favorite coasters. When it comes to narrowing that list down to 5, it’s given me a lot of anxiety. There are just so many great coasters out there. Yet, I’ve been able to select the best of the best for my Roller Coaster list.

1. Raptor (Cedar Point)
Here’s a bit of a shock for number 1. I’ve ridden Raptor at least 10 times this past season, and it gets better every time. While not the best-themed roller coaster, the intensity of this ride is unmatched by any B&M invert. The finale helix is so forceful that I nearly grey out every ride. Raptor isn’t going to top many coaster enthusiasts lists, but I guess that’s what makes these lists so intriguing.

2. Maverick (Cedar Point)
Yes, another Cedar Point coaster on my list. I’ll admit that I go to CP quite often. My usual first coaster of the morning is Maverick. From the beyond-vertical first drop to the mid-ride 70 mph launch, its got all you need in a coaster. The inversions on this are enough to keep you coming back, but it’s so much more than that.

3. Lightning Rod (Dollywood)
The best RMC I’ve done, LR is one of the world’s best wooden coasters. The launch up the lift hill is such an awesome feeling. The ride itself doesn’t feature any of the signature RMC inversions, but rather a fast 70 mph ride through the trees and scenery of Dollywood. It might not seem like much, but this coaster packs a serious punch.

4. Fury 325 (Carowinds)
Unlike some who rank this as the world’s best steel coaster, I’ve got it at number 4 on my list. While Fury wasn’t the amazing coaster I wanted it to be, it still lived up to my expectations. The back row ride is what sealed the deal for me, as the massive amounts of airtime you get is just not found on most coasters. And the first drop feels like it’s never going to end.

5. The Beast (Kings Island)
One of the most iconic wooden coasters in the world, the Beast is not one you should miss. Sure it’s rough, and at times boring, but the finale is worth it. I think I liked this one so much because of the nostalgic feel of it. And the back row is seriously intense.

Perhaps next year’s list will include some new favorites. Of course, there’s the opening of Steel Vengeance, and I’ll be going to a few new parks next year. It is possible to leave some current coasters off the list, while others may make an appearance. A top-five list is always changing as you experience new rides. That’s what’s so great about being a roller coaster fan.

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