The 5 Tops

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  1. Spike

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    I'm bored at work and thought I'd get a little Top 5's going as it's been a while and who doesn't love top lists. :D

    Simple and straight forward...

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
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    Top 5 - Dark Rides
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    Top 5 - Flat Rides
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    Top 5 - Water Rides
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    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

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    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
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    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
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  2. Spike

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    Apologies for double post, I didn't want people to have to delete all my picks in order to put in their own.

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Taron
    - Phantasialand - Just amazing in everyway
    2. Nemesis - Alton Towers - It still blows my mind to this day
    3. The Smiler - Alton Towers - I like inversions, a lot
    4. Shambhala - Portaventura - I wasn't prepared for how good this ride was
    5. Blue Fire - Europa - Smooth, sleek and the final inversion is fantastic

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters (might struggle here lol)
    1. Wodan
    - Europa Park - Just epic in everyway, my 2nd best coaster overall
    2. Wild Mouse - PBB - Classic and crazy, love it
    3. Grand National - PBB - Back breaking but fun
    4. Stampeda Red - Portaventura - Not been on many woodies lol
    5. Stampida Blue - Portaventura - As above

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Nemesis Sub-Terra
    - Alton Towers - I'm probably the only 'super fan' of this ride lol
    2. Temple Del Fuego - Portaventura - Classing this a dark ride and it's awesome!
    3. Geistersschloss - Europa - I love this ghost train so much and the music is incredible
    4. Mystery Castle - Phantasialand - So much fun and quite unique
    5. Hex - Alton Towers - A solid dark ride with a great story and theme

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Apocalypse
    - Drayton - Still the only rides to scare me on stand up floor
    2. Slammer (RIP) - Thorpe - Huge fan of this ride, sorry to see it go
    3. Hurakan Condor - Portaventura - Although I don't find it as scary as Apocalypse, it's still a beast
    4. Talocan - Phantasialand - Intense and crazy as hell, beautiful theme
    5. Rameses Revenge - Chessington - I love the theme and the cycles they choose for it

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Chiapas - Phantasialand - Gorgeous, well themed and just perfection
    2. Valhalla - PBB - Still impressive and brilliant
    3. River Quest - Phantasialand - So crazy and bizarre and VERY wet sometimes
    4. Poseidon - Europa - Lovely theming and I love the water coaster parts
    5. River Caves - PBB - I have such a soft spot for this ride

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters
    1. G-Farce
    - Drayton - Awful, uncomfortable contraption
    2. Furious Backache - Portaventura - Great launch, awful after that
    3. Big Dipper - PBB - Rough and unpleasant
    4. Desperado - Buffalo Bills Las Vegas - Rough, boring and uneventful
    5. Infusion - PBB - I used to like this coaster, it's now horrible to ride

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Maelstrom
    - Drayton - Ridden once, never again (I don't like puke machines)
    2. Ice Age 4D - Portaventura - Terrible IP conversion
    3. Blade - Alton Towers - Pirate ships are a big nope
    4. Rush - Thorpe - Swinging stuff again *voms*
    5. Impossible - PBB - Erm, what? grotty and pointless

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Europa Park
    - #blankchequeforroland
    2. Phantasialand - wonderful in everyway
    3. Alton Towers - Not without its faults but my top UK park
    4. Portaventura - Gorgeous park with a great ride line up
    5. PBB - This will always be my home, too many great memories

    It's actually harder to do than it looks lol Plus I'm only just making my way around Europe so I have minimal parks to choose from.
     
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  3. MakoMania

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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Mako (SWO)
    2. SheiKra (BGT)
    3. Kraken (SWO)
    4. Oblivion (AT)
    5. Montu (BGT)

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Grand National (BPB)-best in UK
    2. Gwazi Tiger* (BGT)
    3. Wild Mouse (BPB)
    4. Gwazi Lion* (BPB)
    5. Big Dipper (BPB)

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Forbidden Journey (IOA)
    2. Transformers (USF)
    3. Gringotts (USF)
    4. Spiderman (IOA)
    5. Valhalla (BPB)

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Falcon's Fury (BGT)
    2. Rush (Thorpe)
    3. Hurakan (Tibidabo)
    4. Ice Blast (BPB)
    5. Pterodactyl (Flamingo Land)

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Valhalla (BPB)
    2. Journey to Atlantis (SWO)
    3. Jurassic Park River Adventure (IOA)
    4. Ripsaw Falls (IOA)
    5. Storm Force 10 (Drayton Manor)

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Colossus (Thorpe)
    2. Infusion (BPB)
    3. X (Thorpe)
    4. G-Force (Drayton Manor)
    5. Sand Serpent (BGT)

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Phoenix (BGT)
    2. Submission (AT)
    3. Maelstrom (Drayton Manor)
    4. Vortex (Thorpe)
    5. Flip Flop (Flamingo Land)

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. SeaWorld Orlando
    2. Busch Gardens Tampa
    3. Islands of Adventure
    4. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    5. Alton Towers
     
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  4. D4n

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    Favourite Ride:
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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Taron, Phantasialand
    2. Shambhala, PortAventura
    3. Helix, Liseberg
    4. Blue Fire, Europa Park
    5. Montu, Busch Gardens Africa


    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Wodan, Europa Park
    2. Megafobia, Oakwood
    3. Wild Mouse, PBB
    4. Grand National, PBB
    5. Balder, Liseberg

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Forbidden Journey, IoA
    2. Spiderman, IoA
    3. Dinosaur, Disney's Animal Kingdom
    4. Hex, Alton Towers
    5. Tower of Terror, Hollywood Studios

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Talocan, Phantasialand
    2. Hurakan Condor, PortAventura
    3. Detonator, Thorpe Park
    4. Maelstrom, Drayton Manor
    5. Eagle's Claw, Lightwater Valley

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Chiapas, Phantasialand
    2. Splash Mountain, Magic Kingdom
    3. Valhalla, PBB
    4. Jurassic Park River Adventure, IoA
    5. Popeye & Bluto's Blige-Rat Barges, IoA

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Furious Baco, PortAventura
    2. Infusion, PBB
    3. G-Force, Drayton Manor
    4. Colossus, Thorpe Park
    5. Rock n Rollercoaster, Disney Studios Paris

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Ice Age 4D, PortAventura
    2. Bench, Europa Park
    3. Pandemonium, Drayton Manor
    4. Ellen's Energy Adventure, Epcot
    5. Feng Ju Palace, Phantasialand

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Europa Park
    2. Islands of Adventure
    3. Phantasialand
    4. PortAventura
    5. Disney's Animal Kingdom
     
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  5. Rob

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    Good one! Now let's have a think:

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park)
    2. Helix (Liseberg)
    3. Apollo's Charriot (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)
    4. Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion)
    5. Taron (Phantasialand)
    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure)
    2. Wodan (Europa-Park)
    3. Troy (Toverland)
    4. Balder (Liseberg)
    5. White Lightning (Fun Spot America)
    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)
    2. Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Florida)
    3. Spiderman (Islands of Adventure)
    4. Forbidden Journey (Islands of Adventure)
    5. Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom)
    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Sky Coaster (Fun Spot America, Kissimmee) - not really a ride but it's too good not to have here
    2. High Fall (Movie Park Germany)
    3. Maelstrom (Drayton Manor)
    4. Rush (Thorpe Park)
    5. Apocolypse (Drayton Manor)
    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
    2. Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges (Islands of Adventure)
    3. Chiapas (Phantasialand)
    4. Fjord Rafting (Europa-Park)
    5. Escape from Pompeii (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)
    Top 5 - Worst Coasters (in no particular order, excluding crappy kids coasters)
    1. Furious Backache (PortAventura)
    2. Anaconda (Kings Dominion)
    3. Shockwave (Kings Dominion)
    4. Bandit (Movie Park Germany)
    5. Temple of the Nighthawk (Phantasialand)
    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark) (in no particular order, excluding crappy kids rides)
    1. Any Intamin Looping Starship (ridden at BGT and Kings Dominion)
    2. Hollywood Bore (Phantasialand)
    3. Ice Age 4D (PortAventura)
    4. Rumba Crapids (Thorpe Park)
    5. Cueva de las Tarántulas (Parque de Atracciones de Madrid)
    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Europa-Park
    2. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
    3. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    4. Disneyland Parc, Paris
    5. Six Flags Great Adventure

    Some of those were actually quite hard and chances are they could change if I was asked again next week.

    :)
     
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  6. Ted

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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Helix
    2. Nemesis
    3. Olympia Looping
    4. Jetline
    5. Oblivion

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Wildfire
    2. Twister
    3. Balder
    4. Grand National
    5. Thundercoaster

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Original Bubbleworks
    2. Thor's Hammer
    3. Duel
    4. X
    5. Tomb Blaster

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Rush/Upswingett
    2. Slammer
    3. Jukebox
    4. Rameses' Revenge/Ripsaw
    5. Maelstorm

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Loggers Leap
    2. Liseberg's Flume
    3. Ragnarok
    4. Stormforce 10
    5. Valhalla

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Insane
    2. Thundercoaster
    3. G Force
    4. Shockwave
    5. Infusion

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Imperial Leather Bubbleworks
    2. Towers' Flume
    3. Edge
    4. Rumba Rapids
    5. Tusenfryd's Flume

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Liseberg
    2. Grona Lund
    3. Disneyland Paris
    4. Alton Towers
    5. Thorpe Park

    For the best woodies, it's more like a best to worst list as they are the only ones I've ever ridden :p Fun listing this though, some parts were easy, but others difficult than I thought they would be!
     
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  7. John

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    Probably forgotten a few, but here goes:

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters

    1. Ultimate, LWV
    2. Skyrush, Hersheypark
    3. Helix, Liseberg
    4. Raptor, Cedar Point
    5. Fury 325, Carowinds

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. El Toro, SFGAd
    2. Phoenix, Knoebels
    3. Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce
    4. Colossos, Heide Park (based on 2011 visit)
    5. Wodan, EP

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Spiderman, IoA
    2. Forbidden Journey, IoA
    3. Tower of Terror, DHS/WDS
    4. Fata Morgana, Efteling
    5. Defi de Cesar, Asterix

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Donjon de l'extreme, Nigloland
    2. Spin Spider, Tusenfryd
    3. Jukebox, Liseberg
    4. Breakdance #1
    5. NYC Transformer, Movie Park Germany

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Chiapas, Phantasialand
    2. Splash Mountain, Magic Kingdom
    3. Pulsar, Walibi Belgium
    4. Blizzard River, SFNE
    5. River Quest, Phantasialand

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Furius Baco, PA
    2. Sequoia Adventure, Gardaland
    3. Shock Wave, Brean
    4. G Force, DMP
    5. Temple of the Nighthawk, Phantasialand

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Little Monsters Mischief Mansion, Flamingoland
    2. Hollywood Tour, Phantasialand
    3. Fairy Tale Castle, Liseberg
    4. Impossible, BPB
    5. Any starflyer

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Europa Park
    2. Cedar Point
    3. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    4. Liseberg
    5. Phantasialand
     
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  8. Poisson

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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Nemesis - Alton Towers
    2. The Ultimate - Lightwater Valley
    3. The Smiler - Alton Towers
    4. Black Mamba - Phantasialand
    5. Olympia Looping - Barth

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Troy - Toverland
    2. Wild Mouse - BPB
    3. Joris En De Draak Fire - Efteling
    4. Joris En De Draak Water - Efteling
    5. Grand National - BPB

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Mystery Castle - Phantasialand
    2. Hex - Alton Towers
    3. Wallace And Gromit - BPB
    4. Droomvlucht - Efteling
    5. Drop Dead - London Dungeon

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Commander - Hanstein
    2. Talocan - Phantasialand
    3. Breakdance No.1 - Kinzler
    4. Tagada No.1 - Evans
    5. Freak Out - Bottons Pleasure Beach

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. River Quest - Phantasialand
    2. Chiapas - Phantasialand
    3. Valhalla - BPB
    4. Congo River Rapids - Alton Towers
    5. Djengu River - Toverland

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Infusion - BPB
    2. Bandit - Movie Park Germany
    3. Corkscrew - Flamingo Land
    4. Velocity - Flamingo Land
    5. Kumali - Flamingo Land

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Crazy Hopper - Tuby
    2. Submission - Alton Towers
    3. Obliterator - Pleasure Island
    4. Geister Rikscha - Phantasialand
    5. Hollywood Tour - Phantasialand

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Phantasialand
    2. Alton Towers
    3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    4. Toverland
    5. Efteling
     
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  9. Towerslover

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    Apologies for the slightly shortened version but I do not have many credits! I plan to do more of the uk parks over the summer!



    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. The Smiler -At
    2. Oblivion -At
    3. Nemesis -At
    4. Thirteen -At
    5. Rock and Roller Coaster -Dlp

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Ratatouille -Dlp
    2. Hex -At
    3. Duel -At
    4. Pirates of the Caribbean -Dlp
    5. It's a small world -Dlp

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. The flume :( -At
    2. Congo river rapids -At

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters
    1. Rita -At
    2. Space mountain -Dlp

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Alton Towers
    2. Walt Disney Studios Paris
    3. Disneyland Paris Main Park
    4. Drayton Manor
     
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  10. Mattmash

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    Favourite Ride:
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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Maverick - Cedar Point
    2. Skyrush - Hersheypark
    3. Twisted Colossus - SFMM
    4. Formula Rossa - Ferrari World
    5. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. El Toro - SFGAdv
    2. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
    3. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
    4. Phoenix - Knoebels
    5. Gold Striker - California's Great America

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Indiana Jones - Disneyland
    2. Spiderman - IOA
    3. Forbidden Journey - IOA
    4. Dinosaur - Animal Kingdom
    5. Fata Morgana - Efteling

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Tower of Terror - WDS
    2. Mystery Castle - Phantasialand
    (Yes I know the 2 above could technically class as dark rides, but I have more fave dark rides than flats...)
    3. 2Extreme (Capriolo) - Travelling
    4. Scream - Heide Park
    5. L'Hydre de Lerne - Parc Asterix

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Splash Mountain - Magic Kingdom
    2. Chiapas - Phantasialand
    3. River Quest - Phantasialand
    4. Pulsar - Walibi Belgium
    5. Mystery River - Movie Park

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Shockwave - Kings Dominion
    2. Tornado - Bakken
    3. Sequioa Adventure - Gardaland
    4. Soarin' Eagle - Coney Island
    5. Furious Baco - Port Aventura

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Anything that spins a lot :p
    2. Fairy Tale Castle - Liseberg
    3. Hollywood Tour - Phantasialand
    4. Dungeons of Doom - Camelot
    5. Rumba Rapids - Thorpe Park

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Cedar Point
    2. Europa Park
    3. Phantasialand
    4. Islands of Adventure
    5. Disneyland

    Sure I'm forgetting something somewhere along the way, and like Rob's, it could all change if you asked me again tomorrow!
     
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  11. Rose Of Dawn

    Rose Of Dawn TowersStreet Member

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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Eejanaika - Fuji-Q Highland
    2. Formula Rossa - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    3. Dodonpa - Fuji-Q Highland
    4. Flying Aces - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    5. Kraken - Sea World Orlando

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Wodan - Europa-Park
    2. Troy - Toverland
    3. Joris En De Draak - Efteling
    4. Ghostrider - Knott's Berry Farm
    5. Megafobia - Oakwood

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Mystic Manor - Hong Kong Disneyland
    2. Tower of Terror - Tokyo Disney Sea
    3. Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Tokyo Disney Sea
    4. De Vliegende Hollander - Efteling
    5. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Tokyo Disney Sea

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Chiapas - Phantasialand
    2. Jurassic Park River Adventure - Universal Islands of Adventure
    3. Splash Mountain - Tokyo Disneyland
    4. Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls - Universal Islands of Adventure
    5. River Quest - Phantasialand

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Hero - Flamingo Land
    2. Bandit - Movie Park Germany/Psyclone - Six Flags Magic Mountain
    3. Gwazi - Busch Gardens Tampa
    4. Dragon - Ocean Park
    5. Rock 'n Roll Duncan - Fuji-Q Highland

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Tokyo Disney Sea
    2. Europa-Park
    3. Tokyo Disney Land
    4. Universal Islands of Adventure
    5. Hong Kong Disneyland
     
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  12. Ian

    Ian TS Site Team Team Member

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    Favourite Ride:
    Monster, Walygator
    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Monster - Walygator
    2. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
    3. Oz'Iris - Parc Asterix
    4. Taron - Phantasialand
    5. Galactica/Air (sans VR crap) - Alton Towers

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Tonnerre De Zeus - Parc Asterix
    2. Wodan - Europa Park
    3. Joris en de Draak (Fire) - Efteling
    4. Troy - Toverland - I really need to re-ride this. It's finally position has still not been set
    5. Loop Garou - Walibi Belgium

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Mystery Castle - Phantasialand
    2. Valhalla - Blackpool Pleasure Beach*
    3. De Vliegende Hollander - Efteling*
    4. Star Tours - Disneyland Paris
    5. Fata Morgana - Efteling
    * Putting these both in the Water Rides category they don't meet top 5. However, as dark rides they are both incredible

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Talocan - Phantasialand
    2. Maelstrom - Drayton Manor
    3. Rush - Thorpe Park
    4. Slammer - Thorpe Park (RIP)
    5. Spinning Vibe - Walibi Holland

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Chiapas - Phantasialand
    2. River Quest - Phantasialand
    3. Poseidon - Europa Park
    4. Stormforce 10 - Drayton Manor
    5. Pulsar - Walibi Belgium

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. El Condor - Walibi Holland
    2. Dizz/Naga Bay - Bobbejaanland
    3. Temple of the Nighthawk - Phantasialand
    4. Mumbo Jumbo - Flamingo Land
    5. Vampire - Chessington

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Hollywood Tour - Phantasialand
    2. Donnerfluss - Holiday Park
    3. Bos Van Plop - Plopsaland De Panne
    4. Wild West Shootout - Drayton Manor
    5. El Volador - Bellewaerde

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Phantasialand - Germany
    2. Europa Park - Germany
    3. Parc Asterix - France
    4. Walibi Holland - Netherlands
    5. Parc Disneyland - France
     
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  13. Panda

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    Yaaaay, finally done enough stuff to not have a list full of UK stuff :D

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters

    1. Monster (Walygator Parc)
    2. Taron (Phantasialand)
    3. Schwur des Kärnan (Hansa-Park)
    4. Helix (Liseberg)
    5. Blue Fire (Europa-Park) [I struggle with my #5 as Troy takes that spot overall]

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Troy (Toverland)
    2. Wild Mouse (BPB)
    3. Wodan (Europa-Park)
    4. Joris Water (Efteling)
    5. Balder (Liseberg)

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Mystery Castle (Phantasialand)
    2. De Vligende Hollander (Efteling)
    3. Phantom Manor (Disneyland Paris)
    4. Droomflucht (Efteling)
    5. Hex (Alton Towers)

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Apocalypse (Drayton Manor)
    2. Talocan (Phantasialand) [It's a love/hate thing]
    3. Atmosfear (Liseberg)
    4. Detonator (Thorpe Park)
    5. Maelstrom (Drayton Manor) [Made me feel damn ill but I can appreciate it]

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Chiapas (Phantasialand)
    2. River Quest (Phantasialand)
    3. Valhalla (BPB)
    4. Pulsar (Walibi Belgium)
    5. Poseidon (Europa-Park)

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters
    1. The Ultimate (Lightwater Valley)
    2. El Condor (Walibi Holland)
    3. Kumali (FlamingoLand)
    4. Boomerang (Bellewaerde)
    5. G-Force (Drayton Manor)

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Any Topscan
    2. Any Afterburner
    3. Universe of Energy (Europa-Park)
    4. Geister Rickscha (Phantasialand)
    5. Inferno (Terra Mitica)

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Phantasialand
    2. Europa-Park
    3. Tivoli Gardens
    4. Walibi Holland
    5. Efteling
     
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  14. Alastair

    Alastair TS Forum Team Team Member

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    Favourite Ride:
    Indiana Jones Adventure
    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Katun (Mirabilandia)
    2. Helix (Liseberg)
    3. Nemesis (Alton Towers)
    4. Twisted Colossus (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
    5. Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa)

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Balder (Liseberg)
    2. Wildfire (Kolmården Wildlife Park)
    3. Wodan (Europa Park)
    4. Twister (Grona Lund)
    5. Ghostrider [retracked version] (Knott's Berry Farm)

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Indiana Jones Adventure (DCA)
    2. HP and the Forbidden Journey (Universal Hollywood)
    3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios WDW)
    4. Spiderman 3D (Islands of Adventure)
    5. Radiator Springs Racers (DCA)

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. SpinSpider (Tusenfryd)
    2. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
    3. La Revolucion (Knott's Berry Farm)
    4. Jukebox (Liseberg)
    5. Detonator (Thorpe Park)

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Grizzly River Run (DCA)
    2. Divertical (Mirabilandia)
    3. Splash Mountain [can't distinguish between any of them] (DL/WDW:MK)
    4. Timber Mountain Log Ride (Knott's Berry Farm)
    5. Valhalla [feel this would be ranked higher if it wasn't in such a cold miserable place] (BPB)

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Furius Baco (PortAventura)
    2. Green Lantern (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
    3. Infusion (BPB)
    4. Insane (Grona Lund)
    5. Ghostrider [before retracking] (Knott's Berry Farm)

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Ice Age 4D [aka. worst rethemed ride of all time] (PortAventura)
    2. Impossible (BPB)
    3. BENCH (Europa Park)
    4. Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom (Blackpool Dungeons)
    5. Submission (of course, formerly of Alton Towers)

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Disneyland California
    2. Universal's Islands of Adventure
    3. Disney's California Adventure
    4. Europa Park
    5. WDW Magic Kingdom

    This took FAR too long to compile :p
     
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  15. Dan

    Dan TS Contributor

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    Favourite Ride:
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    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Maverick - Cedar Point
    2. Skyrush - Hersheypark
    3. Iron Rattler - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
    4. Formula Rossa - Ferrari World
    5. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
    2. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
    3. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
    4. Wildfire - Kolmarden
    5. Colossos - Heide Park

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Indiana Jones - Tokyo Disneysea
    2. Forbidden Journey - Islands of Adventure
    3. Spiderman - Universal Studios Japan
    4. Tower of Terror - Walt Disney Studios
    5. Radiator Springs Racers - Islands of Adventure

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. SpinSpider - Tusenfryd
    2. Breakdance #1 - Travelling
    3. Sky Coaster - Fun Spot America, Kissimmee
    4. Atmosfear - Liseberg
    5. Loke - Liseberg

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Splash Mountain - Magic Kingdom
    2. Chiapas - Phantasialand
    3. Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges - Islands of Adventure
    4. River Quest - Phantasialand
    5. Divertical - Mirabilandia

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters
    1. Nighthawk - Carowinds
    2. El Condor - Walibi Holland
    3. Green Lantern - Six Flags Magic Mountain
    4. Shockwave - Kings Dominion
    5. Furious Baco - Port Aventura

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Hollywood Tour - Phantasialand
    2. Impossible - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    3. Fairy Tale Castle - Liseberg
    4. Wild West Shootout - Drayton Manor
    5. Universe of Energy - Europa-Park

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Cedar Point
    2. Tokyo Disneysea
    3. Disneyland
    4. Six Flags Great Adventure
    5. Europa Park
     
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  16. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    Favourite Ride:
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    Bear in mind that I haven't done much outside of the UK Merlin parks and Florida, so some of the rides in these lists might look like I'm clutching at straws a bit.

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters

    1. Mako (SeaWorld Orlando) - Wow! This was the ride I was most excited for when we went to Florida last August, and it didn't disappoint! There is so much airtime and so many elements that chuck you out of your seat (not literally, of course!), the ride is themed brilliantly, it's smooth, it's fast; the list of positives goes on. Everyone in my family came off Mako with huge smiles on their faces. Even my Mum who isn't really a fan of big, intense coasters adored Mako. A wonderful first dip into the world of hyper coasters.
    2. Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Montu provides a similar sensation to Nemesis, but it's longer and faster. What's not to like?
    3. SheiKra (Busch Gardens Tampa) - SheiKra is a truly brilliant coaster. The drops, the Immelmann, the water splash; they all add up to make for an unforgettable ride experience. SheiKra feels rather akin to a more modern, more substantial version of Oblivion.
    4. The Swarm (Thorpe Park) - I know this is quite a controversial opinion, but I personally prefer The Swarm to Nemesis. "Why?" I hear you ask. Well, I prefer the Swarm because in my opinion, it packs a good punch, it has good near misses with theming and the unique seating position really adds to the ride in my opinion. Bear in mind I haven't been to Thorpe since 2015, so it may have changed since then. This was actually my top coaster before visiting BGT and revisiting SeaWorld in August 2016.
    5. Nemesis (Alton Towers) - What a brilliant ride. It's very intense, it's still really smooth at 23 years old and it is just a stunning feat of engineering. The ride also provides excellent near misses with the rocks and when I first became an enthusiast, it was one of very few rides that made me come off feeling a tad dizzy (I don't feel dizzy anymore, as loads of riding has sort of made me impervious to the dizziness.) Another good ride that made me feel dizzy was The Smiler.

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Megafobia (Oakwood) - This is currently the only wooden coaster I have ridden, and what a brilliant ride it is. It's packed with airtime, it's reasonably intense and it just provides that feeling that only a wooden coaster can provide. One slight flaw with the ride that prevents me from ranking it higher in my combined Top 10 is that many of the ride's turns are unbanked, therefore making for a very unpleasant jolt each time the ride turns, not dissimilar to a Wild Mouse coaster.

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Gringotts (Universal Studios Florida) - I know it isn't technically a dark ride, but Gringotts is the best dark ride I have done because the 3D is stunning, the queue is stunning and the special effects, such as the water, are brilliantly timed, making for an outstanding overall experience. It probably helps that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, so I know everything that's going on.
    2. Forbidden Journey (Islands of Adventure) - This ride is stunning in very similar ways to its sister dark ride next door at Universal Studios, but it made me feel on edge in a way that no other dark ride ever has before due to an excellent combination of screens and physical theming. It was a very close decision between Gringotts and Forbidden Journey because they're both brilliant dark rides.
    3. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Islands of Adventure) - Spider-Man employs some excellent technology to really immerse you into the ride, such as the stunning 3D and the free fall technology (it still baffles me how that's done!) Also, the ride is an excellent combination of screens and physical theming, similar to Forbidden Journey. I loved this attraction even though I'm not a huge fan of Marvel.
    4. Hex (Alton Towers) - Hex is the definition of the phrase "hidden gem". This is an attraction that looks fairly insignificant from the outside, but on the inside, it's a brilliant attraction, especially after the 2017 refurbishment. You can tell that every little detail has been thought of inside Hex, from the smells to the lighting. I also adore the way that the story gradually unravels itself with a real sense of drama as the experience goes on. This is a must-do if you ever visit Alton Towers!
    5. Transformers: The Ride (Universal Studios Florida) - Transformers is a very similar ride to Spider-Man, except it doesn't have as good of a balance between screens and physical theming as Spider-Man and it also feels less action-packed. It's still a good ride though!

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Falcon's Fury (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Falcon's Fury has to be one of the most insane things I've ever done! It's the drop tower taken to a whole new level, and I love it!
    2. Detonator (Thorpe Park) - Detonator is a ride that proves a drop tower doesn't need height to be an insane ride. It still packs brilliant forces even though it's only 115ft tall. I was utterly blown away by this ride!
    3. The Blade (Alton Towers) - The Blade is one of Alton Towers' classic rides that still packs a punch. It provides a peculiar sensation in your stomach every time you ride
    4. Sizzler (Folly Farm) - This ride is actually quite forceful for a ride built in the 1930's! It is an asset to Folly Farm's collection of vintage rides.
    5. Caterpillar (Folly Farm) - Another great fairground ride at Folly Farm. The lack of a physical restraint and the darkness make this ride feel quite intense. Very strange, considering that in a modern theme park, this would be classed as a kiddie ride.

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges (Islands of Adventure) - A word I would use to describe Bilge-Rats is wet. Very, very wet. I don't think I've ever had so much water poured on me in such a short space of time in my entire life! The ride also has some good rapids sections and excellent theming.
    2. Jurassic Park River Adventure (Islands of Adventure) - This ride is a really good water ride, but where it shines most is as an experience. The animatronics are good considering their age, the moment where the gates to Jurassic Park open always sends a tingle down your spine and the little touches throughout the ride really make the whole experience.
    3. Kali River Rapids (Disney's Animal Kingdom) - Again, Kali River Rapids is a ride that shines as an experience. The theming is stunning and the drop is a real soaker!
    4. Logger's Leap (Thorpe Park) - I personally think that this is a very underrated water ride. Both the times we rode (July 2014 and May 2015) we got absolutely soaked! It makes me sad that the ride is most likely dead and buried, but if its replacement turns out to be a B&M Hyper in 2020, I'm not complaining!
    5. Congo River Rapids (Alton Towers) (pre-waterfall removal) - The Congo River Rapids strike the perfect balance between dryness and wetness, in my opinion. It may not be the best water ride in the world, but it sure is a fun ride that never fails to please. It could do with a bit more theming around its course, but this is just me being petty.

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Colossus (Thorpe Park) - Oh dear. Colossus has to be the roughest, joltiest, most painful ride I have ever ridden. The Intamin OTSR's do not help matters at all, and the ride's layout isn't the best I've ever ridden either.
    On the positive side, the ride's landscaping and soundtrack are both great.
    2. Rita (Alton Towers) - I dislike Rita for the same reasons I dislike Colossus, but Rita's intense launch makes me prefer Rita slightly.
    3. Rattlesnake (Chessington World of Adventures) - Rattlesnake is unappealing in a way quite unlike other unappealing coasters I've ridden. It isn't rough as such, it's more uncomfortable due to its incredibly jerky turns and the cars being incredibly cramped, resulting in a painful experience for every rider. I don't know if this is a general quality of Wild Mouse coasters or whether this is exclusively Rattlesnake, although Primeval Whirl makes me think it may be the latter. I'm also unsure why the ride has a 1.4m height restriction, when I would class both Dragon's Fury and Vampire as better and more intense than it.
    4. Dragon Challenge (Islands of Adventure) (both sides) - The Dragon Challenge coasters have not aged very well at all for 18-year-old B&M's. They are both incredibly rough, and jerk you hard around every single turn. The rides' layouts didn't do much for me either. I am glad these rides are being removed because I know that they are iconic for many people, but they aren't great as rides and I'm confident that Universal can conjure up a brilliant replacement. On the positive side, the queue theming is very detailed and really replicates the Potter universe.

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Wild Arctic (SeaWorld Orlando) - Oh god. This ride is rather atrocious. The doors shake like hell and the ride is incredibly rough for a motion simulator. On the positive side, however, the exhibit is lovely. SeaWorld, if you're reading this, get rid of the simulator, keep the exhibit and put a good new dark ride in that space. We only rode this once out of the 3 days we spent at SeaWorld, the other times we just walked in through the non-riders entrance to see the exhibit.
    2. Rumba Rapids (Thorpe Park) - They may as well rename this ride Rumba River, because we didn't get a single wave both times we rode. On the positive side, however, I have heard that the ride is a bit rougher after 2016, so my opinion might change if I go back to Thorpe.
    3. The Flume (Alton Towers) - The Flume was a ride that wasn't overly wet, but dragged on... and on... and on. I'm glad that Towers have removed it and I'm excited for SW8, which will almost certainly be better.
    4. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin (SeaWorld Orlando) - Now, Antarctica isn't bad as such, it's more strange than bad. It seems like a lot of dancing around rooms randomly. On the positive side, however, the scenery is great and really makes you feel like you're in Antarctica. (This might also be helped by the fact that it is incredibly cold in there, especially when you are wearing summer attire.) Also, the exhibit is lovely. Again, we only rode once and walked through the non-riders entrance the other times.
    5. Storm Surge (Thorpe Park) - Again, Storm Surge isn't necessarily bad as such, in fact I quite enjoyed it! It's just that the ride isn't overly wet and doesn't look the best off-ride. I do wish I didn't have to put Storm Surge in this list.

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Alton Towers - The reasons that Alton Towers is my favourite park include that it is the best example of a park that combines a well-rounded ride lineup and good theming that I have visited. Also, the park just provides a sense of magic that no other theme park has really replicated.
    2. Islands of Adventure - Islands of Adventure is another stunningly themed park that combines a well-rounded lineup of rides and excellent theming. It doesn't quite clinch the top spot for me because of the connection I have with Alton Towers, but it's a stunning park that's really worth a visit.
    3. SeaWorld Orlando - This park was one of the biggest surprises of Orlando for me. It has a lovely, relaxed vibe and just provides a great day out in general, with a good ride lineup and great animals. Theming is good, but not the best theming I've ever seen in a theme park (although this looks set to change with additions like Infinity Falls and Mako). Overall, SeaWorld is a brilliant park, really worth a visit if you're in the Orlando area.
    4. Disney's Animal Kingdom - This is another park that has a great, relaxed vibe. The theming is great, Kilimanjaro Safaris is stunning and really worth a ride, Expedition Everest is an excellent family thrill ride; this park is just great. It and SeaWorld could possibly swap places if I ever revisit WDW.
    5. Busch Gardens Tampa - Busch Gardens is a great park with an excellent lineup of thrill rides and some good theming. It reminded me a bit of a better landscaped, better themed version of Thorpe Park. It's really worth the drive from Orlando just for the coasters!

    P.S. Sorry if some of these reviews seem a bit negative. I like to think of myself as a positive person, but some of these rides don't really have many positives.
     
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  17. alee298

    alee298 TowersStreet Member

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    Favourite Ride:
    Colossus or Oblivion
    Bear in mind I haven't had time or money to travel beyond the U.K much yet, there may be lack of variety. Hopefully in the next few years I will be changing this list extensively!
    Top 5 - Steel Coasters
    1. Colossus- Thorpe Park. I love inversions, it's a fun ride and definitely not as rough as people make it out to be.
    2. Oblivion- Alton Towers. Makes me swear loudly at the drop every time. Brilliant one trick pony.
    3. Mindbender- Edmonton Mall. I had the luck to be on a rugby tour of Canada when we stopped off at Edmonton for 3 days, played a match and thoroughly trashed them, then went to the Mall. This ride is crazy intense and still quite smooth. if you get the chance to ride, take it! I really enjoyed it
    4. Nemesis- Alton Towers. Intense enough to give me a nosebleed after 4 consecutive goes, well themed and landscaped. Always leaves me feeling wobbly afterwards
    5. The Swarm- Thorpe Park. Well themed for a Merlin coaster, plenty intense on the back row and really smooth. I love the first drop too.

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Umm, I haven't ridden any yet. Embarrassing...
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    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Hex- Alton Towers. Brilliant ride, I love the new smells and the story is interesting and slightly spooky. The mad house part it great fun too. Bringing friends and family on for the first time is a great experience.
    2. DBGT MKII- The first iteration of this was crap. Mark II is so much better, although the VR is a little odd, the experience, the hanging train carriage and the final scene are brilliant.
    3. Duel- Alton Towers. Before it really started to deteriorate duel was great fun and was kind of spooky, in recent years its declined to a bad state.
    4. I need to travel more...
    5.

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Rush- Thorpe Park. Pretty intense, when run on a good cycle on a quiet day it's a great ride!
    2. Ripsaw (RIP)- Alton towers. Much better than it's Chessington counterpart, a good soaking and some crazy flips.
    3. Samurai- Thorpe Park. Again, on quiet days and when it isn't being broken, Samurai is intense and crazy.
    4. Vortex- Thorpe Park- Similar to rush but with added spinning, not enough to be a Vomit Comet but plenty to add to the ride experience
    5. Slammer (RIP)- Thorpe Park. Bloody intense and unique, when the damn thing was open. Reliability brings it down. Sad to see it go though.

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    Can I count water slides?

    1. Loggers Leap- Thorpe Park. Really underrated, the double drop provided some great airtime, especially when I was smaller and it got you a little wet too.
    2. Congo River Rapids- Alton towers. Gets you wet, pretty fun and the waterfalls were cool when they were on.
    3. Cyclone- Edmonton Mall- Bloody Crazy Water slide with an incline loop. Genuinely nearly made me poo myself when the floor went away.
    4. Sky Screamer blue- Edmonton Mall. Vertical drop waterslide in the dark. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
    5.

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Rita- Alton Towers. Dull, bland and ruins the area completely. I won't queue more than 5 mins for it.
    2. Rattlesnake- Chessington. Ow, ow, ow. The ride experience. Horrible thing.
    3. X- Thorpe Park. Boring and was better backwards. Kind of hurts to ride sometimes and a silly 2 people per car rule.
    4. I haven't ridden many bad rides. :p
    5.

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Any Huss Enterprise. VOMIT COMET, no thank you.
    2. Rumba Rapids- Thorpe Park. Yawn fest
    3. Tomb Blaster- Chessington. The ride was killed with the horrible LED's and it's kinda dull now.
    4. Tidal Wave- Thorpe Park. You go up, you come down, you get freaking soaked. Useless unless its 25 degrees+
    5. Boating school- Legoland. Dire throughput and kinda dull. not for me.

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Thorpe Park- When they have a good day it can be a really enjoyable place, a great collection of flats too. Fright nights are great there.
    2. Alton towers- Great coasters, starting to lack flat rides and a nice day out, even if you don't ride much.
    3. Edmonton mall- It's fun with some crazy rides. I recommend.
    4.Chessington- Similar to Thorpe but much less to do and throughputs are much lower, needs big investment to breathe life into it.
    5.
     
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  18. DiogoJ42

    DiogoJ42 TowersStreet Member

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    Nice to see another Mindbender fan. :)
     
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  19. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    Sorry for bumping this thread, but I just wanted to update my top 5 flat rides and top 5 water rides, as there's two I forgot about when I did this list. The flat ride and water ride I added are in italics.

    Bear in mind that I haven't done much outside of the UK Merlin parks and Florida, so some of the rides in these lists might look like I'm clutching at straws a bit.

    Top 5 - Steel Coasters

    1. Mako (SeaWorld Orlando) - Wow! This was the ride I was most excited for when we went to Florida last August, and it didn't disappoint! There is so much airtime and so many elements that chuck you out of your seat (not literally, of course!), the ride is themed brilliantly, it's smooth, it's fast; the list of positives goes on. Everyone in my family came off Mako with huge smiles on their faces. Even my Mum who isn't really a fan of big, intense coasters adored Mako. A wonderful first dip into the world of hyper coasters.
    2. Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Montu provides a similar sensation to Nemesis, but it's longer and faster. What's not to like?
    3. SheiKra (Busch Gardens Tampa) - SheiKra is a truly brilliant coaster. The drops, the Immelmann, the water splash; they all add up to make for an unforgettable ride experience. SheiKra feels rather akin to a more modern, more substantial version of Oblivion.
    4. The Swarm (Thorpe Park) - I know this is quite a controversial opinion, but I personally prefer The Swarm to Nemesis. "Why?" I hear you ask. Well, I prefer the Swarm because in my opinion, it packs a good punch, it has good near misses with theming and the unique seating position really adds to the ride in my opinion. Bear in mind I haven't been to Thorpe since 2015, so it may have changed since then. This was actually my top coaster before visiting BGT and revisiting SeaWorld in August 2016.
    5. Nemesis (Alton Towers) - What a brilliant ride. It's very intense, it's still really smooth at 23 years old and it is just a stunning feat of engineering. The ride also provides excellent near misses with the rocks and when I first became an enthusiast, it was one of very few rides that made me come off feeling a tad dizzy (I don't feel dizzy anymore, as loads of riding has sort of made me impervious to the dizziness.) Another good ride that made me feel dizzy was The Smiler.

    Top 5 - Wooden Coasters
    1. Megafobia (Oakwood) - This is currently the only wooden coaster I have ridden, and what a brilliant ride it is. It's packed with airtime, it's reasonably intense and it just provides that feeling that only a wooden coaster can provide. One slight flaw with the ride that prevents me from ranking it higher in my combined Top 10 is that many of the ride's turns are unbanked, therefore making for a very unpleasant jolt each time the ride turns, not dissimilar to a Wild Mouse coaster.

    Top 5 - Dark Rides
    1. Gringotts (Universal Studios Florida) - I know it isn't technically a dark ride, but Gringotts is the best dark ride I have done because the 3D is stunning, the queue is stunning and the special effects, such as the water, are brilliantly timed, making for an outstanding overall experience. It probably helps that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, so I know everything that's going on.
    2. Forbidden Journey (Islands of Adventure) - This ride is stunning in very similar ways to its sister dark ride next door at Universal Studios, but it made me feel on edge in a way that no other dark ride ever has before due to an excellent combination of screens and physical theming. It was a very close decision between Gringotts and Forbidden Journey because they're both brilliant dark rides.
    3. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Islands of Adventure) - Spider-Man employs some excellent technology to really immerse you into the ride, such as the stunning 3D and the free fall technology (it still baffles me how that's done!) Also, the ride is an excellent combination of screens and physical theming, similar to Forbidden Journey. I loved this attraction even though I'm not a huge fan of Marvel.
    4. Hex (Alton Towers) - Hex is the definition of the phrase "hidden gem". This is an attraction that looks fairly insignificant from the outside, but on the inside, it's a brilliant attraction, especially after the 2017 refurbishment. You can tell that every little detail has been thought of inside Hex, from the smells to the lighting. I also adore the way that the story gradually unravels itself with a real sense of drama as the experience goes on. This is a must-do if you ever visit Alton Towers!
    5. Transformers: The Ride (Universal Studios Florida) - Transformers is a very similar ride to Spider-Man, except it doesn't have as good of a balance between screens and physical theming as Spider-Man and it also feels less action-packed. It's still a good ride though!

    Top 5 - Flat Rides
    1. Falcon's Fury (Busch Gardens Tampa) - Falcon's Fury has to be one of the most insane things I've ever done! It's the drop tower taken to a whole new level, and I love it!
    2. Detonator (Thorpe Park) - Detonator is a ride that proves a drop tower doesn't need height to be an insane ride. It still packs brilliant forces even though it's only 115ft tall. I was utterly blown away by this ride!
    3. Doctor Doom's FearFall (Islands of Adventure) - Even though it doesn't quite stack up to Falcon's Fury in Tampa, it was still a really fun ride. This is the only shot'n'drop tower I've done, so if they're all like this, then I think they are very underrated among enthusiasts.
    4. The Blade (Alton Towers) - The Blade is one of Alton Towers' classic rides that still packs a punch. It provides a peculiar sensation in your stomach every time you ride.
    5. Sizzler (Folly Farm) - This ride is actually quite forceful for a ride built in the 1930's! It is an asset to Folly Farm's collection of vintage rides.

    Top 5 - Water Rides
    1. Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges (Islands of Adventure) - A word I would use to describe Bilge-Rats is wet. Very, very wet. I don't think I've ever had so much water poured on me in such a short space of time in my entire life! The ride also has some good rapids sections and excellent theming.
    2. Jurassic Park River Adventure (Islands of Adventure) - This ride is a really good water ride, but where it shines most is as an experience. The animatronics are good considering their age, the moment where the gates to Jurassic Park open always sends a tingle down your spine and the little touches throughout the ride really make the whole experience.
    3. Kali River Rapids (Disney's Animal Kingdom) - Again, Kali River Rapids is a ride that shines as an experience. The theming is stunning and the drop is a real soaker!
    4. Logger's Leap (Thorpe Park) - I personally think that this is a very underrated water ride. Both the times we rode (July 2014 and May 2015) we got absolutely soaked! It makes me sad that the ride is most likely dead and buried, but if its replacement turns out to be a B&M Hyper in 2020, I'm not complaining!
    5. Congo River Rapids (Alton Towers) (pre-waterfall removal) - The Congo River Rapids strike the perfect balance between dryness and wetness, in my opinion. It may not be the best water ride in the world, but it sure is a fun ride that never fails to please. It could do with a bit more theming around its course, but this is just me being petty.

    Top 5 - Worst Coasters

    1. Colossus (Thorpe Park) - Oh dear. Colossus has to be the roughest, joltiest, most painful ride I have ever ridden. The Intamin OTSR's do not help matters at all, and the ride's layout isn't the best I've ever ridden either.
    On the positive side, the ride's landscaping and soundtrack are both great.
    2. Rita (Alton Towers) - I dislike Rita for the same reasons I dislike Colossus, but Rita's intense launch makes me prefer Rita slightly.
    3. Rattlesnake (Chessington World of Adventures) - Rattlesnake is unappealing in a way quite unlike other unappealing coasters I've ridden. It isn't rough as such, it's more uncomfortable due to its incredibly jerky turns and the cars being incredibly cramped, resulting in a painful experience for every rider. I don't know if this is a general quality of Wild Mouse coasters or whether this is exclusively Rattlesnake, although Primeval Whirl makes me think it may be the latter. I'm also unsure why the ride has a 1.4m height restriction, when I would class both Dragon's Fury and Vampire as better and more intense than it.
    4. Dragon Challenge (Islands of Adventure) (both sides) - The Dragon Challenge coasters have not aged very well at all for 18-year-old B&M's. They are both incredibly rough, and jerk you hard around every single turn. The rides' layouts didn't do much for me either. I am glad these rides are being removed because I know that they are iconic for many people, but they aren't great as rides and I'm confident that Universal can conjure up a brilliant replacement. On the positive side, the queue theming is very detailed and really replicates the Potter universe.

    Top 5 - Worst Rides (Flat/Water/Dark)
    1. Wild Arctic (SeaWorld Orlando) - Oh god. This ride is rather atrocious. The doors shake like hell and the ride is incredibly rough for a motion simulator. On the positive side, however, the exhibit is lovely. SeaWorld, if you're reading this, get rid of the simulator, keep the exhibit and put a good new dark ride in that space. We only rode this once out of the 3 days we spent at SeaWorld, the other times we just walked in through the non-riders entrance to see the exhibit.
    2. Rumba Rapids (Thorpe Park) - They may as well rename this ride Rumba River, because we didn't get a single wave both times we rode. On the positive side, however, I have heard that the ride is a bit rougher after 2016, so my opinion might change if I go back to Thorpe.
    3. The Flume (Alton Towers) - The Flume was a ride that wasn't overly wet, but dragged on... and on... and on. I'm glad that Towers have removed it and I'm excited for SW8, which will almost certainly be better.
    4. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin (SeaWorld Orlando) - Now, Antarctica isn't bad as such, it's more strange than bad. It seems like a lot of dancing around rooms randomly. On the positive side, however, the scenery is great and really makes you feel like you're in Antarctica. (This might also be helped by the fact that it is incredibly cold in there, especially when you are wearing summer attire.) Also, the exhibit is lovely. Again, we only rode once and walked through the non-riders entrance the other times.
    5. Journey to Atlantis (SeaWorld Orlando) - Again, Journey to Atlantis isn't bad as such, in fact the dark ride scenes were actually pretty good when I rode it in August 2016! I just didn't think it was really that good as a water ride. It just wasn't very wet and I found the coaster section mildly rough. I get that it was the prototype water coaster, however, and I think that the layouts of succeeding Mack water coasters look much better. Also, I'm hoping that the ride is smoother now after the March 2017 refurbishment, as that apparently involved some track work (did it @MakoMania?). One thing the March 2017 refurbishment also did, however, is it also looks to have cannibalised most of the ride's immersion, as a POV I watched just after the refurbishment was completed showed the dark ride section as completely static with a nice, but strangely unnerving soundtrack playing in the background. (Just realised I should probably have documented this under coasters... oops.)

    Top 5 - Theme/Amusement Parks
    1. Alton Towers - The reasons that Alton Towers is my favourite park include that it is the best example of a park that combines a well-rounded ride lineup and good theming that I have visited. Also, the park just provides a sense of magic that no other theme park has really replicated.
    2. Islands of Adventure - Islands of Adventure is another stunningly themed park that combines a well-rounded lineup of rides and excellent theming. It doesn't quite clinch the top spot for me because of the connection I have with Alton Towers, but it's a stunning park that's really worth a visit.
    3. SeaWorld Orlando - This park was one of the biggest surprises of Orlando for me. It has a lovely, relaxed vibe and just provides a great day out in general, with a good ride lineup and great animals. Theming is good, but not the best theming I've ever seen in a theme park (although this looks set to change with additions like Infinity Falls and Mako). Overall, SeaWorld is a brilliant park, really worth a visit if you're in the Orlando area.
    4. Disney's Animal Kingdom - This is another park that has a great, relaxed vibe. The theming is great, Kilimanjaro Safaris is stunning and really worth a ride, Expedition Everest is an excellent family thrill ride; this park is just great. It and SeaWorld could possibly swap places if I ever revisit WDW.
    5. Busch Gardens Tampa - Busch Gardens is a great park with an excellent lineup of thrill rides and some good theming. It reminded me a bit of a better landscaped, better themed version of Thorpe Park. It's really worth the drive from Orlando just for the coasters!

    P.S. Sorry if some of these reviews seem a bit negative. I like to think of myself as a positive person, but some of these rides don't really have many positives.
     
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  20. MakoMania

    MakoMania TowersStreet Member

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    Wild Arctic is great though! What's not to love about an unoriginal, outdated and poor quality simulator that's falling to bits!?
     
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