Which coasters are too intense to ride again?
There are coasters out there that I can only ride once in a day. Perhaps I have a weak head, but I have to hold back on riding this select numbers of coasters multiple times, or else I’ll be struck with a splitting headache for the remainder of the day. I thought I would showcase a few of the memorable “one ride wonders.”
Batman: The Ride
This small coaster found at Six Flags Great America, St. Louis, over Texas, over Georgia, Magic Mountain, Great Adventure, Great Adventure, and Fiesta Texas (as Goliath) packs quite a punch. Don’t let its small size fool you. This coaster packs 4 g’s during its 2,700 feet of track. The coaster is only about 10 stories tall, but it keeps the speed from the moment it leaves the the lifthill until it reaches the brake run. Over the years I’ve tried to increase the number of times a day I can ride Batman, however I usually can’t ride it more than once or twice in a day. Ride with caution if you have a sensitive head or a low tolerance for the sustained G-Forces! The two wingovers are usually what get me. Although it’s one of my favorite inverted coasters, I do have to ride in moderation.
Surprise! Manta at Seaworld Orlando, another Bolliger and Mabillard coaster, is next on my list. After riding the coaster multiple times this past summer, I quickly realized that the coaster was intense. Although I can usually ride the Superman: Ultimate Flight coasters several times without problem, Manta’s extended layout proved a bit too much for my head. I suffered a bit of motion sickness after back-to-back rides on the blue flying coaster. It’s a great ride, but be careful if Superman: Ultimate Flight bothers you!
Let’s move away from Bolliger and Mabillard to our friends at Premier. Mr. Freeze is located at both Six Flags over Texas and St. Louis and launches riders from 0 to 70 mph in under four seconds. Following the launch, the train moves directly into an inverted tophat and an overbanked turn before speeding up to the point of the 218 foot tall spike. After a short “pause,” the train is launched backwards to complete the entire course again in reverse. It’s usually the backywards part that gets me. There is something about going through the inverted tophat in reverse that my cranium doesn’t like.
These are only the intense coaster that I’ve ridden. I know there are many more and that’s where you come in! Post the coasters that you find intense.