Vote for the Best Coaster From 1999!
Throughout the year we’ve been highlighting our favorite 19 coasters that opened in 1999. Now that the year is coming to a close we wanted to recap all 19. In alphabetical order, here’s the full list:
- Afterburn at Carowinds
- Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure
- BuzzSaw Falls at Silver Dollar City
- Dueling Dragons at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Exterminator at Kennywood
- Face/Off at King’s Island
- Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia
- Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa
- Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Joker’s Jinx at Six Flags America
- Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America
- Ride of Steel at Six Flags Darien Lake
- Roar at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
- Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Steel Eel at SeaWorld San Antonio
- Tennessee Tornado at Dollywood
- Tremors at Silverwood Theme Park
- Twister at Knoebels
A few interesting facts that came out from doing the whole series:
- In total there are six coasters from Six Flags parks, and both Busch Gardens are on list. Interestingly, only two future Cedar Fair parks built exciting new coasters in 1999.
- Universal’s Islands of Adventure had TWO separate coasters (and really, you could argue three). It opened that year, and opened with a bang!
- Four wooden coasters made the list, two made by Great Coasters International, one based on a defunct ride, and one Custom Coasters International coaster.
- Two of the those wooden coasters are (or are turning into) RMC hybrid coasters. Roar became Joker, and Gwazi is in currently being converted into Iron Gwazi!
- One other coaster, BuzzSaw Falls, was partly incorporated into a new ride, Powder Keg. Incredible Hulk also received a major face-lift, so the current version isn’t quite like the 1999 version. And Face/Off got a new name, but otherwise is still running!
- Only one of these rides was completely removed: Dueling Dragons at Island’s of Adventure. It tops our list of Most Missed Attractions lost in the 2010s.
In all, it’s pretty impressive that so many of these twenty year old coasters are still running, many of them still running great. And that only one was completely removed. If you haven’t yet, go back and check out all of the features for some interesting history on these 19 coasters from 20 years ago. And VOTE below for which one is (or was) your favorite! And while looking back at 20 year old rides is great, you should also check out our “Best of the 2010s” lists, where we ranked the best steel coasters, wooden coasters, and non-coasters that opened during the last decade!