Top 3 Inverted Coasters

Top 3 Thursdays


The Best Inverted Coasters
For my final Top 3 Thursday of the ’06 season I’ll be counting down the best inverted coasters. Over the past decade these looping steel creations have found a permanent place in the theme park landscape.

3 – Volcano: The Blast Coaster at Kings Dominion
To call Volcano a custom inverted coaster is an understatement. It features a ‘live’ volcano and two launch sections. Check out my full Volcano review.

2 – Montu at Busch Gardens Africa
While it’s smaller and somewhat less heralded than it’s bigger brother Alpengeist, Montu is one of the best steel coasters around. The loops are tighter and the track interacts with the ground. You dive down into an Egyptian-themed trench during the batwing element. Also, you fly through another canyon towards the end of the ride that’s reminiscent of the finale of the original Star Wars.

1 – Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Europe
In my opinion, Alpengeist is about as close you’re going to get to flying an F-22. At 67 mph and nearly 200 feet tall, it’s an intense, but not overly rough ride. With the exception of the cobra roll inversion, all of the loops are fun flips and turns with little or no headbanging. Check out my full Alpengeist review.

Honorable Mentions – Dueling Dragons at Islands of Adventures & Top Gun at Carowinds

What do you think of my top three inverted coasters? Leave a comment below.

11 Comments

  1. I think your picks are quite good. I would have trouble not including the incredible hulk coaster at IOA. I also find the inversions in the volcano to be too predictable.

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  2. I agree, Volcano's loops are a bit predictable. And Incredible Hulk is a good coaster, but this was a list of my top inverted coasters. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I thought you said that Montu was your favorite roller coaster ever? But i have to agree that Alpengeist is no doubt the best coaster that ive ever experienced

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  4. Matthew, I thought you said Griffon was the best coaster ever? What up with that?

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  5. i agree with this

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  6. This ride is no doubt really good. The one thing i HATE about this ride is the corkscrews. These corkscrews were the most roughest corkscrews ive ever experienced! Im just glad thats at the end of the ride cause if that was the start of the ride, i would have all around hated it!

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  7. What would you say is the worst invert?

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    • the mind racer that's a bang fest

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  8. CC, why did you have a picture of Afterburn/Top Gun, but not include the ride in your article?

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  9. Sorry for the double comment, but forget the above comment. I didn't see the Honorable Mention part.

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  10. I agree, except

    1. Montu

    2. Alpengeist

    3. Volcano: The Blast Coaster

    Also Raptor at Cedar Point.

    These are my favorite steel coasters.

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