Loops vs Airtime – Roller Coaster Showdowns

Roller Coaster Showdowns

Today, the popular Roller Coaster Showdowns series returns with a twist. This time the showdowns
will vary as they’ll include more than just roller coasters. Check back every week for another showdown, pick your side, and tell us why.

We’ll kick off Showdowns with a classic match up. While there are many different types of roller coasters, most of the larger rides will thrill you by taking you through a series of disorienting loops or lift you out of your seat by providing a brief sense of weightlessness (known as airtime by us geeks).

If you could only have one type of roller coaster, which would you pick? Do you prefer roller coasters with loops or roller coasters that provide airtime moments that lift you out of your seat?

Vote below by clicking on one of the images and you’ll see how others voted.

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And you can read more on this debate here: Why Looping Coasters Deserve a Separate Top Ten List

Let us know why you voted the way that you did, by leaving a comment below.

11 Comments

  1. Overall I’d have to pick airtime, but that’s not always the case. Some B&M inverts are just as good, if not better, than some of the headliner hypers.

    Also I’d really like to see a combination of both styles.

    • Agreed. There are some great bloopers like my all-time favorite Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa. And like you I’d love to see a hybrid airtime-packed looper. That’d be my dream ride.

      • I’d say Maverick is a hybrid…

        • Good call Joey. From what I’ve heard about Maverick you’re right. Now if they just put a ride like that on some wooded or hilly terrain all my boxes would be checked.

        • Fahrenheit at Hersheypark actually has a surprising pop of airtime right at the end of a layout that is mostly inversions. But it’s just the one.

          • Funny u say Ferenheit, it was the first coaster to pop in my head after topic of airtime and loops was brought up.

  2. It seems like loops are better. They are better for steel coasters, and who doesn’t enjoy a barrel roll on a wooden coaster?

  3. Hopefully the future of the Rocky Mountain Construction finds this mix of loop and airtime. I have been seeing some good looking rides coming from them and I have only heard that Alan Schilke (design engineer for rocky mountain construction) is only getting started and hopes to build bigger, better and LONGER coaster in the future. I personally can’t wait to see what crazy ride they will come up with next.

  4. I can’t pick, I don’t think.:P
    I love feeling like I’m ‘flying’ and that ‘stomach-dropping’ feeling when there’s airtime, but I also like being upside down watching the sky go head over heels.:)

  5. Airtime for me easily. After growing up in looper dominant Florida, after finally getting a chance to expand my coaster reportoire and get on my share of airtime machines, I feel like we are sorely deprived down here in Central Florida. I’m almost to the point where I’d even give up all of my favorite rides here in Florida (Montu, Kumba, Kraken, Manta, Hulk etc.) for an airtime machine like Goliath SFOG or El Toro.

  6. I definitely support the looping side of this argument but i find it interesting that the majority of the votes were airtime and most of the airtime machines being built are in america so if the same survey was given to Europe i think the results would be the opposite because they seem to have the majority of new loopers which i find unfortunate.

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