Why Not Go Floorless?

Roller coasters with floors are SO 1999.

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If you enjoy the feeling of having your feet dangling freely, but don’t care for the reduced visibility of overhead track on inverted rides, perhaps floorless coasters like Rougarou are the thing for you.

These models are exclusively produced by B&M and can be seen all over the world; though the ride stats vary from tall + long + fast (Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando) to shorter + slower (Hydra the Revenge at Dorney Park), one thing stays consistent — they’re all smooth as glass.

Custom floorless creations exist at three different Six Flags locations and four different Cedar Fair properties, including the recent conversion of Vortex (now Patriot) at California’s Great America. There’s even floorless coasters in Madrid, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen!

So what do you think? Are these multi-inversion coasters meant to be enjoyed by all, or do rides like Superman Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas belong in the “extreme” category? Share your thoughts below!

I've ridden 200+ coasters in my lifetime, including those at 8 different Six Flags parks and 7 different Cedar Fair properties. I'm a huge fan of airtime on old wooden behemoths, while dark ride shooters and drop towers are also personal favorites. The Voyage is the best coaster I've ever ridden!


  1. I enjoy floorless coasters but don’t find them to be particularly extreme. Anyone can ride them. Superman Krypton Coaster offers a very good ride, made even better by having been built over a quarry wall, but I find that it lacks the intensity of Iron Rattler. Likewise, Bizarro at Great Adventure is very good but not in the extreme thrill category. Bizarro is what I usually ride for relaxation after multiple rides on El Toro. Seriously, when I get on Bizarro I approach it with the attitude that this is going to be a nice, relaxing ride.

  2. I like all aspects of floorless coasters including the loading process. Watching the floor come and then retract reminds me of Transformers for some reason. Just a really cool experience all around.

    I’m hoping Carowinds converts Vortex to a floorless and throws in a tunnel or something else to spice it up since it’s so short.

  3. I think any coaster with that many inversions has to be considered extreme by general-public standards. For an enthusiast, it’s on the low end of the extreme category, but it’s more intense than a Vekoma Boomerang.

  4. I’d have to agree with Bobbie … I find these rides to be relaxing. Even the “roaring” sound helps to drown out the park chaos for just a few minutes. My body loves the inversions and my brain enjoys the efficiency on the loading platforms. Joel, keep your fingers crossed for Vortex. I’m loving Rougarou!

    • Judy, I love Rougarou too! A lot of people complain about the head-banging, but honestly I’m not sure why. I’ve ridden in the front and back rows with no issue……I think the B&M floorless trains are rather comfy and the ride isn’t that jarring at all. It’s definitely the loudest coaster at CP!


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