Showdown: Iron Rattler vs. Outlaw Run

Overview What Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City have in common is that both are RMC (Rocky Mountain Construction) terrain coasters.  What they don’t have in common is that one (Iron Rattler) is a former wooden coaster retracked with steel whereas the other is a wooden coaster built by RMC from scratch. Layout, Theme and Setting Iron Rattler, themed after a...[Read More]

Showdown: Kumba vs. Bizarro

Overview Although I hesitate to compare a traditional “sitting coaster” to a floorless coaster, in this case the reason for doing so is a compelling one.  After riding Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa within the past several months, I tried to think of a coaster I’d ridden which was the most similar in design and the one that immediately came to mind is Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure.  (Other po...[Read More]

Showdown and Rant: Goliath v. Stinger

Never a fan of Vekoma boomerangs, some of which I found torturous, I rode two that I actually enjoyed so thought that it would be interesting to compare them.  I was planning to post this sometime next month but just got word that one of them (Stinger) is being removed from its park so posting this now is more timely. Layout Goliath is a giant inverted boomerang – one of only half a dozen currentl...[Read More]

Great Bear vs Talon | Roller Coaster Showdowns

Great Bear Anecdote When I came up with the idea of comparing Great Bear and Talon, I was reminded of something that happened in June of 2014 at Coasting For Kids, a fund-raising coaster marathon at Dorney Park during which I set a personal record of 36 rides in one day (12 on Steel Force, 16 on Talon and 8 on Hydra).  On one of my rides on Talon I found myself sitting next to a teenage boy who st...[Read More]

Fury 325 vs Intimidator 305 | Giga Coaster Showdown

With the opening of Fury 325 this year, comparisons to other giga coasters were going to be inevitable. This showdown might have even more interest than most as Carowinds and Kings Dominion are in bordering states (North Carolina and Virginia). So, there’s a better chance that more people have ridden both or plan to. First, let’s define a giga coaster as many have been asking due to Ca...[Read More]

Fury 325 vs Intimidator: Differences & Similarities

Intimidator & Fury 325: Differences & Similarities Carowinds new roller coaster, Fury 325, will be immediately compared to the park’s former marquee ride, Intimidator. It’s a fair comparison as they have the same designer (Bolliger & Mabillard), similar train designs, and are both sky-scraping steel rides visible from miles around. While they are similar, the ride’s d...[Read More]

Cedar Point vs Six Flags Magic Mountain | Roller Coaster Showdown

Cedar Fair and Six Flags are two of the largest theme park chains in the World. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) has been known as The Coaster Capital for years as it boasted the most roller coasters and most record breaking roller coasters. But, in more recent years, Six Flags Magic Mountain (near Los Angeles) has taken the coaster count crown surpassing Cedar Point ...[Read More]

Bolliger & Mabillard vs Intamin | Roller Coaster Showdowns

Bolliger & Mabillard and Intamin are responsible for creating many of the most popular and successful steel roller coasters of the past two decades. Bolliger & Mabillard: Creating Innovative Crowd-Pleasers for the Masses Bolliger & Mabillard are known for their fun, crowd-pleasers that appeal to a wide range of theme park-goers. Riders often remark on their creations’ smoothness ...[Read More]

Loops vs Airtime – 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 ta...[Read More]

X-Flight vs. Wild Eagle | Roller Coaster Showdown

Which of These Roller Coasters Will be King of the Wing? I had a pretty busy year. Not as busy as some, but for me I got to travel a good bit. A highlight of my year was that I was able to ride both of the new B&M wing roller coasters that opened in America this year; Wild Eagle at Dollywood and X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. As I do for ever roller coaster showdown, I’ll pick a fe...[Read More]

The Voyage vs. El Toro | Roller Coaster Showdowns

They’ve been battling it out on roller coaster polls and enthusiast’s top coaster lists for years. Now Holiday World’s The Voyage and El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure will go head-to-head in the latest installment of Roller Coaster Showdowns. Theme I like to include a ride’s theming in my showdowns because, at times, a ride’s theme can actually add a lot to the ov...[Read More]

Montu vs. Alpengeist | Roller Coaster Showdowns

For this roller coaster showdown I’m pitting two of the most popular inverted roller coasters against each other. In a kind of sibling rivalry battle, sister coasters Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will face off against Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa. I guess you can file this heavyweight match up under ‘so obvious that I didn’t think of it.’ Thanks to reader Guilhe...[Read More]

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