I thought this would be interesting to share. After my experience on 65 m.p.h. body twisting, diving, jerking, shooting, (add-your-verb-here) Medusa, in addition to Kong and my relatively unique roller-coaster-got-stuck experience on the wooden Roar, I was curious to see how these rides stacked up against some of the other roller coasters of the world, so I did a google search for “roller coaster blogs” and landed at The Coaster Critic who had something along the lines of what I was looking for, the “Most Wanted Roller Coaster” list.
Here we go…
1. Superman Krypton Coaster, Six Flags Fiesta: San Antonio, Texas
Unlike the Medusa/Bizarro clones that heavily borrow from Kumba’s layout, Krypton is a custom design that looks to have a layout and loop progression all of its own.
Stats: Height – 168 ft, Max Speed – 70 mph, Length – 4025 ft, Inversions – 6, Duration 3:20
2. Expedition GeForce, Holiday Park: Germany
This roller coaster has been ranked in the Top 3 roller coasters of the world for the past three years and enjoyed the #1 spot from 2001 to 2004. What makes it so special? You be the judge.
Stats: Height – 188 ft, Max Drop – 180 ft, Max Speed – 74 mph, Length – 4003 ft, Inversions – 0, Duration 2:15
3. Colossus, Thorpe Park: Surrey, England
Thorpe Park’s Colossus opened in 2002 as the the first roller coaster to have ten loops. Today, it still holds the record as no roller coaster has went for eleven inversions yet. The Intamin-designed coaster has a vertical loop, cobra roll (2), double corkscrew (2), quad heartline roll (4), and another heartline roll.
Stats: Height – 98 ft, Max Speed – 45 mph, Length – 2789 ft, Inversions – 10
4. Black Mamba, Phantasialand: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
This Bolliger & Mabillard low flying inverted coaster looks like a fun ride. Located at Phantasialand in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the African-themed coaster dives below the ground a number of times. It’s subterranean sections are reminiscent of Montu’s Egyptian-themed trenches and Nemesis’s low flight path.
Stats: Height – 85 ft, Max Drop – 88 ft, Max Speed – 49.7 mph, Inversions – 4
5. Crystal Wings, Happy Valley
Crystal Wings looks so amazingly themed that it’s almost unfair to call it a clone. The B&M flying coaster is partially hidden within a huge mountainous castle (pictured above) known as the Holy Crystal Castle.
Stats: Height – 106 ft, Max Drop – 100 ft, Max Speed – 51 mph, Inversions – 2