Blending speed and airtime in a relentless fashion, Steel Vengeance is the first coaster I have ever deemed worthy of a perfect score. There isn't a single thing I would change about the ride, with its ejector drop, 27.2 seconds of airtime, and wild lap through the ride structure. If this isn't a flawless coaster, it's about as good as it gets.
Kings Island
Kings Island has always been on my list of parks to visit, and when they revealed Mystic Timbers for 2017, I decided it was time to make the trek to Cincinnati to check it out. While at the park on Tuesday, I tackled Kings Island's world-class collection of thrill rides and found new favorites in Diamondback, Banshee, and The Beast. I thought Mystic Timbers was a solid ride, but "the shed" seemed more like an afterthought than a climax.
After tracking its construction and naming it the Best New Ride of 2016, I finally caught a ride on Lightning Rod last weekend. My expectations were high, but nothing could have fully prepared me for the sheer insanity that lay ahead.
New for the 2015 season, Cedar Point transformed their notoriously painful stand-up coaster, Mantis, into a floorless experience. Named Rougarou, the finished product was themed after a werewolf from French folklore. During my trip to Cedar Point last week, I was eager to try out the supposedly much smoother coaster.
Ever since Carowinds announced their record-breaking Giga Coaster last fall, I've been anticipating its opening. Finally, I made it to the park last week to check it out. Believe me, I "felt the sting."