Back in August, I waited nearly an hour to ride Iron Dragon at Cedar Point. I’d ridden Iron Dragon countless times on past trips to the park, mostly because of its notoriously short line. But on this August evening, the ride was different—Cedar Point had implemented a virtual reality experience the season before—and I was curious to try it out before leaving the park.
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.
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."
Millennium Force has been placed at the top of enthusiasts' rankings more than once. It's even been voted the number one steel roller coaster in the world by Amusement Today nine years since it opened in 2000! But is it really that amazing, or is it overrated? I, for one, had to find out.