Coaster Competition: Griffon vs. SheiKra
Coaster Competitions are pretty much the same as the Coaster Critic’s Coaster Showdowns (I get a lot of ideas from his site). I will compare and contrast two coasters that are alike in one way or another. Griffon and SheiKra are two dive coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Tampa. They are both great rides.
Griffon’s station is themed to look like a European building, it is made of wood and stone. After the first drop, the pathway that the ride dives under is also themed. Other than that, there really isn’t much theming. SheiKra’s station looks like an African building, like Griffon, it is made of stones and wood. When the coaster dives down its second drop, there are ruins that it flies through. For this round I have to choose SheiKra.
Normally, this category would be “setting,” however, both rides are on relatively flat ground so it wouldn’t make one ride better than the other. Because these are dive coasters, I’ve changed the category to drops. Griffon’s first drop is five feet taller at two hundred five feet tall, it also dives under a pathway. Its second drop is one hundred thirty feet and is also vertical. SheiKra’s first drop is two hundred feet tall. Its second drop is one hundred thirty-eight feet tall but it isn’t quite ninety degrees, however, it does dive through the aforementioned ruins. These ruins give SheiKra the upper hand in this category.
Griffon has a two hundred five foot lift hill. It also includes two Immelmann loops, one more than SheiKra. There is a splashdown at the end. SheiKra has a two hundred foot lift hill. It also includes an Immelmann loop. There is a splashdown at the end on this ride too. Because it has an extra Immelmann loop, Griffon wins this category.
So SheiKra is the winner!
You can read my review of SheiKra here.
You can read my review of Griffon here.
What do you think? Should Griffon have won? Please comment. Thanks for reading!