Coaster Competition: Viper vs. Vortex
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. Viper and Vortex are two Arrow Dynamics sit down mega-loopers. Viper is at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Vortex is at King’s Island.
Neither coaster has any theming so that category is being omitted. Viper is situated on a flat piece of land with no trees and just shrubs. Vortex is sometimes above the treeline and then suddenly below. The winner here is Vortex.
Vortex’s and Viper’s layouts are actually very similar, Viper has an extra loop though. Vortex has some hills that lead into two loops. After that there is a brake run and two corkscrews before a Batwing double inversion. Viper has a Vertical loop, a double loop, a brake run, a Batwing and two corkscrews. I like Viper’s layout more because the first loop was one of my favorite places on the ride.
Viper was actually really smooth for a 20-year-old Arrow coaster. I didn’t notice any headbanging on the double loops or the Batwing’s inversions. Vortex however, wasn’t smooth at all, between the two loops and the Batwing my head smacked against the headrest and my head felt like a pinball between the shoulder restraints. The clear winner here is Viper.
So Viper is the winner!
You can read my Viper review here.
You can read my Vortex review here.
What do you think? Should Vortex have won? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂