The Best Dueling Coasters
Sorry about not having posted anything recently, life’s been very busy.
Racing coasters were popular during the “golden age of coasters” in the 1920s. The concept was that there were two separate coaster tracks that were side by side which would “race” each other through the layout. In 1998 Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom opened Twisted Sisters, the first dueling coaster. This new form of ride is much like the racing coasters however instead of the two tracks being side by side the whole time, they have several near collisions during the ride. Here are some of the best and most famous Dueling coasters.
Gwazi was really the first famous dueling coaster. When it opened in 1999 the world finally realized what dueling coasters could do. Unfortunately it has gotten rough in the past couple years. When I rode it for the first time in 2005 it was great. I rode it again in 2007 and it had gotten pretty rough. The park has refurbished it since then though so it might be better now.
Lightning Racer was the first coaster to both race and duel. I rode this ride on my trip to Hersheypark this year and I can say that it is not only great for a double coaster, it is just a great coaster in general. It is the best coaster that I’ve ridden for competition. They announce the winner in the station and there is actually a different victor every time!
The first dueling steel coaster in the world, Dueling Dragons (now known as Dragon Challenge) is my favorite double tracked coaster. The two sides are drastically different. Each track has its own unique layout and inversions. The fact that the ride is inverted just adds to the thrills.
The second steel dueling coaster is Battlestar Galactica. This ride takes it up a level from Dueling Dragons and has one side be inverted and the other be a conventional sit down. The inverted side is a more intense coaster with inversions. The sit-down side is a gentler ride. I didn’t know this before but check out the video below, the coasters have LSM lifts like Maverick!
Dauling Dragon is the world’s newest dueling coaster. Built by The Gravity Group this coaster features a brand new element, the high-five. The two trains simultaneously travel through a hill that is banked at 90 degrees. The riders on the two trains can supposedly touch each others hands.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of dueling coasters that are themed to dragons. You’ve got Dueling Dragons, Dauling Dragon, and one that I didn’t talk about here: Joris en de Draak (Draak means Dragon in Dutch.)
What do you think? Which dueling coaster looks like it’s the best? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂
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