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The Best Coasters That I Rode in 2012

October 16, 2012

2012 was a very busy year for me coaster-wise. I rode twenty-five new coasters this year and visited six new parks. Here are my top five coasters from this year:

#5: Bizarro at Six Flags New England

Often claimed to be the world’s best roller coaster, Bizarro didn’t quite live up to the hype. It was still an excellent ride, just not up there with some other rides. Themed after Superman’s nemesis, Bizarro is an Intamin hyper-coaster with many twists and turns near the end. Read my Bizarro review.

#4: Fahrenheit at Hersheypark

Fahrenheit is a puny ride compared to some of the other monsters on this list. Even with its small size it manages to become one of my all time favorite rides. It packs more of a punch than many coasters twice its size. With a ninety-seven degree drop, six inversions, and a wicked airtime hill though, what else can you expect? Read my Fahrenheit review.

#3: Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure

One of the largest coasters on this list, Nitro is an excellent ride that is completely full of airtime. The ride really takes you on an adventure. It begins near the back of the park and then rides off into the woods. You can’t see it from the rest of the park adding to the mystery. Read my Nitro review.

#2 Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Apollo's Chariot Photo

Apollo’s Chariot is the first coaster on this list to earn a perfect 10 out of 10. Like Nitro, it journeys off into the woods. Apollo travels over two rivers and into a ravine during its intense trip. Unlike most rides that become less and less impressing as they go along, Apollo’s Chariot has a surprise ending that catches many riders off guard. Read my Apollo’s Chariot review.

#1 El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure

El Toro is undoubtedly the best coaster that I rode this year. It has a very lofty reputation and it surpassed my expectations. The ride has the most airtime of any coaster that I’ve ever ridden. Along with the otherworldly amount of airtime the ride has a spectacular twisty ending. There is one surprise hill that is known for having the strongest ejector of any coaster. On my very first ride I could tell that it was a 10 out of 10, in fact it became my second favorite coaster of all time. Read my El Toro review.

Best of the Rest:

Alpengeist and Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Storm Runner, Lightning Racer, and Skyrush at Hersheypark.

What do you think? What is the best coaster that you’ve ridden this year? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂




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  1. Matt P permalink

    Goliath at SFOG is the best new coaster I’ve ridden this year. It was my 100th, and it was great. It had great airtime, great scenery, and was comfortable. Still, it is number 7 on my top 10 list so I haven’t ridden any big game changers this year. I rode skyrush, but it isn’t even in my top 20. It hurt too much. Next year though, will be a much bigger and game changer year for me. A trip to not only Dollywood, but also Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knotts Berry Farm. My top 10 will for sure be looking different after next year. I’m thinking some potential top 10s for me next year are X2, Tatsu, and perhaps perhaps Mystery Mine at Dollywood, it looks fun and mysterious. This year was great though, I reached my 100th coaster and went to many different amusement parks, so repeats, some new. I visited SFGAdv, Hersheypark, Dorney Park, Knoebels, SFOG, and some smaller parks all this year. Looking forward greatly to next year though…

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