My Top Ten Favorite Roller Coasters

  1. The Beast (King's Island)
    I don't think there is anyone who has ridden The Beast that could disagree that this is one of the greatest coasters created. Not only does it pack a punch, but the ride time itself is so long, you really feel like you get your wait time's worth in fun. The best part about this ride is the natural setting in which it takes place. It's in the woods,for Pete's sake. It's literally. In. The. Woods. How can you not love that? And that helix at the end? Majestic.
  2. Raging Bull (Six Flags Great America)
    When I want nothing more than to get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, then Raging Bull is my go to. And it all starts with an amazing view of the park from the lift hill. You begin the first drop and it's all hills and airtime from there. And to make it even better, the seats are some of the most comfortable I've ridden in.
  3. The Voyage (Holiday World)
    Ah, this little beauty. For a small park, Holiday World has some pretty stellar attractions. And The Voyage is no exception. This one is like being beaten up by that high school douche that always gives you that douche look in the hallway. But in a way, you know you deserved it, because you stole his girlfriend, so it felt right. And I get giddy thinking about that triple dip towards the end.
  4. Batman: The Ride (Six Flags Great America)
    This ride was the first of its kind, and it's rare that they get it right on the first try. But they did. Oh, they did. This thing whips you around like crazy, but somehow it's incredibly smooth at the same time. I think this ride is where the phrase "It all happened so fast" came from.
  5. Magnum XL 200 (Cedar Point)
    This ride is old, but it has only enhanced with age. Some really great drops and bunny hills on this one. And since it's not the newest one in the park, you generally don't have to wait too long. I'll take that as a win.
  6. The Incredible Hulk Coaster (Islands of Adventure)
    There's something about that launch that gets me every time. And this one is pretty special to me, considering it's the only roller coaster I've had the pleasure to actually work at.
  7. Viper (Six Flags Great America)
    What's great about this one is that, at first glance, this looks like it's probably a "decent" wooden coaster. It's not very tall, and it doesn't take up much of a footprint, so you imagine it's pretty short. But this ride surprises you with some insanely unexpected airtime and a ton of twists and turns inside of its own supports, making a really cool experience.
  8. Millennium Force (Cedar Point)
    I geek out when I see the cable lift pull up the car, it's just so cool to watch. And before you know it, you're racing along the track, never slowing down until the ride ends. By far one of the smoothest rides out there, so it's naturally a favorite.
  9. Screamin' Eagle (Six Flags St. Louis)
    There's some nostalgia attached to this one, since it was the very first roller coaster I ever rode. And luckily, it was a good one! This is another one that takes advantage of the natural setting, which is always a plus.
  10. Deja Vu (Six Flags Great America)
    Call me crazy, but I loved this ride (may she rest in peace). Since I became a coaster fanatic, this was one that still genuinely terrified me, which made it exciting every time.