What rides should you ride? What rides should you avoid? Here's a list of coasters we've ridden and have reviewed for you.
Mystic Timbers - GCI Wooden - Kings Island
Rating: 4.5/5.0 Reason: Fantastic story, amazing theming, great ride overall. The shed however is quite a letdown. When I rode it on the 2017 Preview Night, the line was at least 3-4 hours long. Got in at 6:00 p.m. and got out at 10:55 p.m. I did enjoy the ride, and the fact that the shed changes between a giant tree, a giant snake, and a giant bat is pretty interesting, but I don't get the snake and bat. The tree makes sense. It is called Mystic Timbers, but it's not called Mystic Snakes or Mystic Bats. Seriously, KI. We didn't want a slightly more exciting Adventure Express, just a really cool shed with animatronics and stuff. Opening date: April 15, 2017 Status: Operating Designer: Great Coasters International Height: 109 ft. Length: 3,265 ft. Speed: 53 mph.
Banshee - B&M Inverted - Kings Island
Banshee, the world's longest inverted coaster, is a coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. It opened in 2014 and has held its record since.
Rating: 4.9/5.0 Reason: The ride itself is very well drawn out and exciting. My first ride on it was its opening day. I stood in line for 3 hours. Totally worth the wait. The only problem I have with it is that last inversion. The ride doesn't seem to be pulling any G's, causing you to litarally be pushed against your restraints. This gave me a headache and was extremely uncomfortable. I really love watching the train go over the dive loop and into the vertical loop that the lift hill goes through. That was clever. Opening date: April 18, 2014 Status: Operating Designer: Bollinger & Mabillard Length: 4,140 ft. Height: 167 ft. Speed: 68 mph
Mean Streak - Dinn Corp. Wooden - Cedar Point
Rating: 2.5/5.0 Reason: The ride itself is pretty exciting. I enjoyed riding it besides the fact that it was highly uncomfortable to ride. Getting off the ride, I had a large pain in my neck and sleeping on the ground (because I was on a camping trip) did not help at all. The ride closed sometime in the August of 2016 for a revamp by Rocky Mountain Construction. This will (hopefully) make the ride more comfortable to ride when I go back sometime. Opening date: May 11, 1991 Status: Under revamp by RMC Designer: Dinn Corperation Length: 5,427 ft. Height: 161 ft. Speed: 65 mph
The Smiler - Gerstlauer Infinity - Alton Towers Resort
Rating: 4.0/5.0 Reason: Of course we all know that a Gerstlauer coaster with 14 inversions would be reletively rough and uncomfortable. That's why we suggest you ride front seat. The ride is themed to making riders marmalised, or forcefully happy. It features a unique visual element that has been named the "Staffordshire Knot" after a rope knot of the same name. However, this ride has suffered a series of setbacks. A few postponed the opening date several times, and even caused a crash in 2015. The ride is currently still open as of the 2016 season. Opening date: May 31, 2013 Status: Operating Designer: Gerstlauer Rides GmBH Length: 3,838 ft. Height: 72 ft. Speed: 52 mph
Fury 325 - B&M Giga - Carowinds
Rating: 5.0/5.0 Reason: The ride has become quite an icon in the coaster world. Holding the world record for tallest and fastest Giga-coaster, Fury 325 sits in the "Thirll Zone" area of Carowinds park. This ride has much airtime and isn't for the faint of heart. Reaching speeds of up to 95 mph and a height of, well, 325 ft. A must see (and ride) at Carowinds. Opening date: 2015 season Status: Operating Designer: Bolliger & Mabillard Length: 6,601 ft. Height: 325 ft. Speed: 95 mph
Diamondback - B&M Hyper - Kings Island
Rating: 4.5/5.0 Reason: Besides being the tallest coaster at Kings Island, it's the fastest there too. Reaching speeds up to 80 mph. The ride supplies a lot of airtime, but that seems to be its main and only factor. Airtime hills are supplied through much of the ride. Including two small upwards helixes, a suprise drop, and a splashdown. Opening date: April 18, 2009 Status: Operating Designer: Bolliger & Mabillard Length: 5,282 ft. Height: 230 ft. Speed: 80 mph.