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    USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    A day late but yesterday was 'National Roller Coaster Day,' August 16th marked the first roller coaster, an American creation, that was 'patented' back in 1898 (the first roller coaster was at Coney Island with Switchback Railway back in 1884), and to help celebrate. USA Today did an article about roller coasters, and came up with the current top ten roller coasters in the US of A. Thanks to a man by the name of Paul Ruben from Park World, who has ridden over 800 roller coasters, has made the top 10 roller coaster list.

    Here's the TOP 10 according to USA Today article (the videos are just to give you a visual, if you haven't personally survived)

    >Steel Roller Coasters<
    Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEyY_lO-xwA&feature=fvw]YouTube - Intimidator 305 Front Seat on-ride POV Kings Dominion[/ame]
    Intimidator at Carowinds
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd996OlNdFI]YouTube - Intimidator Front Seat (HD POV) Carowinds Carolina Roller Coaster[/ame]
    Millennium Force at Cedar Point
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esdpnn1R2j8]YouTube - Millenium Force POV Cedar Point, Ohio[/ame]
    X2 at Magic Mountain
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVVGHK7Yi7I]YouTube - X2 (HD Front Seat POV) Six Flag's Magic Mountain[/ame]
    Bizarro at Six Flags New England
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6O6HzubZuk]YouTube - Bizarro Nr.2 Six Flags New England[/ame]

    >Wooden Roller Coasters<
    Viper at Six Flags Great America
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB8SuT0Mw0k]YouTube - Viper (HD POV) Six Flags Great America[/ame]
    Beast at Kings Island
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kYX1tdAOPI&feature=related]YouTube - The Beast at Kings Island Front Seat[/ame]
    Thunderbolt at Kennywood
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp6zDCJ9vzQ&feature=related]YouTube - Kennywood Thunderbolt POV[/ame]
    Hades at Mt. Olympus (note: once the train leaves the station, a down hill already awaits - This ride is INTENSE!!!!!!!!!!!)
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKF_tm7Axy0&feature=related]YouTube - Mt. Olympus-Summer of '09-Hades[/ame]
    Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXE3qn-2BR8]YouTube - RAVINE FLYER II POV - WALDAMEER PARK[/ame]

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    Source: Happy Roller Coaster Day & USA Today’s 10 Roller Coasters | The Coaster Critic&#039;s Blog

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    Re: USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    I've heard that Hades has gotten REALLY bad the past two seasons. Too bad because it looks AMAZING.


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    Re: USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    I have a hard time seeing The Beast on that list. It's gotten a bit rougher this season and the thrill isn't as much as last year. But you have to love it for the scenery, hidden away in the trees. I think Diamondback would have been a better choice for a King's Island coaster, but that's just me.
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    Re: USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    I'm really, really shocked that The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana didn't make the list. It's been voted number one wooden coaster in the country by multiple sources for the last few years.

    Here's a video:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQfTykPAQFs&feature=related"]YouTube - The Voyage Roller Coaster POV Holiday World[/ame]

    POV starts a 1:26 into the video.
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    Re: USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    aw man....i haven't been on any of those rides...
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    Re: USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Romantic View Post
    I'm really, really shocked that The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana didn't make the list. It's been voted number one wooden coaster in the country by multiple sources for the last few years.

    Here's a video:
    YouTube - The Voyage Roller Coaster POV Holiday World

    POV starts a 1:26 into the video.
    Awesome ride indeed, and I love that song too by DJ Sammy =]~

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    Re: USA Today's Top 10 Roller Coasters

    Nice to see the ravine flyer make number 10 not to many people know of it . great wood coaster

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