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Best US Coaster of the Decade 2010- 2013

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Postby Galvan on October 3rd, 2013, 12:56 am
We are nearly 4 years into this new decade. And I was curious what has been your favorite US based coaster of the time period of 2010- 2013.

Goliath (SFGAm) unfortunately does not count, Nor does King’s Islands new Banshee (yet anyway) But let’s hear what your favorite coaster of the new decade is.

Notable US 2010 Coasters:

Intimidator – Carowinds
Intimidator I-305 – Kings Dominion
Sky Rocket – Kennywood
Little Dipper – Six Flags Great America

Notable US 2011 Coasters:

Zippin Pippin- Bay Beach
Cheetah Hunt – Busch Gardens Tampa
Green Lantern – Six Flags Great Adventure
Green Lantern: First Flight – Six Flags Magic Mountain
Dare Devil Dive – Six Flags over Georgia
New Texas Giant - Six Flags over Texas

Notable US 2012 Coasters:

Verbolten – Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Wild Eagle – Dollywood
Stinger – Dorney Park
SkyRush – Hershey Park
Manta – Sea World San Diego
Superman: Ultimate Flight – Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Goliath – Six Flags New England
X-Flight – Six Flags Great America


Notable US 2013 Coasters:

Gold Striker- California’s Great America
Gatekeeper – Cedar Point
Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City
Iron Rattler – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Full Throttle – Six Flags Magic Mountain



For me, it’s really easy. X-Flight, the ride at least to me anyway is absolutely incredible. I haven’t gotten a chance to ride Outlaw Run yet, and I want to, but out of this list and this is a sample of the rides of the decade in the US. X-Flight takes it.
What about you? Let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Postby Chitown on October 3rd, 2013, 1:04 am
You forgot to mention New Texas Giant which to me was phenomenal. X-Flight and Cheetah Hunt which were the other new ones to me were pretty great themselves.
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Postby Galvan on October 3rd, 2013, 1:06 am
You know, you are right, I missed that one on RCDB.

I thought it was 2009 for some reason.
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Postby Chitown on October 3rd, 2013, 1:17 am
Did you still take your Honeymoon in Florida? If so, how did you like Busch Gardens and Cheetah Hunt?
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Postby Galvan on October 3rd, 2013, 1:26 am
Loved BGT!

Cheetah Hunt sucked though.. Absolutely loved Kumba, Sheikra and Montu!
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Postby Chitown on October 3rd, 2013, 1:32 am
in my opinion, Kumba is the best coaster in the park. Some elements of Cheetah Hunt were "meh", but I did love the constant twisting low to the ground over the old Rhino Rally river.
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Postby Galvan on October 3rd, 2013, 1:35 am
BGT is my 2nd favorite park that I've ever been too...

Alexis really loved it too! Can't wait to go back
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Postby Chitown on October 3rd, 2013, 1:43 am
Yep, the whole park has a nice vibe to it. Just having coasters and a zoo in one park is just freakin' awesome. Only thing they lack is the flat ride selection.
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Postby SFGAm Viper on October 3rd, 2013, 6:19 am
Tough call. I305, New Texas Giant, Iron Rattler, or Outlaw Run would be my guess. Have only been on two of those so I can't say for sure.
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Postby Coaster Justin on October 3rd, 2013, 12:30 pm
How does Little Dipper, Goliath, and Green Lantern count? Those rides were built in 1950, 2001, and 1997 respectively.
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Postby Galvan on October 3rd, 2013, 1:01 pm
Pretty simple,

They where new rides for the seasons in this discussion, which in my book means they should be included.

Any other questions?
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Postby Sharon29060 on October 3rd, 2013, 4:30 pm
Galvan316 wrote:For me, it’s really easy. X-Flight, the ride at least to me anyway is absolutely incredible. I haven’t gotten a chance to ride Outlaw Run yet, and I want to, but out of this list and this is a sample of the rides of the decade in the US. X-Flight takes it.


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Postby Paradise on October 3rd, 2013, 5:43 pm
Zippin Pippin! Because, Green Bay and stuff..
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Postby monsterfan99 on October 3rd, 2013, 8:37 pm
Cheetah Hunt is that odd ride that is terrible at night and a ton of fun during the day.

I'd also add White Lighting to the list from Fun Spot. The ride, more than anything, was showing how serious Fun Spot is about becoming an alternative in the Orlando market. And it's nice to have a good wooden coaster in the south again.
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Postby Coaster Justin on October 4th, 2013, 11:46 am
Galvan316 wrote:Pretty simple,

They were new rides for the seasons in this discussion, which in my book means they should be included.

Any other questions?




Fixed


And I guess New Texas Giant.
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Postby JimPanky on October 16th, 2013, 7:38 am
X-Flight
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Postby Johnny.Ink on November 5th, 2013, 5:42 pm
X-Flight is fun, but for my money, Outlaw Run is king so far!
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Postby BLADE on November 7th, 2013, 10:44 am
Sharon29060 wrote:
Galvan316 wrote:For me, it’s really easy. X-Flight, the ride at least to me anyway is absolutely incredible. I haven’t gotten a chance to ride Outlaw Run yet, and I want to, but out of this list and this is a sample of the rides of the decade in the US. X-Flight takes it.


Agree!


Xflight for me too! I have ridden Outlaw Run. It's downright terrifying, but a bit painful, and doesn't have instant reridability, like XFlight does. I should get to try gatekeeper next year though.
Cheetah Hunt is my favorite family coaster I have ridden. No doubt another 5-10 mph out of that launch would take it to a thrill level though. I like Montu and Sheikra better though.

I 305 at Kings Dominion was just OK. I rode from row 4 and the blackout problem was for real before the reprofile. Skyrush is too painful. Rode both of these their opening year, and very short lines, so I am not alone in my assessment.

Green Lantern at Great Adventure was ok, but Riddlers Revenge still remains the only stand up that I actually like.
Verbolten was randomly closed last year the day I was there, which was the whole point of going there in the first place!
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Postby BBH on November 19th, 2013, 4:59 pm
Outlaw Run easily. X Flight holds my number two overall spot, but Outlaw completely blows it out of the water.


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Postby Coaster Justin on November 20th, 2013, 4:45 am
New Texas Giant as well as Full Throttle

Both have extreme airtime and very comfortable restraints.
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Postby gottastrata33 on April 17th, 2014, 4:56 am
LEVIATHAN

B&M seriously needs to make more of these!! I could rant about this coaster but I will save you all the time & just say I found it simply fantastic!
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Postby tp41190 on April 22nd, 2014, 4:01 pm
Wild Eagle and Gatekeeper were major disappointments. Both of the rides were giant, forceless, transition-less, and had non creative layouts. I heard a few people say "you just need to ride it on a good day", but that still wouldn't change anything.

Sky Rocket surprised me a lot. I wasn't expecting too much while waiting in line, but the ride was pretty great.
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Postby Foltzy on June 10th, 2014, 4:53 pm
Intimidator 305 is probably my favorite of the new decade. Honestly, X-Flight is better than gatekeeper
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Postby tribar on June 10th, 2014, 6:47 pm
SkyRush hands down!
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