Most Wanted Roller Coasters
This week, I’m going to start a new feature called Most Wanted Coasters. I’m going to write about the roller coasters that I ‘d most like to ride one day. There are thousands of roller coasters around the World. While there are a number of rides that are identical to the rides at your local park, there are also quite a few roller coasters out there that are like nothing you’ve encountered. I’m going to feature these interesting and thrilling looking coasters and eventually build a Most Wanted list.
Crystal Wings at Happy Valley
For my first edition, I ‘m going to feature Crystal Wings at Happy Valley. I’d known of Crystal Wings for years as China’s Superman: Ultimate Flight clone, but I’d not taken the extra step to really look at it until I was working on the Roller Coaster Wiki. (Wooden coasters will be added this Friday!)
Crystal Wings looks so amazingly themed that it’s almost unfair to call it a clone. The B&M flying coaster is partially hidden within a huge mountainous castle (pictured above) known as the Holy Crystal Castle. Crystal Wings’ beige (?) colored track appears visible here and there. The signature pretzel loop is the most open element. The rest of the course seems to have the track weaving in, out, and through rocky surroundings.
I would imagine that the ride creates some great near miss feelings where you feel much closer to the rocks than you actually are similar to my favorite part of Manta. The rocky theming reminds me of what I had hoped King’s Dominion’s Volcano: The Blast Coasterwas going to be like before I rode it. It also reminds me of Demon at Six Flags Great America because the park took a standard clone and themed it. Of course Crystal Wings took the theming to an entirely different level, the concept is similar.
Even though it’s technically the same ride as Superman: The Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags Great Adventure, Crystal Wings is on my Most Wanted Coasters list. Theme Park Review has more great shots of Crystal Wings weaving in and out of the rocky surroundings. Also, check out the rest of CoasterForce‘s images.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of Crystal Wings at Happy Valley? If you’ve ridden Crystal Wings, I’d love to hear what you thought. Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of CoasterForce.