No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. There are (exactly) three Top Stand Up Roller Coasters in the latest edition of Top 3 Thursdays.
After a reader requested I do a Top 3 Stand Up Coasters list for Top 3 Thursdays I thought to myself that I must have done one already. I hadn’t, and then I remembered why. There aren’t many stand up coasters and most of them are pretty bad or at least sub-par. So, doing a Top 3 Stand Ups List is kind of like doing a Top 3 McCauley Caulkin movies list. But, here goes:
3 – Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia
Georgia Scorcher is a bright yellow tangle of steel right near the entrance of Six Flags Over Georgia. It’s a little on the small side with only 2 loops (a vertical loop and a corkscrew) and a height that tops out around 100′ tall. To its credit, Scorcher’s diminutive size might help in reducing its roughness. It’s a good looking, fun ride, but probably nothing to write home about.
2 – Riddler’s Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Riddler’s Revenge is easily one of the best roller coasters out West. At 156′ tall it’s the largest stand up coaster in the World, but somehow Bolliger & Mabillard were able to make it forceful without punishing riders like Mantis at Cedar Point does. Riddler’s Revenge has six loops including: a vertical loop, two dive loops, an inclined loop, and two corkscrews.
1 – Chang Formerly at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Chang is, or should I say was, the smoothest and the best stand up roller coaster I’ve ridden. It has a very similar layout to Riddler’s Revenge with only a few differences. I loved my walk-on rides when it was at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Last fall, it was removed only to reappear in pieces at the Chicago area Six Flags Great America. Chicagoans should be excited as the ride’s rumored to make its re-themed debut in 2011. I gave Chang an 8.0 (Great) although it’s probably worthy of an 8.5. Read my full Chang review.
Best of the Rest of a Dying Breed?
There’s not really a best of the rest. Vortex at Carowinds is okay (for stand ups), Shockwave at Kings Dominion is rough and too short, and Mantis at Cedar Point is long, but even rougher. According to the Roller Coaster Database, there are only 14 stand up coasters currently in operation. There are also two notable coasters in storage. The aforementioned Chang which should reopen in 2011 and a rare Intamin stand up that was Batman The Escape at AstroWorld. It now sits in a field at Darien Lake. I’m not really sad to see that the stand up coaster trend has ended. It was a neat idea, but I find myself wishing that they just installed seated trains on most stand ups.
What’s Your Take?
What’s your take on stand up roller coasters? Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment below. Image 2 courtesy of CoasterImage.