Roller coasters like Wildcat, Disaster Transport, and Son of Beast will be or have already given their final rides this year. With all of these roller coasters retiring in 2012, it got me thinking about the best roller coasters that I’ve ridden that are now no longer with us. Let’s discuss our favorite defunct coaster this week and least favorite next week.
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To…
I had to look over my list, but I came up with a few. Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Big Bad Wolf is my obvious top pick for most missed and best defunct coaster. Verbolten’s a solid coaster with a pretty neat overall experience, but I kind of missed flying through that Bavarian Village at the speed of fright. Which reminds me, I still need to write up a Big Bad Wolf vs. Verbolten roller coaster showdown.
After Wolfie, the Geauga Lake roller coasters that weren’t lucky enough to be relocated come to mind. Villian was a large CCI woodie. It operated at the park from 2000 to 2007. It had a unique trick-track section which was a straight section of track that dipped to the right and then to the left. It had its rougher spots, but the majority of the ride was just fun and fast.
Raging Wolf Bobswas a smaller gentler woodie that my wife and I had a number of fun rides on during an empty day at the park. I thought that Raging Wolf Bobs was already gone, but this satellite image of the park shows that its still partially standing.
These weren’t amazing rides by any means, but I still wish that they could have found a new home. For anyone interested, NewsPlusNotes has a great comparison post with before and after aerial images of Geauga Lake here: Aerial Antics: Weeds Grow at Geauga Lake
Unfortunately, there are a few possible future candidates out there. The awesome CCI woodie Rampage, is currently for sale, but if it’s scrapped it’ll be right up there near or at the top of my list. There are also some fun roller coasters just rotting away at Hard Rock/Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, SC like the B&M looper Time Machine.
Which roller coasters were you sad to see go? If you haven’t ridden any coasters that have been scrapped, you can include roller coasters that have been relocated to another park. Check back next week when I’ll ask you the worst defunct coaster you’ve ridden.