Top 10 Roller Coasters at Cedar Point and Kings Island

1. Millennium Force (Cedar Point)

Watch Millennium Force here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbXPhOFRxTc

Well, Millennium is Amusement Park Today’s Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World…again. The world’s first Giga coaster is as popular as ever, and here’s why:

Millennium Force is one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world at 310 ft tall and 93 mph. While plummeting down its towering first hill, it feels like a literal free fall. Not only does its first hill pack a punch, Millennium has three nearly-inverted large overbank turns and two other large hills packed with an abundance of airtime.

Not only is the ride experience the best on Millennium Force; you can’t beat the views either. To your left, you will see nothing but Lake Erie and Sandusky’s skyline. On the right, you will get a premium view of Cedar Point. Make sure you soak in the views during that 30 seconds up the cable lift!

Did you know: Just before Millennium Force hits the breaks, it is still travelling at nearly 65 mph?

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2. Top Thrill Dragster (Cedar Point)

Watch Top Thrill Dragster here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbN3NU4hIZg

If we’re not counting the developing polercoasters, Top Thrill Dragster remains the second tallest (behind Kingda Ka) and third fastest (behind Formula Rossa and Kingda Ka) roller coaster in the world. It started a whole new category of roller coasters: the stratacoaster. It’s a 17 second ride with a 2 hour queue time even on good days, but it’s worth every minute.

When Top Thrill Dragster opened to the public in 2003, the laws of physics had been pushed to the limits. Top Thrill Dragster catapults riders to 120 mph in four seconds using a high-horsepower-high-maintenance launch system. Where does the train go once it reaches its max speed? It takes riders up a 90 degree, 420 ft tower and then back down again. When the train descends the tower, you reach your speeds of 120 mph again. Wicked, right?

A ride malfunctioning is usually bad news. However, there is one instance on Top Thrill Dragster in which the ride malfunctioning is a dream come true for Cedar Point fanatics. If Top Thrill Dragster does not reach high enough speeds (usually under 115 mph), the ride will experience a rollback. In this instance, the train does not crest the tower and falls down the track backwards. If this happens, the ride is relaunched and riders receive a “second ride.” Rollbacks are rare, so don’t expect this to occur…but you never know!

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via Wikipedia

3. Diamondback (Kings Island)

Watch Diamondback here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0Qf5Zx3r0k

Diamondback is the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, debuting in 2009. It is one of many B&M hypercoasters standing at 230 ft tall and travelling at 80 mph.

There is one word that makes Diamondback so special: airtime. There’s plenty of it. Between the smooth track and nine hills, this ride is like floating on air. The trains add to the openness as well; each seat is separate from one another (how separate depends on what row you’re in.) When Diamondback first opened, the only restraint was the clam shell lap bar. Kings Island has since added seat belts to the seats following the New Texas Giant accident at Six Flags.

Let’s not forget…that splashdown on Diamondback is killer! If you sit in the back, you might get a little wet.

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via Kings Island

4. Magnum XL 200 (Cedar Point)

Watch Magnum XL 200 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nPG4l9-LkM

Magnum is one of the most underrated and re ride-able roller coasters at Cedar Point. Since Magnum was the first hypercoaster built in 1989, it isn’t the smoothest ride ever (compared to, let’s say, Diamondback), but the bumpiness adds to the fun!

Like Millennium Force, Magnum has tunnels. Like Diamondback, Magnum has hill after hill. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s got height at 205 ft tall. It’s got speed at 72 mph. It’s got an incredible pretzel twist element at its farthest point. The queues for Magnum never exceed 15 minutes. What more could you ask for in a coaster?

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via Cedar Point

5. Valravn (Cedar Point)

Watch Valravn here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEydyLJ-wjw

Ah, Valravn. It’s the new roller coaster for 2016. Does it live up to the hype? Yes. Does it matter where you sit? Absolutely.

Valravn is the tallest and fastest dive coaster to ever exist, and it has the second tallest inversion in the world behind Gatekeeper (165 ft Immelmann.) Standing at 223 ft and diving at 75 mph, Valravn catapults riders through a vertical drop and three inversions. The front two rows are the best, yet it is still a worthy ride it the back row. That slight pause before the drop, though.

If you want to read more about why Valravn is so great, see my Valreview.

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via Cedar Point

6. Banshee (Kings Island)

Watch Banshee here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOTgWr0J1Bw

Banshee debuted in 2014 as the king of inverts. Yes, Banshee is the world’s longest inverted roller coaster, since Kings Island seems to love the “longest” title (see The Beast).

Banshee boasts seven magificent inversions, including two vertical loops, a dive loop, a zero gravity roll, a pretzel knot, and an inline twist. That’s right, Banshee has an inversion element similar to the cobra roll that looks like a pretzel. One of Banshee’s vertical loops occurs right over the lift hill, and riders plummet into a whirlwind of fog as a part of the ride’s theme. The best inversion comes at the end with the extremely low speed inline twist. While riding Banshee, riders literally have no idea which way is up and which way is down.

Surprisingly, Banshee’s hill is just as intimidating as its seven inversions. As the train crests the top, the Banshee wails, and then it’s down the incredible height of 150 ft at an angle.

Next time you queue for Banshee, read the decorative headstones. You just might see one that says “Son of Beast.”

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via Wikipedia

7. Maverick (Cedar Point)

Watch Maverick here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbyB9N4mvq4

Maverick is a small coaster, but it has everything. It has the drop: a 100 ft and 95 degree one, in fact. It has the speed: a 72 mph tunnel launch halfway through the ride. In addition, it has two inversions and plenty of airtime hills.

Did you know: Maverick originally had a heartline roll, but it was deemed that it would instill too many G-forces on riders and was removed?

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via Cedar Point

8. Gatekeeper (Cedar Point)

Watch Gatekeeper (left) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPJw7Xv30Qc

Watch Gatekeeper (right) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYQ2SmBYlto

Gatekeeper has the tallest inversion in the world and is the tallest and fastest wing coaster. Not only is it record-breaking, it flies riders right over Cedar Point’s main gate through two keyholes.

Gatekeeper gives riders a different ride experience depending on which side they choose to sit on. Sure, there are still six inversions no matter what side is chosen, but it is a matter of what side of the inversion will be experienced. On the left side, riders fly high over the first inversions while on the right side, riders dip under the track.

Gatekeeper is not only a thrilling coaster with a 170 ft drop, it also is a great welcoming tool for Cedar Point’s guests. When guests first see Gatekeeper as they walk in the park, they are ready to ride.

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9. The Beast (Kings Island)

Watch The Beast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dC6uJDNf64

Between the two parks, this classic is by far the best wooden coaster. Sorry, Mean Streak.

The Beast is a classic. It is still the longest wooden roller coaster in the world after breaking the record in 1979. The Beast is a terrain coaster, which means its track layout is made to complement the surrounding Kings Island area as it rockets through the surrounding trees.

The Beast clocks in at 4’10”, with two lift hills in between. The first 112 ft hill sends riders plummeting into a tunnel, and the second hill stands higher at 144 ft and sends riders into its famous double helix. The Beast is not for the faint of heart. It is a beast, and it will shake, rock, and whip riders around.

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via Kings Island

10. Raptor (Cedar Point)

Watch Raptor here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qt1LutrWnY

Before Gatekeeper was a thing in 2013, Raptor welcomed guests on the midway with its roar. It literally does roar. This ride is loud.

Raptor is now just a standard inverted coaster, but it was the talk of the town in 1994 when the ride made its debut. For one, Raptor boasts the world’s first cobra roll element on a roller coaster.

After plummeting down 119 ft at 54 mph, riders experience a loop, a zero-gravity roll, a cobra roll, and two corkscrews. That’s six inversions.

Prepare to be dizzy.

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via Cedar Point

 

What are your favorite roller coasters at Cedar Point and Kings Island? Are your favorites on this list? Comment below!

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