Click on the link below and cast your vote. You don't have to have ridden either coaster to vote, though I highly recommend checking out both POVs before voting if you haven't. I personally prefer Goliath because of it's insane airtime and action-packed twists.
So I kind of forgot to make the Golaith review on a blog page so no one can comment, but feel free to comment on the review here. I am interested to hear what you have to say.The Full review is in the link below.
10. Parrot Coaster (formerly Flying Over the Rainforest @ Ocean Kingdom)
These last two are tough as it could go either way, but I think that Parrot Coaster is the better of the two 2014 winged coasters. With great keyhole tunnel effects and smooth looking inversions, Parrot coaster may be forceless, but it is one cool ride.
9. Thunderbolt @ Luna Park
Let me just say this, I NEVER expected to see anything of this size produced from Zamperla, and I definitely didn't think it would be all that great. However, I was proven wrong. With a vertical lift hill and a vertical drop, Thunderbolt almost reminds me of an out and back Gertslauer Eurofighter. The inversions are pretty unique for the most part, but the real catch to this ride is the INSANE ejector air on the return back to the station. I never expected airtime that can be compared to rides like Skyrush on this ride, and it pleasantly surprised me. Due to it's crazy airtime, Thunderbolt makes this countdown.
8. Alpina Blitz @ Nigloland
Alpina Blitz is Mack Rides' version of an Intamin Mega-lite. Although it is nowhere near as good as the Intamin version, Alpina Blitz still packs some great airtime. I hope to see more of these in the future.
7. Lightning Run @ Kentucky Kingdom
This coaster marks the return of two things. The first is the return of Kentucky Kingdom, a park that Six Flags sold when they were faced with bankruptcy. The second is the return of Morgan to the roller coaster industry! They haven't made a roller coaster in 10 years, which was Superman: El Ultimo Escape at Six Flags Mexico. This roller coaster greatly exceeded my expectations and it is filled with tons of awesome airtime and crazy looking twists. If Morgan starts making more coasters like this, they could rise to the top of the industry once again. Although it's only 100 feet tall, Lightning Run still packs in a huge punch, making it my number six new coaster of 2014.
6. Nefeskesen @ Vialand
Nefeskesen is an Intamin Blitz style ride similar to Maverick and iSpeed. It is packed with airtime and features some awesome inversions. I didn't even know this coaster existed until I started doing this post, but it blew me away. One of the best new rides built this year. This ride really shows how Intamin is still building top of the line, high quality rides.
5. Dragon @ Sochi Park
Yes, this coaster was supposed to open during the olympics, but it obviously failed as it opened only last month (June). Although it isn't an original layout, it is an un-themed clone of Blue Fire Megacoaster at Europa Park. I don't know much about this coaster, but Blue Fire is pretty awesome so this must be about the same.
4. Goliath @ Six Flags Great America
Oh great, another coaster to add to the un-themed Goliath collection. This coaster sourly disappointed me. Although it's a great ride, it doesn't provide enough air time and the ride is way to short. However, the ride packs a huge punch within its short layout and the Intimidator 305-style lift hill looks awesome. The Zero-G-Stall and dive loop look like the best parts of the ride. My only complaint is that there are just as many inversions, over-banked turns, and tunnels as there are air time moments, that number is two. I'm not saying it's a bad ride or anything, but they should have added a finale with some airtime bunny hops or something. Now on to the records. Unlike most seem to believe, Goliath has NOT taken the tallest wooden coaster record; that still belongs to Colossus at Heide Park. However, it has taken the tallest wooden roller coaster drop record from El Toro at Great Adventure and the steepest wooden drop from Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. Overall, this coaster was a bit of a let down.
3. Medusa: Steel Coaster @ Six Flags Mexico
Man, what is going on with this park! Every year it's just getting better and better. Last year they actually tried to theme a relocated ride, Joker, making it the best Pandemonium clone by far. This year, they refurbished their rough Custom Coasters International wood coaster into an Rocky Mountain Construction Hybrid coaster. I truly see this park becoming one of the stand outs in the Six Flags Chain. Medusa: Steel Coaster greatly exceeded my expectations. With three awesomely placed inversions and tons of steeply banked turns, this coaster never lets up and maintains a great pace throughout the ride. This was a great move for the park as they now have two outstanding coasters on their hands.
2. Banshee @ Kings Island
The newest B&M invert and the first installed in the US since 2006 takes the record for longest and fastest of its kind. Banshee is truly a flashback to the old B&M inverts of the 1990s and early 2000s like Great Bear, Montu, and Nemesis. In my opinion, Banshee takes the top spot for best inverted coaster. With no pre-drop, it easily has the best drop of any invert. Cedar Fair and Kings Island did a great job with theming the coaster and honoring Son of Beast, a former record holder that sat on the same sight. Kings Island now has what they were missing, a tall, smooth, modern looping coaster.
1. Helix @ Liseberg
This new Mack multi-launch coaster looks spectacular. With very unique inversions, terrain hugging twists, and great pops of air time, I believe that this coaster is the best new roller coaster of 2014. Helix has truly made Liseberg one of the top amusement destinations in the world.
Honorable Mentions of 2014
Altair, a new Intamin 10-inversion roller coaster clone at Cinecitta World, an all new park, was also built in 2014. Intamin is taking a step in the right direction by giving this ride lap-bars instead of over the shoulder restraints (OTSRs). It Appears that Intamin has also redesigned their trains, which they had been using since the late 90s.
Flug Ver Daemonen (I hope I spelled that right) @ Heide Park is another Winged Coaster built by B&M. This one is very similar to The Swarm and X-Flight in my opinion, but it is still a fantastic ride. I love the tunnel on this ride and it has some very cool elements, which is why it makes the top 10.
FireChaser Express @ Dollywood almost made the countdown as well. This epic new family coaster is the best of its kind, and has spectacular theming. In my opinion, it is one of the best family coasters ever to be built.
Darkmare @ Cinecitta World is a roller coaster that greatly reminds me of Skull Mountain at Great Adventure. It looks like a very enjoyable indoor coaster, Intamin rocks at making these.
Other roller coasters built this year include…
Wonder Mountain's Guardian @ Canada's Wonderland (barely a coaster)
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (also barely a coaster)
Family Inverted Coaster at one of the Happy Valley parks. (this is B&M's first ever non thrill coaster)
Seven Dwarves Mine Train @ Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (built by Vekoma)
A Vekoma Mega Inverted Boomerang model with an awesome color scheme at Sochi Park
A Mack Super Splash Model (barely a coaster) built at Cinecitta World
Sky Scream @ Holiday Park (a Premier Rides Superman: Ultimate Flight Clone)
El Loco @ Adventure Dome (S&S El Loco model)
Roar-O-Sarus @ Storyland (Gravity Group junior model)
Here are my top 10 roller coasters (both wood and steel) that I have personally ridden. Feel free to post your top 10 below in the comments.
1. El Toro @ Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Golaith @ Walibi Holland
3. Nitro @ Six Flags Great Adventure
4. Bizarro (Medusa) @ Six Flags Great Adventure
5. Kingda Ka @ Six Flags Great Adventure
6. Green Lantern (Chang) @ Six Flags Great Adventure
7. Superman: Ultimate Flight @ Six Flags Great Adventure
8. Batman: The Ride @ Six Flags Great Adventure
9. Speed of Sound @ Walibi Holland
10. Robin Hood @ Walibi Holland