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Top 5 launch coasters


Strata Poster
A simple list, what are your top launchers?

Mine are:
1. iSpeed, Mirabilandia
2. Blue Fire, Europa Park
3. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, Disney Paris
4. Space Mountain: Mission 2, Disney Paris
5. Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Hollywood


Giga Poster
1. Maverick
2. Incredible Hulk
3. Kingda Ka
4. Top Thrill
5. Storm Runner

And they're all clustered at spots 7-12 on my top 25.


Matt SR
Staff member
Social Media Team
1. Maverick
2. TTD
3. Storm Runner
4. Incredible Hulk
5. Xcelerator

Youngster Joey

Strata Poster
1) Verbolten - Great all around expirience
2) California Screamin' - Long ride and super smooth
3) Kingda Ka - Good experience and it's just so tall
4) Skyrocket - Fun ride good launch good airtime and smooth
5) Storm runner - good launch and first hill but the flying snake dive and everything after crushed my ears.


Staff member
Social Media Team
Going on overall coaster and not just best launch:

1. Atlantis Adventure - One of my all-time favorite coasters
2. Storm Runner - Best Intamin launcher for me. Great launch and loved the weird snake dive thing
3. Blue Fire - Loads of fun
4. Anubis - Surprisingly forceful launch and great layout
5. Dodonpa - The mother of all launches followed by an extreme airtime hill.


Giga Poster
1. Storm Runner
2. Maverick
3. Flight of Fear
4. Top Thrill Dragster
5. Rock n' Rollercoaster
6. Incredible Hulk
7. Kingda Ka
8. Possessed
9. Wicked Twister
10. Volcano
11. Backlot Stunt Coaster


Staff member
1. Blue Fire
2. Flight of Fear
The rest were complete garbage, but for completeness
3. Stealth
4. Speed Monster
No, really, we're into utterly and completely and moronically dreadful tosh here
5. I really can't say, they're just so pants. Maybe Thunderlooper.

Worth noting Blue Fire probably comes closest to top 10 material. Flight of fear may make top 20, but definitely top 30. Stealth and Speed Monster might drop into the top 50 somewhere (maybe Thunderlooper just getting in there) and the rest I doubt make top 100. Rita, Baco, Kanonen, RnRCoaster (yawnfest) and Velocity. Hmmmmm, Volcano actually is an odd one. I have no idea where that sits - that may be one, it's such a wierd coaster though. The launch was alright, the vertical one "curious" and the rest of the ride bland.

I don't count Space Mountain, Revolution or Back Lot Stunt Coaster because they're not really doing a launch "for the thrill", it's part of the system rather than a focal/major point of the ride.


Giga Poster
1. Blue Fire: very smooth, some awesome airtime in the back and hang time over the inversions, a decent launch and great lap bars, extremely enjoyable

2. Ispeed: really intense, long and interesting layout, a really strong airtime hill plus a good top hat, an okay launch and head chopper restraints but it's okay if you anticipate the turns

3. Xcelerator: amazing launch and a great top hat, very smooth with lap bar trains, quite short, but very re-rideable.

4. Stealth: Great launch and tophat, a tiny bit rough in some seats towards the back, but very smooth in the front and re-rideable in every seat. Very short.

5. Cheetah Hunt: A very smooth, graceful ride that is very long and is powered along with 3 decent launches and some good airtime, but lacks intensity and any real excitement.


Hyper Poster
Mine would be:

1. Blue Fire/Superman Escape
2. Stealth
3. Revenge of the Mummy
4. Tower of Terror (Dreamworld)
5. Not sure, possibly Hulk :)


Giga Poster
Of what I've ridden?

1. Any Impulse coaster
2. Intamin-esque miniature launch thingy



Giga Poster
Going by the overall coaster experience, I'll go with:
5 - Cheetah Hunt, Busch Gardens Africa
4 - Superman Escape, Warner Bros. Movie World
3 - Kingda Ka, SF Great Adventure
2 - Xcelerator, Knott's Berry Farm
1 - Powder Keg, Silver Dollar City


Giga Poster
Also following suit with best overall experience. TTD has the best single launch of the coasters I've ridden.

1. Maverick, Cedar Point
2. TTD, Cedar Point
3. Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Studios Hollywood
4. Xcelerator, Knott's Berry Farm
5. Flight of Fear, Kings Island


Giga Poster
1) Stealth - Really good launch! Not the best but it's smooth and have powerful airtime over both the top hat and the braking hill. Plus the burning tire effect is cool!

2) Kingda Ka - Amazing launch, amazing speed, amazing height and amazingly rough! :p

3) Furius Baco - THE best launch, nice speed and theming. But a bit too rough to be #1..

4) Blue Fire - Plus: smooth, comfortable and the crazy barrel roll at the end! Negative: everything else is a bit dull..

5) Flight of Fear - This one really surpriced me! Good launch, smooth and the out of control action in the dark was cool!

6) Verbolten
7) iSpeed
8) Desert Race
9) Rita
10) Volcano


Strata Poster
1. Storm Runner - Hershey Park
2. Jokers Jinx - Six Flags America
3. Possessed - Dorney Park
4. Rock'n'Rollercoaster - MGM Studios
5. Chiller - SFGAdv (RIP to one of my favorite launches)


Strata Poster
Jer said:
1. Storm Runner - Hershey Park
2. Jokers Jinx - Six Flags America
3. Possessed - Dorney Park
4. Rock'n'Rollercoaster - MGM Studios
5. Chiller - SFGAdv (RIP to one of my favorite launches)

You can still go to Brazil to re-ride it :p


Mega Poster
1. Verbolten
2. Volcano: The Blast Coaster
3. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Orlando)
4. Flight of fear (KD)
5. Backlot Stunt Coaster (KD)
(Sorry for not having the greatest here! Have only been on 35 coasters!)


Giga Poster
TilySlo said:
Jer said:
1. Storm Runner - Hershey Park
2. Jokers Jinx - Six Flags America
3. Possessed - Dorney Park
4. Rock'n'Rollercoaster - MGM Studios
5. Chiller - SFGAdv (RIP to one of my favorite launches)

You can still go to Brazil to re-ride it :p

BASTARD I Forgot about that! Chiller is easily in my top five when it worked.


Hyper Poster
If this makes sense I have two lists best coasters that happen to be launched and coasters that are epic because of the launch and could be crap if they weren't launched.

First category:
1. Maverick, just amazing but it wasn't about the launch
2. Stormrunner, amazing ride that highlighted the launch well but wasn't quite up to par with Maverick
3. Xcelerator, all about the launch with better airtime than TTD and the graceful figure eight
4. TTD, just amazing launch but lacked substance after the launch
5. Volcano, really solid ride that featured the really fun launch and enjoyable rolls

Second category:
1. Xcelerator, the fact that it launches straight out of the station is what sets this just that little notch above TTD, the waiting has it's place but launching out of the station is better every time
2. TTD, the launch wasn't as strong as Xcelerator's but it seemed to last forever, the waiting is just a total mind ****
3. Stormrunner, brilliant launch and wouldn't be the same without it but would still be a solid ride
4. Maverick, the launch isn't key but it definitely adds to the ride, doesn't quite get as much out of it as Stormrunner
5. Volcano, great first launch even if it wasn't that strong it was cool just for the fact that it was a launch invert