Sunday, May 22, 2005

Magic Mountain

One of the things I was glad to come to LA for is the Magic Mountain theme park, home of some of the best roller coasters in the world. Here's my ranking:

1. X
2. Goliath
3. Batman

The rest are more or less the same. X is the ultimate experience: the whole thing was designed and simulated beforehand. Every turn, acceleration, rotation of the seat, all the ups and downs, was planned ahead to create a great ride. The result is amazing. Even though there is still a 2-3 hour wait even at the not so popular days, it is totally worth it. For me the first fall of any roller coaster is its fingeprint signature, and X has so far the best one.

Goliath is not that intense but it has the longest fall which creates a great free-fall effect. The scary thing is that it has almost no protection apart from the normal seating you see even in the old classic wooden ones. Therefore it has the best fun over protection ratio.

The cool thing about Batman is that you are suspended from above and its floorless. Many times during the ride you think you are falling into thin air. The exact ride lies also at the Warner Bros park outside Madrid, Spain, although its name is Superman.