“IS IT A CREDIT OR NAH?” WILL RETURN EARLY APRIL
Congrats to Mack Supersplashes for becoming the first attraction in the rebooted series to officially be deemed a credit by a vote of 49-2 on the post and 77%-28% on the story! Next up we have another water coaster, but this ones closer to water slide and is made by Proslide! Here we have the Master Blasters, Hydromagnetic Slides, and RocketBLAST Slides! Suggested by @rideallnightofficial ✅Reasons it’s a credit✅
Although the layouts may provide thrills similar to that of a roller coaster, the only coasters I would say they are even remotely similar to are the bobsled coasters. Lacking any rails, you pretty much take course on a half pipe, with conveyors, LIMs, or water jets propelling you upwards and a splashdown representing the brakes. So I guess if they act like a water version of a bobsled, why can’t they be called coasters? ❌Reasons it’s not a credit❌
Much like what I said in the previous statement, these rides don’t really share many similarities in terms of how they work unless you’re comparing them to bobsled coasters. And in that case, one major difference between a bobsled and water coaster is the former actually appears on rcdb.
What do you think of Proslide water coasters? Do you consider them a coasters? Prove your point in the comments below! 📸: Holiday World
The last one was much closer, but Intamin First Gen Freefalls were denied as a credit by a vote of 14-6 on the post and 70-30 on the story. Still very close though! Now we have a water ride that is found on rcdb, the Mack Supersplash! In particular, Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld San Antonio, suggested by @thrill.corner ✅Reasons it’s a credit✅
This attraction has rcdb on its side, which is perhaps the strongest piece of evidence for any credit to have. In addition, this ride features a train, rails, and drops powered completely by gravity. Mack Supersplashes are most likely going to be the closest we can get to coasters on this list, but can we find any opposition? ❌Reasons it’s not a credit❌
Now, although this is featured on rcdb, there isn’t exactly much separating this from your typical Shoot-the-Chute water ride. I mean, other than the turntables and the dip in between, there really isn’t anything separating it! Heck, you aren’t even connected to actual track after the splashdown! This may be considered a coaster, but does it actually feel like a coaster?
Which side are you on? Do you think Mack Supersplashes like Journey to Atlantis should be considered coasters? Why/why not? Prove your argument in the comments below! 📸: Sean Verheijen
By a vote of 33-1 on the post and 93-7 on the story, Tower of Terror is considered not a coaster! It seems that all of these attractions are considered as anything but a coaster, but perhaps this next attraction may raise more controversy. Here we have another drop ride, this time the Intamin First Generation Freefall Towers!
✅Reasons it’s a credit✅
These drop rides do indeed have a track, and are powered completely by kinetic energy via gravity. The elevator lift certainly stood these attractions apart from most coasters at the time, but now they’re pretty iconic elements on many coasters today! There’s not much else that tells this isn’t a coaster. ❌Reasons it’s not a credit❌
They’re definitely seems to be little evidence that these aren’t coasters, but not many people count them as credits. Why? Is it because they’re not found on rcdb? Is it because Intamin classifies them as a drop ride rather than a coaster? Maybe it’s just that they’re so bizarre, no one knows what they exactly are?
What side are you on for the Free Fall Towers and why? Be sure to argue your point in the comments below! 📸: @aatrains512
By a vote of 31-2 on the post and 90-10 on the story, Larson Loopers received major backlash from being considered coasters (sorry Six Flags). Next up, suggested by @missionbreakout.riders is the Tower of Terror drop rides found across four of the main Disney Resorts across the globe. ✅Reasons it’s a credit✅
While these are mainly drop rides, they most certainly do not act like drop rides, with a dark ride segment thrown in. With a drop section thrown in, it could be argued that this could be considered a coaster. ❌Reasons it’s not a credit❌
While they aren’t a true drop tower, there isn’t anything making this a coaster either. You have a couple dark ride sections, an elevator lift, and another shaft that launches you up and down 13 stories. Nothing involving coasting.
Which side are you on? 📸: @missionbreakout.riders
By a vote of 25-2 on the post and 84%-16% on the story, Zamperla’s Disk’O’s are NOT considered credits by a vast majority of enthusiasts. I’m not sure if I would make a separate post for Disk’O Coasters, but for now let’s focus on the next ride featured, the Larson Superloop! ✅REASONS ITS A CREDIT✅
At a first glance, these do look like actual coasters, with a train traveling through a single loop multiple times. Heck, these rides are even marketed as coasters by not only fairgrounds and Six Flags, but by Larson themselves! If the company considers it a coaster, shouldn’t it be classified as one? ❌REASONS ITS NOT A CREDIT❌
Although the manufacturer sells these as coasters, rcdb has never listed one on their website, and it’s not like they’ve never heard of them. Perhaps it’s the fact that they don’t have a true stationary track? That, and the ride isn’t mainly powered by gravity.
Which side are you on for the Larson Looper? Do you deem it as a coaster or nah? Argue your POV in the comments below!
Credits for this amazing photo go to @missionbreakout.riders go check them out!
⚠️REPOSTED DUE TO ISSUES⚠️ So it turns out I’m rebooting this series tonight rather than tomorrow. For those who don’t know what this is, “IS IT A CREDIT OR NAH?” is a series where I analyze certain rides and attractions that can be considered as coasters by some people and the total opposite by others. Today, we’re analyzing the Zamperla Disk’O, because I have a picture of it! ✅Why it’s a Credit✅
These attractions are essentially powered shuttle coasters with spinning cars. Although not every enthusiast considers powered coasters credits, they do appear on rcdb, and it’s quite confusing Disk’Os do not considering their similarities. Additionally, some parks have considered them roller coasters such as Cedar Point, Valleyfair, and Legoland. ❌Why it’s not a Credit❌
Despite the argument some may provide, these thrilling attractions aren’t on rcdb, lacking the credibility of other true coasters. And let’s not forget the fact that they are mainly powered by electricity, not gravity.
Which side are you on for the Zamperla Disk’O? And in addition to voting on this post, you will now be able to vote on the story for the first time ever! Be sure to debate more down below!
Today I am proud to announce my 2018 theme park plans, and it’s a big one! 🎢After a couple months focused on school, essays, and exams, my theme park season will start May 19th, which is coincidentally my birthday, at Kings Dominion for half a day. I will also be spending the next half day at the park as well to enjoy rides like Volcano, i305, and the all-new Twisted Timbers!
🎢My Memorial Day weekend will he spent in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I’ll visit some of the Boardwalk parks like Pavilion Park and Family Kingdom, home to the legendary Swamp Fox (at least according to @rollycoaster ).
🎢In June I will be attending my freshman orientation at the University of Florida, and I will additionally spend a full day at Busch Gardens Tampa before flying back up for final exams and graduation.
🎢Then I have perhaps the largest theme park trip I have ever attempted, consisting of nine park throughout the Midwest, including Camden Park, Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Six Flags St Louis, Silver Dollar City, Six Flags Great America, Indiana Beach, Kings Island, and CEDAR POINT! I’m ecstatic to visit all these parks and ride tons of legendary coasters!
🎢The majority of my remaining summer and fall will be spent in Gainesville as I do have a summer semester, and chances are I will visit several parks, but I’m not sure which ones I will attend.
🎢Finally, I am most likely spending my Christmas vacation in Boone, NC with family, and since Dollywood is only a couple hours away, I will most likely visit the park and (hopefully) ride Lightning Rod.
This is going to be a fantastic year, and I cannot wait for all of these parks! 📸: UF, various theme park-owned pics, myself (BGT & Dollywood)
Islands of Adventure Review:
DARK RIDES- While they don’t have as many dark rides as the Studio Park, at least they’re all pretty solid. Spider Man and Forbidden Journey are the main stars of the show, but Skull Island is a pretty solid experience with a great queue, and Cat in the Hat is good for those wanting a more tame dark ride!
WATER RIDES- While the studio park lacks water rides, this park has THREE, and they’re pretty darn good too. They all are extremely immersive and give a great soaking for the hot Florida climate!
RIDE BALANCE- There tends to be between 3-5 attractions in each themed land, and different ride groups such as Family and thrill rides tend to be very well distributed around the entire park
ATMOSPHERE- While the Studio Park tried to transport you onto the movie set of famous movies, the Island park transports you into the actual universes these parks are set in.
COASTERS- The coaster lineup was pretty good... when Dragon Challenge was open. Now, the only major coaster in the park is Incredible Hulk, with two kids coasters supporting it. A new coaster is coming in 2019, so hopefully it will add some depth.
Final Thoughts 🤔:
Islands of Adventure is actually a very wonderful park that I suggest to everyone. The different lands are all on a Disney-level of theming, and they have a great variety of rides and attractions for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately, not as many coaster enthusiasts would want to visit with the removal of Dragon Challenge, but it’s still a fantastic park even without them!
Universal Studios Florida Review:
DARK RIDES- If there’s anything the Studio Park is good at, it’s at the number of dark rides they have… if you count the many simulators. They do have some nice dark rides featuring Transformers, Men in Black, ET, the Simpsons, Minions, and even Jimmy Fallon!
ATMOSPHERE- It’s a theme park, so of course there has to be good theming. The park mostly takes the appearance of a Studio with many areas appearing like the stage for a movie. Even the staff act much like a movie crew, bringing in a lot to make you the stars of the show. It’s a unique and pretty cool feeling that not many other parks provide.
COASTERS- While not nearly the best collection of coasters, the Studio Park has a far superior lineup to Islands of Adventure for the time being. Mummy and Rip Ride Rockit are the best ones, but Gringotts Bank also hosts a nice dark ride/coaster hybrid, and there is a kids coaster.
VARIETY- Unlike it’s neighbor, the Studio Park lacks any water and thrill rides, and mostly houses a bunch of enhanced motion theaters. Now of course there are a couple of old-school dark rides and of course the four main coasters, but there isn’t much else and I hope Nintendo World is the solution to this problem.
Overall Thoughts 🤔:
Universal Studios isn’t my favorite park due to its heavy amount of screen-based attractions, but there are a few very good attractions and a wonderful environment created by the buildings and staff that truly defines the name of this park. If you’re a coaster enthusiast, I wouldn’t go in expecting tons of great coasters, but there is much more to it that creates some wonderful memories.
ET Adventure Review:
Duration: 10/10 3 minutes 40 seconds
Story: 10/10 Much like the movie, you have found ET and are trying to protect him from scientists and police. However, you now have to travel to his home planet to help fix it. It’s very much like a continuation of the original film and I especially love that they brought back Steven Spielberg.
Visuals: 10/10 Pretty much the whole ride is like Peter Pan’s Flight. Heck, some parts of the ride are based off it! However, the execution is SO much better. Nothing feels outdated and the alien landscape in the second half of the ride is uber creative with steam vents, sparkling fountains, and unique aliens.
Thrills: 5/10 About as thrilling as your typical dark ride. Very slow pacing and very calm turns.
Movement: 7/10 Some transitions are odd for the track.
Restraints: 5/10 The seats appear to be a cross between a bicycle and a wheelchair, and aren’t the most comfortable, but aren’t awful either.
Overall: 6.5/10 ET Adventure is a pretty enjoyable dark ride with a solid length, fantastic special effects and a surprising continuation of the movie. I wouldn’t say it’s the best dark ride Universal has created, but is still worth riding especially with the rumors of its removal.
Amazing Adventures of Spider Man Review:
Duration: 10/10 About 3.75 minutes of nonstop action.
Story: 7/10 Imagine every one of Spider man’s biggest enemies have gone loose and wreaked havoc in NYC. As new recruits of “The Daily Bugle,” you will test The Scooper and investigate the streets of Manhattan for criminals and a web-flinging friend! A little cheesy, but that just adds to the character of a Superhero comic!
Visuals: 9/10 Spider Man mostly uses screens to teleport its riders into the action, however there is a nice mix of practical sets and pyrotechnics. With the combination is a visually sensational experience that makes the riders feel like they’re truly there.
Atmosphere: 10/10 The music is pretty good and everything is done perfectly well to pull you into the story!
Thrills: 7.5/10 Featuring many twists, spins, and dips, Spider Man does tend to be more friendly towards thrill seekers, but it’s still enjoyable enough for every family out there (as long as they love super heroes).
Movement: 10/10 Okay, along with Flight of Passage, this has got to be some of the most realistic motion I have ever felt on a dark ride. From the scooper floating via an antigravity cannon to a 1300 ft plunge, every second of the action feels totally realistic!
Restraints: 10/10 These Lap bars are essentially buzz bars, and don’t touch your lap at all.
Overall: 9/10 I’m always blown away at how this dark ride manages to transport you into the world of Spider Man. The mix of great CGI and practical sets is nearly flawless, the vehicle’s motions are excellent at simulating the screen’s movements, and the ride has some pretty nice thrills as well! This is certainly a must ride at Universal Studios!
TOP 13 WORST COASTERS I HAVE RIDDEN
1) Wild Beast, Canada’s Wonderland
Happy Valentine’s day! I don’t really care much about this holiday, but I do care about promises, and I did post my least favorite coaster on Valentine’s day for irony! I’m pretty sure this ride has received lots of retracking recently, but I have yet to visit since 2013, so this will be based off my 2010, 2011, and 2013 experiences. They were all awful, unbelievably rough, and the ride felt like it was going to collapse at any moment. That’s all I have to say. Time to go to work!
📸: Rik Engelen