What's the best coaster in the park?

  • Loch Ness Monster

    Votes: 29 12.3%
  • Alpengeist

    Votes: 42 17.9%
  • Apollo's Chariot

    Votes: 109 46.4%
  • Griffon

    Votes: 32 13.6%
  • Verbolten

    Votes: 17 7.2%
  • Grover's Alpine Express

    Votes: 5 2.1%
  • Tempesto

    Votes: 1 0.4%

  • Total voters
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What do you think the best roller coaster in the park is?

My all time favorite ride is Alpengeist... that's at any park, so you can probably guess which coaster at BGW is my favorite.
 
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I love Alpengeist, too. But my first ride on Griffon really hooked me. Riding 10 times in a row did, too. We did one of the breakfast at Griffon its first year. That was great. We're doing the backstage tour of the coasters this coming Saturday. I really can't wait.
 
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kcracken said:
I love Alpengeist, too. But my first ride on Griffon really hooked me. Riding 10 times in a row did, too. We did one of the breakfast at Griffon its first year. That was great. We're doing the backstage tour of the coasters this coming Saturday. I really can't wait.

I've wanted to do the coaster tour the whole summer but something always seemed to come up. Hope you enjoy it, take some pics if you get a chance and maybe share how it was here if you want.

I went to one of the Griffon breakfasts last year, and it was awesome, we did get to go on tons (we just stayed on mostly), it was great because nobody was there, but it probably ended for the same reason.
 
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Chris said:
I've wanted to do the coaster tour the whole summer but something always seemed to come up. Hope you enjoy it, take some pics if you get a chance and maybe share how it was here if you want.

I will definitely do that. I plan on taking LOTS of pictures.
 

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My vote went for Apollo's Chariot. All the air-time in it just makes it an amazing and fun ride. Alpengeist came in a close second. The thing about Alpengeist is that the only good place to ride it IMO is in the front, meaning that you have to wait longer (I'm very impatient). Griffon is my arch enemy. They took away a classic when they put it in, and cut down all of the trees in the area. The second inversion reaches way over to the LNM station, taking away from the feel of the LNM station being deep in the woods of Scotland (BTW: LNM was my first coaster). Also, the ride is just the same thing twice. Up -> Down -> Immelmann -> Up -> Down -> Immelmann. I think I would rather have them rip out Griffon and keep BBW (but refurbish it). LNM takes 3rd on my list (yes, before Griffon).

My Top Coasters @ BGW:
1. Apollo
2. Alpen
3. Nessy
4. Griffon
5. Grover

Coasters @ BGW I Would Be Saddest to See Go:
1. Nessy
2. The Wolf (RIP) :(
3. Apollo
4. Alpen
5. Grover
6. Griffon
 
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My old favorite was Apollo's I rode few days after it opened, but I rode Shikra at BGT and I was hooked. So when I rode Griffon for the first time (which by the way if you didn't know is 5ft taller and you wouldn't think so, but it does make a little difference) got me stoked to ride again and again and again. Can't wait to go back at Halloween and ride again.
 
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AandA8104 said:
My old favorite was Apollo's I rode few days after it opened, but I rode Shikra at BGT and I was hooked. So when I rode Griffon for the first time (which by the way if you didn't know is 5ft taller and you wouldn't think so, but it does make a little difference) got me stoked to ride again and again and again. Can't wait to go back at Halloween and ride again.

Then I'm sure you're happy that it will be open during Christmas Town as well.
 
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It's a tight race for best coaster in the park according to the poll! Closer than I thought it would be. I guess that just goes to show the park has something for everyone.
 

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I honestly can't choose a favorite. They're like good friends. Loch ness is your old friend who graduated college first and got married first so he stopped going out drinking with you when you were maybe 22. Apollo's Chariot is the over-achiever straight-A friend who's also really attractive and popular but hasn't let any of it go to his head which is yet another reason you secretly hate him/wish you were him. Alpengeist is the art major friend. He's a little odd, a little emotional, a little all over the place, but if were any different he wouldn't be him. And Griffon is the guy you've always had a crush on and even though you haven't told him yet you've already named the kids.

<3

I miss BBW. He was your best friend you've known since childhood. You could always rely on him for a fun time, but sadly he moved and you don't really keep in touch anymore. : ( RIP wolf.
 
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Merboy said:
I honestly can't choose a favorite. They're like good friends. Loch ness is your old friend who graduated college first and got married first so he stopped going out drinking with you when you were maybe 22. Apollo's Chariot is the over-achiever straight-A friend who's also really attractive and popular but hasn't let any of it go to his head which is yet another reason you secretly hate him/wish you were him. Alpengeist is the art major friend. He's a little odd, a little emotional, a little all over the place, but if were any different he wouldn't be him. And Griffon is the guy you've always had a crush on and even though you haven't told him yet you've already named the kids.

<3

I miss BBW. He was your best friend you've known since childhood. You could always rely on him for a fun time, but sadly he moved and you don't really keep in touch anymore. : ( RIP wolf.

That's quite a list of descriptions.
 
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Merboy said:
And Griffon is the guy you've always had a crush on and even though you haven't told him yet you've already named the kids.

You see, to me, Griffon is the evil kid who got away with murder, and the two people he killed where some of your best friends (Le Mans and the closed, backwoods feel you used to have on Nessy- he didn't really kill Nessy, but he hurt her quite bad).
 
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Merboy said:
I honestly can't choose a favorite. They're like good friends. Loch ness is your old friend who graduated college first and got married first so he stopped going out drinking with you when you were maybe 22. Apollo's Chariot is the over-achiever straight-A friend who's also really attractive and popular but hasn't let any of it go to his head which is yet another reason you secretly hate him/wish you were him. Alpengeist is the art major friend. He's a little odd, a little emotional, a little all over the place, but if were any different he wouldn't be him. And Griffon is the guy you've always had a crush on and even though you haven't told him yet you've already named the kids.

<3

I miss BBW. He was your best friend you've known since childhood. You could always rely on him for a fun time, but sadly he moved and you don't really keep in touch anymore. : ( RIP wolf.

:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::D

While I understand where Swiftman is coming from with his thoughts on Griffon, I still like the coaster.
 
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I would have to give Apollo the cake. Being a frequent visitor, replay value is huge. I've ridden that ride til' I was sick (believe it or not it is possible after about 30 or so rides in a row) and I still wanted to ride it again. Griffon is good but it's has a similar feel to Apollo and is allot shorter (and ironically repetitive).
Alpie is fun but for some reason it gets kinda boring after several run-throughs (still a great ride when its packed with 25 obese tourists). Loch is good looking but is a bland ride (plus you leave 2 inches shorter if you ride in the back). Bbw was a good ride but, alas, it is no more.

Here's my ranking:

(rumored flying coaster here just for the sake of it)
Apollo
Alpengiest
Griffon
(bbw)
Loch Ness Concussion
 
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Fur Dozy said:
I would have to give Apollo the cake. Being a frequent visitor, replay value is huge. I've ridden that ride til' I was sick (believe it or not it is possible after about 30 or so rides in a row) and I still wanted to ride it again. Griffon is good but it's has a similar feel to Apollo and is allot shorter (and ironically repetitive).
Alpie is fun but for some reason it gets kinda boring after several run-throughs (still a great ride when its packed with 25 obese tourists). Loch is good looking but is a bland ride (plus you leave 2 inches shorter if you ride in the back). Bbw was a good ride but, alas, it is no more.

Here's my ranking:

(rumored flying coaster here just for the sake of it)
Apollo
Alpengiest
Griffon
(bbw)
Loch Ness Concussion

Can't argue with Apollo being number one on someone's list. Just curious, have you ever been on a flyer? I went on Manta last week (which was my first flyer) and it was great. Everyone seems to think it's a gimmick, but the G's at the bottom of the pretzel loop are more intense than any G's I've felt on Alpie.

Flyer's seem like legit coasters, but it's going to be hard for any ride to replace Alpie as number one on my list.
 
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At the begining of the summer I did not like roller coasters at all. One day while atteding BGW with @swiftman and his family, I was convinced to ride the big bad wolf and I found it not as bad as I expected. After a few more visits I decided to take on the monster and went on my first coaster with an inversion and fell in love with the sensation of being upside down. After a while @swiftman convinced me to walk through the line with him and his brother at Alpengeist. After decided that the ride couldn't hurt me, I decided to ride and I havent been the same since. I could ride it over and over again and never get tired of it. I love being upside down so much, and the sensation of the speed on the first drop is incredible. So I would have to say that my favorite coaster was Alpengeist. But Appollos is a close second.
 
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Yoshi - your story is almost identical to my wife's. She was terrified of the coasters at the beginning of the season but I gradually coaxed her on to them one by one. Grover w/the kids first, then BBW, then Loch Ness, Apollo, Alpen, and Griffon. Now we fight over who will ride with our 7 year old (one of us has to stay w/the 3 year old).

Personally, my favorite is Apollo. It would be Griffon if you went through twice. My son would ride Griffon for hours on end if he could. He loves them all. He just grew tall enough to ride Griffon and Alpen over the summer and most of our time at the park is spent traveling between the two.

I'm 6'5"/ 285 and the g-force on Alpen actually hurts my legs alot, so I rarely ride it. The Loch Ness is pretty rough for me too (my son calls it a "butt-shaker"), but I found it's a lot more tolerable after 8-10 beers:)
 
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I had to vote for Alpengeist. It's not the most intense ride but the inversions are simply amazing. Apollo's Chariot and Nessie come close. Still haven't been on Griffon yet.:-/
 
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