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The Big Debate: Is taller always better for roller coasters?Submitted by Natalie Sim on Saturday, May 5, 2012 09:50
In this week's poll, we ask whether taller roller coasters are always better than their shorter counterparts.
This week has seen the opening of the highly-anticipated Leviathan roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland. Standing at an impressive 306-feet-tall, it towers over the park's other rides and dominates the skyline, instantly warranting your attention as you approach it from any direction.
Leviathan is the tallest coaster in Canada and will therefore receive instant respect and awe from all thrill-seekers. Hitting a top speed of 90 miles an hour at the bottom of the 80-degree first drop, this surely will guarantee an experience which simply can't be challenged by many shorter rollercoasters around the world.
Or can it?
Head a few thousand miles south-west from Canada's Wonderland and you will arrive at SeaWorld San Diego where the multi-launch Manta coaster awaits its opening day on May 26, 2012. Due to planning restrictions, SeaWorld did not have the luxury of creating an gravity-defying ride standing hundreds of feet tall. Instead, Manta tops out at just 54-feet (about a sixth of the height of Leviathan, although the park's topology is used to make it seem taller). On paper, it looks like a walkover for Leviathan, but with Manta boasting two launch sections and more than a dozen twists and turns is it really all just to do with the height?
Is the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach twice as good as Nemesis at Alton Towers, just because it features a first drop that is twice as high? Height is no doubt important but is it the ultimate factor in deciding which roller coaster is the best?
So, it's a tricky one - let us know whether you think taller roller coasters are always better by voting in our poll below.
Is taller always better for roller coasters?
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