I remember the first time I rode Mako at SeaWorld Orlando, there was a dad in line in front of us with his kids. And the entire queue, he was saying he wasn't going to ride it because he would die. lol Long story short: his kids convinced him to ride it with them, he didn't die, but his ride video showed him blacked out a couple of times on the ride! LOL!! If you've been to SeaWorld Orlando, you know how amazing of a ride Mako is. And now it's official, because USA Today has named it the Best Roller Coaster in America!
If you're saying to yourself, "What about the coasters at Busch Gardens?", I completely agree! Good news though: Montu made the Top 10! (Not sure how Sheikra or Tigris was left off though) And Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island were also in the Top 10 of other categories! (See all the rankings below)
The Top 10 Best Roller Coasters in America according to USA Today are:
- Mako - SeaWorld Orlando
- Phantom's Revenge - Kennywood
- Phoenix - Knoebels
- Fury 325 - Carowinds
- Lightning Rod - Dollywood
- Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point
- Montu - Busch Gardens Tampa
- The Voyage - Holiday World
- Millennium Force - Cedar Point
- Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure - Universal's Islands of Adventure
Busch Gardens was also ranked #6 on the list of Best Amusement Parks, while Adventure Island was ranked #8 on the list of Best Outdoor Water Park!!
And the awesome rankings didn't end there!
Busch Gardens also pulled in #2 on the list of Best Amusement Park Entertainment with their show "Turn It Up!", and the Zambia Smokehouse ranked #3 on the list of Best Amusement Park Restaurants.
(Brian Fink is a VIP Ambassador for SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)