Coaster Crazy!

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The first time Jessica Nevergall rode the Magnum XL-200 roller coaster, she waited in line for three and a half hours, crying the whole time.

"But my mom made me wait," says Jessica. "She said, ‘You'll love it.'"

Mom was right. Jessica says she "clung for dear life" on that first wild ride, but as soon as it was over, she said, "Let's go again!"

That was six years ago. Since then, Jessica, a 17-year-old homeschooler from Findlay, Ohio, has ridden the Magnum at least 72 times!

Jessica's not the only one who loves the Magnum, the biggest attraction at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

In a recent magazine survey, Campus Life readers overwhelmingly voted the Magnum their favorite roller coaster. Two other Cedar Point coasters—Raptor and Mantis—also made our Top 10 list.

Cedar Point, with 13 coasters, is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "Theme Park With Greatest Number of Roller Coasters." Yep, Cedar Point is literally the coaster capital of the world.

Jessica can't get enough of the Magnum's first hill—a 195-foot, 60-degree drop (one of the steepest on the planet), where the coaster hits speeds of 72 mph.

"I just love that first hill," says Jessica. "That's what keeps me coming back. The rest of the ride is OK, but that first hill is the only thing I really care about."

Jessica, the president of her youth group at Bluffton Baptist Church, visits Cedar Point three or four times a year, and she rides the Magnum three or four times on each visit.

"I've ridden the other coasters too," she says, "but the Magnum's the best."

The Top 10

Based on our survey, here are your 10 favorite coasters:

  1. Magnum XL-200
    Cedar Point • Sandusky, Ohio
  2. Batman the Ride
    Six Flags parks in: California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas
  3. Raptor
    Cedar Point • Sandusky, Ohio
  4. The Beast
    Paramount's Kings Island • Cincinnati, Ohio
  5. Mantis
    Cedar Point • Sandusky, Ohio
  6. Montu
    Busch Gardens • Tampa, Florida
  7. Wild Thing
    Valleyfair! • Shakopee, Minnesota
  8. Vortex
    Paramount's Kings Island • Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Space Mountain
    Disneyland & Disney World • Anaheim, California & Orlando, Florida
  10. Viper
    Six Flags Magic Mountain • Valencia, California (There are Vipers at other Six Flags parks, but the one at Magic Mountain is bigger and faster than the others.)

Doo Wopper and other crazy coaster names

Of all the coaster names we found, these were some of the coolest (and craziest):

  • Doo Wopper
  • Morey's Piers (NJ)
  • Montezooma's Revenge, Knotts Berry Farm (CA)
  • Sooperdooperlooper, Hershey Park (PA)
  • The Hurler, Kings Dominion (VA)
  • Psyclone, Six Flags Magic Mountain (CA)
  • Quantum Loop, Seabreeze (NY)
  • Whacky Worm, Worlds of Fun (MO)
  • Wild Chipmunk, Lakeside (CO)
Vortex Maniac!

Darcy Rader of Newcastle, Indiana, claims to have ridden the Vortex at Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio) a whopping 350 times!

Darcy says the average wait in line to ride the Vortex is about 45 minutes. We crunched the numbers and found out that Darcy has spent almost 11 days in line! Whoa!

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