Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
The Ride: Take flight! This coaster offers the closest thing to soaring like a bird. Riders positioned face-down speed along a steel track that winds up and down a mountainside. Careening down and swooping up while lying on your stomach, you feel like a high flier.
Ron’s Take: This Bolliger & Mabillard coaster has yet another unique twist. It’s one of the most intense coasters of its kind, and the views from atop the mountain (Magic Mountain is truly built on a mountain) are unmatched—if you can keep your eyes open, that is. And I can’t wait to ride the new hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus, when it debuts at the park!
Where: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
The Ride: Ready for intense? In just over two minutes, this compact coaster turns you upside down six times with two vertical loops, a cobra roll, two corkscrews and a zero-gravity roll.
Ron’s Take: Another roller coaster designed by the team at Bolliger & Mabillard, the Silver Bullet is built mostly over water. On parts of the ride, you feel like you might just get close enough to get your feet wet. The compact design gives it great intensity, and the g-forces created on the final spiral are enough to squeeze the air from your lungs.