The thrill-seeker musts: Maverick, Steel Vengeance, Valvran, Top Thrill Dragster*
Top Thrill Dragster* is the most imposing of all the coasters in the park -- a very narrow U-shaped single-hill track that goes straight up into the air and straight back down again… and that's it. With its hydraulic launch system, it shoots riders off the platform from 0-120 mph in four seconds up a 420-foot hill with a 90-degree free-fall and its all over in 30 seconds, which means the stomach you left floating in mid-air at the launch will still be floating in mid-air awaiting your return. (Note: Up to 120 mph, depending on the weather, and sometimes it can't get enough speed to get the cars up the hill, which means riders get to fall backwards back down to the launch platform and do it all over again. Fun!)
Steel Vengeance is everything the Mean Streak was back in the '90s when it first opened and was super exciting before the wood started to warp and the ride became more of a punishment than a thrill. As noted above, it stockpiled a bunch of records, yadda yadda, and it is QUITE the coaster -- with almost 30 seconds of airtime, it's got the most sky of any coaster in the world, plus four inversions and a 90-degree drop from 200 feet. The Mean Streak certainly had its day, but the Steel Vengeance coaster's time is now.
Valvran is kind of a greatest-hits of thrill rides: there's the floorless cars (like the Raptor), the dangle before the "free-fall" (like the Power Tower or Demon Drop if you're old AF), and the 90-degree drop (see above). It's a short-and-sweet dive coaster that packs maximum punch for thrill-seekers.
But ah, the Maverick. The Maverick is just the best, which just goes to show that bigger, taller, steeper, and faster isn't always better. The Maverick is just plain FUN. This is the coaster enthusiast's coaster: There's nothing that's going to make you soil yourself (there is *one* portion with a hydraulic launch, but it's not terrible); it's smooth as silk; it twists and turns and climbs and drops and is just HELLA fun. There's a reason that more than a decade and a slew of record-breaking coasters later, this one still always has an hour-plus wait time.
*I've sworn this one off as just simply too intense for my tastes, but you do you. Just know that if there is any wind whatsoever, this ride will shut down, which should scare you off from ever wanting to ride it in the first place but again, you do you.