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Rank the B&M Dive Machines

What's Your Favorite B&M Dive Machine?

  • Baron 1898 - Efteling

    Votes: 5 11.4%
  • Dive Coaster - Chimelong Paradise

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Diving Coaster - Happy Valley Shanghai

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Diving Machine G5 - Janfusun Fancyworld

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Draken - Gyeongju World

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • Griffon - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Votes: 10 22.7%
  • Krake - Heide Park

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Oblivion - Alton Towers

    Votes: 6 13.6%
  • Oblivion: The Black Hole - Gardaland

    Votes: 3 6.8%
  • SheiKra - Busch Gardens Tampa

    Votes: 10 22.7%
  • Valkyria - Liseberg

    Votes: 6 13.6%
  • Valravn - Cedar Point

    Votes: 3 6.8%
  • Western Regions Heaven - Happy Valley (Chengdu)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    44

DelPiero

Well-Known Member
Something I have never figured out is why they don't all use a double loading system like Oblivion. It works so well on Oblivion, seems like they nailed it the first time, but all the others I've been on just load one car at a time. Saw is the only other ride I can think of that uses that system.
I haven't seen it in use for a couple of years now, even on busy days they don't run enough trains to warrant the 2nd loading platform.
It's quite clear that Merlin won't use double the staff on one ride for the sake of efficiency, have they ever?
 

Howie

Active Member
1. Oblivion - perfect simplicity. It must be by far the deepest cut-and-cover tunnel ever dug for a roller coaster right?
I like people who like Oblivion. :)
As far as I'm concerned, people who don't like it don't 'get it', ya get me? And yeah, never thought about it but it must be the deepest trench ever dug for a coaster, can't think of anything that would come close.
As for the dual station thing, somebody (can't remember who, sorry) posted a trip report from Alton last week and noted that the dual loading system was actually being utilised fully, so boom to that. But yeah, Delly P's right, it's a rarity these days.
 

Coaster Cinema

New Member
1. SheiKra (Intense helix + Airtime = Winner)
2. Griffon - Busch Gardens Europe (Airtime hill at the end)
3. Oblivion - Alton Towers (Short 'n' sweet)
 

Antinos

Slut for Spinners
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Sheikra
Valravn
Griffon

Sheikra's high speed carousel turn after the immelmann gave it the edge over the other two. Those sustained forces showed that the ride type really can do something other than the drop and immelmann. I don't particularly remember Griffon a whole lot, but I don't recall it setting as much of an impression on me as Sheikra did.

I am also looking forward to seeing where Yukon Striker falls on this list since it's radically different from the three I've been on.
 

Hyde

I Lied About My Age!
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Moderator
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Griffon
Valravn

Valravn was my first, and I absolutely loved it. Short and sweet, but the wow factor of that first drop is among the best for ride openers. Getting on Griffon this year though was phenomenal - I much prefer the splash down to Valravn's zero-g roll. I give both rides credit though, being situated perfectly into their respective park areas. Griffon though has virtually all of the French section seemingly built around it, which really gives it a cool build-up of anticipation when entering that neck of BGW.
 

Kw6sTheater

Member
1. SheiKra. Even though Valravn's 270 roll is the best element I've ridden on a dive coaster, the two main drops on SheiKra both deliver great floater airtime that is not hindered by the vest restraints. Also I have a bit of sentimentality for it; when Busch Gardens Tampa was my homepark, I was always afraid of getting hit by the splashdown as a child.
2. Valravn. Even with great operations I still waited forty minutes for this coaster right when the park opened. I wasn't disappointed by this ride, because I'd heard lots of mediocre reviews of this coaster, but the 270 roll was absolutely incredible! The hangtime you get on it almost feels like what you would feel on a Eurofighter's heartline roll!
 

Hixee

Flojector
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Go-on then.

1. Valravn: A ride that's signature feature is a drop, and this one has the biggest drop. Incredible views over the park at the top, huge drop and a string of ginormous elements. Lovely stuff.

2. Baron 1898: Basically the opposite of the above. I love the theme and pre-show, the straight drop and the slightly snappier layout.

3. Oblivion: All about the drop, and I think it's brilliant for it.

4. Krake: I like the drop into the water splash, and the theming, but rest of it is pretty forgettable.

5. Girffon: See 1, just smaller.

6/7. Diving Coaster/SheiKra: See 3, just smaller.
 

Hyde

I Lied About My Age!
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2. Valravn. Even with great operations I still waited forty minutes for this coaster right when the park opened.
Pro tip: Don't ride Valravn in the morning rush as it is in the front of the park - wait until mid-to-late day when the crowds move towards the back of the park. ;)
 
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