Raptor (Cedar Point) vs. Batman the Ride (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
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Raptor (Cedar Point) vs. Batman the Ride (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
Both Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coasters were built in 1994 at the height of the coaster wars. Raptor, top, is taller, longer and faster. Winner: Raptor. Score: Cedar Point leads, 1-0. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Mantis (Cedar Point) vs. Riddler’s Revenge (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The B&M stand-up coasters opened two years apart in the late 1990s. Built in the bigger-is-better era, the newer Riddler, bottom, is taller, longer, faster and had more inversions than Mantis. Winner: Riddler’s Revenge. Score: Tied, 1-1. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Cedar Creek Mine Ride (Cedar Point) vs. Gold Rusher (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
Built around the same time, both Arrow mine trains are over 40 years old and feature similar track lengths (2,500 feet) and top speeds (40 mph). The taller Gold Rusher, bottom, hugs the terrain while the hybrid Cedar Creek dips down near a lake. Winner: Cedar Creek Mine Ride. Score: Cedar Point leads, 2-1. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Iron Dragon (Cedar Point) vs. Ninja (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The Arrow suspended swinging coasters were built a year apart in late 1980s. The terrain-hugging Ninja, bottom, is faster, with every train launched with a spirited “hi-yah!” Winner: Ninja. Score: Tied, 2-2. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Woodstock Express (Cedar Point) vs. Road Runner Express (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The vanilla-flavored Vekoma junior coasters were both built about 10 years ago. Woodstock, top, is taller, longer and faster. Winner: Woodstock Express. Score: Cedar Point retakes the lead, 3-2. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Corkscrew (Cedar Point) vs. Revolution (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
These two revolutionary rides by rival manufacturers battled in 1976 to become the world’s first looping coaster, with Revolution, bottom, beating Corkscrew to the title by a week. While Corkscrew features two more inversions, Revolution is taller, longer, faster and first. Winner: Revolution. Score: Tied, 3-3. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Mean Streak (Cedar Point) vs. Apocalypse (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The twisting wooden coasters were built about two decades apart by different manufacturers. Magic Mountain once had a similar coaster (Psyclone) built in the same year (1991) by the same manufacturer (Dinn) that was demolished and replaced by Apocalypse. Mean Streak, top, is bigger, faster and rougher, but Apocalypse is newer, smoother and better. Winner: Apocalypse. Score: Magic Mountain reclaims the lead, 4-3. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point) vs. Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The built-for-speed inversionless rides known as hyper coasters were built about a decade apart by different manufacturers. Goliath, bottom, is newer, taller and faster. Winner: Goliath. Score: Magic Mountain leads, 5-3. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Jr. Gemini (Cedar Point) vs. Magic Flyer (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The old kiddie coasters built by different manufacturers have both been in service for decades. While Magic Flyer, bottom, is older (1946) and has received many more thematic makeovers, Jr. Gemini is taller and features a more complex layout. Winner: Jr. Gemini. Score: Magic Mountain leads, 5-4. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Gemini (Cedar Point) vs. Colossus (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The twin-track coasters built in 1978 by different manufacturers have about the same height (125 feet) and top speed (60 mph). While the hybrid Gemini, top, features a wood structure with a steel track, the wooden Colossus has a slightly longer track. Winner: Colossus. Score: Magic Mountain leads, 6-4. (Cedar Point)
Wicked Twister (Cedar Point) vs. Deja Vu (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The open-ended inverted shuttle coasters were built a year apart by different manufacturers just after the turn of the millennium. While the ubiquitous boomerang design of Deja Vu, bottom, can be found at numerous parks, the double-twisting U-shaped Wicked Twister is much rarer and more interesting. Winner: Wicked Twister. Score: Magic Mountain leads, 6-5. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Top Thrill Dragster (Cedar Point) vs. Superman: Escape from Krypton (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The vastly different Intamin launch coasters built a few years apart share two distinct similarities: Both top 400 feet and 100 mph. But as any Cedar Point fan will tell you, Top Thrill Dragster, left, is a little taller and a lot faster. Winner: Top Thrill Dragster. Score: Tied, 6-6. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Wildcat (Cedar Point) vs. Canyon Blaster (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
Neither of these standard-issue family coasters built two decades apart by different manufacturers will quicken the pulse of any die-hard ride enthusiast. Magic Mountain actually had a similar Schwarzkopf-built coaster called Mountain Express that it removed in the early 1980s. But that was yesterday. The off-the-shelf, wild mouse-style Wildcat, top, is taller, longer and faster than Canyon Blaster. Winner: Wildcat. Score: Cedar Point moves ahead, 7-6. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Millennium Force (Cedar Point) vs. X2 (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
While unconventional, this showdown pits Cedar Point’s top coaster against Magic Mountain’s best. Both rides are unique and were built around the same time, just after the new millennium, by different manufacturers. While the Millennium Force giga coaster, left, is taller, longer and faster, the fourth-dimension X2 with 360-degree rotating seats is more revolutionary. Winner: X2. Score: Tied, 7-7. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Maverick (Cedar Point) vs. Green Lantern: First Flight (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
In another unusual match-up, these Intamin-built rides face off in a battle between each park’s newest coaster. While the rides are about the same height (100 feet), Maverick, top, is twice as fast and five times as long. On the other hand, the vertical Green Lantern gives Magic Mountain two cutting-edge, fourth-dimension coasters, twice as many as any other park in the world (and 100% more than Cedar Point). Winner: Maverick. Score: Cedar Point pulls out in front, 8-7. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Blue Streak (Cedar Point) vs. Viper (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
The final two contests match coasters that have no similarities whatsoever. But what can you do? In a head-to-head competition, I’d take the classic 1964 Philadelphia Toboggan-built wooden Blue Streak, top, over the dated 1990 looping and corkscrewing steel Viper any day. Winner: Blue Streak. Score: Cedar Point up, 9-7.  (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Disaster Transport (Cedar Point) vs. Scream (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
In the 1980s, Magic Mountain briefly had a steel toboggan coaster called Sarajevo Bobsleds built by the same manufacturer. While Magic Mountain wisely realized the error of its ways, Cedar Point tried to literally cover up the problem by enclosing its puttering bobsled coaster and adding an aptly appropriate disaster theme. That means my nod goes to the parking lot-themed floorless Scream coaster, bottom, which was built so quickly in 2003 that Magic Mountain famously refused to even paint over the parking spaces on the pavement below. Winner: Scream. Score: Cedar Point holds on to the lead, 9-8. (Cedar Point; Six Flags)
Tatsu (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
With one more coaster, the final round naturally goes to Magic Mountain. The flying Tatsu coaster, Japanese for “flying beast,” would be hard to beat anyway with its 124-foot-tall pretzel loop and 103-foot-tall corkscrew. Winner by default: Tatsu. Final score: Tied, 9-9. (Six Flags)