I have never had the privilege of riding the Boss, but I have downloaded the video from CCI's page. I looks like it has a drop or bump in the long stretch of straight track after the drop. What is it and what is it like? It looks mighty intense, regardless.........
I made the large mistake of riding the Boss in the back seat of some very rough Gerstlauer trains. Besides the fact that the cars felt like they had rectangular wheels, the Boss is quite possible the most intense, gut-wrenching coaster CCI has made. I don't know how in the hell Richard Rodriguez does it. He's nuts if you ask me.
Boss is a really good ride, and quite possibly the most powerful ride CCI's ever created...(other than Legend of course) It's not a rough ride at all, just very violent and intense. The only truly rough part is the track at the bottom of the double down, which was smoothed drastically this year.
I really like the Boss. The double down is a little dissapointing because there is too much level track in between the drops IMO. I've never really experienced the airtime that I expect in that section. There are plenty of decent drops though and the helix is fun. Another section that doesn't live up to what it looks like is the last bunny hop after the helix, again I haven't really felt the air that it appears you should receive when watching it. I had the priveledge to ride with Richard Rodriguez this summer since I was at the park myself (saved my about half an hour in wait time, plus rerides). He had styrofoam pads all around his body to cushion the blows. He seemed to be doing pretty well when I visited (about halfway through his attempt). I think that the Boss would be much better if it ran PTC trains and I heard that when it opened it ran the Screamin' Eagle trains for a little while. Not so sure about this, but I would have loved to have ridden it like that. Maybe SF will take a page out of the HW book, but I seriously doubt that.
I've done Boss and Ghostrider, Rob. They are very different, but similar on a power/intensity level. The biggest difference is those darn trains. If you slapped some PTCs on the Boss it would be right up there with Ghostrider/Legend, in my opinion. I normally can handle G trains (sort of), but I really need more padding for such an intense ride! (I wouldn't want to ride Ghostrider with G trains!) The terrain layout is wonderful and intense (and unique!). ----------------- - Peabody
Jeff, thanks for the comparisons. I would imagine it is an amazingly intense ride, and it looks from the video, that it never really lets up, similar to Ghostrider (with the exception of the turnaround). The Boss does appear to be super unique (if I can qualify something beyond unique!) and I love terrain coasters, so a ride is a must.
Dweaver, since I haven't ridden the Boss, I can't compare with other CCIs but I would switch 1 and 3 for my own records. I couldn't agree more on Tremors, at least on an intensity scale. What a rough and tumble ride that thing is (in a good way!) :) I adore Timber Terror though. Such a sweet out and back. Shivering Timbers would #4 for me...
Yes, it is true. When the Boss first opened they had to run the PTC's from the Eagle because of problems with the G trains. From what I was told they had a problem of not carrying enough speed through the 4th hill and tended to want to roll back. Just what I was told. Unfortunatly I didn't have the pleasure of riding with the PTC's. The Boss is definately a bruise maker if you don't know how to ride it! :) Best wood I have ever ridden, and not as rough, in my opinion, as some other coasters like Mean Streak and Texas Giant. Just my 2 cents worth. ----------------- Just a couple of G-force junkies!
I've done the Boss many times and it's one heck of a ride. It's definitely up there on the Intensity Scale, about equal with Legend. It has amazing speed, a fantastic opening sequence, and one of the best double helix endings ever.
Like others have said, it's wildly violent, and not rough.
For what it's worth, I would rather ride the Boss any day over GR. Nothing against GR, it's a great ride, but it's not as intense as the Boss.
Just my lowly opinions.
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The Boss is my favorite wooden coaster. It is a little rough, but isn't that the way a woodie is supposed to be? I would have to agree with Incidentalist that there is a little too much space between drops in the double down first drop but you still get the effect. Mostly The Boss is an intense, awesome ride.
Hey Legendary....thanks for the comments and comparison. I realize that your comments are just that, but I appreciate everyone's input. Now, I have to ride it because I can't possibly believe it is better than Ghostrider. That is my absolute favorite coaster of all time...right up there with 'Apocalypse Now' as my favorite movie, and then they ruined it with this new 'Redux' version. Obviously, the Boss is a wild, and unique coaster, and it apparently doesn't rip from any other coaster sources? Are there any signature CCI moves on the ride?
I have yet to ride any CCI coasters but I plan on fixing that this coming June when I go to Silverwood.My wife,oldest son,daughter in law,and grandaughter will be going wth me.Hey Rob,I will be going the last week of June.Perhaps we can meet there?It will be interesting to compare Tremors and Timber Terror to my favorite woodie,the PNE Coaster.I also downloaded the videos of the Boss and Ghostrider from CCIs' site.I may never get the opportunity to ride the Boss,but plan on riding GR when we go down to SoCal for Disneylands'50th anniversary.KBF is only 10 minutes away from DL.