Where do I start, the first ride I couldn't put my hands up was on MF. I was so ****ing scared on the ride because the way you started the lift and half way up the lift you start to go a little bit faster and then the 80 degree drop. I felt like I was gonna fall out if I didn't hold on. Just thinking about it gives me the chills.
Next was TTD going through that twisting drop and Batman&Robin: The Chiller Robin side going through the zero-g-roll forward and backwards. Simply crazy. Damn, I can't wait till Six Flags opens and Cedar Point again. *** Edited 1/12/2004 4:29:57 AM UTC by Starintraining***
There are no rides I'm "afraid" to put my hands up on, but there is one coaster where I'm cautious, at least. After the little incident on The Beast which nasai and company were witness to, I'll be making sure my arms are in during the helix tunnel of doom... ;)
My first rides on the PNE Coaster and Silverwoods' Tremors I could not keeps my hands up. On the PNE Coaster I am now able to keep my hands up even in the last car of the train. I have ridden Coaster enough times that I know what to expect on each element of the ride.
I have only been on one lap bar restraint coaster that I was afraid of putting my hands up on. That is the Scandia Screamer. Their handchoppers are legit.
But there are moments on many coasters where my hands come down (PR's drop under Thunderbolt, double down on the Jack Rabbit, the Beasts' double helix tunnel, let's just say most tunnels for me). But the only one where I hang on for dear life because of airtime is the Jackrabbit.
Greg, I was the one riding with you on the Beast when you got your injury. Seeing as how you are not an overly tall person, that is a serious handchopper.
Phantoms Revenge for sure, it has the mother of all head choppers when it dives under the thunderbolt. Truly nothing like that. I think it's so much crazier than other head choppers one because of the 80MPH your going when you hit it, 2 because of the angle of your decent. Pretty dang steep there going into that head chopper under the Tbolt. From the top you'd swear your hands would get chopped off. Then it turns around and has another dang good head chopper. coming up out of the ravine. Amazing.
I was so pumped up for my first ride on TTD I had my hands up in the station! I'm a dork! When I ride superman at SFA coming out of the helix I always put my arm down. Anyone notice that one beam seems really low.
The first time I rode Magnum and Millennium Force, I was holding on for dear life. The second time around, I had my hands up the whole time on Magnum, but not for Millie till we got thru the first over-banked turn.
I wouldn't dare to put my hands up on TTD durn the launch, but on the way down...oh yeah :)
Another one would be Space Mountain at WDW. Those are some LOW tracks and I remember a friend from band when he went in 1999 hitting his head on one of the supports. Interesting, he wasn't bleeding or anything when we got to the exit station. *** Edited 1/13/2004 4:31:00 PM UTC by Jeff Rowe***
Personally I find that the whole putting your hands up thing to be overrated. Everytime I do it I feel like Im concentrating too much on keeping them up to fully enjoy the ride. It really has no added thrill value for me, I prefer to have my arms limp or barely holding on to a support bar and letting them lift up on there own a couple of inches during airtime.
That being said, I am a tall guy and when I did do MF with my hands up I definatly did the elbow bend manuver through the two tunnels. I heard another employee braging to another employee (both were off duty in line behind me and I overheard this) that he had managed to "slap" the top of the tunnel after hill 2 earlier in the week so take it for what it is worth.
I would never even think about putting them up on any violent woddie (Viper, Beast, etc) and I know for a fact that Space Mountain has a history of whacking people who put there hands up on it.
Usually, when riding most wooden coasters, my hands are too busy holding the lap bar UP, to keep it from stapeling me to the seat on the hills. Thank God for coasters like Swamp Fox where I can freely hold both hands in the salt air without the fear of being stapled on the first 5 drops.
I'm suprised that noone mention about Thunderbolt (Windstorm) at Celebration City. I am so frightend that the Extreme Lateral G Forces would slam my arm into the Supports, I am also afraid of some of the very low lying supports.
However I like what SDC/CC did with the coaster by puting on new trains with better lap bars on it. The old ones had the U shaped bar with no pading on it, the G forces kept on pusing against the metal on the lapbars and all you got out of the ride was bruised up legs. The New trains sports T shaped lap bars that are padded, your legs don't push against these types of lapbars, because your legs tend to spread out on a ride. The ride is alot of fun now with the new lapbars, but watch out for the killer brake at the end of the ride. You can chip some teeth if you have your arms up at this point of the ride.
Well, Bill, you're a nutcase. Corey, and Greg survived Coaster as well, so my challenge shan't go unnoticed (like I am gonna pay that $5? riiiiiiiiiight;)) That said, it's still a rough beast, and I love to watch people freak on it.