Arrow Shuttle loopers, how are they?

Monday, March 31, 2003 8:36 PM
For some reason, I have a desire to hit Fun Spot in Indiana this summer. So, without further ado, how are the Arrow shuttle loop coasters?

I have experienced Schwarzkopf shuttle loopers and they are worth the drive to get to them(which is why SFKK is on my radar).

Please explain the Arrow version. What are the comparisons and what are the qualities of this steel contraption?

Thanks,,,,,

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Monday, March 31, 2003 8:40 PM

Amazing Chitown.

Craziest airtime ever and great positive G's in the loop. The airtime is amazingly extreme and i do mean extreme ejector air. Amazingly fun ride.

Fun Spot is only a half an hour from me, be sure to tell me when you get out this way.
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Monday, March 31, 2003 8:44 PM
Will do Duckboy.

How does the return trip work on this coaster? I see that you go up into another platform. How does it shoot the train through the circuit? For some reason, this coaster has me confused with its layout.

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Monday, March 31, 2003 8:51 PM
The launch over the hills make for crazy airtime, and the loop is good, especially backwards.

To answer your question, the train launches fairly slowly through both circuits, making it possible for it to descend the hill, through the loop, and ascend the second hill without valleying.

The launch backwards is great - when you hit the hill you are literally thrust out of your seat for at least a few seconds of airtime.

The main drawback is that you have to climb a rediculous set of stairs to ride it.

~me

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Monday, March 31, 2003 8:54 PM
There is a similar one at SFEG...I forget exactly how it works, but I agree with Brent - it is a fun ride. Just be prepared to hike up five flights of stairs.... :(

EDIT: Darn my slow typing skills...Nelson beat me to the comment about the stairs...

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*** This post was edited by redman822 4/1/2003 1:55:16 AM ***

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Monday, March 31, 2003 8:56 PM
The backwards launching mechanism is exactly the same as the forward mechanism. A motor pulls a dolly that is attached by cables to the motors. One on each end. The dollies push the train off the end of the hill on both ends.

It really is loads of fun.

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Monday, March 31, 2003 9:03 PM
Cool, sounds like a fun coaster.

To Duckboy, or anyone else that has been to this park. How is it overall? Keep in mind that myself and my daughter are animal fans as well as coaster fans, so is this park worth a visit?

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Monday, March 31, 2003 10:16 PM
I have to tell you right now the Arrow Shuttle Loop has the best air time I felt on a Shuttle Coaster it is well worth the walk up the steps to get to it. The one I rode is Diamond Back at Frontier City and I had to say WOW. After you ride one of these you'll know that preservation of these beasts are needed.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 2:29 AM
I can only say that the Arrow Shuttle loop is one of the best coasters I've ever been on. The experience is just so amazing, you have to ride to know what it feels like. No way of describing.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 4:08 AM
Afterburner at Fun Spot is an awesome coaster, but after six or seven consecutive laps, I had to get off and do something else. The G's.... Oh the Gs!


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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:00 AM
SFEG's Sidewinder is my best friend. :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:07 AM
I really like the moment before you actually drop. It seems like the drop will never come (especially if you ride in the back) which builds up some anticipation. I've always had a smooth ride.

Fun ride, overall (and also my first coaster ;)).
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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:15 AM
Ahh yes. I remember my first ride on an Arrow shuttle,it was SFA's defunct Python.

The launch is great & the return trip is pretty good (albeit a but scary the first few times) but the only drawback is having to climb up & then down all those stairs.

It's really scary on the initial launch because w hen you reach the other side you get the impression that you aren't gonna stop before going over the edge,but the reverse launch is even better because you don't know when that drop is coming up.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:23 AM
It was also fun standing on the loading platform (or climbing the stairs) and feeling the entire structure sway when the train was launched. My only experience with an Arrow shuttle loop was back in 1987 at Kings Island. Their Screamin' Demon was a pretty wild little ride and it was definitely a lot better than I had anticipated. It's always good to go into a new ride with low expecatations and come off pleasantly surprised!

ray p.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:49 AM
I'll add another "surprisingly fun" vote for these things. The climb up the stairs can be a pain, though. :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:55 AM
Yeah we have one here in Oklahoma City. It's a great ride, however, it's really rough. I had a headache after riding it. And I never get headaches on woodies or coasters in general. It might have to do with Frontier City still having the old original arrow trains from the lightning loops. They haven't been refurbished since 1977.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:59 AM
OSS, I find your statement of the trains not being refurbished since '77 hard (if not impossible) to believe....


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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:04 AM
I'm joining the "fun" camp, too. My first was also PKI's old shuttle. Not a bad seat on the train, IMHO.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:29 AM
Great news link there 'Moosh. Soon you won't have to go all the way to Ohio to ride a 420 footer ;)

BTW...Enterprise's ship number is NCC-1701 ;) (yes I am a geek) I wonder which ship style they will use if they are theming it to NextGen (picard) 1701-D or 1701-E? ;)

(and, yes, I know it's not real...)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:34 AM
421 foot, George! Get it right! As for the ship's number I suspect that was just a typo. With three trains maybe they'll be 'D', 'E', etc.

Moosh - intent of having fun on April Fool's day ;)

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