Big Bad Wolf

Friday, June 26, 2009 5:46 PM

I brace myself for a neck bashing on that last drop. I like the ride, but am only good for one ride a trip on it.

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Friday, June 26, 2009 5:56 PM

Wow, Im sorry it was running so rough for you, Moosh. How many times did you say you rode it?.

I thought about driving from Ohio to Virgina and getting a last ride on it (plus I only rode it twice like 9 years ago so I barely remember it), but since it's running so bad I just may skip it.

Are there any rumors of when it might close?

Last edited by john peck, Friday, June 26, 2009 5:57 PM
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Friday, June 26, 2009 6:20 PM

On this visit we rode only once. There was no way I would have convinced anyone in my family to ride again. On previous visits I got multiple rides including an ERT session during ACE Con in 2001 (the infamous "howling like a wolf" ERT session) where we rode non-stop.

As for if/when the ride will be removed, I have nothing. With so many other good rides at the park I'd say it's worth the trip.

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Friday, June 26, 2009 6:36 PM

Mamoosh said:
Trip report posted...happy now, Ken? ;)

No..

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Friday, June 26, 2009 6:42 PM

^ Shuddup, beyotch! ;)

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Friday, June 26, 2009 7:53 PM

Why is my lasting memory of Big Bad Wolf of that there is a trim on the final drop?

Been a few years but always seemed a popular ride to me.

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Friday, June 26, 2009 8:05 PM

Mamoosh said:On previous visits I got multiple rides including an ERT session during ACE Con in 2001 (the infamous "howling like a wolf" ERT session) where we rode non-stop.

Remains one of the best ERT sessions in memory. BBW and the people on it were in rare form. Those rides will provide a legacy worth remembering, very fondly. :)

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Friday, June 26, 2009 8:18 PM

tservo said:
Why is my lasting memory of Big Bad Wolf of that there is a trim on the final drop?

Because there is a series of trims on the big drop to the lake. You can see them clearly in this photo. They've were there on my first visit in 1994...I'm sure they'd been there for years prior. Anyone know what year those were added?

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Friday, June 26, 2009 8:37 PM

They were installed shortly after the ride was set to open. So '84.

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Friday, June 26, 2009 9:10 PM

robotfactory said:


You're confusing fact and opinion. It happens a lot on the Internet.

Fact- Moosh's family didn't like Big Bad Wolf.

Opinion- I thought Big Bad Wolf was rough.

Don't confuse the two. People who treat facts like opinions never come out the winner in conversation.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.... But the statements about it being rough are opinions, which is how this got started.

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Friday, June 26, 2009 9:20 PM

Since the comments are mine let's clear this up once and for all.

I never said the ride was rough as that implies the entire experience is rough. For the most part the ride is smooth. There are/were, however, several moments in both the first section (lift 1 to lift 2) and second section (lift 2 to final brake run) during which there was violent foward/backward movement of the cars that caused riders to be slammed forward into the OSTR and then immediately back onto the headrest. It was most violent in the second section.

What we experienced is NOT an opinion. It is FACT. I know it is a fact because it f'in hurt! I just heard from my mom this evening (my family is still on their vacation). She has a bruise on the front of each shoulder from the ride.

I would appreciate it if people would stop saying this is our "opinion."

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Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:54 AM

Yeah I was saying my overall lasting memory of the ride is that there were trim brakes on the final drop and thinking wonder what this is like if they weren't there. I do seem to remember it being a bit rougher than Top Gun or whatever it is now, but it was an Arrow and a good suspended. My interest is that it did seem to be a popular ride unlike the other one they got rid of before I had a chance to ride.

Last edited by tservo, Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:55 AM
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Saturday, June 27, 2009 12:27 PM

While I agree with your assessment of the ride Mamoosh, I find it amusing that as the guy who always defines the difference between intense and rough you are defining this ride as rough based on your experience. My wife hates modern wooden roller coasters but loves BBW. She doesn't think the ride is rough at all, but thinks Raven, Ravine Flyer 2 etc are terribly rough rides and won't ride them.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:26 PM

I am going to try and get to the park one more time this year to hit up the wolf.

I sure hope that this is only a rumor.

Last edited by crazy horse, Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:29 PM
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Saturday, June 27, 2009 2:09 PM

BBW wasn't rough when I rode it last summer.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009 9:32 PM

When I rode it in June of 2007, I didn't think it was rough. Really enjoyed!! Night ride was the best to!!

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Monday, June 29, 2009 9:58 AM

john peck said:
Wow, Im sorry it was running so rough for you, Moosh. How many times did you say you rode it?.

I thought about driving from Ohio to Virgina and getting a last ride on it (plus I only rode it twice like 9 years ago so I barely remember it), but since it's running so bad I just may skip it.

Are there any rumors of when it might close?

The coaster is NOT running rough, again, its running the same as it has for the last 24 years...

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Monday, June 29, 2009 10:01 AM

Mamoosh said:

tservo said:
Why is my lasting memory of Big Bad Wolf of that there is a trim on the final drop?

Because there is a series of trims on the big drop to the lake. You can see them clearly in this photo. They've were there on my first visit in 1994...I'm sure they'd been there for years prior. Anyone know what year those were added?

They have been there since the ride opened. During testing in 1984 it was running way to fast at the bottom, the ride did not open until after they were added. As a matter of fact, the ride didn't even open on its media day... They guest star was Vincent Price, and he was there for nothing haha.

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Monday, June 29, 2009 10:07 AM

Apparently I have to say this once again as people continue to put words in my mouth: I never said the ride was rough. It is, for the most part, quite smooth. The swinging is intense and quite fun. There was, however, moments of violent and painful forward/backward shuffling of the cars. It was most severe following the big drop to the lake. It seemed to happen on the straight track transitioning between curves.

I don't care if the ride has been running "the same" in 24 years. I know what I felt. And the five other members of my family know what they felt. My 71 yr old mom has bruises from the OSTRs. This is not opinion, its fact.

Last edited by Mamoosh, Monday, June 29, 2009 10:11 AM
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Monday, June 29, 2009 10:14 AM

Mamoosh said:
Since the comments are mine let's clear this up once and for all.

I never said the ride was rough as that implies the entire experience is rough. For the most part the ride is smooth. There are/were, however, several moments in both the first section (lift 1 to lift 2) and second section (lift 2 to final brake run) during which there was violent foward/backward movement of the cars that caused riders to be slammed forward into the OSTR and then immediately back onto the headrest. It was most violent in the second section.

What we experienced is NOT an opinion. It is FACT. I know it is a fact because it f'in hurt! I just heard from my mom this evening (my family is still on their vacation). She has a bruise on the front of each shoulder from the ride.

I would appreciate it if people would stop saying this is our "opinion."

But Moosh, it "IS" your opinion... And some people say its not...

Now, what is rough to some is not to others, its all in where restraints may make physical contact with you. Some people claim that B&M harnesses make them bang their heads during intense elements such as cobra rolls, well, my head is well above the restraint and I don't have that issue. Some of my family and friends do get hit on those elements, so to them, something may be rough, and to others, like me, its not... I think it can have a lot to do with your height and girth, how far the restraint sticks out from you as well as har far above or under the restraint your head is.

Getting back to the BBW: I will say that the most extreme part of the ride is at the bottom of the first drop where it banks right to left, that is where you are pushed forward. Thats the spot that the trims were added to the drop for, because that moment was to extreme before the brakes were added. I guess it was a trial and error design. But it doesn't hurt and its been that way since the ride opened. I find leaning forward helps that particular moment.

Now, some of you should compare that moment to the mid section of the butterfly element on KD's Anaconda, now that can be an oucher... (for me)

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