Boomerang Question

Wednesday, June 9, 2004 9:03 PM
I have a quick question about the ever popular Boomerang Coasters. A few weeks ago when I was at SFDL I rode boomerang numerous times. I thoroughly enjoyed going through the loop backwards, the g's are great, and the cobra roll was fun to. I'm sorta confused about the drop. If you've ridden a Vekoma boomerang, do you get that 'freefall' feeling in your stomach that you might get on other rides. All I feel is the acceleration and the rolling for a few seconds down the track. I was surprised I didn't feel anything for a few seconds. Maybe it's just that I'm immune to freefall or something.

What has been your experience? I hope Power Tower is fun in a couple weeks....if I've lost that feeling for good I'll be pissed lol.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2004 9:40 PM
All the Boomerang I've been on felt you described. The way its engineered, I guess.

On another note, Goudurix has the worst first drop of any coaster I've been on. You don't feel anything! Goudurix first drop is the exact same (same height, drop angle and pull out) as a Boomerang first hill. *** Edited 6/10/2004 1:41:03 AM UTC by Absimilliard*** *** Edited 6/10/2004 2:08:17 AM UTC by Absimilliard*** *** Edited 6/10/2004 2:08:48 AM UTC by Absimilliard***

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Wednesday, June 9, 2004 9:44 PM
Say that again?
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Wednesday, June 9, 2004 10:14 PM
I guess it also depends on where you sit. The back of the train will obviously give a higher drop, the front not much of a drop at all.

And the angle too makes a difference. I believe Boomers have the standard 45 degree drop, which by today's standards, isn't very thrilling. Ditto for the height.

If you haven't already, check out of the the Deja Vu's, now that is one hell of a gut wrenching first drop! Especially in the back of the train.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2004 10:23 PM
Yea, I realize the longer drop affects it but I mean for a few seconds, even in the front seat, I can feel it rolling along, but I don't feel anything.
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Thursday, June 10, 2004 1:34 PM
Umm the invertigo's all have a 55 degree drop angle on both lifts.
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Thursday, June 10, 2004 1:47 PM
Yes, the feeling you're lacking is due to the angle of the track. It's hard to experience freefall (pure vertical acceleration) when you're going downhill at a 45 degree angle (equal horizontal and vertical accelerations to make things simple). In fact, it's that non-freefall, horizontal acceleration which makes boomerangs enjoyable for me.

While we're talking boomerangs, does anyone else have to close their eyes when they go through the station backwards or they feel as if they'll pass out? I don't know what it is, but whenever I come back through the station with my eyes open, I get a range of feelings from nausea, to lightheadedness, to my eyes literally hurting, to blacking out. I think it's the fact that everything is whizzing past backwards, but shouldn't it bother me on impulses more (which it doesn't at all)?

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 3:57 PM
Boomerangs *always* give me that freefall feeling. That's the only reason I ride them, because the rest of the ride makes me sick.
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