I was wondering if anyone ever noticed people simply amazed at a typical boomerang. Almost everytime I go to Hersheypark and walk by the Sidewinder I always hear somthing like, "Wow! Then it goes backwards!" or "Look at that coaster!" poithing at it.
Anyone else ever witness this with everyones favorite ;) Vekoma? Or is this because I live in Pennsylvania where we only have one boomerang?
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You have to admit, boomerangs were a pretty cool idea. They're small, cheap, relatively fun to ride...
That's probably why they've sold what, almost 50 of them?
I really like how they have changed them a little over the years. Like it went from the Bat @ Canada's Wonderland to Face Off at King's Island to Deja Vu, all with the same basic layout: up backwards, down, through the station, cobra roll, loop, up again, the all again backwards. What will they do next to it?
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I guess having travelled a lot, I have a different perspective, but I'm amazed when people put SFNE's boomerang or SLC in the same class as S:RoS (Overheard many times at SFNE). I guess people really dig the backwards thing.
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I loved the Sidewinder at Hershey Park, right up until I was tall enough to feel the effects of the OSTR's.
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When I talk to other people about my coaster hobby, more than a few times people have said something like, "you know, there's this really cool coaster at (insert their homepark here) that takes you backwards and forwards and goes upside down a bunch of times. It's really crazy. I'd bet you like it." I usually respond that that sounds a lot like Mind Eraser at SFWoA, and yeah, it is a fun ride.
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There's one Boomerang in Australia. It's been in the country since 1988, so it isn't a new one. It has had the train refitted recently with new restraints. When I was last there (July - middle of winter, absolutely feezing no one in the park, maybe about 40 Fahrenheit), I noticed first that the wheels were new, not the old dirty ones I'm used to at Dreamworld.
Anyway, this thing was damn smooth. It was seriously the smoothest steel (or wooden, for that matter) that I've been on. No headbanging, no jolting of the head, not even any slight movements of it through the Cobra Roll, forwards or backwards. The only thing I found uncomfortable was the backwards run - I don't find it too pleasant.
I'll say it was due to the new wheels. But even so, that was an amazingly smooth ride.
Edit: Might as well add something on topic too. :)
People like to watch them because simply said, they are unique. There is a lot more to see happening than your average complete circuit coaster. A dozen unique 'normal' coasters are more the same than a dozen Boomerangs when you're standing watching them go.
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Blech... boomerangs make me so incredibly sick it's not even funny.
As for the next generation boomerang we may eventually see either flying versions or multi-dimensional versions. Hopefully we won't see any standup versions. Imagine a Vekoma standup coaster! Eek!
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You want to see a flat ride that draws a crowd of onlookers whenever it starts up? well just come to SFA & stand anywhere near iron eagle,or ride it for that matter & right as it starts up there's always a crowd of onlookers watching & sometimes willing to ride by the time the next group is being loaded.
As for boomerangs t I have yet to ride a standard model,I came close to riding Tidal wave at Ocean city's boardwalk back in 95 though.
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I actually like boomerangs, as well as the inverted model. Sure, they're familiar, and seemingly everywhere, but so what?
I think kennywood should get a boomerange. Any variety would do the park good, even a standard model. I know a unique place for it, that would be on top of Exterminator. Just joking, no need to make the last statement into a big arguement.
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