Coaster Fear

Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:20 AM
Which coaster have you been on that you been the most scared of because of the poor condition/lack of maintenance?

Mine would be the Cascade Park Comet.You would ride with your eyes shut so you would not get your eyes poked out by the tree branches that was wacking you in the head.If you sat in the back seat you see peoples heads in front of you bobing up and down because the track was in such a warped state.You would hope when you went the last drop,which the largest and VERY steep,that your bar would stay closed.

Williams Grove Cyclone ranks up there too.First time I rode it Im saying to myself,how did this thing pass a Pa. ride inspection?But it was a fun ride.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:26 AM
^I've heard that about the Cyclone.

Mine would be several years ago on CLP's Blue
Streak with the NAD trains. The Far turn curve would seriously bulge with the weight of those trains. Now keep in mind, i rode it god knows how many times, but that sway freaked my kids out when they saw it from the ground.

It'll last much longer with the re-built trains.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:37 AM
^^Those NAD's are much heavier.Like you said,the Vettel trains will add years of life to the coaster,hopefully the park will be around that long. *** Edited 7/15/2006 3:39:02 PM UTC by Ex_Westview and KW_worker***
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 3:26 PM
Williams Grove Cyclone, hands down. The Big Dipper at Camden Park also had me worried a few times in the past. ;)

-Tina

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 5:20 PM
Texas Cyclone at SFAW. That was one of the worst rides ever...
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 7:17 PM
Any roller coaster that is or has a portable-appearance like Scandia's Screamer, where the support frames are no wider than a ruler.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 10:56 PM
CARNIVALS, CARNIVALS, AND CARNIVALS. Never ride the rides/coasters. Too many odd noises.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:30 PM
Of course, the Williams Grove Cyclone. Riding that thing was like playing Russian (Mountain) Roulette. The more you rode it, the more likely it was for your number to come up.

And for Camden's Big Dipper mentioned above... I agree... and I actually compared it to the WG Cyclone too.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 12:12 AM

SLFAKE said:
Of course, the Williams Grove Cyclone. Riding that thing was like playing Russian (Mountain) Roulette. The more you rode it, the more likely it was for your number to come up.

And for Camden's Big Dipper mentioned above... I agree... and I actually compared it to the WG Cyclone too.


The funny thing about the Cyclone,I am thinking what am I doing riding this thing,this thing is not safe.So what do I do,I get back on it for another ride. :))

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 1:03 AM
I don't mean to insult our ex-WVP worker, but the Racing Whippet stands out as the ricketiest thing I have ever rode. Maybe a coat of paint would have improved the eeriness... but, that didn't stop this young teen from riding it hundreds of times!

We lived within walking distance of WVP, so that is not an exaggeration, either. God Bless "Thorofare Days"!!!!

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 1:07 AM
While I am thinking about it, the ferris wheel at the most recent West View firemen's carnival at Bronx Field stands out in my mind as the scariest "what am I doing on this thing?" misadventure.. I have no idea how the thing remained in an upright position.

Now I see what they mean about avoiding carney adventures. The field looked like a swamp. Even the band was cancelled due to the stage being all but a floatation device. What the $@^# was I thinking, to take my kid on that?????

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 1:28 AM

Chooch249 said:
I don't mean to insult our ex-WVP worker, but the Racing Whippet stands out as the ricketiest thing I have ever rode. Maybe a coat of paint would have improved the eeriness... but, that didn't stop this young teen from riding it hundreds of times!

We lived within walking distance of WVP, so that is not an exaggeration, either. God Bless "Thorofare Days"!!!!


Actually it wasnt in that bad of shape,just needed painted,it was deceiving because of how it looked.

Aw Thorofare days,busiest days of the year.Just hated to clean all the blue tickets up the day after they expired.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 3:44 AM
I thought Thorofare tix were green... :p
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 7:21 AM
Thorofare tickets changed color each year. I remember pink and yellow ones during certain seasons. You got a strip of 5 tickets (each good for a ride) with a $5 purchase back in the 60s and 70s. The tickets were good on 12 midweek days in late July and August. Seven rides were not included in the promotion but all of the roller coasters were among those accepting the tickets. (except for the Wildmouse in the early 60s which was an upcharge ride). *** Edited 7/16/2006 11:23:41 AM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 1:16 PM
Im almost certain they were blue when I worked there,Ill have to check my archive.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 1:57 PM
Roller Coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach sure freaked me out, because of there being no restraints at all.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 2:03 PM
I remember that the Idora Wildcat had only a non-locking fixed bar when I rode it during the early 1970s. This bar was not a true restraint and there were no seat belts or other restraints. That had to make for one scary ride given the overall intensity of this coaster.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 9:34 PM
The Dipper at Rainbow Gardens in White Oak. Now there was a "interesting" park. Most of it's business was union picnics.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 10:02 PM
Just from the reputation it carries I'd have to say the WG Cyclone. Never rode it...yet. If I ever get the chance I will though. As far as what I have rode. I haven't rode anything yet that I totally felt unsafe on, or felt like I was in danger.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 11:42 PM
Worst for me was the Wild Mouse at (the now defunct) Lakewood Park in Barnesville PA. Rusty, rickety, shaky... you not only thought the car would go over the edge rounding one of the turns, you thought the whole structure would follow and land on top of you.

So why did we keep asking our parents to let us go on over and over again?

WG Cyclone is runner-up. I kept asking myself why I was riding it all three times I was on it. And I'm still not convinced that flat trick track close to the end wasn't part of the design at all, it just happened and nobody ever bothered to fix it. But anytime you see a ride-op fixing a frayed seat belt with a butane lighter, hey it's OK with me.

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