Coaster Thrill Ride

Monday, September 10, 2001 8:45 PM
I just came from the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup, WA.  It has been some time since I last rode the Coaster at the fair, and I have to ask any of you....  Isn't this ride amazing?  Here in the middle of nowhere, we have a 1935 ACE classic with front seat airtime out the wazoo, never a wait, and a great price.  How come this ride doesn't get more recognition?  I am NOT partial to the coaster, but do think it is a simple masterpiece.  Your thoughts?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 9:18 AM
I haven't been on that coaster in over 10 years!  I should get over there and try it out again.  By the way, Rob, I just returned from Silverwood.  Timber Terror is amazing.  But you know that already.

*** This post was edited by cmiesen on 9/11/2001. ***

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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 9:27 AM
Yeah, I do....  Glad you enjoyed the ride.  Go to the Puyallup.  Coaster Thrill Ride still has quite a kick.

 ....Now let's pray for those lost in the bombing.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 10:04 AM
I agree totally.

I had the immense pleasure of riding this coaster earlier this year at the Spring Fair. 3 days for that one and 17 for the actual fall fair means this decieving masterpiece is only open 20 days a year.

That is a shame.

 It doesn't look all that thrilling at 55 ft. But this thing packs as much fun and airtime as many other woodies that are much larger. That back seat also provides a lot of out-of-your-seat thrills!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 3:56 PM
Robocoaster, you hit it on the head there.  You called it a "deceiving masterpiece."  I couldn't agree more.  Nowadays, with all these huge coasters, 55ft just sounds paltry.  It certainly is a ride for the ages, and is one of the very few that has just a bar to hang on to.  As you know, it isn't really even a lapbar.  It barely locks down, and has a safety belt that keeps it down.  They might as well not have a bar at all!  You spoke of the back seat.  I rode it so many times in the back, but for the first time in 15 years, rode it in the front twice yesterday.  HOLY COW!  I was ejected from the seat on both turnarounds!  It caught me totally by surprise, and made me grab the bar....something I NEVER do!  You are right, it is so sad that this coaster is only available 20 days a year.  Get out here, and ride this one people!  You won't be disappointed.  Besides, the midway at the fair is unbelievable.  It is huge, and the rides go on forever.  They also have a Zamperla Skyscraper, an Ejection Seat (or similar anyway-this one uses cables, not bungees), and an 200ft tall Supreme Scream type ride.  Entry into the park is only 8 bucks, and you get unlimited rides on the midway for $17.  Rock on!
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Thursday, September 13, 2001 11:10 PM
I went today, but was only able to ride once.  I rode in back with my wife, and she was nearly launched on one of the many impressive dips.  Faaantastic ride that has truely stood the test of time....sad it spends most the year in storage.   I'm hoping to return, and ride in front, before the fair ends. 

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Friday, September 14, 2001 8:23 AM
It should be said that I also rarely grab for the bar on a coaster. That I did on this one is what prompted me to share my opinion. In that back seat, I stood up, only to be stopped by that bar. I was in shock, but rode it immediately again. Still couldn't resist the urge for the bar, it packs that much punch on some of those drops.

On a side note, this site lists 3 coasters there, but only this one was operating at the spring fair. Saw the mighty mouse, which I assume the fair association also owns, as it was SBNO. Has it been reopened for the annual fair. And what of this Wildcat? I did not even see it all in the spring.

Are those two open now, and are they any good?

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Friday, September 14, 2001 11:00 AM
Robo, I rode the Wild Cat.  It's a great little Schwarzkopf.   It's not as fun as Coaster Thrill Ride, but it is very enjoyable.  I didn't ride Monster Mouse, though.   If I had known that it, like Coaster Thrill Ride, was a John Miller coaster, I would have tried it out.   I rode all these coasters when I was a kid, but I seem to have more fun on them now that I'm pushing 30. 

 

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Friday, September 14, 2001 11:28 AM
Good to see that there are more rides at the fair too.  I enjoy Wildcat a lot, but it does lack something.  As is typical, there is no air coming out of the drops, as you are locked in too tight.  Those lap bars hurt my legs, and because I am tall, I have to cross my legs kind of under me to get in...front or back...  I still enjoy it though.   Cmiesen, are you saying that the Monster Mouse was built by Miller?  If so, I certainly didn't know that...  Can't you find these old steel mouse rides at every fair?  I remember years ago at the fair, there was two mouse rides.  One, the Mad Mouse, and two, the Monster Mouse.  What of the Mad Mouse?  Who built that or designed it?  Miller too?

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Friday, September 14, 2001 12:22 PM
Just went to rcdb.  Alan Herschell designed both Monster Mouse and Mad Mouse.  I didn't think it was Miller.  That would have been interesting, though.
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Friday, September 14, 2001 4:03 PM
Oh, this site says Miller.  We should inform Jeff to update it.  Thanks, Nasai, for clearing that up.
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Friday, September 14, 2001 4:08 PM
Don't want Jeff to think I ever visit any other sites:)
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