Coasters - ever changed your mind?

Saturday, January 13, 2007 3:12 PM
SFNE (Riverside)Cyclone - Scared the hell out of me when it opened and had the PTC trains and all the seat belts. I was 9 and barely remember the ride except for being horrified and didn't go on it again for a few years. Then in my teens the Morgan trains were on it, loved it, hated the trains but was still a super intense ride. That first driop and the turn was amazing. I'd moved away from the east coast but returned to ride with the new PTCs but didn't know about the neutered first drop. Ride was totally ruined, still amusing but no bite.

Wildcat(s) - When Riverside had theirs and I was a wee lad, we used to ride this over and over. I couldn't get enough of it. As an adult I saw one at the CNE a few years back and got very excited, but the ride was kinda blah. Possibly I grew out of it. Possibly different clones have different intensities.

Vekoma SLCs - Loved Riverside's when it first opened. Didn't like it after that. Didn't like Kong at SFMW for pain issues. Love Top Gun at PCW last season for some reason, was smooth and intense. So I guess they're kind of a crap shoot.

SFGadv Viper - Loved this the first season. Waited over and an hour and it was very intense, not comfortable but tolerable. I returned and rode again the season before it was removed. It was a walk on ride that felt like someone was swinging a shovel into the side of my neck. Painful and I swear I heard a cracking sound at one point. A horrible experience all around. *** Edited 1/13/2007 8:13:05 PM UTC by Cropsey***

Saturday, January 13, 2007 3:29 PM
Soopedooperlooper, the first time I rode it (1999) was also my first time trying a looping coaster and the loop hurt my neck and didn't care for the ride. After riding Loch Ness Monster in 2003, I decided to try Sooperdooperlooper again in 2004 and liked it a lot more. It's now my favorite steel coaster in the park and one of my favorite coasters overall.
Saturday, January 13, 2007 3:35 PM
The coaster I've changed my mind the most about is The Boss at SFStL. I loved it the first year. I rode it 37 times one day during it's first season.

I can barely ride it now because the trains track terribly and it's become very rough.

Someone else mentioned Iron Wolf. In 2005 it was OK, especially on the train that had been rebuilt. However, once they added those new rock-hard harnesses I just can't do it.

In the back of my mind is this.....I hope I never have to change my mind about The Voyage or Hades but there were a couple things I didn't like about how Hades was aging last season. I hope to be proven wrong once this season starts. *** Edited 1/13/2007 8:35:41 PM UTC by Brad G***

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Saturday, January 13, 2007 5:43 PM
^^^ I agree with you wholeheartedly on GAdv's Viper, Cropsey!!

The year it opened I remember waiting over an hour to ride with my family.. elaborately themed queue and everything. I thought it was very intense, and really enjoyed the ride! My favorite part were the zero-g/heartline rolls that were very tight and aesthetically located inside those red "ribs" like there were on the lift hill. It was almost like you were inside the belly of the viper. It was great! Fast forward to it's last couple years of operation, and the thing was a nightmare. I only ever rode it when I was with a friend who had never ridden it and wanted to try it. One such time it's last year I actually had to stop at a gift shop for some advil after getting off because I was in so much pain. It's still like you're in its belly, but this time you were digested!

It's sad, really, and I can't help but thinking that despite the fact it was made by Togo, if it were owned by virtually any other operator it wouldn't have deteriorated so much from lack of maintenance.

Edit: punctuation typo.

*** Edited 1/13/2007 10:46:40 PM UTC by dannerman***

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Saturday, January 13, 2007 10:09 PM
When I visited Dutch Wonderland in 1997 I found the seats on their SKY PRINCESS were a bit uncomfortable, However when I returned to this park this past October I found the ride had improved greatly. :)
Sunday, January 14, 2007 11:41 PM
There is *one* other coaster that has changed in my mind: The Legend. About my third ride on the coaster during SRM (I forget the year), I thought the coaster was far and away the best coaster I'd ever ridden. The next year is when they abandoned the G-Trains for the PTCs and...the ride was different. Oh, it was still my favorite coaster (#1 even today), but before it seemed unbeatable, but now, it seems catchable. Granted, I havent been since that first yr of PTCs and maybe the PTC trains have 'broken-in' more. Its just that my last rides were like a bat-outta-hell whereas the year before they were a bat-outta-hell-wearing-gasoline-draws-riding-on-the-Hindenberg.

But I guess that's a little against the spirit of this thread as there was indeed a physical change.
lata, jeremy


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