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***
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***
"Heavily medicated for your safety!"
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***
But I guess that's a little against the spirit of this thread as there was indeed a physical change.
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