I was at work today, at Sesame Place (in Langhorne PA), up at the coaster, Vapor Trail, and was riding it a few times, with various kids that needed a grownup to ride. I realized again today what a surprise this coaster is, my girlfriend even said so when we rode it on a day off. It's a Vekoma Junior custom coaster, top speed of about 30 mph, 43 feet tall, and 53 foot drop...but it packs a surprising punch and nice G's that even make me smile every time I ride it. Looking at it, you think it's relatively tame, but when you get on it, it's a wonderful surprise of a ride.
My question to you all is...what coasters for you have been that way? Has there ever been a coaster you stood in line for, or looked at and said "that's kinda lame" or "looks easy, not much there" or stuff like that...and once you got on it, was really surprised, wowed, and liked the ride?
I agree, both Veko kiddie coasters I've done were really good. I did Rollerskater @ SFKK, and the one @ CP. Both suprisingly delicious.
Now as for coasters that I thought "meh" about, and was wowed by:
Gemini-My favorite coaster @ the point. It delivered in a way I thought no coaster could for me, and its an Arrow(but then, I like Arrows). I liked it better than Millie, Maggie, and TTD, and I loved those! Heck, I even really liked Disaster Transport.
Wildone-I wasn't really looking to get all excited about this coaster, but, boy, when me and my friend got off, it was like "WoW!" Classic Coaster Goodness.
Roadrunner Express-This has been the year of the mouse for me. I've ridden 2 new ones, as well as a re-ride on my first. But RE was alot better than I imagined. I think it started my whole Mouse love thing. Before this year, the only mouse I had ridden was MBP's and, while great, it didn't used to do anything for me. This year, the 4 I have ridden gave extremely blissful rides. And mice are the only coasters that consistantly give me that uneasy feeling every time I ride. Four Barely breaked or non Breaked mice in a year has started a new love for me.
And thats All for now. I'm sure I'll have many more next year.
The Windstorm at Old Towne in Kissimmee and Flying Unicorn and Woody Woodpecker's Express at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. The last 2 are Vekoma Junior Coasters, but they are larger than the rollerskaters (per RCDB). Windstorm is a Zamperla Windstorm coaster, which packed alot of G's and some nice little pops of air here and there.
Roller Coaster at Lagoon in Utah. Looks like it was recently a twinke (Family Guy reference anyone?) and isn't that tall, but wow, what a punch! Airtime, laterals, good speed, nice visuals, just a really fun wooden coaster.
Also, throw in Spider at Lagoon, another one I was expecting nothing from and it ended up being one of my favorite rides this year!! Those Maurer coasters rock hardcore!
Wicked Twister at CP blew me away. It was by far the most fun ive had on a ride in a while. Nothing beats that back seat going backwards up the spiral. Gemini also suprised me. Just an all around great ride with some good air and one awesome headchopper.
Big Dipper at Worlds of... er... Geauga Lake. Went there in 2001 for the first time mainly after the big-boys like Villan, X-Flight, Superman, & Knight Flight...
...just saw Big Dipper as an afterthought, but once I tried it & found all the mass air-time in the front combined with an ultra smooth ride, I was blown away by how a small coaster can pack a big punch.
The Windstorm at Fun Forrest was the one that most recently surprised me. While I have done similar type models I had never taken a backseat ride until then. That twist and dive move it does in the back totally surprised me, in a good way:)
TTD blew me away. that one did live up to the hype. ThunderHead (d-wood): a good surprise. Batman:KnightFlight (6flags/GL) surprisingly smooth w/many elements and fast. Blue Streak:Conneaut lake park: have riden it a zillion times and quite surprised it's still standing... Little Dipper: (memphis kiddie park: ohio)rode it 15 yrs ago w/my kids. rode it two summers ago w/my nephew: was surprised to be injured the same way twice that many years apart.:)
Count me in the "Geauga Lake Big Dipper Fan Club". I was converted two days ago.
The Lakemont Skyliner also gets a nod as a surprising coaster. I wasn't expecting much of anything but what I got cannot be put into words. I guess the Maurer-Sohne spinning coasters (like the ones at Waldameer and Seabreeze) fall into this category as well. They don't look like much but... WOW!
I have to join those who said Wicked Twister. When people talk about CP, its usually TTD, MF or Magnum. So when I got there and tried out WT, it was a complete surprise! Its actually one of my all time favs now because even after many rides, it still makes me a bit nervous and there aren't many (if any) I can say that about!
Though I have to say, after going back to CP this past weekend, I am growing more fond of Magnum with every ride!