Coasters you wish you had the chance to ride

Monday, June 15, 2009 3:47 PM
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Vater said:
True, Hypersonic was a piece of crap, but I have to admit it was the most intense launch I've ever felt.

^Have to agree - I had forgotten how rough the remainder of the ride could be, but the launch STILL beats any other ride I've ridden if only for the instantaneous shot-out-of-a-cannon blast. After that, it just hurt...

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Monday, June 15, 2009 3:50 PM

Easy to answer:

All of them!

;)


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Monday, June 15, 2009 3:50 PM

The Bat at Kings Island. The first time I ever went to Kings Island in the early 80's it was SBNO. I have to say, the Villain at Geauga Lake was one of my favorite wood coasters while it operated.

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Monday, June 15, 2009 4:25 PM
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The Bat is the one I regret not riding the most. My first memorable trips ti KI was the year that the ride was SBNO. I stood there and dreamed of riding it, because of all the stories that were going around about the ride. It was legendary at the time, to the point that many of the stories going around about it were untrue.

The more that I discover about the ride, the more fun it sounds. I know that they'll never build a suspended coaster with flat turns like that, whipping the cars into a swing, ever again. it just sounds so intense and fun!


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Monday, June 15, 2009 10:15 PM
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^I remember as a kid riding the Bat over & over at the end of the night. Unfortunately, I don't remember much about the ride. I do know that at the time it was one of the more intense rides there.

As to the topic at hand, I would have liked to have ridden the coasters at Olentangy Park that my dad talks about riding when he was a kid.

The park's last year was 1938 when my dad was 11 years old. I have a bunch of post cards from here. It looks to have been amazing. When I was a kid we used to ride our bikes in the area that was this park, at the time, I did not know it.

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Monday, June 15, 2009 11:23 PM
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LostKause said:
The Bat is the one I regret not riding the most. My first memorable trips ti KI was the year that the ride was SBNO. I stood there and dreamed of riding it, because of all the stories that were going around about the ride. It was legendary at the time, to the point that many of the stories going around about it were untrue.

The more that I discover about the ride, the more fun it sounds. I know that they'll never build a suspended coaster with flat turns like that, whipping the cars into a swing, ever again. it just sounds so intense and fun!


Wow, I had the same experience. My older brother was living in Ann Arbor and I convinced my Dad to drive down to Cincy to spend a day at Kings Island. Why? Because years before I'd seen a segment on "That's Incredible!" about The Bat.

When we got there we discovered it had closed for good at the end of the previous season. I stood there staring at it, wondering what it would be like to ride and hoping my home park, [SF]MM would get one (it did).

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Monday, June 15, 2009 11:30 PM

Since I am from Erie I wish I could have rode the original Ravine Flyer. I also would love to be able to ride the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake just one more time as I love that coaster. And of course it just sits there rotting away. :(


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Monday, June 15, 2009 11:47 PM
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I know I am in the minority with this, but I kind of liken the idea of wishing I could ride an old coaster to the idea of wishing I could go back to old cell phones, or old PCs, or the 8-track tape.

For the most part, I just look at it as old technology that, given how far in many cases the newer models have come in comfort and/or exhilaration, would just be really disappointing to me in the end. I think that in some cases, for me, the legend of the ride may actually outdo the reality.

But having said that, I can also say that I wish I would have ridden Kennywood's Laser Loop when I was growing up. I had chickened out at the time and now looking back, especially given the kind of coasters I have ridden since, I wish I would have found the courage.

I stand by the fact, though, that if I could ride it today, I would be terribly disappointed. :)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:06 AM
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Ah, but ya can, Carrie...ya can! Laser Loop is now operating in Mexico City as Cascabel:

http://www.rcdb.com/id353.htm

I rode it back in 2001 ;)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:13 AM
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... or you could go to Knott's.

I was one of the final riders on Laser Loop (go figure) and had great memories of it. It was pretty cool to go on [insert name of ride here] at Knott's, although I did find that my memories were better than the ride actually was.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:45 AM
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I rode the Bat. :) I guess I got lucky. Before I knew it it was gone.

-Tina

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:56 AM
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Carrie M. said:
But having said that, I can also say that I wish I would have ridden Kennywood's Laser Loop when I was growing up. I had chickened out at the time and now looking back, especially given the kind of coasters I have ridden since, I wish I would have found the courage.

Laser Loop was my first "upside down" coaster. :)


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:01 AM
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kpjb said: ...or you could go to Knott's.

Close, but no. Knotts is a flywheel launch; Cascabel/Laser Loop is a drop-weight launch. Same manufacturer, same track layout, but the flywheel launch offers a much more intense ride experience.

As for missed rides, I can't believe no one has mentioned M:TR. Anyone? Anyone? Gonch? Bueller?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:04 AM

The Flying Dutchman at Dorney Park. I wussed out of it when I was a little girl, and seeing pictures of it in RCDB makes me think it wouldn't have really been that big of a deal anyway, but I just regret it anyway.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:05 AM
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^^I wish! As if I had a chance! ;)

-Tina

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:07 AM
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Hypersonic was horrible. The ONLY time I got on it, the ride was broken most of the day. When they finally opened it, we got on and our harnesses were stuck when we got back to the uncovered loading dock. It was about 95 degrees outside and they brought us cups of ice water while we waited 20 minutes for them to get them off. Only thing I liked about it was saying I got on it and adding it to my count. It was junk and that's why it's gone.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 9:20 AM

Geez, I guess I am getting old. I'm thinking of some of the greatwooden rides from the 40's and 50's and I'm seeing rides that I have ridden like The Bat, Drachen Fire,Laser Loop, Steel Phantom and Villain! :) Anywho, I would love to be able to ride any of the three (or 4, counting the Aero Dips) at Euclid Beach, the Cyclone at Puritas Springs, the Comet at Cascade Park and the original Ravine Flyer. Just about anything at Riverview looks good and I know I saw a picture of the Dips at Glen Echo that makes me wish I had been on that one!

Mamoosh said:

As for missed rides, I can't believe no one has mentioned M:TR. Anyone? Anyone? Gonch? Bueller?

Is it defunct? ;)


Tom (Just listening to the bones a creakin')

...and yes, The Bat WAS that good. I rode it in 1981 when I was still terrified of coasters, but it just looked so cool that I HAD to take a spin on it. It wound up being two spins by the end of the day. I have ridden 3 other suspended coasters since, and BBW at BGW is the only one that comes close, and it's still distant. It would be 3 more years before I rode The Beast.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:15 AM

Mamoosh said:

As for missed rides, I can't believe no one has mentioned M:TR. Anyone? Anyone? Gonch? Bueller?

I thought it was already discussed here:

"...I just look at it as old technology that, given how far in many cases the newer models have come in comfort and/or exhilaration, would just be really disappointing to me in the end. I think that in some cases, for me, the legend of the ride may actually outdo the reality."


Hey, at least I left out the reference to 8-track tapes! :)

Last edited by RatherGoodBear, Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:21 AM
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:38 AM
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Hypersonic first year of operations was great, later years it progressed down the quality slide, and finally when I rode it last (around 2005), it was a POS.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:39 AM
kpjb's avatar

Mamoosh said:
kpjb said: ...or you could go to Knott's.

Close, but no. Knotts is a flywheel launch; Cascabel/Laser Loop is a drop-weight launch. Same manufacturer, same track layout, but the flywheel launch offers a much more intense ride experience.

No, Laser Loop was a flywheel launch as well. 99% sure it's the exact same model as Knotts.


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