D'oh. My bad. Gawd my memory of Cascabel sure has faded! lol
The M:TR comments are cracking me up!
King Cobra...I rode Skyrider at CW a few years ago, and it quickly became my favorite stand-up coaster. I missed riding the Cobra at KI by one year.
I loved Hypersonic! Sorry to disagree with all you people, but if you sat in the front, it looked like you were being launched into a steel wall that was almost close enough to touch. The small pull up and short launch track made it very intimidating. The look of terror on peoples faces was 10 times what you see on TTD. If you did not like the wait or the ride, you could still have more fun than most coasters just watching it.
I also wish I would have rode King Kobra at KD. I almost did one time, but I chickend out and walked right thru the ride back when I was scared of going upsidedown. Then they took it out and Shockwave was my first looper.Last edited by RavenTTD, Tuesday, June 16, 2009 6:51 PM
I sometime wonder how we'd rank the so-called "Traver Triplets" IF they were still in operation today. Would they SMOKE today's Modern Coasters such as the ones at Holiday World, Silverwood, or Big Chief's Mt. Olympus. or would we ranking them alongside such Gems as Beech Bend's Looping Star or any of those "Hang and Bang" SLCs made by a certain Manufacturer?:(
I sometimes wonder.
Ok, so to be sure I'm caught up...
Moosh and kpjb offer hope where there once was none:
Ah, but ya can, Carrie...ya can! Laser Loop is now operating in Mexico City as Cascabel:...
...or you could go to Knott's.
Gonch announces he went both ways on his first time:
Laser Loop was my first "upside down" coaster. :)
And RGB made a bone-crushing slam on M:TR:
Well let's just say he took some eloquently stated, shrewd observations and perspectives and twisted them into a knot of debilitating humor...
... or you know, it was something witty and stuff. ;)
Now back to our show!
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin
Thank you, Carrie, for that update!
I rode the Bat many many times, and i hate to disappoint, but it didn't quite live up to the legendary reputation it seems to enjoy today. The best part was the low run along the back (where Vortex 1st drop is now) and the curves that followed. But it was kinda on the short side, and the 2nd lift was nothing but interruptive. It certainly was novel and the line was very long every day it was open, which wasn't often.
If you've been on Vortex at CW or Flight Deck at KI you've ridden the best suspended coaster in North America. BBW comes in a close 3rd. I rode Flight Deck on Sunday and once again I was amazed by it's slammin, out of control action. Far better than the Bat ever was. If only it was a wee bit longer... (I'm also gettin too old and fat to be climbin' in and out of those trains...spoiled by Diamondback I guess.)Last edited by RCMAC, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:01 PM
I have to agree that Flight Deck is highly underrated. And I love the trip over the mountain and the lake on CW's Vortex.
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Vortex, being built first, was designed especially to fit Wonder Mountain and the lake behind it. Then they took the exact same design to Kings Island and straddled that ravine with it, making it higher off the ground. I always heard Vortex was a bit snappier, but after finally riding it I felt like it was exactly the same. They might seem different due to the topography, but in reality they are identical.
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For those that wished to have ridden The Villain at Geauga Lake, don't fret you really are NOT missing out on ANYTHING. It was terrible IMO. Its layout was like a watered down version of GhostRider's and it tracked as well as a trash bin rolling down a hill. Terrible ride.Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:47 PM
Not true my friend. The first two years for that thing were amazing. It was easily my favorite wood coaster. The years after that it got worse seemingly week to week with neglect.
It got downright brutal near the end there ("you have to know how to ride it"). But early on, it was supremely powerful and chock full of what Mitch H. calls "forceful or abrupt airtime". I even preferred Villain over Dipper on my first visit to the park. Dipper aged wayyy better.
God I loved Villain, although I didn't return to the park after they "dissed" me the year that it became SFO. I agree with Jeff. It was one of my favorites!
Top G- I mean Flight Deck, at KI, is very underrated. I will agree. I also wish that it was slightly longer. When the ride opened, my first thought was that they were finally replacing The Bat which had defective tech, with the same type of ride, but with tech that actually worked.
Jeff is so right as the villain was once a very great ride. Six flags and cedar fair neglected this ride and it then became rough and brutal to ride.
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Speaking of brutal rides, anybody know how SOB is running this season? We're heading down week after next, and Ava wants to ride it. I keep telling her, "It's rougher than Mean Streak, it's rougher than Villain," but she has her mind set on it. We've ridden the Youtube POVs about ten times already.
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^Very rough, as usual. The cars still (literally) bounce up and down the track during the rosebowl and helix.
Both my friend and I enjoyed it, though. There were maybe 4 spots of weak, but fun airtime sitting the the 2nd-to-last row.
On Sunday we rode in the 4th seat- big mistake. It was so bouncy and rough I almost cried and my back still hurts some today. It was my 2nd ride this season - during Ride Warriors weekend we rode 2nd to the last seat and it wan't quite as rough, but still- there's no helping that ride. I think Sundays ride may be it for me, forever.
^^Now now, I rode during RWW as well. It's truly awful - but I'll still give it a ride next season should I make it back to PKI. No problems skipping the blasted thing during HWN weekend, since I'd already "enjoyed" (endured!) my lap for this year... :)
Count me in on the "first 2 years" camp with Villain. It was pretty awesome for a while there. It held up there with Legend as one of my favorites back in 2000-2002.
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