After visiting Indiana Beach for the first time this past weekend, I was extremely impressed by the Cornball Express. From the quickness of the turning first drop, to the surprising amount of speed and air, this is one heck of a great ride. I'm even more impressed by it as I look at it's stats on RCDB. Why, this little wonder is only 55 feet tall!
As most of my coaster experience has been aimed at larger parks with larger rides, I had a question for the crew out there. What other small coasters (under 60' tall) are out there that pack this much punch?
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I think Cyclops gets to a height of about 70' feet and that ride packs quite a punch. "The Drop" is the greatest wooden ride element ever. I actually felt like I was going to be thrown onto the go kart tracks.
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Well, I realize I couldn't possibly compare it to Cornball, and many others here who have ridden it will agree, but the Coaster: Thrill Ride at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup WA is pretty darn sweet, and has some floaty air on both turnarounds. It is only 55 feet tall as well, and was designed by Mr. John Miller. It also has the only P&C trains in existence in the US. :) ------------------ Don't you want to know more?
I also vote for KW's Jackrabbit, and add its next door neighbor The Original Racers. They were giving riders so much air people were complaining and the engineers shaved down some of the pitches to soften the ride. Thunderbolt packs quite a punch, but I don't know anyone who would call it small. My list would also include Thunder Run, the one reason to go to Kentucky Kingdom, and HW's Raven. Legend is great, but no one would call it a "small" coaster. PKI's Racers can't match KW's, but they're still a great ride for a small coaster. Camden's woodie might make the list. If you scale all the way down to compact (not kiddie) coasters, I'd rank PKI's Beastie, Idlewild's Rollocoaster and Carowinds' Ghoster Coaster as the top three. KW had the all time greatest minicoaster ever made in its Little Dipper, but for some still unfathomable reason they dismantled it.
Cornball Express's lift is 55 ft, but the first drop is more like around 75 feet. This is because the station is about 20-25 ft above ground. A lot of the coaster sites who have statistics on rides have gotten this information mixed up.
And yes, I LOVE the Cornball! I can't believe the airtime you get. CCI did a fantastic job. The placement couldn't be anymore perfect. Your ride can be different each and every time as you duel with three existing attractions: the log ride (I got soaked the VERY first time I ever rode Cornball, it had me laughing the whole rest of the time), the Tig'rr, and Hurricane. Absolutly no complaints here. I could say it was too short, but I don't think it would have been possible to wrap the track around the kiddyland a third time, so I'm satisfied quite much! :)
------------------ -Eric According to the general public, lots of coasters go straight down. *** This post was edited by Glitch01 5/22/2003 11:44:19 PM ***
I've only been to a few parks, but I know Cyclops is an awesome ride. It's got a figure-8 layout with lots of unexpected G's, goes through and above other rides many times, and packs it's biggest drop at the end through a themed cliff.