We first hit the Schwartzkopf looper, Silver Bullet. I love Schwartzkopf rides and really wish I could have had the chance to ride some of his bigger installations. I have only been on Scorpion at BGA, Wildcat at CP, and now this looper. The lap bar-no seat belt configuration is actually pretty freaky when you stall over the top of the loop in the front seat. I started falling forward a bit and grabbed on...I wasn't going anywhere but it just caught me off guard! A great little ride and I got a pretty awesome pop of air before the final turn.
Next we went to the Wildcat wooden roller coaster. This is a NAD coaster but it looked to me like it was running three-bench PTCs...I wonder if it ever ran the NAD trains? The ride was incredibly smooth, with just a little bit of jackhammering at the bottom of the first drop. It goes into the woods but really has no airtime. As far as small woodies go, I'll take a ride like Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze or Kennywood over this installation. Nevertheless, it was a fun woodie geared for families (watch out for the hard stop at the end).
We decided to skip Eruption (S&S Vertigo) since it had a huge line, only took 6 people per cycle, and didn't really do too much (no seat rotation - looked like a Space Shot with no air).
My friends hit up the spin-o-matic Terrible Twister (I couldn't ride cause I had open-toed shoes) - they said it was ok.
Our last ride of the day was on the Sally dark ride, Quick Draw. I have to admit I have completely come around the corner on these dark rides. I was kinda eh about Scooby Doo and never liked Gobbler Getaway. However, once I got the hang of how to shoot the targets and I could actually hit some stuff I really started enjoying myself. I now love Gobbler Getaway, and I felt that Quick Draw was actually better than Gobbler Getaway. The theming was a little more realistic and less goofy; plus, there was a lot more movement of targets and just a lot more going on than on Gobbler Getaway. Either way, both rides are great and I think these rides are fantastic additions - relaxing but totally fun.
OK, now onto the awesome safety hazards at the park. On Wildcat, some of the metal trim on the PTC train had partially detached so it was sticking up a little bit. The metal piece could have easily rotated towards the riders during the ride, poking somebody in the eye or who knows. It was a sharp edge that was not secured...and better yet, each time the train came into the station the ops would just slam it down, and it would come back sticking up again when the train returned.
On their spin-o-matic ride there was a sort of viewing area - you would go up the stairs and could stare down on the ride. So, while the ride was running there was a girl just sitting on top of the ledge, looking down on the ride. She was not standing on the walkway but literally sitting on the ledge, right over the ride. She was also in full view of the ride operators. There needs to be some sort of netting or something so people can't climb up there and fall into the rotating ride.
And for the best of show...
On the swing ride (which was the slowest swing ride I have ever seen), there was a piece of wood with nails sticking straight up right to the inside of the ride. We kicked it off to the side as best as we could. When the ride slowed down it rotated pretty quickly on the ground and people could drag their feet...it would be too easy for someone who was swinging too much or dragging their feet to hit that board head on and lose a toe! Ugh, we got a picture of it and I am considering sending a letter to Six Flags Corporate about this one.
The shuttle loop and drop tower were closed today, quite a bummer considering they only have three coasters and not too many other big flats. Did Six Flags close all of their drop towers?...the one at Frontier City was definitely not an Intamin.
It pains me to see this ticking time bomb of safety at Six Flags parks...I feel like there are many injuries that are too easily preventable. Having worked at Cedar Point I really appreciate how far they go for safety there. Let's hope we see some of these practices cleaned up in the future.
- Craig, who is convinced that the Voyage is ruining every other wooden coaster in the world
The ride operators still have shirts that say "It's Playtime" so I made the assumption.
Thanks for the correction!
Timbers crew 08
You should have seen the park last year, it's improved massively since.
The strange thing is, nobody reported the violation in the news or anything...It's as if it never happened.
We still go about once a week with season passes.
Additionally, I thought it a bit strange that it swings at its full speed low to the ground (at the end of the cycle); I definitely saw people's feet dragging.
Do swing rides usually slow down and then lower? I haven't been on too many so I don't know for sure.
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