Trust me with the extreme forcefulness of the ejector air in the last seat on Cyclops, you will be thankful that they dont let any kids ride back there. (Though I have heard of instances where they did even though they arent supposed to.) Let's just say that it will bruise just about anyone it is so violent. You will get air on the last drop that is so extreme most even the front gets ejector air! And just think if it is that bad in the front how much worse it is in the back!
I'm not certain that particular rule is enforced anymore. It was more of an issue before the park removed the last car, but I haven't seen it enforced since. On the other hand, that sign does look new...
Not only should you ride Cyclops in the back seat, but you should ty to get a night ride on Zeus. I'm sure it will suffer a bit without all the trees on one side, but night rides used to be heavenly.
I saw the rule enforced at least 3 times in a 4-hour period on a Saturday last summer. However, the kids just went to the next car because it was the closest, and since the 2nd-to-last car provides almost the same kick, I'm not sure the rule provides any real safety benefits.
Yeah, only Jack Rabbit's double dip even compares to the pure terror of Cyclops' DROP. Wow, what a rush. When my mother saw that sign, she asked, "Is is really rough?" I said, "No. It's really good!" ;)
When you enter the station, there is another "sign" that is written on a wooden rail with black marker that says WI state law says you cannot ride in the last car if you are under 18. I had no idea there was a law like that, but it does say that.
Having said that, I have seen kids ride that car. Not super young, but they were not 18.
As for the air, in my opinion, it is too strong to be fun. Yeah it is thrilling, but you don't really have that flying sensation. I would tighten the belt as far as it would go and brace myself with my arms and legs and that would not stop me. Each time I just slammed into the buzz bar like I wasn't even holding on. Each time it hurt. And each time my seatbelt was pulled completely slack. There is nothing that comes close to it as far as power, but it is not nearly as fun as Raven or Shivering Timbers. Now the second hill on Cyclops has great airtime.
edit: The train is one car shorter than it used to be. I cannot imagin how strong the air was when it had six cars. *** Edited 5/21/2004 2:33:45 AM UTC by RavenTTD***
From what I understand, yes Cyclops used to have a 6 car train but I think there were trims on the flat section of track right before "the drop." I'm not sure if it was original to the ride or not since I only rode it after the modification.
I've heard different stories as far as Cyclops before and after the last car was taken off. I've been told that there was a trim, but also there were "trimless" rides. So I'm not %100 sure.
Gator, Saddest thing about that photo is that it really doesnt give you any idea of how poweful that drop truly is. It is also the last drop on the ride. Lets just say that flat area right before that drop, you are already moving at a pretty good clip. I still remember having had bruises on my legs when I first had ridden this coaster.