Thunderhawk- It was ok, but for me a woodie should either be great or shouldn't be built. The ones that aren't great (Ghost Rider, Roar, etc.) do almost nothing for me. I was dissapointed how towards the end we finally started getting some airtime then on one of the camelbacks there was a hard trim brake, it ruined the end of the ride which also ruined the impression of the ride.
Great ones should be the only roller coasters left that are wood. Im not so sure that every roller coaster is great. So should they be torn down. I mean i have been on thunderhawk, and it was pretty rough but it shouldnt be torn down. Someones trash could be someone elses treasure, and also that has a long history its like tearing down the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Im glad you liked the park, its a good little park.
To be honest Hydra is rather dull to me after the jo-jo roll, i absolutely hate the pacing of that ride. Steel Force i agree stands out over the rest of the crowd just like talon being good as well. Too bad you missed some of the flats, because they have some decent ones, such as the whip, dominator, meteor, and that really good log flume.
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Glad you enjoyed the park. I was there early in the season and missed out on Steel Force since it was down due to the broken chain.
I was amazed how clean the park was--I actually saw employees wiping down the garbage cans!
Did you try Meteor? I'm glad I rode it since KW's Aero seems to be down for an extended time this season...
I just got back from FL, and can actually see your Montu/Talon comparason. I agree Talon is pretty intense, and Montu has the inversions so it's hard for me to pick one.
Hydra is definitly very unique, but having just ridden Kraken I agree it suffers with some pacing problems. It has an interesting layout and some suprising air on the first drop and on that "hump" after the cobra roll, but Kraken just gave me a much better impression of a floorless. I know it sounds wierd but I actually "missed" a vertical loop haha.
Perhaps next time you could grab some flats and maybe some water rides as well (I could understand skipping those if you had to fly and all), but for a first time you at least got to ride all the coasters and you picked a good day to go. *** Edited 6/23/2006 1:30:48 PM UTC by P18***
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I don't think Thunderhawk is bad; it's actually on my top ten. If you sit in the front car, you should get 3 good pops of air in the turnaround section, as well as 1 or 2 on the bunny hops. I agree that the brake kills some, but it's still a good ride if you ride in the front car.
Maybe I'm in the minority for the coaster enthusiasts, but I just don't like Hydra. It's the only B&M non-standup that I've ridden that I don't care for a whole lot. The JoJo roll actually ruins the ride for me--I just don't like hanging there like that. If they had the same element taken at a good speed, then I think I'd like it. It is a unique ride, and much better than the one it replaced, but one of my least fav B&Ms. Talon, OTOH, is a great ride and one of my favs. Never met a B&M invert I didn't like :)
Steel Force is a good ride, but it doesn't have enough "force" to me. I want more air on my hypers, and SF just doesn't deliver enough. The air it does have is weak and just doesn't compare to the likes of Nitro, AC, & SROS. It's a more family-friendly hyper, if you will--it's kinda like a toned-down Magnum.
Steel Force tied with Nitro....I hear Gonchar's ears perking up to break the tie!
Did someone say NyQuil!?
Nah, Nitro won me over a bit with my last visit to SFGAdv. I think I may have started to 'get' it 4 years after my first ride.
I do think Steel Force in general is underrated and that Nitro in general is overrated, but I'm starting to see the light.
Other than than I'm surprised at the positive attitude toward Dorney in this thread. I love Dorney and it's "Mini-CP" vibe. Talon is the best invert out there, IMHO. Thunderhawk is a great woodie with huge pops of air in the front of the train and would be a stellar woodie if the ending weren't neutered. Laser is Schwarzkopf positive G goodness.
I could go on and on...
Come back again sometime when you have more time to spend. Although it does sound like you made the most of your time and had fun doing it, even when things didn't go exactly as planned. Gteat attitude, practically guarantees a fun time.
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