Being only 105 feet tall, I was skeptical if this ride would be able to pack a fast punch. I was way wrong. The ride blew me away. Easily B&M's most uniique ride, Hydra ran fast, smooth, and fun! The inversions were sized perfectly to allow the trains to pass thru them with exciting speed yet also maintain the smoothness. The pre-lift jojo roll was cool, and the interesting incline dive loop (which i still think is a fancy name for an overbanked turn) was really cool. The zero-G roll was amazing, probably the best zero-G on any B&M. Overall I think it is the best B&M floorless ive been on, even having ridden Medusa among others. Overall: 10/10
Its your typical out and back hyper. Nothing special here but it gave a very strong ride and the helix was fast and fun. The block brake run kinda kills any airtime you could get over the return run bunny hills, but they still let you float a little bit. Good ride, scary lift, fast first drop. Phantom's Revenge is still Morgan's best work. Steel Force has nothing over Steel Phantom/Phantom's Revenge. Overall 8/10
Great B&M here. It rode smooth and very fast for a smaller invert. The inversions pulled great Gs and were taken with grace and smoothness. Gave a great ride with a pace that never let up. Much faster than I remembered it. The short track length does nothing to weaken this coaster. I love it. Overall: 10/10
Wow did this ride pack a mean punch. I remembered it being fun, but not this fun. Fast with sharp turns and great air made this ride easily one of my favorite wooden coasters. It is a classic and for only being 60 feet tall, it is incredibly fast paced. The brakerun can leave a sour taste in your mouth about this ride. They are applied much too hard it seems and cause you to violently jerk to a halt. Otherwise, great ride. 9/10
Was not open due to rain.
Overall Park Rating
Overall, the trip was fun and worthwile. I recommend getting to Dorney even just to ride the two B&Ms. Great trip, good rides, fun time! Dorney itself could be a little better kept as far as atmosphere, theming, and lower prices. Food is overpriced and so are alot of things like merchandise, parking, etc... Its a chain park so what do you exepect, but still fun. It's no Kennywood, but it's a worthwile visit. Overall for the park: 8/10
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Jeff Reim said:
for a smaller invert.
Actually, of the 28 B&M inverts out there, only 6 are taller than Talon, and it has a longer drop that a couple of those 6. It gives the feel of being short because of the lack of a mid course brake.
I agree with your assessment of Hydra. It has gotten stronger in the last couple weeks, especially in the heat. The key is riding in the back row for the better ride.
Talon was superb as usual. Hydra was pretty good (first-time riders' reactions to the jojo roll are priceless). Thunderhawk and Laser were both nice and intense. Steel Force was great, better than I remember. We chalked up a few rides on each, as well as a bunch of the flats. On Steel Force, my group and I decided to have a screaming contest. If you're with a large group of people on Steel Force, I highly recommend this...the results can be hilarious, especially through the echoey tunnels. Though I did feel a little sorry for the rest of the people riding with us ;-)
One thing I did notice is that the queue areas for the major rides are set up to hold what looks like no more than 45-60 minutes worth of riders (compared to a queue like that of Kingda Ka or Superman: Ultimate Flight at SFGAdv which traverse ridiculous distances capable of easily holding 3+ hours of riders as helpless hostages). I suppose Dorney isn't meant to be a particularly high capacity park.
That's my two cents. *** Edited 7/5/2005 3:17:24 PM UTC by JoQuo711*** *** Edited 7/5/2005 3:35:29 PM UTC by JoQuo711***
Yes I do think Thunderhawk is better than Steel Force. I didnt find T-hawk too incredibly painful that day, but I can see where you are coming from, it does get a bit rough. I just think its a faster pace and more exciting than Steel Force. Sure SF is tall and pretty fast, but I dont think it has a great pace and the only 2 good parts are the end of its helix and the first drop. The block brakes kill the airtime for the bunny hops. Phantom's Revenge is way better in my opinion as a hypercoaster.
Anyway, thanks for your replies.
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