Long live the Big Bad Wolf
Kidding, LOL, there's no such thing as a bad seat on an Anton. That being said, I tend to go for the more forceful *uphill* ejector found near the front of the train (row 2 is SWEET for me). The back rows certainly have MORE than their fair share of *throw* going down those awesome drops, and the forces in the loops back there are amazing.
From my perspective, this is THE ultimate looping coaster. Recent reports from "people I trust" say that this ride is no less amazing now than it was on my last rides (which were WAY too long ago).
To "maximize your airtime" - ride early and often, repeat as necessary. Oh, and take me with you... ;)
You can't go wrong with either the front or the back for airtime. I do seem to recall the back having a few more airtime moments than the front, but the front does deliver great air, particularly on the small hill right before the large right turn that ends the ride.
Likewise, the backseat air also gets stronger as the ride progresses, with the most insanely violent ejector moment taking place as I recall while going down the third major drop, right after the swooping turnaround near the station.
Shockwave and Mindbender are still in my top ten steel coasters, my favorite coasters with inversions, and, along with Powder Keg at SDC, are my favorite steel coasters that are not hypers.
Another great thing about Shockwave is you can often marathon on it even when the park is busy, as so many people are in line for Titan, BTR, and Freeze that this masterpiece gem of a coaster can be a bit overlooked by the "GP".
And when it gets sent out with empty seats, re-rides are often permitted, in my experience. Have fun! *** Edited 6/28/2007 5:32:24 PM UTC by Frontrider***
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Frontrider said:Shockwave and Mindbender are still in my top ten steel coasters, my favorite coasters with inversions, and, along with Powder Keg at SDC, are my favorite steel coasters that are not hypers.
I have yet to get to P-Keg, but something tells me I'll like it alot....i.e., you have really good taste. ;)
If I remember correctly, the last couple cars on the trains have seatbelts, with Mindbender doesn't. Shockwave needs them alot more! Mindbender is my #1 steel (yes, even in 2007), and Shockwave is top 10 as well...
You will see grey in those loops! Let us know how you liked it, and what color is it now?
When I was there in '95, it was white track, tan supports, and the interior of the loops was a hideous pepto bismal pink. I dunno what they were thinking, but it was and is still a great ride!
Previous to that I believe it was silver track and loops, with dark blue supports, during the '90 ACE coaster con. When it opened it was all white.
I also remember a real cool echo like creepy sound that travels through the supports - watch em sway! All ball and sockets, just like Mindbender. I think those were the only 2 built like that.
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