Good Coasters With Bad Reputations

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 7:39 PM
What coasters do you think have bad reputations, but are good. Personally, when I went to SFMM last year I had heard some bad things about Viper, so I thought I was in for a beating, but I thought the ride was great and ended up riding two more times. Also, I didn't find to rough as I only hit my neck a few times on the harness.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 7:42 PM
SLC's. I like 'em.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 7:45 PM
I've only been on one SLC which was Hangman at the now defunct Opryland when I was eight. I don't remember it being rough, but it freaked me out at that age. I didn't go on another invert until a few years after which was Montu at Busch Gardens.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 7:47 PM
SLC are sometimes a big suprise. I personally like them.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:10 PM
SLC's are a great coaster with a great layout... many parks think the same thing.
Problem is how rough most of them ride. If they all had the new wheel assemblies... I bet many more would really love the SLC's.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:36 PM
Every one hates Exalibur at Valleyfair! because it supposidly really rough, but I think it's an awsome coaster that has a really cool, but short layout.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:42 PM
Great Nor'Easter is one that comes to mind.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:43 PM
I would like SLCs if it wasn't for the push and pull of the train. They're usually not too rough, it's that you're hanging by your balls waiting to the rest of the train to catch up. So, yeah, new wheel assemblies would be nice, but it wouldn't solve *my* problem with the SLCs.

Good coaster with a bad reputation? I'd say Colossus at SFMM- they "retracked" last year and WOW.

*** Edited 5/12/2004 5:45:38 AM UTC by GoliathKills***

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:51 PM
RWB.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:52 PM
Viper at SFMM is a great example.

Along the same vein as SLC's, I've yet to meet a boomerang I didn't like.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 9:04 PM

GoliathKills said:
I would like SLCs if it wasn't for the push and pull of the train. It's not to it's rough, it's that you're hanging by your balls waiting to the rest of the train to catch up. quote]

That's exactly the way it feels. But I actually think that is sorta fun. NOt to comfortable but fun.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 9:25 PM
The question: What coasters do you think have bad reputations, but are good was asked. I have to add my two cents, as two of my favorite woodies are consistently trashed on this forum:

1. Mean Streak @ CP. I don't care that it has been trimmed/breaked/whatever, it's still a great ride with some exciting moments. You can also walk right on to the ride even during peak times. I made the mistake of bringing a beer from the saloon into the line thinking that I would have a wait. I ended up downing a pint just before riding the coaster. BIG MISTAKE. Burped like a fiend for the next hour.

2. The Beast @ PKI (or KI for us older folks). The Beast was probably the first coaster that I became obsessed with. I have riden it over 200 times since it opened. I adore the ride and its lay out. It has never been topped. The hill into the ravine after the first drop is the stuff of memories.

3. Tie: Cyclops and Hercules (at that tacky go cart place in the Dells). Those two coasters kick major @ss! They are fun, rough, and totally old school. A friend of mine had a book that showed some old coasters from the "Golden age" and those two remind me of what I saw. Great bargain too! Our buds live in Baraboo and will go out to eat, grab a coaster ($2 or 3) and then head home. What a great thing to be able to do!

Flame on.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 9:31 PM
I'd do SOB again in a heartbeat.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 10:08 PM
I don't think Vortex at PKI gets the praise it deserves. It is my favorite arrow looping coaster.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 10:21 PM
I like SLC's, but it would be awesome to see B&M make one.

Another ride I like is Twister II. I hear a lot of bad things about it, but I really think that it is a fun ride. The new trains and new track make it great. Of course it doesn't compare to the original, which is the reason I think it gets a bad rap. But you can't compare much to Mr. Twister.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 10:29 PM
Various SLC's, Boomerangs, and Arrow Loopers. Iron Wolf at SFGAm is by far one of the most intense loopers I've ridden, and I can't wait to try the other early B&M standups. Iron Dragon isn't nearly as boring as many make it out to be.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 10:34 PM
Wildcat at HP- People say that it's too rough or it's not fun any more. I say it's still my second favorite woodie, with Beast barely over it. I Like it over LR.

Maybe The way we feel about coasters has something to do with an emotional attachment. Not everyone has the same connections to the same rides.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 10:53 PM

Tombear said:

2. The Beast @ PKI


The Beast is many people's favorite coaster. It is rated highly in the first place, but it is great.

I agree that SLC's are fun, but I think GoliathKills described their problem well. Also, they just don't feel as powerfull as other coasters of their size.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 11:06 PM

dexter said:
Wildcat at HP- People say that it's too rough or it's not fun any more. I say it's still my second favorite woodie, with Beast barely over it. I Like it over LR.

I wholeheartedly agree with you there...Wildcat is great, my friends and I, yeah, it was rough one time we went on it, and one of them said their backs hurt, another said their head/neck hurt...I personally love how it's a little rough. About it being better than LR...I don't know, it's a close call for me. Yeah, the Cat is more intense than LR, but the racing element on LR might be a bit more fun...it's a toss-up in my book.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004 11:09 PM
I'd definatly say Mean Streak too. That ride is unbeilevable, especially at night. Easily one of my favorites, definatly in my top 3 at the point. (MF, Magnum, MS), (note: have not ridden TTD yet)
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