I would say Adventure Express at PKI. It`s not that big of a coaster, but I find it thrilling. Some people overlook it because you really can`t see any of it except when you in line for The Racer. When King Cobra was still around, I used to hear people that thought Adventure Express was King Cobra and not enter the line for AE. One plus about Adventure Express is that with three trains, even on busy days the wait for this fun ride are usually short!
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Sorry coastersrz but personally I think Adventure Express is crap. None of the theming works and it just looks bad IMO. I hope Tomb Raider doesn't come to this same fate. I'd say the hidden gem at our park is The Beastie........... LOL it's better than Mean Streak.
----------------- Gas to get to PKI, $5.60. ACE card for walkback, $50.00. Meeting up with Beastnum1 and drinking 20 lemonjuice packets, priceless
This is gonna sound weird, but the *hidden gem* @ SFA *HAS* to be ROAR. I dont know why, but I dont ever recall seeing the line for that thing be more than about a 5 train wait, usually 2 or 3. It's like people dont even acknowlege that it is there. But some days I'd rather ride it than S:ROS (blashphmy, I know :)).
------------- "To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" ResHow I Do
Not that it's really hidden as it gives more rides than any other coaster in the park, but I'd have to say the hidden gem at CP is Gemini. Smooth, some decent air, and of course hand slapping! Its just a fun ride that never has a line. What more can you ask for? :)
I would have to say Shockwave at SFGAm. The wait is hardly ever over 10 minutes long, if that. Most days its about a 5 minute wait.
Another ride at SFGAm is American Eagle. Im not sure if it is just because they are running both sides now, or just low popularity, but I haven't waited more than 10 minutes this season for a ride on this sucka. I love going backwards, I could ride it all day.
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I know some will disagree, but for my homepark, SFGAm, I'm gonna say Demon. The ride is not very rough, sure a shake or two, but no more, it has a great first drop, two fairly strong loops, two cool tunnels, and another somewhat tunnel, a decent double corkscrew, and a VERY short line most of the time. IMO, that right there makes a good hidden gem of a ride, although I know many will disagree.
At SFEG most definitely it would be the Sidewinder. I absolutely love this Arrow shuttle loop coaster. The airtime over the first drop is the most intense I have ever felt on any ride. The loop also pulls some great G's. It is also a blast to operate.
----------------- "Standing in line to see the show tonight and there's a light on, heavy glow, by the way I tried to say I'd be there."-The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Geez Mustang, weren't you just complaining about it yesterday? I wish I could get paid for sitting in a chair for 6 hours, only having to push two buttons, and wearing a nifty blue and orange safety harness.
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Vipper said: "I would say the Sooperdooperlooper at Hershey Park. It is a good looping Schwarzkopf coaster that has a great helix and a rather smooth ride for its age."
Ditto. SDL was my favorite coaster in for years after I first rode it in '79, and it's still my favorite ride in the park, mostly because it gives me a feeling of nostalgia every time I visit.
Mark W. Baruth said: "Number one hidden gem of all time? Scorpion @ BGT. It might be the best coaster at the park."
Again, ditto (well, except for the 'all time' part--that goes to SDL, in my opinion ;) ). Chances are, any Schwarzkopf coaster is going to be the hidden gem of its park. CP's Wildcat, SFoG's Mindbender, all of his shuttle loops...they may not be the fastest or most intense coasters in their respective parks, but I always feel elated after I ride them. Schwarzkopf coasters are just pure, unadulterated fun.