Sunday, June 10, 2001 12:23 PM
I'm going there for the first time in a couple of weeks, and I just want to know if there are any other worthwhile/standout/underrated rides at the park, besides the obvious ones(Nitro, Medusa, B:TR). What rides should I avoid? Is Batman And Robin; The Chiller really worth the 15 million that the park paid for it?
*** This post was edited by scanz on 6/10/2001. ***
Sunday, June 10, 2001 5:41 PM
you should definitely check out the chiller. I only recommend the batman side until the otsr's are removed. If the otsr's are gone both sides will be awesome. You've got to give evolution a shot too. Rolling Thunder is also great. it's running better this year.I love the wild feel of this coaster. Have a great time.
Sunday, June 10, 2001 7:24 PM
Let me throw in that Medusa is also a coaster you shouldn't miss out on.Great American Scream machine is best if ridden in the front seat.Skull Mountain is good for a dark ride/coaster and,i also hear Houdini's great escape is a good dark ride.There is Lots to do there and every coaster is worth at least one ride except runaway train,if you are over 5"7,prepare to have your knees banged up on This one.Rolling thunder is best ridden from the left track.The Zamperla turbo force should be running by then but,there is an upcharge of $15.00 for it,i hear they are fun so if you like that stuff and have the spare cash,go for it :)If you would like a link to some pictures of the coasters and the turbo force, e-mail me and i'll send it your way.
Sunday, June 10, 2001 7:36 PM
I personally enjoyed the Robin side of Chiller better (less headbanging IMHO than the Batman side) but it's not bad. The best part is being launched, but the unique design of both sides (it's different than the Mr. Freezes that were built at the same time if you didn't know) makes it worth trying out.
I'm truly happy Evolution is running again as I felt bad I lucked into two rides the first year before it was just not open until now. It's a truly awesome ride. Jumpin' Jack Flash (labelled Freefall by the manufacturer) is also a pretty neat ride if you don't mind lots of spinning. IT spins little pods aruond and picks up, drops them throughout the ride.
Skull Mountain is an okay mine ride in the (not very) dark that's notable for having a surprisingly steep first drop but not much else.
Viper (if it's running) is worth a single ride, but not more in a row. I had hte chance to ride it three times in a row the first year it opened and my shoulders were sore the rest of the weekend. Togo needs to redesign those restraints! The first drop is quite steep and the first inversion has the longest hangtime I've ever seen. The barrel roll is also pretty unique considering the train and track design.
Without knowing the other rides you've tried, the Freefall is a first generation and still gives a thrill.
LAstly, I'd recommend the Time Warp. It's a Sky FLyer style ride where the cars rotate in the opposite direction of the arms. If you don't understand that, think of a small looping pirate ship where you have 8(?) rows of people. 4 on each side facing outwards. When the arms start to turn clockwise, the car rotates counterclockwise, so the people in front are tilted towards the ground a little bit before they are turned upside down. The arm swings back and forth in wider arcs until it goes completely around. The car is designed to be completely upside down when the arm is at the top of the support.
Enjoy yourself there! Not much I'd steer you away from if you haven't ridden those rides!
Sunday, June 10, 2001 8:15 PM
ok, why doesnt anyone get this in there head, OTSR's arent going anywhere!!!! if they werent there, peoples upper bodies' would be flying all over the place!! thats the head banging, your head tying to fly around....i would rather be stopped by a restraint then be hit in the head by another persons' head.
Sunday, June 10, 2001 8:53 PM
coastermaniac99: Haven't been to PKD or PKI lately, hmm?
Monday, June 11, 2001 4:51 AM
Besides all of the others mentioned here, I thought that the Huss Pendulum was worth a mention. This ride is very cool to look at after dark also. (hidden behind bumper cars) As for the OTSR's, I feel there are certain instances in which they cannot be removed. As for the Chiller, we would be better off without them. The head banging is caused more by the restraint being so close to your head. On a ride like GASM, you couldn't pay me a million bucks to ride it without a shoulder harness. You would fly out during the corkscrews.
Monday, June 11, 2001 12:24 PM
Besides all the coasters (except Viper), I love:
1. Pendulum (that ride kicks serious butt once it switches direction!!!)
2. Twister (the back row offers mirrors so you can watch your face...WARNING - if you're over 45, trust me, you don't want to watch your face on this one. Your face sort of slides off your skull when you go upside down slowly, it's not a pretty picture...believe me, I know!!!)
3. Jumpin' Jack Flash...I suppose all of these are spin 'n' pukes, so take your Dramamine if you need it. Have fun!!
*** This post was edited by sgonda on 6/11/2001. ***
Monday, June 11, 2001 2:25 PM
Thanks for the info!
Monday, June 11, 2001 3:48 PM
You absolutely must ride the Huss Jump (Jumping Jack Flash), Huss Frisbee (Pendulum), and Vekoma Mad House (Houdini's Great Escape). The Jump is one of the scariest spinning rides I've been on. The Frisbee has an insane amount of G-forces, like one reader said especially when it changes direction. I can't recommend Evolution yet because this is the first year that they have it running somewhat consistently, but I hear very good things. The person who told me that said they saw four people puke while in line, so you know it's got to be good! I'd also recommend the Huss Topspin (The Twister), and Chance Inverter (Time Warp). Definitely hit the blue side (Batman) of the Chiller also to experience the awesome tophat element.