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Friday, July 18, 2003 7:54 PM
Before our CP trip, we are going down to South Carolina for 2 weeks. I was wondering...is it worth it to stop at Myrtle Beach Pavilion? Swamp Fox has gotten good reviews so we plan on stopping there for a couple hours. But Hurricane, a CCI, has gotten bad reviews. I love PTC trains and this has a g-train, I've never ridden one with a g-train so I'm somewhat excited. Are they good?
Whoever has been on Hurricane, whats the ride like, and is it worth going to the park?
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Friday, July 18, 2003 8:03 PM
It's definitely worth going to. Even if it has received bad reviews as of late, go and see for yourself. Not to mention, even if Hurricane turns out to be a total bomb, the Pavilion is still a fun park. Good choice on going to Family Kingdom though :)
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Friday, July 18, 2003 8:05 PM
I'd say it's definately worth the time. The Pavilion has free admission this year like it used to several years ago, so you could just walk in and buy the tickets to ride. I personally think Swamp Fox is a better ride, but it's definately worth your time while you're in the area to check out Hurricane.
Friday, July 18, 2003 8:09 PM
Mark it down as a place to stop at.
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Friday, July 18, 2003 8:31 PM
Swamp Fox is the better woodie there. But the Pavilion is still a fun place to go and you can get your moneys worth.
Hurricane would be better if it was maintained and not so damn rough.
Friday, July 18, 2003 9:06 PM
Can you really just walk-in again? I loved when you were able to do that. I have been going to Myrtle Beach for 13 years. This year will be my 14th. I personally love Hurricane and ride it everytime I go. It is rough but it is a woodie, so I expect it.
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Saturday, July 19, 2003 2:07 AM
Yes, I was just there about three weeks ago, and you can walk right in for free. It's a strange set up, because they still have the booths outside and an attendant at the gate to collect your admission/wristband ticket. Except you don't even need one to get in! And when we did decide we wanted a wristband, we actually were directed back outside the park and entered through the gate again. Weird!
As far as Hurricane goes. I knew nothing about this ride before I went on my trip, so I had no preconceived notions at all. But I think it is the single most rough woodie I have ever ridden. So bad that I only took one ride, and I almost never do that with a wood coaster. So go ahead and get it for the credit, but if you're like me, you'll enjoy the rest of the park much more.
And at Family Kingdom, I thought that Swamp Fox was a GREAT ride. Lot's of little pops of air all over it. And it just looks beautiful at night. Although I don't think those little plastic chains are a good substitute for air gates! :)
So, basically I thought that Pavillion = nice park with bad wood while Family Kingdom = bland park with very good wood. Go figure.
BTW...There's also a spining mouse credit (and a wacky worm) that you can get in N. Myrtle Beach as well.
Saturday, July 19, 2003 5:50 AM
Hurricane in Myrtle is one of my favorite rollercoasters. For all the people who give it bad reviews, they can go screw themselves because I love the ride. Swamp Fox is cool too, I probably have more laps on that coaster then any other coaster I've been on. So yeah, check out Hurricane, if your a true coaster freak, you'll love it.
Saturday, July 19, 2003 6:42 AM
I love the Hurricane! I went to the Pavilion 2 weeks ago and rode it 10 times in a row! But my hips hated me for a few days afterward. The helix killed. It is a very rough ride but I enjoy it. I have never been on Swamp Fox. Isn't that funny. I remember when the Pavilion still had the corkscrew from Magic Harbor. Man that was a long time ago.
Saturday, July 19, 2003 6:56 AM
For me, Hurricane was awfully rough. I generally like wooden coasters to beat me up a little, (and I love *everything* I'm told), but HC5 was considerably rougher than that. The trackwork needed some TLC but didn't appear to be in that bad of a condition. The layout was unique...but could've used more "pops" of air instead of those *rampy* hills.
The train, however, was what really hurt the ride IMO. I asked, and was told they trade them out "every couple weeks" for maintenance...if so, they needed to DO *something* with them when taking them off-line....;)
Saturday, July 19, 2003 9:38 AM
I stopped by the Pavilion on my trip to MB a few weeks back, and I rode the Hurricane about 10 times. Although it was rough, I kind of liked it, and the fact that there was a maximum of 15 people in the station at one time was a plus. I rode in most of the seats, and I'd have to say I liked the front seat the best because there wasn't much more air in the back and the initial plunge into the helixes is more intense. I have to agree with gator on the fact that those hills could've been shaped better to provide more air, especially the first hop in between the helix sections. It's by far the roughest ride I've been on, but it's pretty fun too.
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Saturday, July 19, 2003 10:25 AM
Damn I must not notice roughness or something...I rode Hurricane once a couple weeks back and thought it was *great*! It had one of the best CCI first drops ever (behind Legend and Tonnere de Zeus), and kept the speed throughout the ride. There was some shimmying in the helices but the raw power more than made up for them. I was so bummed it closed for the night due to mechanical problems after we got our ride in.
We also rode Swamp Fox, and while not a bad ride by any means, I thought it was a pretty ho-hum coaster in the thrilling category. A very nice and smooth coaster with a couple good pops of air, but give me Hurricane any day for real thrills.
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Saturday, July 19, 2003 4:26 PM
I like rough wood, and though I didn't find the Hurrican too bad last year, I have to say that it is one of my new liked coasters(I won't say faves, as i've not been on enough to say I have a def. fave.). I think the first drop and Helices are great(a bit painful in the Helices, but I still love them), and can't wait to go back. Swamp Fox, on the otherhand, is a different story all together. That thing rocks!! Great air, and it's just so pretty! If I had to rate, I'd say Swamp Fox is an 8 with HC5 as a 6.5(with 5 being average, likeable, but just okay).
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Saturday, July 19, 2003 4:48 PM
I can't even begin expaining why I like Swamp Fox better, but since this is a thread about that atrocious mess, Hurricane, I'll just be vague and say that The Pavillion doesn't know how to maintain a wooden roller coaster. Sure, you could probably blame it on the ocean, and salt in the air, or whatnot, and most people will believe you, but then how do you explain the small, under-appreciated woodie a few blocks away?
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Sunday, July 20, 2003 2:33 PM
Hurricane was the reason that I began to come back to the Pavilion. My family would rarely visit the Pavilion because we were there the night the woman and the guy she was with, fell out of the ferris wheel. The guy died. I believe we came back only once and my twin brother rode the corkscrew. I didn't ride because I didn't feel it was safe. I think I always blamed the Pavilion for the accident, but it was the riders fault. Then once I noticed they built the Hurricane, I came back.
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Sunday, July 20, 2003 3:44 PM
I rode Hurricane for the first time early this year, and at that point it was by far the roughest woodie I'd been on. I've been on Mean Streak and SOB since - and Hurricane easily retained it's title. I think the Gerstlauers really hurt the ride, as there seems to be no way to avoid getting beat up in those trains. Plus I think they don't maintain them very well on top of that. It seemed to be the trains more than the track somehow.
I liked the layout, and the only places where the ride really HURT was the helices, so it was worth several rides - but I greatly prefer Swamp Fox down the road. Swamp Fox gives some surprisingly good pops of air in the back seat, and the view at the top of the lift can't be beat.
Both parks are well worth doing. The only negative is that you'll find a LOT of the same / very similar flat rides at both parks. It'd probably be quicker to hit all the ones at FK since it has a fraction of the crowd that Pavilion does, and then hit the non-duplicates at Pavilion.
The Pavilion has a great wild mouse, by far the best and wettest rapids ride I've been on, a unique little flume, and some well-run flat rides. Family Kingdom has the classic Swamp Fox, a better Gravitron, the Ferris wheel, and a good Sally dark ride, in addition to most of the same flat rides you'll find at Pavilion, also run well.
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Sunday, July 20, 2003 5:19 PM
I don't have much to add exept that I was there last week and I think all the Hurricane needs are new trains and that the bunny hops need to be reconfigured so that they give more air time. It's a great design but those trains make the ride far to rough. My family was in a hurry so I only rode it once. Five tickets are needed to ride.
The Swamp Fox on the other hand is close to perfect. I'd have to say that the front is better than the back.
Something that seems funny is that Family Kingdom on the overcast day I went was just as crowded as the Pavillion was on the sunny day I was there.
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Sunday, July 20, 2003 9:14 PM
I too have ridden SOB and it is rough, but like you said, not as rough as the Hurricane. However, I believe the foward Racer at PKI is rougher than the Hurricane.
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