In the first seat the first time?

Sunday, January 27, 2002 3:36 AM
Do you make it a point to ride in the first seat the first time you ride a new coaster?or do you just take what you can get  and save the first seat for another time?The first time I rode the Magnum it was in the first seat.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 4:27 AM
I always go for the front for the first ride.  I got in the second train out of the station on Nitro's opening day, on my first run on MF, I waited the extra 1/2 hour for the front.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 4:57 AM
I'll almost always wait for the front on a "new" woodie. If not the front seat, at least   the first car. That way I can get an understanding of how the thing runs before subjecting me (and my wife) to a slamming back seat ride, if that's how it feels. We've become pretty good at making the determination if I'm riding alone in the back seat or if she's going with me.

On a steel coaster, it's typically just towards the front on the first ride, especially if the wait is long. Then again, depending how the loading platform is arranged, the second seat is more often then not the shortest line of the whole train.

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Sunday, January 27, 2002 5:06 AM
I'm MUCH more likely to head to the back on a new ride. I like the aboslute suprise and shock of not knowing where the hell I'm going :) Besides, very few coasters are better IMO in the front than the back. I personally do not care to see where I'm going. It takes a little of the fun away if you ask me....

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Sunday, January 27, 2002 5:15 AM
If I have a chance for front seat, then by all means I take it.  I was at Cedar Point for two days and rode every single coaster in the front seat, at least once. It was pretty cool and it let me find out which coaster was best where.  IMO, Millennium Force has the best ride in the last seat. Talk about are time! 
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 5:36 AM
Usually, I'm in a hurry for the first ride and take what I can get.  Then I try to ride at least near front and near back to learn the character of the coaster and where it rides best.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 7:56 AM
CKrazy: Funny you should say that as Millennium Force was one of the *few* coasters I think is better in the front (Raptor is one of the others).

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Sunday, January 27, 2002 8:01 AM
For me it realy depends on what type of coaster it is. When I went to Michigans Adventure for the first time last season. So I decided to ride Shivering Timbers for a while I sat in the front seat which was a very good excellent air time and a very smooth ride defently recomend the front row seat.

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Sunday, January 27, 2002 8:02 AM
Back seat first. 9 times 0utta 10, it's better, and the line isn't as long. Eventually, I'll try to ride in the front, but only if there's no line. The 2nd to the front is a good one though...Usually the line from the front hides the fact that there's usually no line for the 2nd row.

MF was good in the front though ! And the Morgan Hypers are good in 1-3, but the back is where you'll usually find me on any ride, first time or not. Whoops. Almost forgot, there are a few exceptions...V2 or S:UE is definitely a front seat ride, and well worth the wait. Wicked Twister might be another story...

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Sunday, January 27, 2002 9:06 AM
How come when I was at Cedar Point they were assigning seats on MF. They wouldnt let you wait for the front. Is this a normal procedure. Or was I just not paying attention
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 9:17 AM
I'm one of those people who love to sit in the back no matter what but on some occasions it's the best when sitting in the front like the forwards Racer at nighttime!  Has anybody here sat in the very back seat of Vortex at PKI.  The very back is the only seat I'll take when riding this thing no matter how long the wait, "and the wait usually isn't that long".  I'm telling you, if you sit in the very back of Vortex the first drop is like no other, you are completly out of your seat the whole way down the first drop.  You feel like your going to break free of the over the should harness, and fly.  It's an unexplainable sensation!!!
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 9:28 AM
I will usually ride coasters in the back the first time,  I love riding coasters in the back seat and getting whiped over the drop.  But if I waited 2 hours for a coaster I will take any seat, just to get on it as quick as possible.

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Sunday, January 27, 2002 9:30 AM
I, like a lot of people on here, actually have a strong preference for the back seat instead of the front. When I first started riding coasters I was a front seat fiend myself, to the extent that I didn't ride coasters *anywhere* but the very front seat for a good 8 year stretch (from 1992 to 2000) and I never rode the Magnum anywhere *but* the front untill 2000....yes, the year 2000 and I rode it almost every year since it opened and multiple times at that. Then, one fine Coastermania I finally decided to give the back a go...and wow, there was no turning back after that!

At this point the only rides I actually always ride in the front are B&M Inverts and Stand-Ups (based on view and the fact that seeing the sudden swoop turns makes them much more intense on SU's IMO) and MF...everything else from the Raven and Phoenix to SROS I've always ridden in the back on first...and generally stick with it after a few mandatory rides elsewhere in the train to test it out. I like the sensation and being thrown out of my seat on the way down more than at the crest of the hill...
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 9:32 AM
I agree wholeheartedly TR:TR2002.  That drop in the last seat of Vortex has given me more air than any other coaster I've ridden.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:08 AM
First time, I almost always go for the last car, back row if possible, not really big on waiting too much...if waits aren't excessive (over an hour), we'll also get one front-car ride on a "new to us" coaster before leaving the park.  That's essential for good woodies, though, gotta get that stand-up air!
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:09 AM
I go wherever its shortest, preferably towards the back.  Except for my first rides on Dueling Dragons, I don't think I've ever waited for the front on a first time coaster.  I like the back...its faster and more intense!
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 10:29 AM
I usually goe for the back or the front, but i always go for the front on floorless, stand up, inverted, and suspended roller coasters because you can never see if you are in the back and it makes the ride awfully boring.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002 12:23 PM

GroundskeeperWilly said:
"How come when I was at Cedar Point they were assigning seats on MF. They wouldnt let you wait for the front."

Sometime in 2001, about June I think, the began to allow you to wait for either the very front or the very back. I'm not really sure how this went as I went to the point *after* they opened this option.

I got the very front and the very back by dead luck on opening day last year (both on the same day what?)

Ice Dragon is another 'front seat' coaster. But for Fire head to the rear!
jeremy
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Monday, January 28, 2002 7:53 AM
The first time I rode MF I got the first seat by chance.  It was fun, but the back rules.
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Monday, January 28, 2002 10:54 AM
I definitely ride the front seat the first time. Even when i first rode a rollercoaster it was in the front. Some coasters I've never ridden in any seat except the front.
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