I don't think PKI was necessarily trying to add a coaster to appeal to adults, so much as they wanted to add something to appeal to younger visitors who had outgrown Reptar and Scooby Doo. *** Edited 5/17/2005 11:33:54 AM UTC by Fun***
If you want to see how wacky a small coaster can be... Get on High Speed Thrill Coaster at Knoebel's during Phoenix Phall Phunfest and let the phun begin! 18 feet high and you'll be laughing like a crazy person. *** Edited 5/17/2005 12:16:40 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***
IJST is not the most fun ride - I was not laughing like a crazy person. However, a lot of kids were after the ride. Barring any major problems it is a nice addition to the park and will satisfy many people - families especially. It was not intended to be the "star" attraction at the park - that is still The Beast and probably will be for at least a few more years.
That's funny. I don't see anywhere in the original post where this person said that the coaster had to be TTD or Maggie big to be any good. They even went on to say that it did have some good parts. I think where they were disappointed was in the launch and speed. I mean really, how many car chases only go 40mph. Hardly a high speed chase, which is the scene where IJ:ST was borrowed from.
Sorry, I don't want to start a new thread, so I will tell my story here. The first time I rode IJST, about two weeks ago, there was a minor problem. There are little doors on all of the trains like a real mini cooper. Well, the ride ops come by and closes each door before launch. Well, during the launch and the helix, the door stayed closed, but as soon as the trains went through the zig zag where the cop cars are, my door flung open. I was really confused and ended up trying to close the door as we went around one of the turns. (Not an easy task due to lateral g's). Oh well, other than that I thought it was a good ride, but not worth over an hour, well maybe not even over a 45min wait, but still not bad.
I think that when the idea of the ride was picthed to us through all the picture's and animation we got caughtup in all the hype. There hasnever been a ride done quite like this before So it gave us a reason to look forward to this ride. Even though to some it maybe consitered a flop, maybe somewhere down the road if a similar ride is made it will surpass this attempt. Besides wasn't it supposed to be deemed as a family adventure style coaster, not so much geared as being ultra fast and intense ?.
I think the ride falls right on the line of being tame enough for families but offers things for people that love thrill elements. I can't speak for everyone that has gotten a lot of rides on it but I took over 50 rides on it during a shoot on Monday and wasn't tired or bored of it in the least. There were quite a few people who bailed out or wanted a break as the ride does have some nice strong sections. I can easily see why it could be too much for some folks who ride it over and over as that helix is pretty strong.
While it isn't the fastest, tallest or longest, it really is one of the most fun coasters I have ever ridden.
Ok, don't get me wrong. I knew it wasn't going to be the next TTD or anything. I just think it had way too much hype for what it is.
I also don't believe that only big coasters are the best. One of my favorate rides at CP is WildCat. Love that ride!
Another note. PKI is really confusing when it comes to new attractions. They build the first inverted ride for kids, and then build the tallest and only looping wooden coaster. They are trying to please (I think) a very general crowd. Not saying it's bad, its just the way it is.
When CP builds a new ride, you know its gonna be big. You know what CP is trying to be... the biggest!
I thought it was more intense than Millennium Force. Not as thrilling due to the speed and height elements of that particular coaster, but the positive G-forces felt stronger. There were a couple decent spots of air too and it was a little twisty. Plus I'm a sucker for theming, water effects, and "fun coasters". I'd say if you call Italian Job a family coaster, then so is Millennium Force. I was impressed on what IJ did deliver once I saw it in person, because my expecations lowered visually for the "track part", but it was much better than expected. I'd give it a 9/10. Made me happy and I wanted to ride again and again, but as with most coasters, I wish it was longer. =)