Skipping forward 30 minutes after rides on Supreme Scream and the classic Timber Mountain Log Ride (my favorite flume)....
La Revolucion was my 4th Frisbee-type ride and unfortunately it is my least favorite. I've been on one real Huss Frisbee, Taz's at SFMW and two of the 24-peep KMG Afterburners. One was at the San Diego fair, which at the time I thought was under whelming due to the lack of much spin until the last few swings, basically saving the fun until the last 15 seconds. The other one is the Fireball at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. That one packs a punch. It gives everyone a chance for a swing at the top and then goes into a great spin/swing cycle. Knott's La Revolucion however...does neither.
My first of two rides began with me being directed over to one of the few remaining seats which were on the opposite side of the ride entrance. If you're going to ride this ride, you don't want to sit in these seats. The spin is very slow and never changes speed throughout the ride which resulted in always being on the lower end of the swing. Knott's has the ride programmed so that half of the riders always get to be at the top of the swing while the other half are always at the bottom. So I thought ok, I got gypped this ride, I'll try it again. This time I knew which seats to head to and got one of them. While the swings at the top are much better, and you do get some airtime, in my opinion this isn't what this type of ride is supposed to be. The spin isn't fast enough to plaster you into your seat at all. Basically Knott's has purchased another swinging ship ride, much like their Dragon Swing, located just a few steps away, which goes a bit higher and only gives half of its riders a good time.
My remaining hope is that Knott's will re-program the ride to something more like Santa Cruz's Fireball. For those of you that have been on other 32-peep KMG/Change Afterburners, how is the programming? I've yet to go on PGA's but will get a chance later this summer. I guess for now I’ll keep having to take those trips to Northern California to get on decent flat rides.
As evidenced by the Fireball running at Santa Cruz these rides can be run well. Why they aren't is beyond me. After spending a few million on a new attraction, wouldn't you want it to actually thrill people?
For me while that Santa Cruz Fireball is a lot of fun, nothing tops a Frisbee.
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You say you have yet to ride the one at PGA, Well providing they are still running it on the same program this year, then you dont need to be worried. The one at PGA has some really nice spinning techniques where it will spin quite fast constantly all throughout the ride which means that everyones gets the chance to be at the top for a few swings at least. I found this a great program as it is much fairer to everyone riding.
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