I have to say all the "Cedar Fair sucks" comments have been getting old. But this decision by Cedar Fair has me scratching my head.
"The decision to run both sides of the Racer forward again after 26 years with one side facing backward was made in an effort to be consistent with other Cedar Fair parks."
Seriously? That can't be it. Do they seriously think that having a racing coaster running one train forward and one backward diminishes their ability to leverage their brand equity? There's gotta be more to it.
The great thing about the Racer was that it is (was) somewhat unique. Wanna ride forward? Backward? It gave the ride a little more personality. If they really want to be consistent, then replace the track with tubular steel so it's more like Gemini.
PTC does not condone running their trains backwards. While it is probably safe as safe can be, this is enough to keep CF from doing so, and from a liability standpoint I don't blame them even if it does suck.
Someone made an interesting comment, "Maybe they'll bring back the racing aspect of the ride. When they made the racer go backwards, they lost part of the appeal of the ride. I remember the races and the workers on one side vs the other would get people riled up for the races."
It's all about liability and perceived safety on the part of those who are ultimately responsible when someone gets hurt. If someone did, and PTC has made a public claim that they don't condone it, they're going to get nailed. Previous owners were willing to assume that risk, clearly Cedar Fair is not. I don't think there's anything deeper than that.
I rode the Rebel Yell backwards at King's Dominion. Beyond the idea of riding a coaster backwards, it wasn't worth it. It wasn't very comfortable.
If running the coaster that way isn't supported by PTC and offers any safety liability, it makes sense not to do it any longer. And I agree that bringing back the racing aspect offers a better level of fun, anyway.
The above comments pretty much sum up my feelings. Racing, IMO, beats the heck out of riding backward. But I do appreciate that alot of people seemed to enjoy that aspect. Some even got an extra credit for that I suppose...hehehe. I'm a little bummed, but having known about it for awhile has taken most of the sting out.
Besides, I usually prefer to ride facing forward myself. ;)
Kinda surprising given the legal/liability nature of all this that it's taken HIS long for the parks to get around to...turning around. ;)
rollergator said: The above comments pretty much sum up my feelings. Racing, IMO, beats the heck out of riding backward. But I do appreciate that alot of people seemed to enjoy that aspect. Some even got an extra credit for that I suppose...hehehe. I'm a little bummed, but having known about it for awhile has taken most of the sting out.
Tell that to cedarpoint. I wish they would race the gemini like they used to. They only race it durring the day.
I remember enjoying Rebel Yell long before KD started running one side backwards. I won't miss the backwards side that much, and I hope they start racing both sides more consistently. That's one thing I do miss, and I never understood why it was so difficult to coordinate the two sides to do so.
I agree about the lawyers, it seems as though there is a ambulance chaser's commercial on the TV every commercial break now a days.
I would of thought the reason was the amount of repair work that has/had to be done on the backward sides of both Thunder Road and Rebel Yell besides PTC not wanting their trains ran backwards. *** Edited 4/6/2008 12:49:52 AM UTC by otterkpr***
Honestly I've never understood why so many racing coasters never seem to race nowadays. Is it really so hard to just hold up a train for a little bit so it can race with the other one? I mean if it's a while go ahead and dispatch and try next time but it seems like such a little thing that could makes the ride make that much more entertaining.