I have just returned from Branson Missouri. Where I was finally able to ride Wildfire at Silver Dollar City. This is perhaps the MOST AMAZING coaster of its size. You can see it from the parking lot and from there you can not begin to appertice its value until you actually ride it. The theming of the ride is awesome. On my first ride I was able to force myself into the very back row and forced the OTS harness over me.The ride departs the station, makes a short drop right into the 155 foot hill. It climbs very quickly. Once you get to the top you see a breath taking scene of the surrounding area. (If you have ever been to Branson you know what I am talking about for those of you who haven't Silver Dollar City is tucked deep away in the Ozark Mountains and it is in the middle of the forrest so you can just imagine.) Then you drop about 5 feet into a curve and down you go 150 feet at an angle of roughly 65 to 70 degrees (I am not a math major so I could be WAY off). Into a half loop, half roll. As you speed out of it, you go into the Vertical Loop which is the largest vertical loop I have ever been on. You speed out of that into the cobra roll, then straight into the corkscrew, then finally into a spiral and back into the station. The ride I would guess last for maybe a minute. I was able to ride it 6 times in a row without waiting in line. Another really cool thing about the ride was they had seats for bigger people. I have never claimed to be a small person (6'10", 280 lbs.) When I was at Six Flags Great America over the summer I had problems riding some of the coasters, and I had problems getting the OTS's to buckle. At Silver Dollar City they had seats for us larger people rows 3,4,5, and 6 (out of 8 rows) had a seat for bigger people and the ride from the middle of the train was just as amazing as the ride from the back of the train. I remember now why B&M are the Gods of Rollercoasters. On a scale of 1 to 10 Wildfire gets an 11. I then went to the first dark ride I ever rode "Fire in the Hole" As a child I loved this ride, now I have my doubts as to riding it again. It was not what it use be, very disappointing. Finally it was onto Arrow Dymanics "ThuNderaTion" or "Jarsomethingloose" The ride has really gone down hill. I was in the first group to ride it on its opening day, very smooth, very fast. Now I fear for my life riding it, it shakes, it jerks. They might want to rethink the name to the California Quake, just a thought. I started my day at the park with a ride on Wildfire, and ended my day with a ride on Wildfire, what a way to end 2001!!!!!!!! Anyone else get one last ride in on a coaster before the end of the year?
not a coaster, but i got on Supreme Scream 7 times last Friday, i also got on Ghostrider twice, lol i got off Ghostrider and ran across the park to ride Supreme Scream really quick before we had to leave
----------------- "It was sure nice of Mr. Crab to give me a job here!" "And he was sure nice to start you off at $50 an hour! When i started, i had to pay Mr. Crab $100 an hour!"
Lucky for me, I ended this year on a very high note. Living near Sacramento, CA, I don't get the chance to go to SFMM that much. I did go from the 26th through the 28th, however. My last ride of the year was X. I'm glad that I got in four rides on it with my SFMW pass, which was very surprising. What a happy ending.
*** This post was edited by Coastration on 12/29/2001. ***
My wife and I started with Goliath in January and ended with Montu in November. Its been our best coaster year ever. We rode about 25 new-to-us coasters. Nitro was by far the best new coaster this year. Can't wait to start 2002! ------------- Did I mention, that I like coasters...
my last coaster of 2001 was nitro. it was my first ride on that, and on any B&M hyper, and let me just go against the pack and say that i was very dissapointed. it was slow, had no air, and was just kinda boring. maybee it was a mix of the 20-30 degree weathr, 0 degree wind chill (and man was there alot of wind), and my front row seat. I dont know, it was just boring and forceless. the first drop was good though.
I believe my last coaster of 2001 was Oblivion at Alton Towers.
I visited Alton on the last day of the season, and after the fireworks Show, me and my friend decided to dash over to Nemesis for a quick Night Ride(Excellent as always) we then decided to go over to Oblivion to catch a Night Ride before that closed, and so after that, We decided to head home. A truely superb last day at Alton :) As for my first coaster of 2002, It will have to be AIR At Alton ;)
My last ride was on MF with everyone's favorite Western PA CPer, Jess in row 9-2. It was the 3rd day of MM, everyone who was there remembers the freezing temps with horrible rain. Good times... ----------------- At the turn of the Millennium, there were signs.