"Le Monstre"

Sunday, August 31, 2003 12:04 PM
I have just seen a video of "Le Monste" and it looks like a very impressive ride. It seems to have great laterals and some good twists.

How do people who have ridden it judge the ride?

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i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 12:19 PM
where is the video?!!!!!

can i poop here?


*** This post was edited by SilverStar 8/31/2003 4:20:35 PM ***

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 12:51 PM
It's nothing special, perhaps if they got rid of the nasty trains (morgan?) and put some PTC's on it, it might run better.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 1:12 PM
Here´s the Video link:

http://www.kendenton.org/COASTERS/VIDEO/laronde.htm

(I found it in a thread in this forum)

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i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 2:40 PM
i rode this on my honeymoon =) =)

i have to say, it was one of the coolest and most original woodies i've ever ridden. it had good speed all the way through and kept winding and surprising until the end. i was very very impressed. definitely the best ride at La Ronde.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 5:49 PM
Rode it last night actually...

It's a great ride at night and rather lackluster during the day. The back seat offers at least 3 good shots of ejector air at night. The trains are Morgan and lousy.

There are two very distinct tracks. They are very imaginatively named track 1 and track 2. One has a double down which the other lacks, and the pitch and size of the drops are different.

So ride both sides and wait for the sun to go down.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 6:09 PM
I've never found it real impresive day or night. The ride is OK, but nothing great. The trains are terrible, especially if you have a waist over about 30".

The trains are never raced, in fact they deliberately avoid dispatching both at the same time. I presume this is because the tracks are reach out and touch someone close like Racer at Kennywood, only there are occasional vertical timbers between the tracks that would smash any out stretched hands.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 6:22 PM
I'm sorry... but I prefer the Morgan trains on it if the PTC whould "perform" like on Cyclone at SFNE. The Monstre manager who rode Cyclone simplify it real well: soap boxes (for the Cyclone PTC trains). I whould take Millennium Flyers or Vekoma woodies trains on Monstre before any PTC 2 benchers.

I love track 1 for the double down that was mentionned. I also love track 2 for the third drop.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 9:52 PM
I was in Montreal several years ago and I had the chance to ride it.
It sure looks impressive... sort of like a massive wooden spaghetti-bowl coaster.
The ride itself seemed kind of fun at first, but I found it to be my first bad experience with wooden coaster roughness. I went on both tracks one after the other (two almost walk-ons), and when I left the coaster, my skeleton felt like I had just been in a car accident.
I don't like rough woodies. It's fun to see how the woodbars bend when the trains pass through - looks like the thing could fall apart any minute.
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Sunday, August 31, 2003 10:06 PM
Sorry to whomever it was that took the pov, but man that seriously sucked. Hold the damn camera up higher and have a steady grip! Geez.....

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Corey
"Afterward, services resumed for about 20 minutes until the congregation realized the church was on fire." - www.channel3000.com

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Monday, September 1, 2003 4:36 AM

rOLLocOASt said:
Sorry to whomever it was that took the pov, but man that seriously sucked. Hold the damn camera up higher and have a steady grip! Geez.....

It's a tough job to take a good POV of a ride that rough and shaky.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 5:45 AM
Rollocoast, there´s no need to get ballistic. If you checked the description of the video, you could see that the author was well aware of the situation and apologized.

There are numerous brilliant videos on that site which are pretty rare and fun to watch.

I once tried to record a POV of the Coney Island Cyclone and all I captured was the inside of the car. It was impossible to hold the camera up.


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i was a teenage rollercoaster filmer

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Monday, September 1, 2003 6:31 AM
Since SF took over, they actually worked on Monstre! The massive washboarding at the bottom of the second drop of track 2 is actually gone. (its was so bad you could not even look straight in front of you). They are in the process of retracking all the ride.
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Monday, September 1, 2003 7:48 AM
well i rode it exactly one year ago and i thought it was fantastic ... maybe that was after some six flags positive influence =) oh boy never thought i'd put those words together!
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Monday, September 1, 2003 1:46 PM
Superman and Tricktrack - I have filmed plenty of pov and to be quite frank, it really isn't all that difficult. Given I haven't filmed on Le Monstre (...yet), but I've filmed on far more violent rides, and had much better results.

I wasn't going ballistic, the problem I had is why would someone showcase their pov if it is that bad? Rides that are painfully funny like Riverside Cyclone or Rattler are understandable because they're actually as viscous as they seem on video (if not more!), but Le Monstre isn't anywhere near that!

Oh and CI Cyclone is actually pretty easy to film on :)
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Corey
"Afterward, services resumed for about 20 minutes until the congregation realized the church was on fire." - www.channel3000.com

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Monday, September 1, 2003 2:50 PM
Well, I added the link because someone asked for it. It was not a case of showing someones work.

Maybe he filmed the POV before the coaster was refurbished. I tried my CI Cyclone POV in 1991 and it was impossible to keep the camera up back then. On the other hand Rolling Thunder and Great American Scream Machine were pretty easy to capture. How time can change things...

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i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

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Monday, September 1, 2003 4:07 PM
I think there is a big difference between the 2 tracks. Track 1 gave me a rough, boring ride that lacked in airtime. Track 2 had much better pacing, and indeed had much more airtime. I didn't know there could be so much of a difference between to tracks like that. It was like night and day, completely different rides, both in horrible trains ,however( with very odd art on the front and sides of the train).
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Monday, September 1, 2003 4:46 PM
I like Track #2 the best, like most of the people here. The airtime is better, and the second drop where you think for a second the train might fall in the river is a lot of fun.
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