MAVERICK - I Rode it! =o)

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Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:23 PM
It's Official, I've ridden it and simply put, it's nothing short of Amazing! I honestly thought this ride would be nothing but an "Italian Job" family ride. I Doubted it, and it is NOTHING like a family ride.

Intensity from Beginning to End. Cruising up the Hill at such a quick pace is quite thrilling, a nice little pop over the top and the car drops from underneath you and Voila! You're decending 100ft at a 95 degree angle.... Sweet! The Curve you first turn into is VERY forceful. You're snug in your seat.

The transitions from left to right and at the speed you're going are GREAT! Flying through the canyons really makes everything around you a blur and a scenic journey next to the lake, incredible!

The Camelback next to perimeter road is taken at a Very fast pace providing an elaborate pop of airtime before being sucked back down to the ground, around a turn and into the Horseshoe Roll.

This was another Element I doubted in the rides layout as just another cork looking element. Wrong Again. They are entered at the PERFECT speed for Weightlessness
and the perfect revolution upside down, followed by high G's in the middle section low and close to the ground, only to do it over again in the opposite Direction. Another Snug and tight turn into the brake run before the tunnel, and a lil pop of air right before decelerating.

Now, The tunnel which was my most next anticipated part of the ride, previously held by the former heartline roll... did slightly not have a great effect on me.

I dont know if I was Delerious, or wiping the rain out of my eyes... But I dont know what I was supposed to be seeing in the tunnel. I thought having lights.... in a dark area was contradictory to the effect I was expecting. Darkness. Whatever.... None the less a nice mid-strength launch followed by strong positive G's in the pullout of the tunnel and up into the hill.

The Deceleration with the magnets on that hill is really dramatic, but I thought it would be moreso. Definately noticible you are braking upward. You Glide over the top but pick up speed again VERY quickly, and BAM! upside down! oops.... let's try again.... haha...

Very Tight banking to the right then Bam to the Left. It was Good! Did not Lack ANY intensity what-so ever. Actually Agree that my neck probably would have snapped had there been a roll there. Good Decicion on CP's part and handled VERY quickly. Props!

You then proceed to pull up and BAM to the Right again under the drop. The headchopper effect here is CRAZY on the Right Side of the train. Really thought I was going to be decapatated moreso that I ever have been on a ride before!

Nice Paced Turn to the right, then (my most under-estimated part of the ride) the exaggerated Stengle dive is HEAVEN. My Favorite Element on a coaster. It's taken at an incredbile speed, and you feel SO vulnerable for that moment, almost ejected from your seat. But right before it's too much the track pulls out from under you and you are snug against your seat again before tearing over the bunny hop for another final moment of airtime, before the VERY smoothly banked entrance into the break run.

Overall, INCREDIBLE! Cedar Point has done it again! This Ride is more intense than Raptor folks. By no means at all what could be considered a family Ride. It's Mean and relentless. Packed with Action!

Will have to ride it again before I can suggest that it may be my favorite, but WHAT an experience! Ride On! 10/10 *** Edited 5/26/2007 8:34:45 PM UTC by xX eNeRtIa Xx***

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Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:37 PM
How were the lines? And loading/unloading. Were they running all of the trains?

It sounds like you had fun :) sounds good. I can't wait until Tuesday when I get to go on this beast. *** Edited 5/26/2007 8:38:18 PM UTC by superflybri03***

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Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:39 PM
First post really hit it on the head, the ride is a great surprise. I was skeptical all off-season, but it truly is a great ride. The thing just never lets up, is smooth as can be, and the inversion is great. The air hills are amazing and the launch 10 times better than i ever thought. The second half is my fav. part with all the directional changes and all. Another Cedar Point classic, and easily a top 5 coaster. I heard some people say better then MF, wouldnt I would need to ride it again before i say that, but truly a great ride.

they were running all 6 trains, and the lines...lets just say before the let in the general public, it was already back to Gemini... *** Edited 5/26/2007 8:41:36 PM UTC by jar*** *** Edited 5/26/2007 8:58:22 PM UTC by jar***

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Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:41 PM
All Six Trains were running. At Capacity I would say. The Line, which at one point extended beyond the entrance of the ride itself down the midway. Which was when I entered. Took 2.5 hrs It was POURING rain. But they never stopped running it. Everyother Ride was down due to the weather EXCEPT Maverick. Another thing I give Cedar Point Props for.
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Saturday, May 26, 2007 7:27 PM
I am guessing building this thing was for going for the number one coaster and taking the title from Six Flags.
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Saturday, May 26, 2007 7:40 PM
most likely not, since that is only 1 poll of many, and at the time they decided to build MF and Superman were going back and forth in that poll just as they are now.
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Sunday, May 27, 2007 2:15 PM
My thoughts to add on Maverick was that it is a very good ride…BUT I hate to say it folks, but the addition of the heartline roll truly would have elevated its status to absolute superiority!!!

The new s-curve is without question the weakest element of the ride, and not only is it un-descript, but it is down right un-noticeable and I think really takes away from the greatness and effect of the second launch tunnel and its dizzying propulsion into a neon-lit abyss like you were flying into an actual video game!!

Is 90% of the ride excellent? Heck YES!!! But there’s no question the s-curve is so freakin’ weak!!…and to the detriment of the second launch. The only good news is that no one my girlfriend and I talked to in line (and we rode it 8 times) knew about the heartline roll, and even in a lot of cases that Maverick was ever even delayed!? So this will likely only be an enthusiast’s complaint…

Otherwise, it’s a complete blast, and I have to say the water bombs will definitely hit you every time, but you’ll miss them the most being in the back, and for better or for worse the on ride shot comes right *after* the water bombs!! So while this really changes the dynamic of an on ride photo (which let’s face it, the on ride pics could use a revitalization!) it also always doesn’t produce the greatest of photos either.

And I don’t know about everyone else, but I found the “Sam” train faster than the rest, with Brent being the roughest and Ben the slowest….the queue times were really, really quick (despite whatever wait time was posted) and the time averaged 1 hour. I also liked how they converted the old log flume into a water fall in the queue, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly theme song music was also cool to hear (no Ready to Roll!!), but there wasn’t a whole lot of other themeing. Other than that, I now know why I never really venture to the back of the park…because once you’re back there, you’re kind of stuck there!! But the Chik-fil-a right next to the Maverick exit rocks!!! (Monday-Saturday that is :)

So while a definite gem for CP…probably more a ruby or emerald than a diamond.

On Ride Photo:

http://home.comcast.net/~joeyshox/Maverick_5-26-07.jpg

P.S. Putting Mean Streak as a backdrop on the on ride photo card is an absolute disgrace!! *** Edited 5/27/2007 6:17:22 PM UTC by tigellinus*** *** Edited 5/27/2007 6:21:42 PM UTC by tigellinus***

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Monday, May 28, 2007 1:35 AM
^ Just a quick question, where exactly on the ride do they take the on-ride photo?

Sounds like "Project 2007" turned out great. I was a little surprised to hear from many that they were operating Maverick in downpours... but then again, it is Cedar Point we're talking about! I'm thinking of heading to CP sometime in early August, Hopefully the opening hype will have died down by then ;)

-TwIsteR

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Monday, May 28, 2007 1:42 AM
The on-ride photo takes place in the second half of the S-Curve.

I wish it were in the tunnel at the point of launch. That would be simply incredible, and would make for some great faces in pictures! =o)

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Monday, May 28, 2007 4:39 AM

tigellinus said:
I hate to say it folks, but the addition of the heartline roll truly would have elevated its status to absolute superiority!!!

The new s-curve is without question the weakest element of the ride...there’s no question the s-curve is so freakin’ weak!!…


I don't think I could disagree more. The roll would have possibly been too much. And judging by reactions like this...and this...and this - I'd say that section delivers plenty of intensity for most riders.

I'd be hard pressed to name another coaster that doesn't let up one bit from the time you leave the station until you hit the brakes at the end.

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Monday, May 28, 2007 9:37 AM
Note to self: get to CP this week.
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Monday, May 28, 2007 10:18 AM

Lord Gonchar said:
I'd be hard pressed to name another coaster that doesn't let up one bit from the time you leave the station until you hit the brakes at the end.

Two words: The Voyage!!

Btw, LOVE the new Maverick photography on CI, Gonch!!

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Monday, May 28, 2007 3:53 PM

Lord Gonchar said:I'd be hard pressed to name another coaster that doesn't let up one bit from the time you leave the station until you hit the brakes at the end.

Nitro, Millennium, Raging Bull, etc...

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Monday, May 28, 2007 4:55 PM

Lord Gonchar said:


I'd be hard pressed to name another coaster that doesn't let up one bit from the time you leave the station until you hit the brakes at the end.


Legend and Boulder Dash!!! Batman the ride FTMFW

Everyone.....FYI Voyage doesn't get good till 2/3s of the way through. Nitro is never intense. Very good ride but you can't say that it never lets up. *** Edited 5/28/2007 8:56:20 PM UTC by BamBam36***

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Monday, May 28, 2007 5:51 PM
Lord Gonchar said:
I'd be hard pressed to name another coaster that doesn't let up one bit from the time you leave the station until you hit the brakes at the end.

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I think you better get to SFNE to ride the #1 steel on the planet

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Monday, May 28, 2007 6:28 PM
I'm a Millennium Force lover. But, I have to say that Maverick has it beat as far as overall intensity goes.

And I agree with Lord Gonchar. I think that the ride is fine without the roll. I actually feel that the roll would have been too much. I certainly don't mind the s-turn at all. From the reactions of the riders leaving the platform they enjoyed the ride just as it was.

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Monday, May 28, 2007 8:01 PM

xX eNeRtIa Xx said:
The headchopper effect here is CRAZY

It must have been considering what it did to the guy here in the front row. *** Edited 5/29/2007 12:02:52 AM UTC by person***

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Monday, May 28, 2007 8:07 PM
I rode it twice today and loved every minute of it. I think it's better than MF because since MF is more about the height and speed, Maverick, to me, is a total package of elements that deliver in great doses.

I agree that the heartline roll, which I was really looking forward to, would have been a bit too intense for John Q. Public and the "S-Curve" works fine. That stream of water that is shot over that section pretty much guarantees a little sprinkle to those on board.

It's really hard to pinpoint what single part is the best as it all works great as one, but the stand outs to me are the first drop, which being short has quite a kick to it, the second part of the horseshoe element, which felt more like a zero-G roll than a corkscrew, and the second Stengle Dive, which is wonderful.

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Monday, May 28, 2007 8:33 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
I'd be hard pressed to name another coaster that doesn't let up one bit from the time you leave the station until you hit the brakes at the end.

Heh. I knew that'd get a reaction. :)

I said, "hard pressed," not "impossible."

Voyage, S:ROS, MF, Nitro, Boulder Dash, Legend, etc - that's pretty good company to be keeping.

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Monday, May 28, 2007 8:42 PM
Btw, nice pics Gonch.
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