With the Hurricane and Top Spin (my two favorite rides in the park) closed for maintenence, I had plenty of time to ride the other flat rides. Here is what I noticed...
HOLY CRAP THEY ARE RUNNING THEIR FLAT RIDES FAST THIS YEAR!
I have been coming to the Pavilion every year for probably 10 years now, and I have NEVER felt anything like I did on a few of the rides last night.
First off... all of you who can need to get on the Rainbow before they change the program. It was the most insane experience I have ever had in all my years of riding rides. In years past, this ride has run a fun program, but nothing crazy. This year... that has changed.
I noticed upon getting in line that they were only filling half the seats for each load, and that the ride was running noticeably faster, and the motor much louder as a result. I'm guessing that the half-loaded ride allowed it to run in this "insane" mode.
After the first 2 rotations, this baby picks up some massive speed. I personally am extremely glad they added seatbelts to this ride last year because it allows a more intense experience and single-riders. At the top of each swing, not only was I experiencing airtime, I was experiencing EJECTOR air that was throwing me into the metal bar. Probably 10 rotations in a row, this thing was absolutely kicking my arse (a very very long cycle). I had to buckle the seatbelts in the rows beside me because they were flying up and hitting me in the head! The grating on the front of the ride was being thrown up and over with each rotation, and seeing all of my fellow riders being launched into the air was an intense experience. You guys need to come ride this thing NOW, it will change your opinion of a ride that is normally run at boring speeds in the large theme park chains. The rediculous air combined with the perfect view of the MB strip and Atlantic Ocean make this an AMAZING ride. This program probably won't be in place very long, because even with a half-loaded car I'm sure this thing is going to cause a problem for maintenence (which unfortunately isn't very good at MBP).
Wipeout (with newly added seatbelts that painfully cut into your side) and Calypso were also both running at crazy speeds, with lateral forces to match. Once again, this is the first time in 10 years that either one of these rides has been this great.
The new interactive dark ride (ala Scooby Doo at Carowinds) is also very nice. I'm pretty sure it was bought from Broadway by the Beach, but it looks very nice in its new home.
Sadly, Starship 2000 was removed from the park this year, but that's not too surprising after the incident in Florida.
While the park is looking a little run-down, and maintenence is lacking (Hurricane AND Top Spin down on my last 2 visits), they are running their rides on awesome programs this year, and the employees were very nice. Hopefully MBP can remain in operation for many years to come, because it truly is a part of the beach's history.
Where is the new dark ride? They didn't do anything to the Haunted Hotel, did they? Is it where the Gravitron was?
Can't wait to get back down there this year for Swampy and the Rainbow.
With a new ride in the park, I'd say they're planning on being open for at least another year, I hope...
Anyways, the first Rainbow I can remember seeing was at Hersheypark in 1984 on my eight-grade class trip. We were watching it cycle and when it came to the end of the ride, a young woman puked all over the place. It was then that I knew I just had to ride it! Of course they rinsed it off and spin-dryed it first. I don't know what year they did it, but at some point they converted it into the facing inwards Conestoga which had some amazing airtime and strong g-forces. Sadly, that ride has left the park for another home:(
I don't know of another park locally that has a Rainbow. There are the knock-offs like the Joker that used to be at Dorney Park until Hydra was put in (does anyone know where Joker was sent to, if at all?), and the Chance-made Falling Star which can be found at SFA and other parks.
Even my mom will ride it.
The ride experience was insane, slamming back and forth between the two seats and flying into the bar, legs flailing in the air. It was only running in one direction, which gave it an extremely long cycle of nothing but insanity!
I just wish the maintenence staff could keep all of the rides running reliably. The Hurricane and Top Spin (which had no seats in sight) didn't run all week, and the Mad Mouse only ran for short parts of each day. *** Edited 6/10/2005 9:09:50 PM UTC by RollrCoastrCrazy***
Would be nice if parks were more willing to *kick it up a notch* and really give good cycles on "thrill" flats, nothing more disappointing than getting off a ride with all promise and no delivery...
Isn't someone picking up one of those yummy Huss Jump2 thingies? That immediately joined the KMG Afterburner and Hexentanz on top of my list of "most favored flats"...:) PCW is the park to get to for unique flats - Mondial RULZ!!1!
But back to MBP and the Rainbow, almost ANY flat has the *potential* to be great...it's generally up to the parks as to how they're operated.
The best Rainbow I've ever rode was at Clementon Park in Southern NJ, it was AWESOME. Definitely came out of my seat many times. My dad isn't a big ride person and I put him on it. He thought it was crazy. I didn't know it did that until we both got on it, otherwise I wouldn't have made him go on. Come to think of it, they also had the best Chaos I've ever been on. Go Clementon!
I love a good flat that will show you who's boss.
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