Tuesday, September 28, 2004 2:51 AM
Just got done with a second trip to Six Flags St. Louis this past weekend.
And I have to say that Mr. Freeze is the way a shuttle should be in this era. Not only is the ride itself great, but just the fact that it has great capacity with the dual station and transfer track but also climbing the vertical lift is flawless. When you climb this lift, the magnets grab it and you don't feel anything.
I really wish that this technology would have been used on the Deja-Vu installations.
I don't know how this ride was with OTSR's but I can only imagine that it was very head banging along with the Premiere Spaghetti bowls such as FOF.
Mr. Freeze with lapbars is a clear winner in the shuttle category.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 3:58 AM
I agree. It's my favorite shuttle coaster by far. The sliding station track is super cool. I'd love to go down to Texas to try their mirrored version (and Shockwave :)) but until I do, I'm quite content with my upcoming Columbus Day visit.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 2:59 PM
I've only been on SFOT's while it still had OTSR's and I still loved it. The transitions are much more gradual than on a Spaghetti Bowl, and therefore didn't slam you too bad. Plus, I was ready for it.
It could only have improved with the lapbars. Mr. Freeze quite possibly IS the coolest coaster on the planet, like the tagline says.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 3:06 PM
I can't wait to ride Mr. Freeze when I visit the park this weekend. Really excited about my first visit to SFStL since (drum roll)...1975!! I have no idea what took me so long?
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 3:09 PM
I loved it even with the otsr's. Great coaster, doesn't get near enough love.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 3:46 PM
I did Media day on it, and it kicked my a$$ and all who were there. We were offered unlimited rides (There were about 30 of us) and most, myself included, stopped at about 3 or 4. It was so terrible I only rode it one time per year after.
Now that they took off the OTSRs, I love it!
It is a bummer they couldn't have done something similar on Deja Vu, Chitown. Vekoma tried on the first Invertigo, but after the ride being one year late, they gave up, and installed the chain system. It's a shame they couldn't have taken what they learned on their invertigo failure and make it work for the Vus.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 3:50 PM
Mr. Freeze is great, SFStL being my home park. The OTSR were terrible though, lapbars on that ride rock my world.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 5:00 PM
IBSteve... Just in case you don't know - the park is closed on Sunday, October 3 for some private event... It was open on the schedule at the beginning of the year.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 6:07 PM
Mr. Freeze is an amazing ride, especially in the front seat. The feeling like I am being thrown out of the car while looking straight down the top hat is one of the best I have received on a coaster. It pulls some great positive G's, so much that it is difficult to put your arms up in spots. I am surprised that this ride hasn't shown up at any of the other Six Flags Parks.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 6:08 PM
Thanks, kip. We'll be there on Saturday so I think it's all good. Hoping for good weather and moderate crowds!
How's the Boss been running lately?
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 6:09 PM
I am surprised that this ride hasn't shown up at any of the other Six Flags Parks.
Aside from the one in Arlington, right? Or is the Mr. Freeze at SFoT dirrerent?
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 6:23 PM
Boss has been running excellent lately, just make sure you ride "loosely" if you know what I mean. Don't hold on for dear life, that only makes it worse ;)
Don't forget about Eagle though, best time to ride is 1/2 hour, 45 min before the park closes, so around 7:30, 7:15. Chitown, were you the one wearing the Cedar Point shirt I saw on saturday and sunday? Were you also taking a picture of the Eagle sign while we were shut down? I was the one at the ride entrance for about an hour or so.....
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 8:17 PM
Nope, don't own a Cedar Point t-shirt.
If you saw a tall guy with long hair and a White Sox cap on along with my 9 year old daughter, then you saw me. :)
IBSteve: You are in for a treat with Mr. Freeze. I really wish SFGAm would have gotten one of these instead of Deja-Vu(although I still like DV).
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 8:47 PM
I know that it is at the two six flags parks, but I was just saying that a ride like Mr. Freeze could do a lot for a park like SFDL or SFEG. I don't see a problem with cloning if it is an awesome ride.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:15 PM
Freeze is DA BOMB!!!11!!
Seriously, there's good reason Freeze rocks my world...first and foremost, the TOP HAT. Second, the LAUNCH. Sure, it's not as intense as say, H:XLC, but it IS smooth and fairly intense. Third, the overbank...I *love* sitting on the inside of those things and getting the feeling of imminent freefall. :) Finally, the vertical spike.
Not really a huge fan of backwards travel I'll readily admit, but without a doubt Freeze is my favorite shuttle....(at least, that is, until I finally get B:TC sans OTSRs...)...;)
Final note: For whatever reason, everything IS bigger, better, and *faster* in Tejas...their Freeze, like Poltergeist, Titan, Giant, TX Cyclone, and S:TOP, is just a little bit better than the versions you'll find elsewhere....as always, IMO, YMMV, etc....;)