And I also went to the Farewell Season at the MB Pavilion. What a shame. WHY B&C WHY??????? The only good that will come out of it is the tearing down of that aweful, wicked, painful and rotten coaster the Hurricane. OUCH! I knew it was bad but had to go for one last ride. The one op told me that when they put it in it was nice and smooth, with a top speed of 56mph. When the increased the speed to 72mph is when it became so wicked. Is that even possible to increase the speed of a coaster????????
Kinda surprising to me to have ridden both Tsunami (J2) and Hurricane...similar-ish layouts, but the one in Jersey was super-intense and fun, while Myrtle's was....ummmmm...surviveable...mostly.
Honestly, the only way to speed up a gravity-driven ride is to speed up the lift, and we've had several discussions here where the engineers among us have shown even that creates a MINOR difference in top speed at most.
*cough* Mean Streak *cough* Mantis*cough*
Excuse me ;)
I'm sure in some year it was voted #8. Notice there is no date of reference on that sign.
Right, and the coaster is 40 years old so my guess would be that sometime in the 70's or 80's when there were a limited amount of wooden coasters in the US, it could have reasonably been voted #8.
Of course, it ranks #1 for me as a sentimental favorite. It was my first wooden coaster in 1969.
Family Kingdom had a pretty good crowd too. Rarely do I see a line for the Swamp Fox like I did Saturday night.
Farewell Pavilion. You will be sorely missed (almost as bad as my legs felt after riding Hurricane twice.)
In the article it says the rides will be coming down soon, a process that will take through next June.
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