tpdom, if you really like Sonny, you must be accustomed to some abuse, or even *enjoy* it...;)
Since this year was my first visit to Myrtle (considering the drive perhaps my last), I have no idea where Galaxi or Corkscrew was located, but the Mouse at MBP *definitely* rocks the house and was a great addition. The Top Spin filled my desire to "have my ugly @$$ flipped upside down", but I had to take two laps to do the trick.
If you need a beachside park with plenty of indoor rides (AC, strobes, fog, etc.), get to Miracle Strip, where there's another really good John Allen woodie....:).
But if I were to give a diagnosis for the problems associated with both Sonny and HC:5, it would be a *plethora* of helices....;). There a good reason a helix *traditionally* follows the out-n-back leg of a woodie, taking them at high speeds tends to beat up track...IMO, YMMV, etc.
Since this year was my first visit to Myrtle (considering the drive perhaps my last), I have no idea where Galaxi or Corkscrew was located, but the Mouse at MBP *definitely* rocks the house and was a great addition.
Galaxi and Corkscrew were also both at the Pavilion. Corkscrew was removed for the Hurricane, but I'm not quite sure when Galaxi was removed. I'm thinking of when they built the Wild Mouse, but it also seems like it could have been earlier than that. (It was the Galaxi from Kings Dominion)
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Hmmm, I thought the Huricane was rough, but I was able to learn how to ride it. I took 14 trips in a row on it without getting out and I felt fine. To me it's nothing like SOB, completely different rides. There is only so much you can do with a coaster layout. I think the Hurricane could use some TLC since there were a lot of bolts coming out of the wood when I was there and many more were laying on the ground.
There is a difference between Hurricane, Twister and SOB. Though all three are essentially twisters, Hurricane and Twister are well engineered and track very well, SOB is very poorly engineered and tracks badly.
So, in a nutshell, Twister and Hurricane are good, SOB is bad.
I go to the Myrtle Beach Pavilion almost 3 or 4 times a year as I am just up the road in Wilmington, NC. I haven't been to PKI so I can't really speak about the smoothness of that ide but as far as the Hurricane goes well I LOVE IT! And the reason I like it is because it isn't perfectly smooth. Wooden coasters should be rough(especially with names like Hurricane)Mean Streak at Cedar Point was rough and I liked it to. I just like a rougher ride than most I guess keeps me coming back for more, however Swamp Fox gives a totally different ride and thats what I like. Each wooden coaster ''feels'' different.
^Wow, talk about an old thread. I was like "When in the hell did I type THIS?"
I have never been on Hurricane but I have heard nothing but bad reviews on it. I don't really judge a coaster till I've tried it but knowing me and my *fussiness* (right, Bill?.....lol.) it will be one of those things where it's a "check off the list" coaster.
It's sad that it hasn't been maintained, as people have said. It's been years since I have been on the Swamp Fox but from what I remember it was ALWAYS maintained and rode very well.
As for SOB, Mean Streak, etc....well you guys can have them. They are done for me. :-)
It is VERY lonely over here in Wilmington with no close parks at all. I used to at least be able to get a little thrill out of my system over at Jubilee Park by riding the OLD rock-o-plae but earlier this year it closed....So now there ain't nothing around here. I think there should be though Around Wilmington, maybe farther inland, would be an excellent spot for an amusement park with all the toursits we get each year but our council doesn't want anyhting like htat coming into our...historic small down...blah blah....