Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011 11:12 AM | Contributed by Paul Drabek
With the end of summer nearing, Paul and Bond spend a couple of days at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, to ride the Demon, Whizzer, Raging Bull, Little Dipper, Vertical Velocity, American Eagle, Superman and Iron Wolf roller coasters.
See the photos from Negative-G.
Always enjoy these updates.
Me too. Paul's Negative-G is one of my favorite websites. I always look forward to more.
I like how Paul pretty much enjoys all his coaster trips with his son. This is exactly what I did when my daughter was younger. Great times.
Bring on X-Flight!!!!! :)
Why on page 10 is he worrying about the guy "standing up" on American Eagle? Considering how restrictive PTC bars are these days there's no way he could have fallen out.
I disagree. If the guy can stand up, he can fall out.
^That's one of the MAIN reasons the lap bars on American Eagle are so restrictive. It's the 2nd woodie with individual lap bars (Colossus was the first - and opened that way). The ride opened with regular buzz bars http://www.greatamericaparks.com/
They had a lot of problems with people standing on the lift (and rest of the ride - very similar to the problems on other PTC buzz bar coasters), so the buzz bars came in - some where between 84-86?
Someone stands up. A kid sees this. Kid does it. Kid gets hurt. Parents sue. Results? Crappy restraints that hold you all the way down.
Good thing is, American Eagle's lap bars are not the standard PTC ratchet bars - they are an old custom job. They do not fall and have more side to side room than their newer counterparts.
Paul's site does rock! I feel so happy happy when I look at it.
I love some single bar (buzz bar) lap bar restraint, like most. I wasn't fortunate to ride AE with just buzz bars.
I will say that on the Phoenix, it can really be scary watching little kids fly up as high as they do. I love that ride, but am constantly thinking about that during the duration of the ride.
Paul's pics always depict the essence of what coaster riding and theme park visiting is all about. The joy and happiness they bring to their riders and patrons.
^Imagine what Phoenix/Sky Rocket was like when it was in Texas, way back. No seat dividers and a 'fixed' (think Kennywood Jack Rabbit) lap bar :)
Why do seat dividers matter?
Because everything matters.
Wagon down a hill. Anything less is crap.
Calvin always had it figured out.
Wagon? That is so new wave. I just take an old soap box and put some wheels on it. Now we're talking.
The wagon's fine. But it simply doesn't count as a credit unless there's some sort of track involved.
Why do seat dividers matter?
Because they keep people on their side of the seat, keeping insurance companies happy :)
It is what it is. Wasn't a complaint, or was it? Does it matter?
Rides that have no seat dividers are 'cool' because there aren't many of them and they are 'special' fun to ride. You can sit by yourself, square in the middle of the seat. It's fun; I would suggest anyone to try it.
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