PKD's wooden seleection is a-ok by me. Maybe its cause I rode Grizzly at night, but I thought Hurler and Grizzly were two of the best wooden coasters I've ever ridden. Sure beat the pants off any other Paramount wooden coaster that I know of, and a lot of Six Flags ones too (although my selection of wooden Six Flags coasters is a little short - I've yet to hit their "all stars")
In 2004? No. For 2005, just maybe. Who know's..just dont get too hopeful because PKD usually just half-asses a new concept. Volcano is still great, FoF is OK (depending on how many times you have ridden it), but Hypersonic? C'mon, they could have done alot more with it.
Wow, when the Hurler is considered one of the best wooden coasters you have ever ridden, I think you need to get out a little more..... My experience with the Hurler was nothing but pain. I would have to consider the Hurler the absolute worst wooden coaster I have ever been on, and the second worst over all (the worst hast to go to VIPER at SFGAV).
How pain? There's no shuffling, there's no head restraint to hit your head off of, there's a giant hill that builds up all kinds of speed that doesn't let up the whole way through the course.
And if you think I need to get out more, how's Kennywood and Hershey for wooden exposure? Those two are at least twice a year for me, and Hurler still beats the pants off Jackrabbit and Racer and sometimes Thunderbolt. Forget the GCIs, those are just perfection ;)
After riding PCar's wooden selection in '03, and PKD's (which is *remarkably* similar), I have no qualms about saying outright "there is NO comparison, PCar takes MUCH better care of their wood). The Hurlers seemed like two completely different rides, Thunder Road beat Rebel Yell by a WIDE margin, even the junior woodie was way better in Charlotte.
...and that is even including the fact that I got night rides at PKD, and not at PCar...
Even those surprisingly good Grizzly rides during Con were not NEARLY enough to make up the difference in *maintenance* between the two parks...just MY take, mind you.
No one knows when the next coaster will come to PKD...my guess is 05 or 06 & if it's steel then it better have more than four inversions.
Why would they add a spinning mouse when they just put in Ricochet a couple of seasons ago?(a darn good mouse if I say so myself),Ricochet was a fine choice as far as family coasters go & I was quite impressed by it when I rode it this past season.
I hardly think they'd recieve a "hand me down" coaster from one of the other parks,altthough I wouldn't mind seeing GL from PGA find it's way to the park...they could retheme it as,you guessed it King Kobra to try & recapture the park's early years when that ride was still around & was one of the most intimidating attractions PKD had during it's day & age.
Their wood selection is fine but Hurler needs to go & rebel yell should run forward again...it's also in need of some re-tracking to fix some rough spots but other than that is just fine.
As for 04...in addition to the Scooby doo ride(which is coming along rather well BTW) the park will also re-paint scooby's ghoster coaster along with Eiffel tower,both rides are in need of some paint & after that I hope SW will get some new paint or better yet just go alltogether because it's become an eyesore either way you look at it.
I couldn't agree with you more gator. In fact, I think Carowinds woodies run better than the ones at Kings Island!!
I haven't been to Kings Dominion but once, and that was in '99. The woodies there at the time ran fine, but I was comparing them to Carowinds since Rebel Yell, Hurler, and Scooby Doo are so similar to Carowinds versions. Without a doubt.....Carowinds won.
I would go on to say, Carowinds has the best running woodies in the entire chain!
When we were at PKD last April, we found the wooden coasters to range from lackluster to decent. Hurler was good- surprisingly smooth considering all of the ground-level turns. Grizzly was fast, but not exactly everything I had heard it to be. Rebel Yell was bumpy and rather slow- not at all what I expected from a John Allen coaster. We were much more impressed with the wooden coasters at SFA on our way back to NJ.