New pics of an operating SOB, MF, and TimbersFest online

Posted Thursday, June 8, 2000 7:30 PM | Contributed by ShiveringTim

After a few hectic weekends, I've finally updated my site in a big way. Included in this update are pictures of Son of Beast in operation, a few interesting shots of Millennium Force, and pics from the behind-the-scenes walking tour of Shivering Timbers during TimbersFest 2000.

Link: Midwest Coaster Central

Thursday, June 8, 2000 8:32 PM
Damn those lines seem long. If anyone out there has been on SOB this year I'd like to know how long u had to wait, and more importantly if it was worth it. (I'm going to PKI next week)
Thursday, June 8, 2000 10:09 PM
If you go, go at around 12:30pm because SOB won't open until 1:00pm. My friend and I got their when it just opened. We only waited for about an hour. It is worth the wait though. I really enjoyed it. SOB was my first hyper coaster.


Can you take me higher? (CREED)
Friday, June 9, 2000 4:33 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar Actually, if they were running all three trains, that queue would only be around an hour. With one train, it's three hours.

Is it worth it? I suppose it is just for the bragging rights so you can say "I rode Sonny in the first year, before all the big changes" :)

Scott W. Short
Friday, June 9, 2000 8:01 AM
SOB can be a great coaster, but it still needs to be smoothed out around the helixs. It is way too bumpy around these turns that it actually hurts your back. I waited about 1 hour and 45 minutes, so it wasn't too bad considering only one train was on the track. Why only one train, who knows. Overall, it was a great ride with plenty of air time. I would definitely ride it again, if they fixed the helixs.
Friday, June 9, 2000 10:13 AM
Jeff's avatar Why all the problems? It's too big for a woodie. I've been saying that since they announced it. Now I get word of daily breaks for track walks in the middle of the day. Geeze! How bad will it be when they do get three trains running?

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Saturday, June 10, 2000 1:11 PM
I agree with Jeff... I don't think SOB will last very long. It would be very tragic, but I think that it is a certainty.
Saturday, June 10, 2000 6:10 PM
Well, I went the first day that it opened to the public (the recent one) and I only waited in linf for about 45 mins. I got in line just as the park opened and peeps were lining up.
Sunday, June 11, 2000 9:50 PM
I hope it is going for coaster Con the PKI add on days!!! I want to ride it during ert and only wait 10-15 minutes or less!!!!!
Monday, June 12, 2000 7:55 AM
I rode it twice last week! We waited forever becasue of the 1 train operation! It seems like they stopped it every 90min. to walk the track by the second hill. I have to say, I didnt like it. It didnt do anything for me, no air time just very bumpy! Too Rough!! +
Tuesday, June 13, 2000 4:15 PM
Hey, at least you guys got to ride it! I was there on June 3rd and as of the time I left the park at 7pm it never opened. This was on a Saturday of all days. Heard lots of rumors from locals about breaking boards, computer problems, structural name it. Some fellow coaster club pals rode it earlier that week and someone was posted all around the track measuring and checking the ride as they rode it. Freaked them out!
Tuesday, June 13, 2000 8:53 PM
Soggy's avatar Hey Shivering Tim, the shots of Shivering Timbers are really great!! I tell you, that coaster is calling out my name in a big way!! I hope I will be able to ride it in July. Actually, if all goes according to my current plan I will be on it one month from today.

Do they offer walk-backs on a regular basis? Or was that a special occasion?

Gotta ride 'em all!
Saturday, June 17, 2000 5:29 PM
i went to pki this fri and sat, sob was closed all day fri and opened at 1 (despite th park saying it would be closed all day) on sat. Thankfully i was waiting around the entrance for them to open the ride and i only had to wait 20 minutes rather than the 3 hours everyone else did. I was a little dissapointed by the ride itself. It was a very good, unique, and intense ride no doubt, but it definetily wasn't great and not up to the hype. They put u in way too tight in your seats, which takes away from what little air time the ride produces, and after the very cool first drop it's little more but an endurance test of helix after helix. The first drop and loop were great, but the ride overall just isn't that much fun. Millenium Force blows this one away, and even magnum is a better ride.
Tuesday, June 20, 2000 7:20 AM
While you have to give PKI credit for trying something cutting edge I hope that all the other parks out there take note and start building woodies like they should(keep them under the 120' mark). It's to bad the ride looks like a failure but they should have learned thier lessons from the previous builders of the huge woodies(you all know who they are). When you start running at those speeds over the natural imperfections that are found in wooden coaster track you are going to have a rough ride. In addition did PKI even consider the yearly maintenace cost of taking care of the ride so it would always be in like new condition(my personal feeling of the required level of maintenance to keep it rideable), probably not. It sure would be interesting to see what clauses were placed in the contracts for this ride and who really is going to pay the piper.

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