But they didn't stop there. At either end of the signs there are circles containing Height of lift 98ft./Height of first drop 88ft. and Speed 60mph and then on the other end Giant Coaster 1917-1985 and underneath Wild One 1986-present. I may have some of the wording a little bit wrong, but you get the idea. Hopefully enough people will read the signs and there won't be so many lapbar rechecks due to someone not putting on their seatbelt. I think it's also great that a lot more people will know about Wild One's past.
Also new and interesting was a white security booth that goes up on a scissors jack and has dark tinted windows. This was sitting in the left-hand corner (facing the park) of the first parking lot and was labeled Post 7. From this vantage point the person can monitor both the first parking lot and the first overflow lot. I can only assume it was in response to the recent parking lot shooting.
I have gotten some *sub-par* rides on Wild One, and I have gotten some that were "Near Top Ten material". As much as ANYONE out there, I'd love to see it, and T-Hawk, restored to what they once were....but since that's likely not happening, I *am* happy to enjoy them for what is still there. Neither of them has been tamed to the degree of say HP's Comet....yet. And they're doing WAY better than the John Miller rotting away in Ohio...:(
So, overall, I'll take Wild one for what it still is, AND I'll have a tinge of regret for what it was, and could be again..
Someone can correct me on this, but word has it that it was Wild World who added the helix back onto the ride from a postcard, since the original burned in a fire. Is this just myth, rumor, or fact? I could see getting upset if you've really ridden the original, but for most of us, we haven't and so we'll take the highly re-rideable woodie that Wild One is.
Anyway, I do know the helix was there when WW built the coaster, I'm not sure if it was restored by WW or if it was there before it was moved from Paragon Park.
I-Fan, they forgot one thing in their instructions that would speed things up. Put the blame backpacks in the cubby holes before you sit down in the train and pull the lap bar down. If everyone would follow this relatively simple concept it would greatly improve capacity and reduce the number of lap bar rechecks.
Glad SFA add the extra signs. I love the fact they added some of the stats for the coaster, a little bit of history and the directions. Way to go. Hope to see all of when I'm at the park tomorrow.
For those wondering what I-Fan is refering to with the new security tower, here is a photo I snapped a couple of weeks ago.
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Kinda like the Schmeck up the road at Dorney...As much as ANYONE out there, I'd love to see it, and T-Hawk, restored to what they once were....
and don't forget Schmeck's COMET at SFGE. I hear it went through the butchering machine. What a damn shame too. It was my number one woodie between 1994-1999. Not sure where it would be now that they have reconfigured those signature "turn hills"...as I call them.
All I remember of Adventure World was passing by it on the way to King's Dominon, Hanna Barbara era, (which is kinda tricky to say, LOL). That was before Giant Coaster even left Massachusetts, around '82-ish.
Wild One, when wet, really *slid* through the pre-helix brake, which made the finish really nice. HP's Comet, in an absolute downpour, still "locked up" and bored us to tears on what I'm certain was once a fabulous Schmeck ending.
The Wild One used to be a really out-of-control coaster and definitely remains as one of my favorite wooden coasters. I think the ride's glory years were probably after the first drop was shortened by about nine feet and before SF reprofiled the rest of the course. In those days, the ride really MOVED and there was good to extreme air on every hill, along with two spots of insane air combined with lateral slams. I always found the ending, after the train passed under the lift, to be a bit anticlimactic, but if you caught the ride at the end of a warm day it was an experience that really lived up to its name from start to finish.
Still, it's a decent ride these days, just nowhere near what it used to be. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the Comet at HP. Rounding the station turn and seeing all those bunny hills coming up you just know it's going to be fun and then wham! that brake hits and the ending is totally ruined. Too bad. :(
This sounds pretty impressive to me. I'm on vacation or I would run out and grab some pictures for everyone. In addition to the above improvements the park has reworked the queue and adding a sign above the park giving instructions on how to ride, the stats of the ride and it's past names and operating dates at it's former and new parks.
The ride has finally gotten the respect it deserves! As you approach the entrance ramp there's a sign above the safet rules sign that says "The Wild One" and below the sign it says "Established in 1917" At the top of the first part of the ramp is a 3X4 foot sign with a pic of the ride when it was at Paragon Park, and historical verbage about it. at the top of the 2nd ramp is a pic of the Wild One and the story of it's transfer to "a small waterpark called Wild World" As you turn to go down the 1st switchback you see 3 two sided signs which give you brief descriptions of 6 SF Woodies. New England Thunderbolt, SFFT Rattler, SFOG GASM, SFMM Colossus, SFGadv Rolling Thunder, SFOT Texas Giant. then at the end of the 1st switchback a sign showing the reprofiled turn around, which made the ride faster by a few MPH."
Something to look at during ACE and Coaster Zombies Night Superman ERT in September.
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I moved the post to this thread after it was pointed out it was a similar topic. *** Edited 7/11/2005 12:27:50 PM UTC by coasterguts***
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