Pics of a unique loop that doesn't go upside down

Thursday, March 12, 2009 7:45 PM

I'm a Disney fanboy, and I agree with Gonch.

That is all. :)

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 8:04 PM

Lord Gonchar said:


Meh + Blah = Thank God for the Goofy coaster at MK or this would be the lamest coaster at WDW.

Even worse than the overbraked Primeval Whirl? Yikes. I actually think Everest is third to Mummy and Fire Dragon in Orlando. Eeeenteresting!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:04 PM

Yeah, I was underwhelmed by EE as well. My wife liked it, but she didn't know it went backwards so the surprise probably helped.

Not that I think it's a bad coaster... I thought it was good, actually. I just didn't think it was great, and I expected much more.

I still like it better than both Primeval Whirls and RnRC, though, so I guess it's only my 4th least favorite at WDW, but also my 4th favorite. :)

(Goofy coaster gets points because my 2-yr old loved it and made me ride it about 10x.)

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:09 PM

I'm not generally a fan of travelling backwards, but for me EE has some of the most powerful backwards motion around. I got a little queasy after one particularly fruitful day of Fastpassing and getting in about a half-dozen trips inside an hour. The forward travelling motion offers surprisngly little other than "the drop". But I've been known to sucker for OTPs before... ;)

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Friday, March 13, 2009 12:13 AM

Maybe I tend to add the experience with the engineering. Something new and different.. It satisfies that. I dont just rely on only the sensation I get.. I add in the fact that the lift hill is engineered where you dont hear the anti roll-back, and the track that switches direction 2 times.

You cant name a coaster that satisfies that newness in technology..

But I work in an engineering word as well so I guess it goes with my territory.

Once again... To each his own.

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Friday, March 13, 2009 12:13 AM
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Friday, March 13, 2009 1:13 AM

Florida- Tampa, not Orlando, is where I would go to for solid rides. Over the years, Orlando conjured up Ice and Fire (I prefer Ice). Kraken dissapointed, Hulk was pleasant, but meanwhile Kumba and Montu delivered... Manta looks nice, but if it's anything like the Supermen, I'll pass. This here Universal Studios concoction looks pretty persuasive. I wouldn't visit the park for Mummy alone, but this looks like it's too good to pass.

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Friday, March 13, 2009 3:01 AM

Jeff said:
Really? The backward part of Everest freaks me out.

Agreed. I started to 'grey' (gray?) out the first time and I knew it went backwards.

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Friday, March 13, 2009 12:17 PM

That loop is strange.

Reminds me of a reverse zero g-roll on top of a loop.

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Friday, March 13, 2009 12:49 PM

I was also underwhelmed by EE. I loved RnR, though. And i enjoy Primeval Whirl quite a bit.

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Friday, March 13, 2009 1:14 PM

I'm with you, Andy.

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Friday, March 13, 2009 3:45 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Not enough elements or storytelling to be a good dark/adventure ride and not really fun or exciting enough to be a good coaster.

Precisely how I feel about Everest, a missed opportunity IMO.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009 11:44 PM

I also felt that EE had "something" missing to it. I felt like there would be pops of air when there weren't (especially on that big drop in the back seat). I also felt like the ride was a little too "controlled" as opposed to the runaway styles of Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain. I wound up riding it 4 times in 2007, but still came off of it with the same thoughts. But dont get me wrong, it's still a great ride.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009 12:07 AM

Agreed with the comments about Everest. I was expecting some crazy finale with the Yeti but all I got was a little strobe light that flashed on a non-operational Yeti. A solid ride, yes, but the rides at Epcot and Hollywood Studios impressed me much more.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009 3:43 PM

The yeti is really cool when he is working. But the problem is you fly right past him an dont even see him much. But he has not been working for a while now and i have heard that he wont be fixed for a while too.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009 3:56 PM

Yeah, I read the same. No hurry to get him out of 'B' mode. What a waste.

Even back then, I questioned building what was at the time the most advanced animatronic ever just so people could blow by it in an instant. I remember before the ride opened all the hype around the Yeti ("We've even created a Yeti smell!") and then to find out you blew right by the damn thing made it all seem like overkill.

Now with the stationary Yeti it seems like that's what they should've done all along. Could've saved a lot of time and money.

I dunno, I guess I just don't get this one.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009 9:07 PM

THe more complicated effects on Mummy seem to be the same way. When even Disney and Universal are "Paramounting" the theming (going WAY too far in initial construction and promptly negelecting what is probably pretty intensive maintenance), then you can tell times aren't good in Orlando. At least Universal can make the claim that they're busy doing other things... ;)

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Sunday, March 15, 2009 11:34 PM

The first animated mummy was down on two visits in 2006, but he seems to be back consistently now.

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Monday, March 16, 2009 12:18 AM

Jeff said:
The first animated mummy was down on two visits in 2006, but he seems to be back consistently now.

He hasn't been working for a good few months now. They have a projected image that looks real cheesy that takes his place. To give Universal credit newly-reopened Jurassic Park River Adventure looks good as ever and everything (including the doors...!) were working on my ride last week.

As for the Yeti, its a shame it doesn't work how it was designed to. I've ridden it in "A" mode and got the chance to stand right under it once and damn the thing is impressive. Word on the street is that in order to fix him it requires a new foundation (his current foundation and support structure is massive) which would cause the ride to go down for a bit of time and that is something Animal Kingdom management does not want to happen right now.

The non-inverting loop on Rockit looks crazy in person. The coaster itself just looks really impressive in person (and much larger than I would have imagined... it certainly has a huge station). I can see the top of Rockit's tower some 5 or so miles away.

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Monday, March 16, 2009 5:47 PM

Re Lord Gonchar,

Agreed about Everest but what are we comparing it against when we talk Disney coaster? Thunder Mountain? I think it works as a nice family coaster that's slightly more thrilling (or at least more interesting) than Thunder Mountain. I don't think you can expect much more from Disney although I did walk away from it with the same sort of "meh" feeling.

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Monday, March 16, 2009 11:25 PM

@ Andrew above...

The mummy effect was working as of last week for 2 days straight during my visit.

I can also say that RockIt is HUGE in person and looks like it is going to be an amazing ride that Universal desperately needed.

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