'Puke-a-thon' event rumored to market coasters at Islands of Adventure
Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2003 4:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Universal's Islands of Adventure is rumored to be planning a ride-until-you-can't event for their Dueling Dragons and Hulk roller coasters as a "coaster envy" marketing ploy against Disney, which will open its new Mission: Space next month.
Been there, done that, more or less, at the IAAPA social in 2001. Trust me, I did ten laps on the Dragons at night and that was about as much as I could take (until I came back later). Inverters are not the ideal rides to reride! Raptor put my limit at five during Millennium Mania, I think in 2000.
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Please, you guys are wimps (and I say that with the most love and respect :)).
I think my most is 29 in a row without leaving the train on Montu (1998, pre- block brake application) and 18 in a row without getting off on Batman the Ride SFGAm. 36 times within 6hrs on Wicked Twister for Media Day (so you KNOW it was running balls out) was pretty good too! And I believe we did 15 consecutive on SUF SFoG for a commercial shoot (they *wouldn't* let us off, like I cared lol).
I say bring that stuff on, baby!
Joe "mmmm power-riding B&Ms mmmm" C.
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I would love to do this ride-a-thon if they was willing to fly me down from TN to do it. I have told me friends that there was two ways I was going to die 1. on the meanest rollercoaster around and to my memory that would be the Crystal Beach Cyclone of the 1920's. 2. in bed with a beautiful lady. Both ways I am going out with a smile on my face. In fact SFOG and I share the same birthday 6-7-67.
Legendary, 36 rides on WT in 6 hours? That's pretty impressive. I know S:UE is a little wimpier, but I've managed 30 rides in about an hour and a half. That would be really rough to stay on an inverted that long.
Gotta agree with Joe C. on this one.....they're Beemers guys!
I know non-inverting coasters would be easier, but if I couldn't stay absolutely stationary for 6 hours on *any* B&M coaster other than the flyer, I'll turn in my ACE card...my preference, of course, would be my baby, Pyrrhock...:) ------------------ your company's name and logo HERE...effective advertising at great rates!
SLC, Mind Eraser, SFDL, 28 times in a row.... and thats the only time i've been on a coaster and just felt compeltly horibble afterwards.... lost a few hundred-thousand brain cells on that one.... It got bad after 10, but I was determined to ride it nonstop 'till closing....
I am a bit on the *wussy* side too as far as marathons, but only with woodies. I did Raptor 10 times in a row one night and it didn't bother me, although 2 times on Batman at SFMM in a row about killed me, so I guess it has to do with the coaster and what shape I am in at the moment.
Now Drop Zone 12 times in a row? THAT was heaven.
I would not mind testing my limit on Dragster though. ;-)
Greg, you have my respect man. I doubt I would ride the antique cars with food poisoning. :-)
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Hmmm, sounds fun to me. I just did 15 straight on the dragons with no problem whatsoever. Hell my 60 yr old mom did 15 in a row also. I think I topped 10 in a row on Top Gun at Carowinds just a few weeks ago so marathon riding inverts is easy for me.
Man that SFDL Dude, you the man, I wish I could have been there for that. Sounds like my 16 straight on Shockwave (may it rest in peace) at Great America.
The front row on the fire dragon is really intense - especially on immellman. I got 13 times on front row on Fire Dragon. The ice dragon does nothing to me. When I was at BGT, and got there right at opening and went on Kumba. I sat on Kumba for about 8 times in a row in the back and that was all I could take until I had a 10 minute break. When I was younger, Hulk did a lot more to me than it does now. Although I went to Sea World in February and sat on Kraken for like 30 some times, and I had no problem.
And Legendary, you were like, "oh shoot, I HAVE to ride SUF 15 times. Dang!" LOL! :D
I did 2 1/2 hours on Batman:the ride at CoasterCon last year without leaving my seat. Didn't count rides, but it had to have been alot and I was ready for alot more. I could ride inverts all day. Bring it on!
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"Been there, done that, more or less, at the IAAPA social in 2001. Trust me, I did ten laps on the Dragons at night and that was about as much as I could take (until I came back later)." Thats the truth Jeff. I did the same thing during IAAPA in 2001. But i could only take it 4 times before i got sick. That ride is to compact for a inverted for me to handle multiple times. But Incredible Hulk I could ride as many times as I could and not bother with getting sick.