Sunday, June 13, 2004 5:28 PM
I am doing a video on rollercoasters for my senior project so I got a quick start by running down to Myrtle Beach to film Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom. It was fairly crowded and the were running only one train, the red one, and it ran full everytime. The glorious Philly Toboggan train looked great and to make a long story short, the ride kicks Hurricane's wooden butt. It is so much better maintained and features great airtime, especially for its size. I rode front and had a great ride, just wish they'd get rid of that ugly green and go with red or blue. Swamp Fox gets a **** (out of 5).
I was going to film at the Pavilion, as Hurricane isn't worth riding again after last summer's bad trip, but the traffic was hell. They seemed to be running one train and doing it fairly fast. I did see Rainbow running, which I haven't seen in a while.
Stay tuned for Great Adventure, Hershey, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Here are the pics I took:
http://community.webshots.com/album/156425496VZPwYR *** Edited 6/26/2004 3:17:16 AM UTC by Willh51***
Sunday, June 13, 2004 5:42 PM
Swamp Fox is a great sea side coaster. If there was room, a great B&M would look great there as well.
Sunday, June 13, 2004 6:37 PM
I've really never heard any bad comments that are meritable about Swamp Fox. John Allen really didn't build/design any *bad* coasters like Curt Summers did. I've always heard good reviews of the coaster from friends. Why I haven't ridden that coaster yet escapes me because I want, and need to. Glad to hear it's running well and still popular.
Wood Coaster Fan Club - coming to a park near you
Sunday, June 13, 2004 8:40 PM
I'm headed to Myrtle Beach tomorrow for Beach Week (after graduating high school). I'm gonna go to both Myrtle Beach Pavilion and take a quick spin on the Swamp Fox as well. I'll probably spend more time at MBP.
Sunday, June 13, 2004 11:07 PM
I am doing a video on rollercoasters for my senior project so I got a quick start by running down to Myrtle Beach to film Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom. The glorious Philly Toboggan train looked great and to make a long story short, the ride kicks Hurricane's wooden butt.
AMEN! The Pavilion should take lessons from Family Kingdom on maintaining a wooden coaster. I've been riding the Pavilion's Hurricane since opening day in 2000, but last October the ride nearly killed me. The back seat was so rough I had to finish the night out in the front seat which was much more tolerable. I think part of Hurricane's problem are those God awful Gerstlauer trains.
Friday, June 25, 2004 11:17 PM
I just thought I'd put the two measly pics I took for the heck of it. I'll do more for Six Flags Great Adventure and some others soon.
Saturday, June 26, 2004 10:51 AM
The Swamp Fox is definitley a hidden gem of a coaster. It's hard to beat getting to the top of the lift hill and being able to look directly out over the ocean. Very cool. While I may have to do some driving to get to any of the larger parks here in the south, it's still nice to know that I've got a nice little woodie only an hour away.
Sunday, June 27, 2004 8:10 PM
I visited Swamp Fox less than two weeks ago and I also enjoyed the ride greatly. There was some excellent airtime in the ride. I took a front seat ride figuring that it would consist of most the airtime.
I had a TR somewhere where I talked about that and the Hurricane.