California's Great America, Santa Clara, California, USA
So I ran over after work to grab a couple laps on RailBlazer during season pass preview "week" and got 3 rides: back red, row 6 red, and back yellow. Overall I was impressed with the engineering of the ride, but not particularly with the experience. The air on the first drop is RMC insane and the first dive loop-ish turn around is nice. The twisted hill has really great air but then the helix has punishing positive G's. Granted, it's not for very long, but I definitely started to grey out on the edges of my vision. The drop off the mid course flat part is really great, but then the cut back, zero-g, and banked turn are all just sort of...meh. I don't particularly like inversions (get off my lawn) or hangtime or positive G's and the last half of the ride was just a big mix of all of that. With the super snappy transitions all over the place and cloth/strap OTSR's, I got a little bit of irritation on my collar bones.
In summary, it's very much a B:TR style ride but with major air. It has some moments of very strong positive G's but mostly what it has is very rapid transitions. It's so compact and doesn't lose much speed, so it feels like you're in a blender by the end of it. It is sort of weird to sit on the brake run by yourself without anyone to talk to.
I should also mention that in the last banked turnaround, it felt like there were some potholes in the track. I rode in both trains and there were some pretty jarring bumps.
Overall, I think I'm going to give it a low 4 stars. If it's a short line, I'll ride it again, but I'm certainly not going to wait more than 30 minutes unless someone else I'm with really wants to ride it. Capacity was not a huge issue, but the line was only about 40 people deep at any point. They were assigning seats and filling the train. I have no idea why they thought a 3rd train was going to be useful.Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:27 PM
No one to talk to. That’s, like, my worst nightmare.
Let’s think of other peculiarities around a single-seat train. I think having nothing at all to your left or right would be weird. It has to feel precarious, especially on the turn after the lift.
Plus, with eight passengers if you scream like a girl you’ll be easily spotted and identified.
Andy, if you go with someone who absolutely has to ride just send em in by themselves. After all, by the time they sit down they’ll forget all about you.
No one to talk to. That's, like, my dream.
Kidding. Sort of. That kind of ride is perfect for me if I happen to be in the park by myself. Sitting by myself in the front car won't look nearly as pathetic to everyone in the station as it does when there's an empty seat next to me. Score!
Andy- Did you use the Single Rider Line? That could make the wait even shorter...
I don't know if it was the lack of people on a given train or the single file seating, but there was a noticeable lack of screaming on the drops and lack of laughing on the brake run. Even Superman at SFDK, which seats 12 to a train, is much louder.
You should’ve been with me at SWO one day when the park was dead. I got on the Atlantis water ride and I was the only one in the boat. After the big drop the ride takes a big turn out front and there I was, big fat pathetic Loser with a capital L cruising by a big crowd of onlookers.
Ugh. I did my best to look busy...
No one cares that you're riding alone except for you.
Except I stood up in the boat and waved.
Thank you for your description!
Now HERE is a more useful way to rank coasters, by the longest wait you would suffer for it. Then again, there are so many factors in play.
Update, I got to ride a few times in a row with walk-on conditions with my son the other day. As long as I was ready for the collar bone abrasion, the ride was quite enjoyable. Now a high 4 stars, but I'd probably ride it again for a 20 minute wait.
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