The first ride of the day was around 2. The wait was about 10 minutes with one train operation. We sat in the second to last row. To be honest I found the first ride to be completely underwhelming overall. The first drop provided a very nice pop of airtime. The bridge gave a slight hint of air. Again a slight hint on the way back. Then everything from that point on was totally mediocre. The train was moving at a speed at which it provided very little excitement in the banked turn and the small bunny hills. I got off dissappointed.
We returned to RFII around 5:30. There was a 2-3 train wait. This time we sat in the middle. I sat on the right hand side of the train. Wow... what a difference!! I dont know whether it was just that it was later in the day and the ride had warmed up or if the experience is better the further towards the front you sit but it was a whole different experience. The laterals were strong, and the moments of mild airtime I had earlier were now close to ejector air. When we pulled back into the station I looked at Cindy and could just say "whoa!". I was startled at the difference.
I rode one more time solo and I saw a group of people from the website www.coasterfriends.com and they took some pictures of the train as it ascended the lift. I took the third ride once again seated near the middle and the ride was just as intense as the second ride.
Waldameer and GG have a winner on their hands.
I just wish we had some nicer wooden coasters here in Ohio.
What I liked about the front seat: some nice moments of air (none I'd call ejector) including the nice floater air on both bridge passes and the bunnies on the lower post-bridge run, a nice moment of lateral/air on the s-hill prior to the 90* turn, the amazing view of the lake, and some headchoppers due to the tunnels.
What I did not like about the front seat: the painful slam into the left side of the car on the direction change entering the turnaround and the lack of any air on the first and second drops.
What I liked about the back seat: more and better air than the front seat including excellent air on both the first and second drops, plus floater air on both bridge passes, airtime pops on the bunnies on the first return run, and the air/lateral combo on the aforementioned s-hill.
What I did not like about the back seat: honestly nothing.
The end of the ride is a wash, as I didn't feel either end of the train offered much of anything from the 90* turn to the final brake run.
Maybe its that I vastly prefer air over laterals, a great view, or any sense of "out of control" one might get sitting in row 1.
A few days earlier I spent two days at Holiday World, and during ERT exclusively rode Voyage except for a "courtesy" lap or 2 on Raven (which was in stellar shape with not an ounce of shuffle or bounce) and Legend (which, with its heavy sustained laterals, did absolutely nothing for me).
Anyway y'all can have the front seat on RFII. It means fewer waiting for the row I want :)
Honestly the ride is amazing no matter where you sit.
Sadly, BB is the only GG coaster that I have not rode... A flight to Texas just isn't in the cards right now.
Here is my ranking of the GG rides I have rode:
1 - Voyage (for the sheer greatness of it)
2 - RFII (more re-rideable than Voyage)
3 - Hades (Incredible ride, but in need of second half re-tracking)
*** Edited 6/5/2008 6:13:23 PM UTC by Josh M***
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