Ride of Steel's question about others looking backwards when riding gave me a thought.I think more parks should turn their coasters around to run backwards to enhance the ride experience and give something new to experience for that ride. Obviously, some coasters such as the Racer at PKI make it normal operation for one of the sides to run backwards, but what would your pick be for the best coaster to run bacwards. I would love to ride MF at Cedar Point this way. The first drop would be something looking backwards!!
Wow, I think MF would be pretty exciting backwards. Unfortunately, many riders are much more likely to become ill from riding backwards. I know several people who get motion sickness that way and can't even ride in the backward seat they used to put station wagons. I myself get a little queesey (sp?) riding the Racer backwards sometimes.
Also, the forces on several coasters might be dangerous without something to hold your body upright against the seat since your body would be falling away when it normally would be pinned into the seats if riding forward and vice-versa. I think only specific rides can safely be operated backwards.
The first drop on American Eagle is quite a rush going backwards. I can only imagine trying that on Millie.
They'd also have to completely reconfigure a lot of the hardward in the station and on the trains. I believe on rides like PKI's Racer they pretty much just turned the train around without many other modifications. Gemini would be a lot more complicated.
Gemini is no doubt a decently smooth ride, but the transitions are far from perfect. A few years ago, when I was riding with a group of friends, we decided to ride with our eyes closed... even that was a painful experience! The bumpy trains, the jerk that you get going from a turn to a hill, and the oddly designed helix would kill people if they rode the thing backwards...
The problem is that pretty much every coaster that does run backwards, Jester at SFNO comes to mind, is horrible. Look at racing coasters that have one side running backwards, the forward line is usually about 3 times as long.
Indiana Jones adventure at disney world paris I believe once was forwards and now changed to going backwards( correct me if I am wrong maybe its some other ride I am thinking of?) They had to widen the radius of all the turns and have the forces less intense when going backwards. My point going backwards maybe fun but you would lose the feeling of speed and high G's on rides that go backwards.
They rean the Screaming Eagle at SFStL backwards for a Halloween season a few years back. It was okay. Thunderation's (Silver Dollar City) backwards seats are pretty fun though. Best backwards ride I've ever had.
ThuNderaTion has only two cars turned facing backwards, and I belive that they are the 3rd and 5th cars (I think there are a total of 7 or 8 cars to the train). I honestly don't see why they couldn't do this to other coasters.
batman side of batman and robin the chiller is awesome backwards. When you go up the hill and head backwards its awesome. there is nothing like going up the top hat backwards and looking down at the ground as you are going up .