I remember thinking when Top Thrill DRAGster debuted that it would be hilarious if Cedar Point thought to pull of a stunt like this... but somehow I don't think that the "girls" would be able to hold on to their wigs at 120mph. And can you imagine being smacked in the eye with a chandelier earring or a false eyelash? Ouch!
I don't know... aside from this amusing publicity stunt, RITA doesn't look all that exciting to me. I appreciate that the park wanted to try something different with a hydraulic launch coaster, but I think that this sort of layout and top speed would have been far more interesting if they had utilized the motorbike concept.
What a well thought out publicity stunt for a coaster - eye catching, hurts nobodies feelings really, makes people talk, looks fun, radiating positive energy... and people had fun doing it as well. Perfect.
I saw the video clips of this ride testing a week or so ago and it looked pretty fun to tell you the truth. It just goes to show ya' that it doesn't have to be 500 feet tall or have a dozen inversions to be fun. :) As far as the drag queen promotion: What a funny idea this is. I laughed my arse off lookin' at the queens holdin on to their wigs. What a hoot. What a difference an ocean apart makes them from us huh?