Of the coasters that are still operating, which one would you have liked to have ridden before it was modified. The two that come to mind for me are the Texas Giant and the Rattler. I've heard that the Giant was a wild ride and the first drop on the Rattler was absolutely incredible before the bottom was raised.
The Steel Phanton was in my crosshairs for a ride (and in a way it still is) but since they've taken all the inversions out (and why on earth would they do that?) I've lost a lot of interest in the ride. But if I come across a chance to ride Phanton's Revenge, then maybe i'll give it a spin.
krazy pete said: The Steel Phanton was in my crosshairs for a ride (and in a way it still is) but since they've taken all the inversions out (and why on earth would they do that?) I've lost a lot of interest in the ride.
Well, the short answer is, the Steel Phantom beat the living crap out of you. It was a great concept, but the technology of the time just wasn't ready for it.
The Phantom's Revenge is a lot more fun, and far more re-rideable. And since fun is what this is supposed to be about... Sorry if you've lost interest, but that's your loss. Many people find it to be a FAR superior ride, including the general public that's the source of funds for these parks.
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I would have loved to have ridden Chippewa Lake's coaster. It's less than 10 minutes from my house and I've visited it quite a few times (though none since the ballroom fire..) It's really sad to see the park in its current state, it looked like such a happy, laid-back place.
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I personally pretty much hate Arrow loopers, just because they are designed so bad. The genral idea is an A but the execution is and F. I was @ kennywood when the Steel Phantom was open but it had just opened when i had to leabve. But I have ridden Phantom's Revenge and I personally think that it is one of the best steel coasters out there. It is a steel version of Cornball Express, may not be real tall, and is relatively short, but in the front you get 8 moments of air.
Without question it would have been Mean Streak, before they put the trim brakes in! I know pretty much everyone hates it now and that poor design necessitated the modifications. However, I bet that coaster really lived up to its amazing visuals before the structural issues forced the changes. Does anyone have any fond memories of this coaster?
I'd also liked to have had a go on Son of Beast prior to the mods, just to see what all the fuss was about :-) Was it really that violent?
Talon: why was Drachen Fire removed? Your reason appears to have been edited! :-)
Drachen Fire was removed because people were getting injured on the ride. The coaster seems to have been (or become, now that it's defunct) a modern version of the Crystal Beach Cyclone. I went to BGW twice when the coaster was running, both times before (evidently) the REAL problems with roughness emerged, and I must confess that I enjoyed the coaster immensely. But from what I have heard/read, the coaster simply did not age well at all.
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Actually Mean Streak was never that spectacular, there was only ever one spot of air which is still there even with the trims. The second half was quite a bit better when teh midcourse didn't hit so hard, but it still just seemed to amble along, there were never many forces at all exerted on your body. It really was a lot like a giant wooden mine train in those regards.
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