Rough Woodies

Wednesday, August 7, 2002 8:44 PM
This is not a question asking about a ride review, but is Ghostrider smooth or rough. I have been on two of the woodies that have opened within the past twelve years: Mean Streak, and Rattler. Why are they so rough? And is Ghostrider one of the woodies that hurt people when they go on it.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 8:50 PM

Not given enough TLC! Plus the re-profiling on Mean Streak took the Mean out Mean Streak.

I don't think Mean Streak is that rough, I have rode rougher woodies.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 8:54 PM
no ghostrider isnt that rough. the roughest woodie ive ever been on was Son of Beast. i had a headache for about an hour after riding that thing

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 8:55 PM
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Ghostrider is still a great ride, and although it's not what it once was, it is aging pretty well and still not get stapled if you can avoid it.....and hang on......wait times were pretty serious due to some pretty poor ops procedures, but I've heard they're running better now.....smooth but powerful, I believe KBF has a good maintenance team, (and GR was majorly structurally overbuilt, too)....

edit: also, I must add that having the far turnaround as a "swooping" turn, with changes of speed rather than the normal "flat" turnaround, adds GREATLY to the ride.....

For truly rough woodies, go up the coast to SFMM...great steel, great water rides, terrible awful wood....on a positive note (of sorts) Psyclone and Colossus have very short waits...oh, and SoB is not what it once was, we tried it again this year and found it to be MUCH better, way smoother ride than in previous years....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 9:34 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar I found GR to be very smooth. The PTC's track nicely (compared to G-trains anyway). Of course I was riding it at night (which was incredible) so it probably had a chance to warm up.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 9:47 PM

To me, Ghostrider was not bumpy at all. I think I liked it so much because I was just acustomed to Villain at my home park Sfwoa. I rode Ghostie about 2 weeks ago and the line both times was about 10 minutes tops.

That ride is hard to describe with how bumpy it is. To me it was probably the smoothest woody I've been on, but the whole ride has an awesome "out of control" feeling. Be sure to ride it in the back at night if you do ride it. That's what made me put it right behind Millie as my second favorite coaster.

I don't know if any of you have thought of this. But I think that Ghostrider is esentially the perfect coaster. It mixes the perfect amount of airtime, and the perfect amount of laterals, all packed into over 4,000 feet.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 10:39 PM

Ghost rider is supposed to smooth.

A rough woodie is the Grizzley at PGA...ouch!


Wednesday, August 7, 2002 11:14 PM
Personally, I wouldn't lable Ghostrider as one of the smooth woodies like Boulder Dash or Cornball, but I wouldn't call it rough like Mean Streak, SOB, American Eagle.... It's a fairly typical woodie from my experience on over 60 woodies, but on the smoother end of the spectrum like Zeus, Cyclops, Timbers.. The back of the train gives ya a good shaking, but that's part of the fun. That twisting bunny hop after the block brake drop is unreal.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 11:57 PM

GhostRider is pretty smooth. Now if you're looking for a beating, head on over to Raging Wolf Bobs, The Grizzly, Hercules, and Son of Beast.

If GhostRider was painful-rough, I don't think it would be constantly rated so high. Rated high as in constantly in the top 10.

I don't know if any of you have thought of this. But I think that Ghostrider is esentially the perfect coaster. It mixes the perfect amount of airtime, and the perfect amount of laterals, all packed into over 4,000 feet.

I too, have also noticed this. Just like how New England's Superman Ride of Steel is essentially the "perfect" steel coaster (minus the inversions).

GhostRider is fast paced, never lets down, has incredible laterals, isn't rough, buckwild ;), has many headchoppers, ejector air, floater airtime, out of control, has a good "breather" moment, extroadinary theming, and a "tunnel" (shaft on first drop).

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 7:38 AM

Rough riders:
1) Wolverine Wildcat - And it's not even very large.
2) Screaming Eagle
2) Hercules, at tie with SE
4) Mean Streak Much Improved Ride, Still not thrills.

SOB isn't even on the screen any more. In fact, its Dad is rougher.

Thursday, August 8, 2002 10:39 AM
Does anyone else think that the backseat of Big Dipper at SFWoA is extremely rough? I personally think that is the roughest coaster I have ever been on in my whole entire life. I thought I was going to die.
Thursday, August 8, 2002 10:43 AM
Back seat of the Thunderbolt (KW) is rather rough too - no one ever mentions that one. I love that seat to death (at least in the light ... at night, you just gotta go front) but I feel like my heads going to pop like a grape when I get off and thats about the only ride that happens to me with any sort of consistancy, not even the old Steel Phantom did that to me.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 11:07 AM
yeah, when you ride the back seat of the Thunderbolt at night, when it's all heated up, that is a top ten coaster, no doubt. Actually, my #1 woodie. There is NO breaks throughout the ride, just constantly getting banged around. It's awesome!
Thursday, August 8, 2002 11:08 AM
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I think before one asks [and answers] if Ghostrider [or any coaster] is "rough" the term "rough" needs to be defined as I feel it is commonly used in place of a more appropriate term: "aggressive."

I find Ghostrider to be a very aggressive coaster, especially in the second half. It has attitude: "we're going this way and there's nothing you can do about it." Other wood coasters I consider aggressive: Legend, Raven, Cornball Express, and Coney's Cyclone.

But none of those I've mentioned above are coasters most would consider "rough" although they can, occasionally in less optimal circumstances, offer rides that are less smooth than normal. But let's be real: its the nature of wood coasters [with the exception of the new Intamin wood products] to deliver a ride that is rougher than [most] steel coasters.

In the steel category I consider B&M's Batman aggressive and X probably the most aggressive steel coaster I've ever ridden. But most would agree both are quite smooth.

And something else we need to take into consideration: each individual's idea of what constitutes "rough." We all have different tolerance levels. Ghostrider rough? I think that its best to come to your own conclusion.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 12:27 PM
Cyclone and Hercules are the roughest I've ridden, yet I haven't ridden many. I love them both.

I lost my hat on Poison Ivy. How pathetic.

Thursday, August 8, 2002 12:33 PM

The roughest for me would be Hercules and Rolling Thunder even though I have been on RT about 50 times.


Thursday, August 8, 2002 12:39 PM
I agree with you Mamoosh. GR isn't rough as in painful, but it will grab you by your neck and slap you arond like a little bizznatch! I love that ride! If you want rough, go to SFMM and ride Whiplashclone-ERR-Psyclone.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 1:11 PM
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Matthew, agreed! Ghostie is just that..........AGGRESSIVE! A potent monster that lies in waiting for little kiddies to dare strap themselves in. It is a violent, and dare I say, dangerously frightening beast, but truly world class, and NOT rough. Everything about Ghostrider screams top-notch. The trains, the care given, and the fact that it changes shape mysteriously after dark. The first drop is an elevator straight to the depths of Hades. Amazing stuff.

BTW, I have been around....I've just been lurking. Not enough interesting topics:):):)

Thursday, August 8, 2002 1:32 PM
rough woodies? hhmmmmmmm now thats a totally unique post. really! a topic never ever brought up!
Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:55 PM
Yeah, this is a rather un-original topic, but Timber Wolf at WOF is very rough. I also thought Legend at Holiday World was rough as well.

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