SFGAm Coaster Descriptions

Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:00 AM

I'm familiar with Deja Vu, V2 and Batman coasters and their restraints, and also with woodies such as Viper and American Eagle.

But I'm curious about the restraints on Shockwave, and Demon. Do both of these have OSTR's?

The one thing I wish to avoid on my upcoming trip next week is letting my hubsand get bashed about early on. I doubt he'll ride Iron Wolf as he dispises Mantis. Unless the wait is 20 minutes or less, he'll opt out. He's also NOT a fan of Corkscrew at CP due to headbanging in the OSTR's.

What about Whizzer?

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:12 AM

Shockwave and Demon both have OTSR's. Expect to get headbanged on Shockwave, especially after the loops in the sharp left turn.

Demon, however, IMHO isn't that bad as far as headbanging...

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Goodbye Whizzer, dear friend. You set me rolling many years ago into this fun hobby...

RIP Whizzer: 1976 - 2002

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:15 AM
Whizzer only has seatbelts.

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Whizzer 1976-2002
I'll forgive you for scaring the hell out of me when your train stalled at the top of the lift when I was 6.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:20 AM
Thanks!! I think I'll ride Shockware alone and we'll do Demon late in the day.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:26 AM

Also, to avoid being slammed severely into the OTSR on Shockwave, sit toward the back of the train. This minimizes the insane sharp turn into the midcourse brakes after the 3rd loop.

Also, sit in the back of the train on Demon to get some seriously violent ejector air down the first drop. Looking at the drop from the ground, you wouldnt think it could pull this off but it does.

Lastly, the park as of the last 2 weeks has been pretty crowded every day of the week. Try to get there early to knock out at least 1 ride on Deja-Vu before the long lines build.

Hope you have fun.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:36 AM
SFGAm IMO has only 2 coasters that bang my head around at all. They are Iron Wolf and Shockwave. I recommend that you make Shockwave one of your last coasters too. And bring pain reliever! Just in case. Some people get lucky and dont get banged around much. I do pretty badly however. I still after all these years cant figure out how to ride Shockwave and not get a headache.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:42 AM

Shockwave Rules

Chuck, who considers it and BTR the only INTENSE coasters there but really likes Viper and Bull, not to mention Whizzer

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Charles Nungester.
Visit Lesourdsville Lake Park phone is (513)539-2193

*** This post was edited by Charles Nungester on 8/1/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 6:08 AM

American Eagle is supposedly a racing coaster, but when I was there they couldn't seem to send both sides out together... Oh well thats six flags for you...

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Yes I'm 15, no I'm not childish, I'm not being sarcastic, well maybe I do have somewhat of an ego...

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 6:15 AM

They were racing the Eagle yesterday when I was there. It depends on the ride-ops.

Scott--- who actually enjoyed being stuck on the Eagle lift hill backwards

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""To be the man, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!, You got to beat the man""!!!

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 6:29 AM
What a relief, I was wondering why they built two of them side by side! (sarcasm) I even asked one of them to race the coasters and they just looked at me.

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Yes I'm 15, no I'm not childish, I'm not being sarcastic, well maybe I do have somewhat of an ego...

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 8:39 AM

Well at least they paid some attention to you. But like ChiTown said some ride ops will race and others won't. One ride op told me this year they will only race them when both trains are in the station at the same time, so people aren't stuck sitting in one train waiting for the other side. Alot of times its really hard to race Eagle because of the buzzbars, there are always people getting stuck in them and the ops have to go around and get them out.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 8:45 AM
CPLady,

from your fellow old-school CP'er

Shockwave is definitely on the rough side. It has OTSR's, but at least the headrest pad is placed high. The bottom edge of the pad on Corkscrew always rubs me wrong right between the shoulder blades (at 6'3").

Demon is a LOT like the Corkscrew in terms of general feel. The OTSR's and headrest pad are just like Corkscrew. Demon is much better on theming though.

If your hubby doesn't like the Mantis (due to roughness) then he would despise the Wolf.

The Whizzer is a fantastic ride. It's a custom layout through the trees of the same train/track style as the ol' Jumbo Jets.

Later,
EV
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Thursday, August 1, 2002 8:53 AM

Chitown said:

Scott--- who actually enjoyed being stuck on the Eagle lift hill backwards



What time did you get stuck on the lift? Was it Wednesday? Because around 8, the ride after me got struck on the lift.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 9:25 AM

Thanks, EchoVictor! I'd asked in another thread if Whizzer was like CP's old Jumbo Jet, but the answer made it sound like something completely different. If the layout is different, but track/trains are the same, I'm sure my husband (6'4") will want to ride Whizzer just for "old time's sake".

Although I want to ride all the coasters, I think we'll leave Shockwave and Demon for last, or at the very least, I'll ride them as a single. We'll be there Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday.

Since you are 6'3", what do you thing my husband's chances are of riding V2 and Deja Vu? He doesn't have a big belly, but all his height is in his body, and he's got broad shoulders.

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 12:12 PM

CP lady, Deja Vu's restraints are the same if not bigger sized than Face Off so your hubby should have no problems, V2 on the otherhand is very ????????

Chuck, who says wait for the second row of the front seat on Deja Vu for a incredible visual

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 2:46 PM

MF#1RB#2BVL said:


What time did you get stuck on the lift? Was it Wednesday? Because around 8, the ride after me got struck on the lift.



Yep, I was stuck on that train. We were up there for about 10-15 minutes. It is awkward being stuck when the train is backwards because you start sliding forward. My daughter at first was freaking out but I explained to her that they would have us up and running soon. She finally enjoyed herself up there because everybody was laughing and having a good time. The view at the time with the sun going down and everything lit up was pretty cool. We must have had about 5 forward red trains pass us and we had people saying things like "The food and drinks are on the way!" and "Do you need a lift?" and "Got car troubles?"

Everytime a red train would go down the lift, the whole hill shook. Kind of freaky. :)

When they finally got us going after hearing the buzzing reset button endless times, the whole train was cheering the whole ride. We got into the station and everyone was cheering for us. A couple supervisors were on hand to apologize for the inconvenience and gave us free drink coupons. I will save them for my next trip.

As Jeff would say: "Good times, good times" ;)

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 4:45 PM

You know what? In order to create a more perfect visit, you could save yourself a half hour or so by finding a hard peace of wood and repeatedly hitting it with your head, instead of riding Shockwave.

I'm only 1/2 kidding.

Shockwave is somewhat like a train wreck to me. One of those deals where you have a strong, strong desire to ride it, just so you can see what everyone else is talking about. Once you get off, you tell yourself that, out of the horrendousness of the experience, you never, ever want to do it again.

One cannot experience the same sort of pain on any coaster other than Shockwave and GASM. None of the new Arrow loopers are that bad, none of the old ones WERE that bad. Imagine riding your least favorite Vekoma SLC w/o the pillows.

That said, Demon is most certainly not the same way. Demon is quite enjoyable (read: lack of turns/extreme pos. g's) and has one of the best first drops in the park. (back)

Iron Wolf is actually a bit smoother than it used to be. Not as intense as Mantis (not as big) but a bit rougher. If you want to ride, do it in the middle, towards the middle of the train for the least painful ride. Front isn't bad either, because you can brace yourself for each turn (especially after the faux-brake run).

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Friday, August 2, 2002 2:18 AM
I was there yesterday (Thursday, I just got back) and I agree, the only coasters which I got banged on were Iron wolf (really bad) and Shockwave (moderate).

Deja Vu really surprised me with a very smooth ride in the back. However, the people who rode in the front were banged a bit. So I would suggest riding in the back.

Viper, a great woodie. Great airtime when I rode. Surprisingly very enjoyable in seat 2-3

American Eagle.. I rode both front and backwards in seat 3-1. Both were enjoable but Backwards was smoother.

Batman.. I can see how this might bang certain people. A decent ride, but I like raptor better.

Whizzer, a great little coaster. "Woodstock express on Steriods" my one friend described it. And only loose seatbelts, a nice ride. To bad it is going.

And finally for this post... Raging Bull. The surprise of the day. I rode back row in the early afternoon and front row at closing... bith rides were ultra smooth and amazing. This coaster easily made it into my top 5 on the first ride. Definately my favorite "Hyper." On the last ride I followed a ladies advice on how to ride (a lady of about 35 or so... I was surprised to see her enthusiasm about the ride, as she was only with a friend of the same age).* Anyway, she advised riding in the front and fully extending your legs and arms straight out while going over and down the first hill.. Oh my gosh, that was AMAZING! With the unique B&M restraints, It was like I was floating the whole time. Once again, Raging Bull is GREAT. I wish it was located closer to home....

V2 has been closed this week, no report. 2nd generation Impluse, what can I say anyway?

*explination: It is not often that someone older then myself (I am 23), much less a women who is a complete stranger with no kids, Gets all giddy in the cue and starts doing the "you gotta try this" or "you gotta try that" type things to random people. Usually you see this with the High school kids, or amongst groups of friends. I found it interesting.

*** This post was edited by James K on 8/2/2002. ***

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Friday, August 2, 2002 5:32 AM

Hey, I'm 48 and get all "giddy" in the queues too. I'm always giving people hints on riding the coasters at CP. Of course, this embarasses the heck outta my 16 year old son who thinks I really ought to act my age. This is also why he plans on dumping the parents as soon as he meets up with his friend. He'll be stuck with us on Tuesday evening.

On the other hand, my husband likes coasters, but is far from being an enthusiast. He gets bored and doesn't consider hour long waits worth the ride for most coasters, and definitely not worth the wait for a headbanging looper. I'm pretty willing to ride just about anything once, and can generally "prepare" myself for any possible headbanging turns/loops. I never ride with my hands up on a looper. That's just asking for headbanging.

For this trip, anyway, he says he will ride everything he can fit in, and after the descriptions I've seen, we'll likely make our last three coasters Demon, Iron Wolf and Shockwave in that order. That way if he does get banged up, it will be at the end of the day and not the beginning.

My husband's problem with standups, at least with Mantis, is he can never seem to get the seat into a comfortable position. All of his height is in his body, not legs, and he seems to end up riding on his crotch.

I'm curious abut Raging Bull. I know it's a hyper, but I was imagining different trains...ones that wouldn't allow you to "fully extend your legs straight out". Can you only do this in the front?

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Friday, August 2, 2002 6:02 AM
You can extend your legs out in every row of Raging Bull. That is how I ride it in the back row, legs out, hands up, it is like flying. You will wish every hyper coaster had cars like the B&M speed coasters after riding one. The seats are also ultra comfortable. It is like taking your Lazy Boy on an extreme ride!

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"So you think your'e really brave, gonna see the DEMONS cave.
You silly dude, your'e only food, for the DEMON"

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