I rode in the front row, because I noticed the other two still had a little "step" where if you wanted to, you could rest your feet.
You feel much more open and it feels a lot better than it used to. I'm glad they did this.
Tip: which ever row you sit in, sit near the outside. Don't sit in the middle. While there technically is no floor, there's still a blue slab of metal that sticks out, and takes away from the floorless experience of it. The reason why it's there is because of the size of the folding floor units in the station; they don't come together fully, so it's a permanent addition to the train that fills in the gap.
If you get a chance, go ride it! I went there yesterday too but it was closed... so I left. I spent less than 20 minutes in the park. Shortest trip ever! I'm glad I went back today.
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I heard some people in line saying that Kumba will go floorless also, and I just had to giggle.
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"Sheikra IS Better!"?
Better than what? Griffon? Or regular Sheikra?
THAT'S a "gimmick" I'd have gotten behind, LOL...
The biggest difference I noticed was the bar in front of the train is missing giving a slightly better front row visual. But in the things I consider most important there was no difference - the airtime was exactly the same as before, and the speed and intensity seemed exactly the same.
Like Gator said, ending the practice of slowing the train to a COMPLETE STOP on the midcourse would be the biggest improvement they could make IMO, as this would improve the pacing of the ride and carry more speed into the second half.
Still, as overhyped as this whole conversion seems to be, I would have to agree that it will be a "good business decision" for the park if the big "floorless Sheikra" marketing campaign increases attendance.
By basically "relaunching" Sheikra as a "new" ride all over again, this will probably buy them more time before they feel compelled to add another major thrill ride. Which, for my taste would hopefully be the long-awaited B&M hyper, which is noticably missing from the central Florida market despite its reputation of being the "B&M showroom".
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