Some good footage of the coaster in action. Looks to be a great hit with guests this summer at St. Louis.
"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band
The b-rolls that I'm aware of are shot with either park employees or actors. *** Edited 6/20/2008 1:56:25 PM UTC by jive2***
It's obviously no Voyage, but it gave me that tingling smiley feel.
Though all the new wood smell gave me a headache.
Glad I didn't have to wait longer than 10 minutes for the 8 times I rode it today.
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Meh...looks kind of like Wildcat at Hersheypark but bigger. Same banked drop, same twister kind of feel....we'll see how it fares.
Nothing "meh" about it. It seems to have the goods that wooden coaster lovers like.
On top of that, it is a first of a kind in the states for its layout. I read that it only replicates one other woodie in the world.
I have a feeling this coaster will be cloning itself at SFMM in 2009.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
This coaster looks like a great ride. Somewhere I had read that this was a copy Thunderbird at Powerland in Finland. I am not sure if that is the case, but it doesn't look like it to me.
As being on of the lucky ones to go on ECC's Scandi trip last year, I can tell ya that Thunderbird was a fantastic coaster. Since EK is identical to Thunderbird, I don't see why the ride should run any differently.
As far as a 2009 clone at SFMM, I'll just say that I hope not. I want to see newer designs, different layouts from GCI. Every one of them so far have worked out quite well, let's keep that trend going.
The fact that the riders had their arms up for the duration of the ride is probably due to the fact that the train is probably full of ACE Members. I know SFGAdv just did a film shoot on Kingda Ka for a TV show and asked ACE to try and gather some riders for them. *** Edited 6/20/2008 1:42:41 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***
So you used the words fact, and probably, two times each, in the same sentence to try, and convey that the train was full of ACE members.
How about this? It's a "fact" that you "probably" don't know what your talking about.
I did ride 3 in seat 10, ride 4 in seat 2, and back to 12 for ride 5. I never held onto the lap bar on any of those rides, just rested my arms on top of it. I really don't like the pushme-pullyou experience of ANY coaster in the front, but EK was still LOTS of fun with that happening. There is definitely better air in the front on the lower hills, but I still prefer the back of the train just like other rides.
I don't know what type of experience others are expecting from Evel Knievel: The Ride, but I was blown away by this coaster. It's AWESOME! I imagine this type of ride is the closest any of us living today will get to one of Fred Church's more intense designs. I am looking forward to riding Renegade this week at Valleyfair, but the compact, head-chopper, low-lying hop experience of Evel Knievel is just not there in most of GCI's coasters from what I can see - they seem to be all turns. Not that I think they don't look fun, but I'm glad we got the Thunderbird clone HERE (and I talked to one of the designers who was admiring his creation from a distance yesterday morning, and he said it is almost EXACTLY the same as Thunderbird, not the design switching that 2nd to last turnaround from counterclockwise around the 1st swoop curve to a clockwise move that was shown in the press release) instead of a GCI coaster with nonstop turns like Hershey Wildcat or spread out like Renegade.
And the shirts with the Evel jumpsuit design were given to press and I think first ride contest winners to wear Thursday. There were a lot of regular people yesterday with their hands up on the ride, so I imagine MOST enthusiasts will be doing so, and a lot of the people there Thursday were coaster enthusiast members of the press, thus explaining the whole train with their hands raised.
I can hardly wait to ride this thing after it has had time to break in a little more. However, after riding it on "opening day" for the GP, I can say that it a lot of fun.
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