Small Hype, surprisingly good

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:47 PM
This will be like the topic of hyped up coasters that you were let down by, except list coasters that were described as bad and you kinda liked.

Mine would have to be Disaster Transport. I was expecting a dull, boring, and cheesy ride. While it was cheesy, it wasn't dull and boring. First, there was no line and since I don't have a home park that i go to everyday, I don't get that much. Also, the drops in pitch black were really cool. The only thing that I din't like was that it wasn't very intense.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:56 PM
Even though it's a CCI (which is a powerful title no matter what the coaster), I hadn't heard much about Six Flags Worlds of Adventure's Villain before my trip up there. That ride blew me away, and I can't wait to ride it again.

Before my trip to Michigan's Adventure, I heard absolutely no reviews of Wolverine Wildcat. (That big distraction a few feet away with the initials ST gets all the love.) When I rode it (before ST, of course... didn't want to spoil it), I was happily surprised. Cool little coaster.

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Matt Lynch
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:57 PM
When I first rode Raven, back in 1997, there wasn't much hype going around about it. Well, it was the ride that turned me into an enthusiast. I've been going to Holiday World weekly ever since then.

-Raven_Rider

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"Hold on tight, with all your might, and enjoy your flight on the Raven!"
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:12 PM
Scandia Screamer. Easily the most intense (and downright scary) 90' steelie I have encountered.

PKI's Top Gun. Ninja was my first suspended and I was not too impressed, I figured Top Gun would be the same. Wrong-o!! What a rush! I rode that sucker several times that day. (that was before I called myself an enthusiast, '98)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:29 PM
High Roller at valleyfair... Before I went there the first time, nobody had said anything about it. I had heard about Corkscrew, and Excalibur, and that other thing (no wild think back then), but nothing about High Roller. It is still my favorite ride @ VF.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:34 PM
For me, Roar at SFMW. I hadn't heard much about it until a friend told me it was a pretty good ride. So I went last year and rode it for the first time. Needless to say, I was blown away! It was/is still one of the best woodies I've ridden, which isn't much, but still. It's one of the most underrated rides out there, and definately one of the most underrated in California. Peace. :)

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Medusa at Marine World: the best coaster in the west!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:38 PM
I was surprised at how fun King Cobra was at PKI. There's nothing like getting airtime while standing up.

As for a surprisingly good ride for the industry, look no further than Boulder Dash. Nobody heard much of it until word spread about how awesome is was.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:48 PM

Soggy Said:Scandia Screamer. Easily the most intense (and downright scary) 90' steelie I have encountered.
Yup...just like that "accidental gem" thread a few days back...if you ever find yourself in the "Inland Empire", check this baby out. Perhaps your bucks will transalte to other small parks picking up similar jobs. Very cool.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:48 PM
The hoosier hurricane by far. I live about an 1 to an 1 1/2 away from the park so it is sort of like my homepark. I hardly ever hear the hurrican mention on anytopics but in my opinion it is one of the best woodcoasters on the planet. For the size, it has some amazing air. The view of lake shafer and the rest of the park is just totally awesome. The location of the ride couldn't be any better at all and the head chopper effect when it goes underneath the bridge is just great.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:49 PM
Rugrats Runaway Reptar
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 4:15 PM
SFNE's Superman takes my vote again. It was seen as just another Superman hyper. It turned out way better than expected because of its four big hills, overbanked turn, and wicked helix section. I think even Six Flags itself was surprised that the coaster they built for one of their smallest properties turned out to be a world-class hypercoaster.

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E.J.
Webmaster: Theme Park New England
http://tpne.8m.com
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 5:14 PM
themeparkne...Just another superman hyper? Superman @ sfdl is an awesome hyper, and it got great hype.

Anyways, im not sure the kind of hype that gwazi got, but that ride was AWESOME! Esp. Tiger.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 5:55 PM
Dragon Mountin
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 6:09 PM
SFNE S:ROS

(And is the loch ness monster the buzzer FKA bgw FKA monkeyman? Notice the lack of capitalization)
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PKI-Wooden and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World!
The First and Only Gigabuzzer bigger than Millie, rising Faster than Maggie, and pulls more BS than MS ever will!!!
You are the Weakest Link! Goodbye!!! *** This post was edited by Koaster King on 4/18/2001. ***
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 6:17 PM
Disaster Transport was ok, but if you rode Millenium Force i didn't think it was that great at all.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:25 PM
My vote would go to Thunderation at Silver Dollar City. It's a mine train, so I didn't expect too much -- a nice, slow scenic tour of the layout and surroundings, same as others. But it's no run-of-the-mill mine train...best one I've been on by far. It has a nice drop at the end as well as a good helix and plenty of tight corners, and some cars face backwards. I was shocked to say the least but I really liked it. It's no Wildfire, but I'd put it ahead of bigger woodies like the TX Cyclone, Mean Streak, etc.
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 4:20 AM
I wasn't really expecting anything from the Great Bear at Hersheypark. It looked extremely short and there just wasn't anything that spectacular about it. Once I rode it, I really loved it! The helix at the top is a really cool, unique element. While it may be short, I think that the first drop-- which is right down into the stream --makes it worth the 15min or so wait.
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 4:48 AM
I love great bear. People don't usually talk about it and when they do they are usually bashing it. I don't know why cuz that ride ROCKS!!!

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Thursday, April 19, 2001 5:05 AM

s said:
"I love great bear. People don't usually talk about it and when they do they are usually bashing it. I don't know why cuz that ride ROCKS!!!"


I agree with the Great Bear being a highly underrated and maligned coaster, and I agree that "the ride ROCKS." It may not be the biggest or fastest or scariest of the inverteds, but there is a certain elgance about it. However, here in this part of PA there was a lot of Hype for this coaster.

I have three coasters that surprised me.

Lakemont's Leap-the-dips, while historical, looked like a tame ride. While it may not be the most thrilling, I certainly found it one of the most fun. Lakemont's other coaster, Skyliner, is also a surprise. You never hear of this one, but I thought I was sitting in an ejection seat when I hit the air time on the first drop!

Busch Gardens Tampa's Scorpion also took me by surprise. Overshadowed by Gwasi, Montu, and Kumba (all great coasters), Scorpion caught me entirely by surprise. When I was there Kumba was closed most of the day. They opened it in the afternoon and we were pressed for time so I had to head there instead of getting any re-rides on Scorpion... wish I could have gotten at least another one.



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"That wheel needs fixed... This thing is a piece of junk..."
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 11:11 AM
I really liked Mad Mouse at VF. It doesn't seem like we talk about them very much, but I think they are alot of fun!! It's not that I was expecting a dull ride, it's just I thought it was fun! LOL One of my fav rides at VF actually!

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