Smooth Coaster Question

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 1:15 PM
Are really smooth coasters less scarier than other coasters?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 1:20 PM
In a way, yes. I get scared before I ride a coaster that has a reputation of being rough because I fear having to take Advil after a ride.

Rough woodies are definitely scarier than smooth ones. I always get really scared before a ride on the SFNE Cyclone. A ride like Boulder Dash that is smooth is much frightening. For the record, I think BD is a better coaster.

Another point: roughness doesn't necessarily make a coaster scarier than a smooth one. I am more afraid of a hyper like Superman or Magnum than a small Arrow corkscrew ride.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 1:36 PM
"Scarier" is an interesting term. If it refers to the thrill of the ride, I think the theming and the presentation make more of a difference. The roughness enters into my decision whether or not to repeat ride. I don't need a sore neck or headache in the middle of my park outing. (They haven't made anything I won't ride - but they've made several I won't ride again!)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 1:38 PM
3 Words:

Rough Coasters Suck!

I'm mostly scared after a rough coaster that I forgot my Tylonal!! :)

Truth is, rough coasters completely ruin a good coaster experience (in my opinion, and lots others). Even woodies. They weren't built to be completely jerky... just a certain sort of roughness, so no... they aren't MEANT to be rough altogether.

A smooth coaster is what it's all about because you can enjoy the sheer speed, the sudden turns, the air-time, and the unique elements in the coaster without being whipped around from side to side or up & down in a jerky motion. This is for both wooden and steel.

The scary factor is that the roughness will just completely ruin the experience previously mentioned. On a smooth coaster experience, I know I won't fall out, won't die, nor get severely injured (for the most part).
I don't know if I'm going to get some knee/leg bruises or whip lash or a severe headache after a rough experience!!
(and that's scary!)
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 2:21 PM
Millennium Force is smooth as glass on ice, and is it scary? To me not really but to the average Joe (not Joe E's) it probably is.

When I was little scary meant looking at a coaster and judging if it looked scary. Now scary to me is when on a ride and having the feeling like its going to fall apart, which may or may not have to do with roughness.
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 3:44 PM
janfrederick's avatar It's a fine line...especially re: woodies. You want to have that wild and out of control feeling without breaking anything. As for steelies, smooth is good. It's all about the aerobatic thang!

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