Took a trip over to KI after going to Stricker's Grove today, which by the way is a great little park and caught a ride on Sonny at about 8 PM.
Have to say I am impressed. While all the problems are not solved it is way better then before. There is quite a bit of air to be had and I loved the section where the loop used to be. Very cool trackwork there. Did they reprofile the first drop as well? It's seems like the ledgers towards the bottom aren't where they used to be.
The shuffling isn't nearly as bad as before and where the ride has been retracked it is great. If they give the rest of the ride some TLC I would be very happy with it.
Even though I am the minority I love G trains. They are plenty roomy and don't force you to sit sideways ala a PTC. In many ways I wish they were on Legend still. I loved that thing with them.
First drop, going into the rose bowl, coming out of the rosebowl, where the loop used to be and the last drop. It's isn't knock your socks off but it is air just the same, something I have never experienced on the ride pre G trains.
Believe it or not I think the ride actually runs faster with the g trains. Not as much shuffling to scrub off speed.
Interesting also that I've heard people describe it as "faster." Maybe it just seems faster? How does lighter trains + less riders per train = faster? I understand it may not shuffle as much (less speed-reducing friction), but come on, trains are now several thousand pounds lighter.
compared to last year, Im sure it is faster. My brother said when they took a car off the Premiers it seemed like it wouldn't make it back to the station and actually had some hang time in the loop. It's been lengthened back to six cars with the G trains and rolls freer in the turns. I have no doubts its faster than last year.
Chuck, who just always thought how awesome sitting in front at night it was from the first drop to the top of the second hill was just lightning quick.