Steel Venom opens to rave reviews from first ride auction winners

Posted Monday, May 19, 2003 5:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After a delay caused by electrical problems last week, charity auction winners got their first rides on Valleyfair's new Steel Venom, an Intamin Impulse coaster.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 8:26 AM
All hail Matt Luettinger....certifiable KING of local geeks.

He's got all the credentials: power-riding, enthusiasm, a job at Papa Murphy's pizza--everything but an AMC Pacer painted bright yellow.

Above that, he's got no need to feel like he's some sort of freakin' insider who knows all, has done all blah blah blah. Just runnin' around with a big natural silly grin.

This is an enthusiast as opposed to an enthusiass. He's one of the folks it's all about. I tip my Ray-Bans to you.

-'Playa

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 8:50 AM
I was there this Sunday, morning. I did a total of 8 laps. It was down for a while about an hour on Sunday but they got it up and running by 11am. I was very impressed. Very smooth and fast. I sat in different areas of the train. I would recomend you sit in the 3rd row towards the back. Back is probably the best place to sit. I'll give Steel Venom a 10/10.

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9 Years working at Valleyfair :)! Stark Raven Mad, Coastermaina, BeastBuzzCon, Countdown 9 days :)! 12 other parks! May 28th-June 9th. Club member 437.

*** This post was edited by The Beast 5/19/2003 12:51:38 PM ***

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Monday, May 19, 2003 9:24 AM
Beast, I agree with you on the back of an impulse. It's definately the best place to sit for the full "experience". I'm not knocking the front though, as I enjoy the front car on impulse coasters as well. I just prefer the back. It's more intense and gives you a great view of below, looking straight down at the cars in front of you! :)

Can't wait to notch this coaster in my track record on Saturday morning...

Justin "Is it Friday the 23rd yet?" Adams

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Never look a gift horse in the mouth, because horses have very bad breath

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Monday, May 19, 2003 11:19 AM
The back seat is the BEST place to sit. Between Media Day and yesterday to got somewhere around 20 laps most of them in the back seat. I was surprised to hear from a maintenance worker that the ride has not ran it's full potential yet. The front reaches about 6 feet from the top of the twist and they are trying to get it to get within 18" from the top and I thought the ride was running pretty good as it is! :-)*** This post was edited by Pink Floyd Fanatic 5/20/2003 2:10:23 AM ***
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Monday, May 19, 2003 12:13 PM
CoastaPlaya, we forgot to have flapjacks with maple syrup after SV. Maybe next time!

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Valleyfairguy now works Corkscrew on Weekends. Come up and say hi!

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Monday, May 19, 2003 12:16 PM
I got 23 rides in yesterday. The ride was pretty good!

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Cameron Willis
Waiting for Coaster Mania!

Steel Venom Ride count: 40

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Monday, May 19, 2003 12:30 PM
It was much better than I remembered from a standard Impulse. Then again, my S:UE rides were 3 days and about 800 miles into the CPlaya 100. A few runs on an untrimmed Magnum the previous night will do funny things to your perspective--not to mention your knees.

I must also say the crew was blowing folks on and off the ride like leaves in autumn. Maybe they have sufficient queue space after all...

-'Playa
(57 total rides this weekend)

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.
*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 5/19/2003 4:34:41 PM ***

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Monday, May 19, 2003 1:44 PM
Playa... 57 rides... that is INSANE!!! The ride is really good when at full power. Also, on one of my rides, it vallied!!! (IE, lims fired once, and thats it). Luckily maint. was alreghty there and backed the train into the station, reset the ride, and we got another ride. It was funny to be sitting on the launch track, people running up to the fence YELLING that the ride had broken down.

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Cameron Willis
Waiting for Coaster Mania!

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Monday, May 19, 2003 4:51 PM
Cameron: On any impulse you can't say "it vallied". If you were to ask an operator, mechanic, or anyone else in ride operations about it, they will look at you kind of wierd wondering what you're talking about. Simply put, the ride just malfunctioned and it failed to launch anymore (as a friend that worked on Wicked Twister put it when its happened on that ride).

Anyway, I'm glad they got Steel Venom up, and I'm glad that it was as much fun as it was (cuz when you ride one, it seems like you've rode them all pretty much... having ridden Superman: Ultimate Escape and Wicked Twister myself).

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Cedar Fair Junkie... I mean... ex-seasonal employee for their ride operations departments at CP and MA

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Monday, May 19, 2003 6:09 PM
Actually Maq, the team lead refers to what happened as "vallying". It is half inside joke, and half truth, because, it fails to recieve any more power from the lims. :-)

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Cameron Willis
Waiting for Coaster Mania!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:41 AM
Bruthas and sistas, let us now read from the book of First Team Lead Chaptuh Fowe verses Nahn thru Twelve. And they sayeth....

"When thousth train faileth to launch thineself up towards thine heavens, thou shalt say that it lingered in the valley of mah love a little longer. Those who say otherwise blaspheme before my name and shall be smitten with the wrath of thine might. Thine Boss the Team Lead has spake unto thee."

And Verse Twelve sayeth:

"When I spake unto thee that it vallied, thou shalt know it was a sacred secret. Thou shalt not speak it to the heathen or face the penalty of the frowning of a lifetime."

Now if we compare these verses in a, let's say, mo contemporary version of this book--let's say, the Book of No'mal Folk, these words tend to lose theyuh authenticity, theyuh flavor, if ah be so bold to say. Heyuh it only says

"Who gives a crap? It isn't working!"

-His great Reverend Worshipfulness Pastor Playa Doctor MD

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 9:15 AM
rollergator's avatar Thanks, Playa...:)

What I really want to know is, why do you guys like it so much when ValleyFair! spokeswoman Amy Maikkula said that the ride, and I quote, "blew something fierce, to be honest"...


ARN&R, 5/14/03, 12:17 pm, 4th article down.

http://absolutelyreliable.com/2003_05_11_rumorarchive.html

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 10:39 AM
So it shall be said....so it shall be written. Another very solid post 'Playa! Let us not forget about premature launcheation. This shall be the next topic debated in the enthusiass circle. By the way I have rode/ridden SV 69 times this weekend. I'm the coolest impulser in town.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 12:30 PM
Shut up shut up I hate you I hate you lalalalalalalalala can't hear a word you say. Showoff.

Well I rode it once and my seat fell off and scraped the ground and sparks flew everywhere and they had to glue it back on and they gave me three tee-shirts and a big ol' purple lollipop. Nyeah.

-'Playa
(who keeps no ride counts on anything.....suckerrrr)

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 12:57 PM
Was that an ACE certified sucker? Did you count how many licks it took to get to the center? I think I saw the Dippin Dots guy supply the glue that reattached your seat. Were any of your shirts an IHOP one? So many questions to ask. So little time to get answers.
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