Saturday, May 6, 2000 11:01 PM
I know alot of you will have ridden this ride after the initial SFO opening weekend so do me a favor and describe in complete detail about this ride. After seeing a bunch of pictures it looks like a Schartzkopf shuttle coaster on drugs. Are you above or below the track? This ride looks absolutely wicked. Heck, I would like a biography on this thing.
*** This post was edited by Chitown on 5/7/2000. ***
Sunday, May 7, 2000 8:40 AM
The trains hang below the track. They are somewhat high above the platform, so you have to boost yourself up into them. The seats are quite comfortable, though the harness seems bulky (don't worry, there is no headbanging as you go up the twist - major plus). After you are buckled in and the ride ops do their thing with checking, the operator says "all clear" and before you even know it, you are blasted forward towards the twist. The first three or four seats go up the twist the first time.
As you go backwards, the LIMS kick in again and this time you go full blast through the station. Mind you, the people waiting in queues are a complete blur when this happens. The train makes it all the way up the straight spike. The train makes a quick stall and freefalls back through the station, and probably with a little help from the LIMS, the train goes ALL THE WAY up the twist - WOW. Even from the second seat, all you see is sky and the big red twisted track - nothing around you! Again you freefall and race ride through the station and up the straight spike where the ride stops you for a brief second - all while you are looking STRAIGHT DOWN to the ground. Then you are let go and head back to the twist again (you don't go all the way up - it's pretty much like the first launch). As the train makes its way backwards, the brakes kick in and you are glided back to the beginning. Once you get off, you are completely amazed at what just happened.
It's a ride you don't want to miss!
Sunday, May 7, 2000 8:45 PM
great report michael, a ride you don't want to miss!!! Gotta love what the ride op's say on Batman...."Front clear, Back clear, All clear" :)
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CP Arrival Time: 5:50
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