Summoning the Elders

Monday, April 29, 2002 6:14 AM

Oh great coaster Gods, I summon the the Elders of the esteemed website of Coasterbuzz for guidance.

Please, ONLY respond to this if you have been to Americana and ridden the Screechin' Eagle......thank you.

We are making a trip to HW, SFKK and PKI this year. Is Screechin' Eagle worth the stop in Monroe, OH (Americana) on a Sunday night? If we head down to Cincy on a Sunday, say we leave around 2pm and hit Americana, then PKI on Monday, SFKK and HW on Tuesday......Is it worth the stop to pay for a hotel room near PKI. I mean, it will cost us an extra $50-$70 for the extra night (hotel & admission). Is this coaster and park worth the extra time and money?

Thanks for your help ol' mighty masters of steel and wood.....

Now, back to work......

There's nothing like a woodie...

Monday, April 29, 2002 6:31 AM
john peck's avatar Until I rode Shivering Timbers, Eagle was my favorite wood coaster. This coaster, built by John Miller in the 1920's is a masterpiece.

Now, I don't want to over hype this ride for you. Its not huge, its not really that long, and its definatly NOT Millenium Force.... if thats what you are expecting. Its under 3,000 feet long and has about a 75 foot tall lift. But: This ride runs the classic PTC trains that were used at ELITCH GARDENS. Thats right! This has a Classic EG Wildcat train on it. (Unless anything has changed...keep in mind, the park have new owners.) This ride features the classic John Miller Drop-to-the-ground effects, and you dont get pulled of your seat, you get EJECTED.

Anther thing about the new owners, I heard that they were going to slightly modify the first drop, since it packs a hard punch at the bottom, but that should not effect the quality of the ride.

BUT: That should not stop you. Americana is a really great park, and if you are a fan of coasters, you MUST attend this little park.

*** This post was edited by john peck on 4/29/2002. ***

Monday, April 29, 2002 7:12 AM

Thanks John, I appreciate the info.....sounds great.

Anyone else want to comment??

There's nothing like a woodie...

*** This post was edited by Woody on 4/29/2002. ***

Monday, April 29, 2002 7:24 AM

Yes, yes, yes.... definitely worth the stop. This is the best woodie in Ohio, aside from the Beast.

This ride and the Raven are the only two I've ever just laughed uncontrollably on while riding.

The design is great. You get ejector air on every single drop from the back seat. The ride starts with a straight first drop, then a great curving second drop, and then there is a little "fake" drop before the turnaround.

Then the ride starts. If you want to feel what it's like to drive a car off a cliff, just wait till you hit that first drop after the turnaround. You'll be in the air until the positive G's from hitting the next hill force you into your seat (or the person's lap next to you). Repeat this about six times and that's the return trip to the station. Oh, throw in some cool speed track too.

john peck is right: it is short, and it's old, and it's not MF. But you WILL have so much fun riding. And the park has an awesome collection of flat rides, too. It really is worth it.

He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

Tuesday, April 30, 2002 4:58 PM
The Screachin' Eagle is a great woodie. If you like woodies, you can't pass it up. I personally would go to Americanna over SFKK. Be sure to be there at night though, so you get the fastest rides of the day = more air time!
-Matt in Iowa
193 coasters ridden -- #1 Shivering Timbers
Just say no to Gerstlauer!
Tuesday, April 30, 2002 5:43 PM

The only thing I disagree with in the above is that the Eagle is "the best woodie in Ohio, aside from the Beast". I know I'm definitely in a minority here, but I prefer SE to the Beast, and just about every other woodie I've been on.

In other posts, I've referred to the Eagle as "a wooden heart attack", and I stand by those words. Now, I'm not saying it's a masterpiece, and it's certainly not subtle, but it delivers those "This can't be right!" moments like no other ride in North America (I was recently on the Grand National and Tonnere de Zeus overseas and would put them both in that category).

And boy is Den ever right about that "drop" after the turnaround - try finding that somewhere outside of a free-fall ride. That alone is worth a detour - like the one the wife and I are gonna have to make from our upcoming, carefully-planned coaster trip, just to make it to The Park Formally Known As Americana ...

Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 6:32 AM
Many seasoned enthusiasts say that the Screachin' Eagle is the best woodie in Ohio and I would have to agree. In addition, I consider SE to be a top 5 ride after 200+ coasters. IMHO, the only other ride that comes anywhere close to the Screachin' Eagle's sick ejector air is the Georgia Cyclone.

Go there and experience Miller's genius. You will not be disappointed.

Rich Genthner / PTC99

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 10:05 AM

John Peck, The Screechin Eagle runs NAD trains with PTC bodies.

I would consider Americana daym well worth a stop!

It has the second best whip, The best log flume outside of IOA and a great John Miller coasters. It also has Flyers, A Zipper and a very rare Rock-o-Plane

The park is beautiful to boot.

Chuck, who will be there about every other friday night :)

Charles Nungester
Americana (Now called The great americana amusement park at Lesourdsville Lake) is opening in 2002. Indivdual visits are very improtant to the parks survival.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 10:52 AM
Boy, I grew up in OH and never visited the park. I obviously missed a treasure.
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 11:11 AM

Great ride. Definitely go out and support Americana.


Wednesday, May 1, 2002 2:36 PM
Mamoosh's avatar LOL Anastasia....I spy a "Will & Grace" fan!

2002 - the year of IB's LoCoSuMo!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 2:40 PM
rollergator's avatar

Wow, cool Chuck! I've gotten a Roll-O-Plane, and a Loop-O-Plane, it'll be nice to "round out the experience".

bill, saying hi-tech is great, but low-tech requires more....creativity....

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 2:44 PM
Yes, Mamoosh, and I can also confirm that Anastasia is a friend of Dorothy's!!
Thursday, May 2, 2002 8:53 AM

Mamoosh and MMCoasterBear~

Indeed. I am a . . . W&G fan. :-)

Thursday, May 2, 2002 9:23 AM
Just watch your knees on the front seat. It is a little cramped but still a blast. I have banged them up on some exposed screws but still had a great ride.
Thursday, May 2, 2002 10:06 AM
john peck's avatar Charles: Man, you are right! I forgot it runs a mutt train.

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