the front or the back?

Sunday, March 10, 2002 5:49 PM
which is better when riding a coaster?


Sunday, March 10, 2002 5:52 PM
I think it depends on the coaster that you're riding. If you're on a floorless, inverted, suspended coaster than I think the front is better but on other coasters it just depends on what you like the best.

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Sunday, March 10, 2002 5:55 PM

my answer: yes.

i love both.

Sunday, March 10, 2002 6:03 PM
Got to agree with SWIMDEJ. Inverts etc are best in front along with most "twister" style coasters. As for the insane airtime machines, you gotta ride the back, it just doesn't compare to the front. IMO most woodies are best in the back as well because of the unbelievable airtime.

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Sunday, March 10, 2002 6:07 PM
I like riding in the back the best. I loved to be whipped over that first drop.

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Sunday, March 10, 2002 6:18 PM
Back is better but I do like the front on a few coasters, SRoS at SFNE, Dueling Dragons at IOA, and Kraken at SWO are very good. but not nessacarily the best nor would I waste the time to ride in the front if the is a long line without waiting for the front row. Example: if SRoS already has a 2+ hour line I'm not going to wait another 30 mins to an hour just to ride in the front row. It just isn't worth it.
Sunday, March 10, 2002 6:44 PM

I like to try both on a coaster and then decide from there. Like on the Villain opening season (2000) the back was THE BEST seat in the house.

In 2001 it had gotten a little rougher and the laterals on some of the track were a little more than I like so the front became my fav. spot. Front on Villain is very good...seeing the track right before you is awesome and if you lean over the railing on the front of the cars it seems like you are heading straight down.


Monday, March 11, 2002 6:45 AM

I believe this is just personal preference. I love the front on any coaster. However, on my favorite coaster (Viper - SFGAm) I ride the 3rd row because that has the most air. On Shivering Timbers I like the front because of the floater air rather than the slamming air in the back. Other people I know prefer the back on ST.

But in the end it's all about riding - period.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 7:28 AM

For inverts, I definately like the front for the visuals. Any seat other than the front on an invert isn't that fun since you can't see anything.

On smooth non-inverted rides I usually like the back. I like getting pulled over the hills, not pushed like in the front. The back seat, on the first drop for example, starts accelerating well before the drop itself. The front you are already a decent amount down the drop before you start moving fast.

On rough rides I like the middle because they are the smoothest usually.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 7:28 AM

It all depends on the coaster. While the rear seat is usually to best for air time, there are major exceptions. For example, Car 1 Row 3 is legendary on Phoenix as the ejector seat. Skyliner is also a front seat woodie.

Many inverts are best up front because of the view and limited air time anywhere. You haven't ridden Volcano until you've ridden the front seat.

Most hypers and woodies I find I like best in the back.

Monday, March 11, 2002 9:16 AM
i would say the same with what has been said; on inverts, like Batman:TR, you have to be up front for the best ride. 1st row for B:TR @ SFMM is my fav. ride in the park (closely followed by X, Deja Vu, and Goliath) because the ride is already intense enough, and to be in the front, knowing where youre turning, seeing how close your feet come to the ground, its an unbeatable ride! Same with Deja Vu, you need to be up front, OR in the outside back row. I preferrably like the very back for the best first tower drop. I would prefer the front on any invert, and the back on a looper or hyper etc, but everyone has their own preference...
Monday, March 11, 2002 10:28 AM
The front on inverts and floorlessess and back on other coasters.
Monday, March 11, 2002 10:58 AM

All depends on the coaster with a few exceptions...

Inverts and SLC's are front seat coasters. You may get intensity in other seats but you miss out on the great visuals... especially on B&M inverts with their four across seating... if you are in the inside two seats in any row but the front, you may as well be riding with a bag over your head.

On all other coasters, it doesn't really matter... with a few exceptions.

1) unless you want your internal organs re-arranged, do not sit in the back seat of the Williamsgrove Cyclone.

2) Steel Force at Dorney Park is one on my "front seat" list

3) I find back seats of boomerangs a bit painful on the neck

4) On wood coasters with lap bars... I find I like the 3rd or 4th seat... good combination of visuals, airtime and speed.

5) on all other "sit down coasters", I really don't care.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 11:02 AM
I ussually go for 2nd or 3rd row.Just about as good of a view as the front and a shorter line.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 11:15 AM
I can narrow it down to basically, front seats for steel, back seats for wood. The one exception is X, where I actually prefer a back or middle seat ride.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 11:32 AM

Here's my list for Valleyfair

Mad Mouse: Doesn't really matter. Either one works.

High Roller: Front seat seems to give the best air

Excalibur: Back Seat by far. The back is rough though so only sit back there if you can handle the intensity. Especially if the park is running it with light trims on.

Wild Thing: Front seat by far

Corkscrew: I actually prefer this coaster in the back as I like to see the people in the front seat going through the loop.

Tha major Cedar Point Rides

Front Seat: Maggie, Mean Streak, Raptor, Mantis, Millenium Force

Back Seat Blue Streak, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Corkscrew, Gemini

And Adventureland

Outlaw: Front

Dragon: Back

Underground: Doesn't really matter

Tornado: Back

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Monday, March 11, 2002 11:36 AM
For me it realy depends on the coaster. I do like to sit near or in the front row on most coasters.

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Monday, March 11, 2002 11:49 AM
I generally find that the back seat works best for me. Visuals are nice (but I hate waiting on the extra long lines the front seat always command), but often I find the back seat whipping you over hills more exciting than slowing down over hills for the non-loopers. On the loopers, the rear seat usually slows down, then speeds up and shoves you in your seat as the train pulls you through.

It's preference for the most part and the front seat was worth it for the visuals on duellers like Gwazi and Dueling Dragons.

Monday, March 11, 2002 12:05 PM

For SFA:

SROS: Ride it once in front for the view, then several times in back for the air.

Batwing: Makes relatively little difference. The ride in the outside left rear seat is the most vigorous, but least comfortable.

Roar: Back seat all the way.

Wild One: Best in the front, but also good in the back.

Mind Eraser: Inverts are best in front.

Two Face: The ends are nice, but it's also fun to watch people opposite you scream.

Joker's Jinx: I'll reserve my opinion until I've ridden it without the OTSRs,

Monday, March 11, 2002 12:09 PM
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