But that was when I was 9 years old and barely tall enough to ride. I cried because it hurt so much.
Now that I am a respectable 6 feet tall, I can tolerate Arrow loopers much more. I'm sure I would love DF if it was still standing today. I rode GASM at SFGAd a week ago and I loved it. One reason for that is I personally think that Arrow loopers are the most graceful of all coasters. The other is that all in all, it is not a bad ride. The MCBR is a little hard, but it is an excellent ride overall now that my ears clear the restraints.
IMO, Vekomas are a whole 'nother ball game and much worse than any Arrow. *** Edited 9/5/2005 3:57:47 PM UTC by eurpomir84***
razore86....my head hurt just from READING what you said... ;)
Amazing how the absolute worst Arrow (if not Anaconda or the dearly departed Shockwave) became the very BEST Arrow....and all it took was a reworking by....MORGAN??!?
edit: Duly noted in retrospect, GASM-II really is *no better* than its evil stepsister from Chicago...it's just alive longer. Cinderella of that bunch, clearly SFMM's Viper... *** Edited 9/6/2005 2:30:17 AM UTC by rollergator***
Corkscrew has thrown my back out, but that was pretty much a one time incident. My vote would have to go to Vortex @ PKI. No matter how many times I ride that thing I always get off of it in pain somewhere. Anaconda @ PKD ranks close behind for it's flat parts, (the inversions were pretty good though).
Wort Arrow looping ride I have been on would be the Canobie Corkscrew. I don't know what they wound up doing to this thing, but it was a horribly running ride. I don't have any other problems with any others,except Viper at SFMM which was overbreaked.
The most painful Arrow I've ridden would have to be Cedar Point's Corkscrew. I mean, some coasters, I am able to tolerate some kind of pain and discomfort as long as the ride is somewhat fun or thrilling to compensate for that. But Corkscrew doesn't have the fun or high thrill factor to override the pain you're going through doing the ride.
I think Vortex at King's Island. The first year it wasn't that bad (maybe I wasn't fully grown?). It is so rough, I would ride it once everytime I went, just to see if it was 'modified' in any way.
SFGA is my home park, so I had plenty of runs on Shockwave. It was rough, but not as bad as Vortex. I also rode Orient Express at WOFun on several occasions. One time it was downright brutal, the other times it was great.
I wish all the old Arrows would get lap bars, like the Premier rides. I think a big issue with that would be keeping people's head against the headrest, to prevent them from lunging forward in the vertical loops.
Anyone ride the OD Hopkins coasters? OUch... I think the Texas Tornado (back in '90 anyway) was the only steel coaster that actually hurt my back. They made a little 'mistake' when designing the 2nd loop on that one...
Cedar Point's corkscrew is really bad, nearly killed me and sapped my coaster-riding energy the first [and only] time I went on it.
Vortex at PKI resulted in my smashing my knee into the corner of the car [in the front seat] when it went up the first hill after the lift. PAAAAAAIN!!! However, the other time I went on it, outside of the horrible, horrible brakes, it was fine - don't know where the hate is flowing in from.
Python at BGT was really bad, too. Vibrating all over the place, riding rough as hell and just being a generally terrible experience.
While I haven't been on many Arrow coasters, I've found Vortex at PKI to be one of the best, as far as smoothness and headbanging go. I find Adventure Express to be much more rough (still a great ride though) and FOF with OTSR was more painful than Vortex will ever be, in my opinion.