The most painful Arrow Looper you been on

Monday, September 5, 2005 1:33 AM
Hey. This discussion is Part 2 of my research on how people get their head bashed on arrow looping coasters. If you got an arrow looper you want to discuss, then post it here.
Monday, September 5, 2005 1:49 AM
The Corkscrew at Cedar Point always gives me a nice headache.

I mean, a lot of Arrow loopers give you a nice rattle, but some i really enjoy are, Nessy at busch gardens, and the scream machine at sf gradv. They never seem to get the best of me.
Monday, September 5, 2005 2:18 AM
Why not just ask in the other thread instead of starting basically the same discussion again?
Monday, September 5, 2005 8:10 AM
Corkscrew at CP has that one part after the first drop when u get to the top that really hurts. But Viper at SFDL gets my vote.
Monday, September 5, 2005 10:28 AM
Steel Phantom - R.I.P.
Monday, September 5, 2005 11:46 AM
Drachen Fire.

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***

Monday, September 5, 2005 1:47 PM 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's just alive longer. Cinderella of that bunch, clearly SFMM's Viper...
*** Edited 9/6/2005 2:30:17 AM UTC by rollergator***

Monday, September 5, 2005 2:01 PM
Ah yes, the Steel Phantom. Almost forgot about that one. Yeeouch!


Monday, September 5, 2005 2:22 PM
Seriously....Viper at SFDL? How many have you been on if THAT is as painful as it gets for you?

I'd say GASM. That ride has so many bad spots on the track....and then there's like ejector air on the mcbr with those Arrow restraints which hurts.

Monday, September 5, 2005 4:04 PM
Viper at SFMM.

I didn't have any fun on that ride and I've been wanting to get out and ride since it was built. It hurt and I didn't have the fun I wanted to on it.

Monday, September 5, 2005 4:42 PM
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).
Monday, September 5, 2005 5:37 PM
vortex @ PKI.

-- alan "... research?" jacyszyn

Monday, September 5, 2005 5:56 PM
I've only been on one arrow looper. Vortex PKI. it's a little rough, but I love it.
Monday, September 5, 2005 6:58 PM
That's 4 in a row for Vortex...If this was a Vekoma discussion, Ninja at SFStl would be the ultimate winner!
Monday, September 5, 2005 7:13 PM
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.
Monday, September 5, 2005 8:18 PM
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.
Monday, September 5, 2005 11:54 PM
Corkscrew at CP. Not only is it a headsore, the headrests protrude out of the seat backs and sort of force your head into an awkward position. Also, OSTRs really aren't great for airtime.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 1:39 AM
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...

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 10:29 AM
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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 4:54 PM
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.

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