The ride is totally forceless, but incredibly smooth! It could've been so much more, but it is what it is. It's still a fun ride and definitely worth a spin or two, but don't have high expectations. My guess is that S&S/Arrow was told to make it a tame ride, and that's exactly what they did. ------------------ Corey "Afterward, services resumed for about 20 minutes until the congregation realized the church was on fire." - www.channel3000.com
If you sit in the front, you'll get a little pop of air as you crest the sixth hill. This is followed by a lateral shuffle as the train rounds a turn beneath the first turnaround. That's about as intense as this ride gets.
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All I can say is this: if Six Flags ordered a fun yet forceless family woodie then they got exactly what they paid for. Much of the GP likes it, but probably because the only other woodie they've ridden is the one at Puyallup Fair, which is also fairly tame. However if they paid for a thriller they better go dig out that receipt and ask for a refund.
What I found even worse than the coaster was the awful station design! When you get to the station a railing forces you to head to the back or front and go around to get to the middle queue rows. Unfortunately the front and back queues are usually overflowing, which means the line gets bottlenecked and the middle of the train goes out half full. Why they didn't put an opening in the middle of that rail so people could fill in the middle of the train is beyond reasoning.
mOOSH [who has renamed the ride Timberhawk - Ride of Pray for Airtime]
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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 9/1/2003 12:51:16 PM ***
I know a friend who refers to the coaster as Chickenhawk. I think that's pretty fitting. The coaster is fun and it is probably the smoothest woodie I've ever ridden, but that's about it. If you are lucky there are a total of 3 (count them 1, 2, 3) airtime spots on the coaster and none of them are all that great. The coaster looks fabulous, but as they say, "Looks can be deceiving." The GP loves it, and I think that was the idea.
As for the station, I agree that it is horrible. It would be so easy just to cut out the bars directly in front of the entrance to the building and let people who want to ride in the middle go up there. People who want to ride in the front or back could go that way. (Kind of like Ghost Rider)
Considering the other woodies we rode on that trip Moosh, what would it have taken for us to come away impressed by the intensity...;)
Seriously, TH is probably *exactly* what the park wanted....plus, it gives S&S a working relationship with SFI where they CAN build future (hopefully more intense) rides...The park (EV/WW) seemed to be centered around the waterpark, TH won't threaten that concept...
Arrow and CCI were both *done* as far as SFI was concerned, Stan now has a company that may be able to renew the relationship and move forward....THAT, to me, was the main focus of getting TimberHawk built....and I for one think it was built *precisely* as the park wanted it, enthusiast complaints notwithstanding...;)
Now while I do enjoy poking fun at this ride, it's all done with a wink. My problem with the situation was that when when TH was announced, it was announced as all that and a bag of chips. "Giant Rollercoaster (75ft? C'mon!) coming to Wild Waves..." and the press release went on to say how it was going to be the biggest blah blah blah. SO I like to make fun of it for being over-hyped, which admittedly is true of a lot of rides. Besides the flat ssttrreettcchh at the end of the ride, I imagine it's fun enough for families. But it provides NO thrills whatsoever, and that's a bummer.
Matthew-CTR is not on the same level as Coaster, but that woodie in Puyallup has a lot of thrills in the front (ejector) and back (floating). Tame does not do it justice, IMHO. But from what I've heard, the train you ride in can radically alter your experience, so maybe I got lucky...
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Actually we thought that since Six Flags and Looney Tunes have somedeal that Timberhawk could be renamed and themed to Foghorn Leghorns little buddy "Chickenhawk", or at least he is a chickenhawk but I can't remember his name.
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Great, I hope to see that name next year. I personally like chickens (I have 3 of my own and my daddy has 9). Maybe they could add one of those chicken booths from RCT right next to the ride. Are they going to modify the ride once it takes on its new chicken name?
I see I wasn't the only one suffering from anticipointment with Chicken..err...Timberhawk.I see a lot of potential for this to be a more thrilling ride with reprofiling. Extend some of those drops to the ground and add another drop to the stretch of track leading up to the the brake run. This would add some airtime and use up some of momemtum it has. The train literally slams to a stop on the brake run in its' current form.This definitely is no PNE Coaster:(
'Gator, what was your experience on the PNE Coaster? I would like to hear how it compares to the DBH in your opinion.
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Timbercrap:ride of S*** is more like it. Anyways... it ain't no Coaster: Thrill Ride. That coaster, like Robo said, is full of fun little pops of air.
The GP definitely loves this ride, with all the ooohing and ahhhhing, but us enthusiasts were jipped. (sp?... I know it's really not a word.) You should see the commercials. There is a big deep movie voiceover and a video of The Boss. Somehow we were all magically transported to SFStl! ;) ------------------ Rob - Jerk/Loser - Standing up for the unfunny and unattractive. - Click here for details
Ron....I need to get a more *current* ride on DBH, haven't been down that way since early Spring...and DBH has certainly....evolved...over its short lifetime. Interesting comparison though, since the layouts are pretty similar.....the RIDES, however, are quite different.
Hard to believe that PNE's Coaster is 45 years old, don't know of ANY other coasters I've ridden that were born in the 50s. Carl Phare, IMO, was a wicked genius, and I absolutely LOVED the way the drops *plummeted* to the ground....even Tremors, my spankin' new #1 woodie, didn't have the EJECTOR airtime of PNE's Godsend...as boblo said: "I need a cup to protect myself from this ride"...:)
Back to Timidhawk....sure, it's gonna have it's share of detractors....but considering that this seemed to be a waterpark-based location, and that there is VERY little room to expand, and little to no competition, I see SFEV/WW becoming *quite* a nice little profit center for SFI....not a thrill park, but a revenue-generating FAMILY park for the Northwest....if you want THRILLS, go to Vancouver or Coeur D'Alene....;)