Viper at SFGrA a Great Ride!

Monday, August 13, 2001 6:54 AM
Went to SFGrA for the first time. I love woodies with air time. My all-time favorite is Shivering Timbers at MA. I would have to say that Viper at SFGrA is my second favorite of all-time. It is almost as smooth as a steel coaster, but you can still tell it is a woodie. The air time from the first hill to the end is non-stop. I loved it!!!
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Monday, August 13, 2001 3:04 PM
I have to agree with you. I wasn't expecting much when I climbed aboard Viper, to be honest! But boy was I in for a shock! It was a great ride with lots of air time! I only got to ride it once. I'd sure like to get back on it.
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Monday, August 13, 2001 4:51 PM
It is the underdog coaster of the park. Doesn't look like much, but WOW! Kinda like Georgia Cyclone in how it shocked the bejeezes outta me! Much better than Mean Squeak. :)
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Monday, August 13, 2001 4:56 PM
I agree coasterkingoftheworld! Most people look at it and wonder what's so good about the ride. They think it's just a stupid wooden coaster(Not everyone, but some people I know..) that isn't worth waiting for.
It is up there for the best ride at the park. At night, I think that it's just as good, if not better than the Raging Bull. I love the ride, airtime galore!

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Monday, August 13, 2001 5:40 PM
I read somewhere that its a clone/ mirror image of an existing coaster, titled "Cyclone."

What I'd like to know is, which Cyclone?
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Monday, August 13, 2001 6:10 PM
Wow! I too just went to SFGAM for the first time and was blown away by Viper! Definately my 2nd fav. woodie ever (ST is #1). My fiance liked it even better than Raging Bull and it was his fav. coaster there :)
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Monday, August 13, 2001 6:15 PM
Blink3020, yup, I have a "friend" (someone I talk to, but not really like) who thinks it's stupid because it's an American Eagle wannabe. Every time he says it I laugh hysterically.
JoNoJ27, it is a near-clone of the Cylcone, same basic layout, a few minor differences.

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Hey, SFGAm managment, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?
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Monday, August 13, 2001 6:33 PM
JoNo27, I do believe it is very very similar to the Coney Island Cyclone. Viper is an incredible ride, my #2 wood (it sure is a lot of people's #2) just behind GhostRider. When you consider Viper was built in-house by Great America, it makes an even better accomplishment.
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Monday, August 13, 2001 7:25 PM
i've heard tons about this coaster i just can't wait til i get to chicago and ride it
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Monday, August 13, 2001 7:27 PM
It's my #2 coaster at the park as well, it's up there in my wooden top 10 wooden coasters as well, it's one of the most underrated coasters ever.
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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:26 PM
Viper = Good wood. How is this thing even comparable to American Eagle. American Eagle doesn't hold a candle to this thing.

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"And then you say oh what a lovely tea party."
-Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:29 PM
oh come it's never on the top ten list
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Monday, August 13, 2001 9:15 PM
Valleyfair Fan, this guy that thinks it's an American Eagle wannabe is a moron. Trust me, he is a height-is-better-no-matter-what person. And in his simple mind, because both are wood, obviously the bigger one is better.
It's a simple mind, in a simple person, thats how he finds Viper comparable to AE.

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Hey, SFGAm managment, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl? *** This post was edited by TrBiggar on 8/14/2001. ***
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Monday, August 13, 2001 9:20 PM
It is a mirror image clone of the Coney Island Cyclone, with a few minor changes.

Compare:
http://www.joyrides.com/sfgam/full/viper1.htm
http://www.joyrides.com/coney_island/full/cyclone7.htm

Thanks to Joyrides for the links !!! :)

PS: Jeff, you should see if you can strike an agreement with Joyrides, CoasterGallery or RCDB so that you can add pics to Coasterbuzz without having to deal with the bandwidth, etc.

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Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze

*** This post was edited by Joe Carroll on 8/14/2001. ***
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Monday, August 13, 2001 10:57 PM
I'm an RCDB fan too (second only to cb). Lots of coasters may be named Cyclone, even styled after it, but there's only one MOM.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 5:12 AM
This is not only my #1 wood this is my #1 coaster. For me Viper = FUN. And that's what it's all about. There are taller rides; faster rides; rides with more air; rides with more laterals. But Viper incorporates the best of all of these into one great package. I can't get enough rides on Viper.

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
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