Every ride was a walk on except the flyer which had a very inexperinced crew barely managing 5min dispatch times. They got a little better by the end of the day going a little under 2 minutes. Because of poor dispatch times waits ran up to 45min when the should have been 20. I will let someone describe the ride but I can tell you it got ALOT more aggessive in the final rain at sunset. Here are some photos for you to ponder.
First off, they wait until everybody clears the station before opening gates. Second, they only check belts on the riders on the first pass. Then they walk back to the front of the train and then they lower and check the bars. Unless they somehow change this process, two train operation will be stacking constantly for good periods of time.
But maybe you are right... As they get more experienced they will do everything a bit more efficient, maybe letting people load sooner and check bars a bit faster. Either way, I find the dual-check a little time-consuming (at this point).
On another note, the ride was a blast. I absolutely loved the first half and wish it kept going. If so, it would probably be my #1 woodie :) But the second half once it comes up the hill becomes a bit lack-luster. A very fun, solid ride, but the second half tones down quite a bit.
I liked the new PTC trains (stadium seating, offering slightly more legroom in the back of each car), which if I overheard correctly, allows the train to articulate a bit better. Either way, the ride was extremely smooth and the tracking was impressive.
Overall, it was an impressive ride!
*** Edited 5/18/2008 3:52:31 AM UTC by SteveWoA***
The Ride was amazing. Kind of disappointed that I bought 4 tickets, and only got to ride twice before they shut the coaster down at 830.
Going back tomorrow with a friend to use the other two, and explore the park further.
Would love to Add Ravine Flyer II to my track record. Unfortunately it is not listed under Waldameer Park yet on this site. =o/
13 years of waiting and I finally got to ride RF2. It starts out great, although doesn't really kick you out in the back seat down any of the drops (big minus for me), but some nice air and laterals between the bridge and the upward turnaround. The bridge is good sustained floater air both directions. The following two bunnies were kinda weak, but noticeable. The rest of the ride was just a little too slow to deliver the goods.
The ride needs time to break in. I think it will improve significantly by the end of the summer, but right now it's much like Renegade...starts off strong although a little to GCI-y for me (doesn't have any bite to it), then runs out of steam. Sadly, it's nowhere near my top ten right now, but I think it can make the cut after some break-in time.
Nice meeting some new faces there today. I shared my first RF2 ride with Phantom George after pleading with the ride attendant to let me wait for the backseat.
Since RF2 wasn't showing any sign of getting better anytime soon, I left at 5pm after meeting up with Ray and Jeff for a bit and headed to Martin's Fantasy Island to ride another new (to me) woodie...Silver Comet, then finished the day at Darien Lake where I got the surprise of the day....Predator rocked! I've heard nothing but bad reviews of it, even from people who like intense woodies like I do. It must have changed, 'cause it was GREAT! Best of the four wood coasters today. I'd put RF2 next tied with Silver Comet, then Waldameer's Comet (which was a very fun jr. woodie). I hope Predator continues to improve. It must have been outstanding when it was new!
I look forward to returning to Waldameer later this year (maybe August) and seeing if RF2 can deliver the goods a bit more. I think it can!
It's a good family coaster right now (which maybe is what they wanted it), but I think it will develop some attitude eventually.
I wish we could fast forward to a couple of years from now and see how it's doing. Anymore, I'm finding new woodies to be too smooth and wishing they felt like they'd been there for a while. Seems like Boardwalk Bullet is the only one to have a real "woodie feel" out of the box, based on reports of the choppy tracking.
I also really liked how the trees around the Comet jr. woodie surrounded the ride in the way the trees at Adventureland (Iowa) surround the skyride. Really neat "tunnel through the trees" effect. And the kiddie coaster was completely above water with fountains--neat setting and a fun credit to boot. :D
Of course, it is the rookie season and it will get better with age. The last rookie woodie I rode was Legend, early in 2000, and it was much improved 7 years later... (yeah, it took me that long to get back there)
Boulder Dash- which I often consider my favorite wood coaster along with Phoenix- took a few years to become a great ride. Knoebels Twister, after almost a decade of operation, somehow manages to get better and better each year. I'm a bit disappointed to hear Ravine Flyer II isn't a top-tier ride as I expected it to be, but I'm not worried about it eventually becoming one.
I handed her the tickets and she looked as if to wonder why I gave here so many. I pointed towards my daugters and took my seat. Now the only lights on the ride are little tube chasers going up the lift which do not wash out the view. It looks strange to see the campground with all the lanterns and sting lites around trailers and in the trees below. Almost looks like the park continues down.
First drop and crossover delivers as expected but I do not slam my thigh or knee on the jog up to the 2nd drop. I sill felt the latterals but a smooth flow that wasn't present on opening day. Smashed knees/thighs is my number one factor affecting re-rideabilty. The return run seems like one long tunnel after dark which is another plus for me. Shoot up the back curve and get a small shot of air that virtually non-existant on opening day croosing the lift. Even got a little of the rise before the 90. Now the 90 does nothing for me
and never will and kills the oppertunity for air going into the sixty foot drop. There is enough speed for 3 little poofs of air on the track before the brake run. They are not pops but they are noticable. They just felt like speed changes and not air on opening day.
I hope my nephew come here soon so I can get in another full day of riding before the company picnic which tends to be very crowded.
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