Not all Reverchron/Zamperla Crazy Mouses are the same. The indoor Exterminator at Kennywood is intense with strong lateral Gs and great spinning. Unfortunately the DelGrossos ride is very tame and overtrimmed.
Does anyone have information on other Crazy Mouse coasters? Whish ones give a good ride and which ones are mild by comparison?
Best rides I've ever gotten on those models, in order: Mt. Olympus' Opa!, Beech Bend's, SFGAm's Ragin' Cajun. Can't really decide where to put Exterminator, since I feel like the abundant spinning makes me miss out on what I'm sure is a really good dark ride - can we ask for an ERT session with lights ON in there just once? :)
All are capable of delivering tame rides, unfortunately. So I can't say for instance that AoA's, CG's, MFI's, or DAK's are lame rides, only that I haven't gotten great rides on them. When these spin hard, they can be quite intense. Typically the "good rides" can be more intense for me than even the Gerstlauer or Maurer-Sohne models (except that one ride on THBS at SFFT, which was totally nuts).
Actually me and my son road the one at Martin's Fantasy Island and we spun through the whole ride. It was like a tilta-whirl on steroids. If there is just 2 in the car you have to sit on one side that's how you can get it spinning.
jwhoogs said:If there is just 2 in the car you have to sit on one side that's how you can get it spinning.
This *typically* works well on the Reverchons and similarly-designed spinners with 4-across seating. Matt and I tried it at DelGrosso's last month are got quite a tame ride...seems like there really is alot of variability from ride to ride, day to day, car to car...
The M-S and Gerstlauers seem to spin more if you unbalance the load by having both riders face the same direction of travel and leave the other end of the car empty... ;)
I have never had a bad ride on Exterminator either alone or with another rider. I would like to ride an outdoor Crazy Mouse that is fast and spins well.
Maurer Sohne spinners provide a completely different kind of ride experience. Instead of Tilt-A-Whirl type spinning, the spinning is used to create an unpredictable ride with the greatly banked turns and steep drops. You never know if you will take a drop forward, backward, or sideways.
First I would like to state for the record that I don't consider the Maurer Sohne and Gerstlauer models the be a wild mouse coaster. To me a wild mouse is all about the hairpin turns with no banking, therefore banked turns = not a wild mouse. I'm not sure exactly how to categorize them (maybe a spinning Galaxi?) but I definitely don't consider them to be in the wild mouse category.
That being said, my best ride ever on a spinning wild mouse was on MFI's Crazy Mouse, surprisingly with four adults in the car. That thing spun like a Tilt-a-whirl on steroids. The worst ride was on the same model at the Myrtle Beach Grand Prix two weeks before they announced they were closing the park. The ride op actually had to kick the back of the car to get it to leave the station!
The most intense traditional wild mouse ride for me was on the Toboggan Nordique at La Ronde. The day I was there at least they ran the ride without any of the mid course brakes on. That thing was moving by the end of the ride.