I drove all the way to Cedar Point this year to try out Maverick. While Maverick is super awesome, I was absolutely suprised by how much Iloved my ride on WT. I rode in the last seat and I was actually afraid I was going to fly off the top of the spike. What a great and underappreciated coaster. Anyone else feell this way about WIcked Twister? Anyone not like the ride? Duscuss....
I had a huge thing against WT after it gave me a couple "man-crushing" rides back when I worked on it in '06. The thing is that my shoulders are not that big so the restraint does not stop until it hits my legs. The problem is that pesky knob in the center of the restraint (outdone only by HUSS OTSRs) protrudes out and comes right down on my boys. If the train is empty (morning test rides), the vibration is nearly unbearable since there are not 32 people riding to absorb some of that vibration. Needless to say, I have had some "Wicked"ly painful rides on that sucker.
I always joked that I should wear a cup while riding the thing.
Fast forward to this year during Halloweekends. I decided I would end my grudge against WT. I took off my coat, stuffed my hat and gloves in the pockets of the coat, and wrapped the coat around my waist. When I sat down in the train, I then took the sleeves of the coat (which were kinda hanging off the sides of the train) and folded them up so they laid across my groin.
Voila! My coat absorbed a lot of the vibration and there was no pain involved. The back spike is indeed insane, and needless to say I took two more rides on the beast.
Avoid the rattle, love the WT. *** Edited 12/5/2007 8:28:24 PM UTC by Craig the Coaster Freak***
Every time I have visited, any guest attempting to wait for the second last row was told they cannot wait there. They do allow riders to wait for the front and very back row, but I prefer the second last row.
I've seen that happen too. But, if you're nice to the ride op, they'll usually be cool about it. They normally tell you to move rows because they don't want a row going empty and for the most part, people don't care. But, no one has ever denied me a row at CP if I asked politely.
Just out of curiosity, isn't wrapping a coat around your waist and tucking it under the restraint not permitted? Isn't that the same thing as lifting your legs up when they check restraints? I realize why the coat was used, but shouldn't the ride op have not permitted that for safety reasons?
Wicked Twister has been my favorite ride on the peninsula since it was built, and remains so to this day (I mean, check out my screen name). The way I see it, the other larger coasters might offer more variety and sensations, but you get speed, height, freefall and laterals all with a (typically) less than 20 minute ride in a gorgeous location ... how can you beat it?
There isn't a bad row on the ride, although I usually prefer the front ... you can't beat freefall off the back spike with nothing in front of you but the ground!
Millennium's like a symphony, Magnum's amazing, Maverick is a quirky blast, but WT is the one ride at the park I could ride endlessly and just go home. Which (sadly) I've done once ... had a season pass and parking pass, was staying about 60 minutes away from the park, took a quick jaunt over while my wife hung with her family, the place was packed, I rode WT 3 times in an hour when everything else was 1.5+ hour waits, and left quite satisfied!
I also want to know why the 2nd to last row is the best??
Also, since Steel Venom was never open in my few GL trips, is Voodoo very similar to WT? Unfortunately, since I'd rather do many, many things other than WT while at CP, Dorney on the other hand (with their short daytime waits) I'm hoping for multiple Voodoo re-rides next season and am hoping it's similar to WT!!
In the penultimate row, the right seat swings out so that you have a clear view to the ground (no train in front of you) going up the back spike. It's pretty neat. The back seat gets that cool backwards-twisting-spike thing, but you have a constant visual frame of reference in front of you.