Sunday, May 25, 2003 1:54 PM
While at Carowinds on Friday, we were power-riding Ricochet towards the end of the day (obviously very bored) and noticed that as time went on, the brakes hit less and less, until finally we went the entire course without hitting a single trim. We were slammed so hard up and down and side to side that the ride was INSANE. I can't imagine how intense this ride would be if it ran like this all day. I have heard many of you say that hershey parks mouse is one of the best, but how does Carowinds rank up there? It just seems that even with the brakes that they could'nt get that much more intense.
Sunday, May 25, 2003 3:01 PM
If they ran it without trims all day, it would probably tear it up, and who wants to ride a pile of twisted steel?
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Sunday, May 25, 2003 6:19 PM
Hersheypark's Mouse has never been trimmed when I've ridden it. That's what makes it so great. And amazingly enough, pkidelirium, it's still standing...
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Monday, May 26, 2003 2:30 AM
Without doubt the best Wild Mouse rides are wooden. They contain very few trims, if not, none at all. You were lucky to ride Ricochet without braking because all the steel wild mouse rides I have been on (Flamingolands, Chessington World of Adventures, and Paramount Canada's Wonderlands) have been ruined by them.
Trims on wild mouses are only necessary because of the appearance of the ride, as the small enclosed structure appeals to kiddies and family riders. I don't think steel wild mouses would tear up without trims, to me the woodies have more chance of this happening as they are far more wilder and on a slightly weaker surface.
Best Wild Mouse in the world: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Wild Mouse. Probably the most insane, intense ride I have ever been on. Anyone who goes on it more than two time needs medical help - literally.
Monday, May 26, 2003 7:09 AM
Unfortunately there was only one ride where the trims didn't hit, not sure y though. It was definately the most intense thing I rode all day and probably ever. When we got off we were amazed and rerode it only to find the trims hit us pretty hard. The only problem is that we always leave lap bars up a bit for comfort and airtime, and on this ride that probably wasn't a good idea. It slams you right in the stomach and hits you on the break run. Not a good idea.
Monday, May 26, 2003 7:15 AM
yea Damandan, i'v been on BPPB's wild mouse, damn it is so scarey coz u think the whole ride is gonna collapse. After riding it one more time i couldn't hack going on it again coz my back hurt
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Monday, May 26, 2003 7:29 AM
In many cases, the trims of a wild mouse are acutally blocking. I suspect that later in the day there were fewer cars running, so less need for trims to block. Yes, Hershey's steel mouse is the best steel one that I have ridden.
A decently designed steel mouse should never have a structural problem running without trims. I have to agree with Damandan though that wooden mice are the very best. Unfortunately, there are none left in the US. Part of the thill in a wooden mouse is the tiny size of the cars. They are typically fore and aft two seaters arranged similarly to a log flume and barely wider than the riders. This makes you feel very exposed.
Monday, May 26, 2003 1:31 PM
I don't suppose anyone knows of a good site where I can get a detailed layout of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Wild Mouse. I can only remember the ride up to the twisty continual 90 degree turn section, from there on it was a complete blur. I would generally just like to know how the ride finnished.
Monday, May 26, 2003 6:01 PM
I nominate Idlewild's steel mouse as the best inthe U.S. I like CW's Ricochet, and Hershey's mouse, but Idlewild has them beat.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2003 3:23 AM
Did you know that the Idlewild steel wild mouse once operated at Alton Towers?
That would have meant that at one point in time the UK was home to both the best steel and wooden wild mouse, nice. Did anyone ever ride the Alton Mouse when it was at AT, if so what was it like and where in the park was it situated?
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 4:13 PM
SFKK's Roadrunner has some harsh trims. BUT, I rode it on Media Day for Greezed Lightnin' without any trims, and the lats were extremely painful. I'd actually prefer there be trims on SFKK's mouse.
As for my favorite, Ricochet at Carowinds easily takes the cake. It was an incredibly fun ride without much trimmage at all.
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*** This post was edited by DickSteele 5/27/2003 8:15:15 PM ***
Chris the Coaster Freak
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 4:52 PM
Please don't mention untrimmed Wild Mice...My legs are having flashbacks to their bruises from Lake Winnie's evil contraption called Wild Lightnin'. After riding it like 3 times during ERT, I told my friends, "ok the mouse is cool, but lets go ride like Cannon Ball or the Fly O Planes." Oh no, by the end of the day I could not even walk...
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