The first time I ever went on Outer Limits Flight of Fear at PKI has got to be the scariest moment on a coaster for me.I didnt know what to expect.Its small and compact size really gave me an illusion of a small kiddie type coaster.Oh man was I in for a shock.I really love this ride for that fact alone.For a coaster of that size it really packs one hellofapunch.
Any hyper coaster is pretty darn scary but I think one of the most scary hypercoasters is Superman:ROS at Darien Lake. I thought that that coaster could be blown over, there was just huge gaps in between the supports. I soon realized the track was cubed, so I wasn't too scared after I found that out. (Is that how all Intamin hypers are?) Also, The Power Tower, and all of the Dropzones are pretty darn scary. I also wouldn't count out backwards coasters and the launch of the Hulk ride hits you pretty hard. AWESOME.
*** This post was edited by Craig the Coaster Freak on 3/30/2000. ***
Actually, S:ROS has triangular track, with two rails and a spine, and of course continuous cross braces. It also has a lot of rail-only track.
The inverted Intamin rides (Sue at SFO, Volcano at PKD) have box track, as does about half of Millennium Force. The rest of MF is the triangular track (with the exception of the stations and brake run).
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The Williams Grove Cyclone is scary. The only reason is that a drunk ran into a hill and knoced it over! Another time the chain broke and it was down for a month until the park could get the money for another. On the one turn around the track vibrates off the wood and the track is pieced together from bits and pieces. While I was there the ride op sent a seat thru with the lapbar unlocked! Also the seatbelts are frayed. I swear all this is true. I have pictures.
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I think the scariest a ride can be is when something goes wrong that could end up being VERY bad. I was riding the steel phantom last summer and the restraints unlatched just as we crested the second hill. I got some pretty crazy airtime, but when the drop started to bank i drifted to the left and came crashing down right on the seat divider! That scared me pretty bad, like i was going to fall and hit the thunderbolt or something.
I think a very tall wooden coaster is very scary, American Eagle at Six Flags Great America for an Example. It's pretty high for wood, It's 20 years old and when you reach the top it sways side to side.(Just a little, very little) It creeks as it goes up the lift and when you go down the first drop you think that the wood is going to break and just to add, it's LOUD. That's why I love it!
Oh yeah, American Eagle is the bomb, why you ask, because I have ridden it since it opened and I will always think it ranks with the best of wooden coasters. It has unfortunately weathered through the times but if you rode a coaster like this when it opened (1981 and I was 10 years old at the time) it was the bomb. To all those Eagle bashers if you rode this back when it opened it was the only coaster that mattered. (I am sick and tired of people ripping on this ride, to the people that rode this in its young years please join with me on this, you know that it is one of the best woodies at the time. Please join me. If you didnt ride this coaster back when it opened than dont respond.
*** This post was edited by Chitown on 4/14/2000. ***
I have a hard time believing the story about the restraints coming open on Steel Phantom. There has to be some sort of braking system that would stop the ride before something catastrophic would happen. Why you ask??? One word...LAWSUIT!
I have to agree, getting on Outer Limits and not knowing what it did. I mean I had no idea of what the ride even was. Was sorta scarey. All of a sudden I get up in line almost ready for my turn, after a long wait. And I see this train just almost disapear in a second, and everyone screaming. Then I don't see it anymore, but still hear alot of screaming. I was pretey nervous then. And any time on a new type of track floorless inverted etc etc. But pics of the S.O.B and M.F. look prety intense. I just cant imagin loooking down 300 feet at 80 degrees. The Beast was not really scarey, but really fun, but again the first time I didnt really know what to excpect. And any free fall ride, ala Drop Zone" always, take you by suprise somewhat.
*** This post was edited by Ice838 on 4/20/2000. ***