Psucklone definately takes #1 on my list- it was definite torture on my back. I've never experienced that much pain on a coaster before. My question is why can't these companies make all their woodies good? It seems to me that about half the woodies I have ridden should be burned to the ground, while the other half are either spectacular, "having the time of my life" rides, or atlest somewhat descent. Do the trains on a wooden rollercoaster have a lot to do with the ride experience? I'm not too familiar with the wooden coaster companies- I basically know GCI and CCI. With steel it's pretty easy for me to get a basic idea if the ride will be enjoyable or not before I ride it based on the designer. Vekoma- usually I've already ridden that coaster at 6 other parks and I'll know to focus on not banging my head the whole time while riding, Arrow- there will be some headbanging, but for the most part I enjoy their rides, Intamin- a very good chance that it won't let me down, but it may be broken down, B&M- 95% chance that I will enjoy the ride. Is it the same for wooden coaster companies?
escher26 said: ^^ You know to this day that remains the only coaster on which I've ridden that I wanted to get off BEFORE the first drop. I mean, the LIFT HILL is rough... how do you DO that anyway? O.o
I felt it too. The track seemed to be very mushy under the weight of the train going up that lift. I could see the cars ahead of me swagger and rock as the wood gave way. I did not feel safe at that point. I guess that was not one of the places they supposedly retracked this season.
Mine would probably be the first time on the Thunderhawk at Dorney Park. That ride has 2 huge jolts and the first time I went on it I thought I was going to die. But now I know the ride, and it is not that bad.
I can only think of two minorly rough spots on Mamba,track work was done in both places. One at the bottom of the first drop where there is a small bump after a welding job, and inbetween the end of the turnaround helix and the midcourse breaks can be jerky.
WOF has had a bad habbit with Mamba's trim brakes the past few seasons. Ride supervisors just want to over exercise their authority and order the rides trims to be on.
The best time to ride Mamba is at night when it's running at its fastest.