But it was worth it.
Anyone know what happend to this ride to make it so bad?
It wouldn't run properly in Texas for years, so they moved it to the colder climate at SFMW, butchered the first drop to make everything more back friendly and even bought new trains that instead of crushing your spine now supposedly bang your head.
This baby always had problems - admittedly, the first drop was the weirdest thing I have ever experienced on a coaster, you are on this lonely rail on the very top, and then you just dip down and twist, it felt very close to freefalling, especially with the lapbar/seatbelt combination that was installed at first - and the ride just looked fantastic with its back to back loops all in dangerous red, but that's all obviously butchered now in a sequence of what seems almost Michael-Jackson-Esque "beauty" operations.
(And when it first came out, its name was "Thriller")
To be honest, I don't think it did anybody ever any good - it blew the limits in too many ways.
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Fate is the path of least resistance.
Ain't that right, SoCal peeps? :(
I'm thankful I've gotten to ride as many great Antons as I have, Zonga and Revulsion, just gotta chalk them up as "ones that got away".
I was *denied* at Thrill-Ville. Stupid park was CLOSED... :(
Otherwise, Lagoon - Spring '07 - SHOULD have been the last standing N. American Schwarzy for me...
My fondest (albeit faint) hope is that someone buys this and restores it....S. America seems to be *attractive* for Antons...polar magnetism or somethin'... ;)
Oh, it did certainly good things to Mr Bruchs bank account!
Alledgedly, he sold the ride at a very good price, which was around the same amount he paid for it! (Only bettered by Mr. Barth selling the "Dreier-Loop", which brought him even MORE money than its cost!)
Now add all those truckloads of money a ride like this generates during a two week play at Oktoberfest when it runs at full capacity (2800 pph) for 14 hours a day.
Oh, and it absolutely loved this ride! I rode it as well without the OTSR in 1986 and it is still one of the most kick-a§§ coasters i have ever experienced.
The most appealing part of the ride for me is the first drop combined with the first two loops. I've never seen a coaster with two loops back to back in that way. Do any others exist? Is this part as intense as I expect?
mike okay said:>The most appealing part of the ride for me is the first drop combined with the first two loops. I've never seen a coaster with two loops back to back in that way. Do any others exist? Is this part as intense as I expect?
^ Shockwave, SFoT....easily my favorite looping ride, period.
Of course, the old Arrow megaloopers (the terrible triplets of Shockwave @ SFGAm - RIP, GASM-II @ GAdv, and Viper @ SFMM) had/have back-to-back vertical loops, and they're not quite that good...LOL! Actually, Viper is OK, which is WAY more than I'd have ever said about the other two...
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Thriller is also one of the coasters the NoLimits Demo lets you ride (perfectly safe)
Arrow loops, make you want to "get out"... ;)
...and then there was TN Tornado....crazy good.
Shockwave is in the same vein as laser, with the loops one after another rather than two connected loops like on thriller/zonga
http://youtube.com/watch?v=21VoBGxrFy8 is from when it was at astroworld. The breaks dont grab at all, it looks really intense.
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