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Twisted January 16th, 2009 07:43 PM

How NOT to build a coaster...OUCH!
 
Complete this sentence:
"I'd rather scrape my <insert name of body part here> against a cheese grater than ride THAT again!"

Then enjoy this quick video:
http://www.themeparkreview.com/tprtv...?vid=CoolFresh
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cleusk January 16th, 2009 08:05 PM

Ouch! That's NOT how you're supposed to stop a coaster car! It's like stomping on the brakes while traveling 40 mph. I better burn the name of that coaster in my mind so I don't forget to skip it. And what's up with that incline? Someone must have been drunk when they designed that part of the ride.

VanceCope January 16th, 2009 09:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cleusk (Post 11819)
It's like stomping on the brakes while traveling 40 mph.

or riding Giant when certain drivers (and you know who you are:yes:) want to punish rude guests and/or co-workers and hit the station stop so that when you train hits those first set of brakes coming back to the station you get whiplash

I think it looks like a pretty sweet ride if it was a little longer (drop wise) and without that sudden stop

Twisted January 22nd, 2009 01:03 PM

Sometimes you don't get the true idea of a ride unless you actually ride it. Things may look innocent from watching it from the side, but....

Remember that jolt as you turned the corner before hitting that final lift hill on Mine Train in years past? It looked pretty innocent, but it was the roughest part of the ride. Luckily it was reprofiled smoothly a few years back. Those who remember how it used to be still cringe, expecting that evil jolt. It's just a habit from many years ago. We were traumatized by it as children! :eek:

cleusk January 22nd, 2009 01:40 PM

Texas Giant is another example of an innocent-looking coaster. From all appearances, it just looks like another wooden coaster. But when you're aboard, it's a whole different story. As a friend of mine once said : If you don't have any back problems when you get on, you will when you get off.

dmdiver January 22nd, 2009 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Twistedmister (Post 11970)
Sometimes you don't get the true idea of a ride unless you actually ride it. Things may look innocent from watching it from the side, but....

Remember that jolt as you turned the corner before hitting that final lift hill on Mine Train in years past? It looked pretty innocent, but it was the roughest part of the ride. Luckily it was reprofiled smoothly a few years back. Those who remember how it used to be still cringe, expecting that evil jolt. It's just a habit from many years ago. We were traumatized by it as children! :eek:

Gee, and I thought I was just getting tougher. Funny, I do remember cringing, but still got on the thing every time. That & the cliffhanger.

dmdiver January 22nd, 2009 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cleusk (Post 11972)
Texas Giant is another example of an innocent-looker coaster. From all appearances, it just looks like another wooden coaster. But when you're aboard, it's a whole different story. As a friend of mine once said : If you don't have any back problems when you get on, you will when you get off.

Yes, I think that is the one that hurt my daughter & I.

Also, the first time I rode Mr. Freeze, my ears got boxed by the head protection thingy the whole time. It was quite some time before I rode it again. By that time, it didn't do that anymore. I don't know what changed.

cleusk January 22nd, 2009 03:37 PM

I remember getting on the Cliffhanger and waiting with dread for the car to slam against the column before going up.

dmdiver January 22nd, 2009 03:41 PM

For me on the Cliffhanger, it was always the thrill. However, once I'd load in & the car moved forward, my brain was screaming "NOOOOOOOO". Too late then. Plus that fleeting moment of what if the brakes don't work. :eek:

Twisted January 22nd, 2009 07:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmdiver (Post 11975)
Also, the first time I rode Mr. Freeze, my ears got boxed by the head protection thingy the whole time. It was quite some time before I rode it again. By that time, it didn't do that anymore. I don't know what changed.

Getting rid of those "horsecollar" restraints a few years ago made the ride quite a bit more enjoyable. No more getting your ears slammed against the cushions (I use the "cushion" word loosely...). And it was even worse on cold days when your ears were already in pain from the cold.


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