Discussion in 'Rest of the World Parks and Attractions' started by Sir Queer Llama, 28th Jul 2012.
Was that due to the vest restraints by any chance?
Was supposed to be there in a couple of weeks. We did email the park to ask what was the chances of simply carrying over our pre-purchased admission / fast pass tickets to 2021 and they replied automatically refunding them (so I guess that was a no!)
Partly, yes. I also found it to be quite rattly and think the traditional B&M Invert trains are far superior.
It's definitely a park with plenty of good but not great coasters. My favourite though was Mystic Timbers.
The Beast I could appreciate for its history, I imagine riding it in 1979 must've been mind blowing though.
Didn't that replace Son of Beast, the wooden rollercoaster that had a vertical loop?
Indeed it did, and there is still a commemorative gravestone for it in the queue!
The problem with Banshee from an enthusiast perspective is that we're all used to the intensity B&M inverts are typically associated with. Despite the size and speeds it reaches, it's undoubtedly far less punchy than the rest.
I don't mind the vest restraints. There would be far less hang time through the final roll if it had the original restraints.
This. It lacked a real stand out world class coaster for me, but we had a great day there.
The Beast is a weird one, it's crap but I loved it.
Banshee was a pleasant surprise.
POV for Orion:
Looks quick, but virtually no air time.
First riders event and reactions;
It has been said before, but based on the POV this ride really doesnt do very much and by the end the train just wants to keep going.
I dont know why, but the way the majority of the hills tip to the side upon cresting really irks me.
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This is not a queue I'd want to be in right now.
The big empty space were Vortex used to be looks so odd. Could be a while before it gets used to anything major as well.
Coaster Studios vlog from Passholder day; (contains queue and preshow spoilers- skip to 6:27 for review)
"I thought it was okay".
Seems expected really. I suspect Candymonium will fare better in terms of reviews.
Full review by Coaster Daddy;
So what coaster do you think will replace Vortex then because I’m personally predicting a copperhead strike style coaster with the same amount of theming ( people are saying Candymonium is better than Orion btw)!
Sorry for the double post, but Expedition Theme Park has posted a history on the Son of Beast.
Someone found and uploaded a high-res PoV of SOB, for those of you unable to tolerate 240p.
What a catastrophe of a ride. Who ever thought building something that big out of a wood was a good idea. Not least with such a dull layout. Everything about it was bad. Even in the video you can see how the trains shuffled through the corners.
We waited about 2.5 hours for this back in the day ... a quarter of the day, to be beaten up. The best part was the loop and it still sucked.
I think SoB is quite possibly a prime example of a coaster that was built with good intentions, but ultimately built a few years too early in hindsight. The wooden coaster technology available at the time wasn’t really designed for rides of that scale.
Had they built it 10-15 years later, I think RMC could very well have successfully pulled off a 200ft wooden coaster with their Topper Track technology; the likes of Wildfire and Goliath at SFGAm aren’t that far off 200ft anyway, and RMC has a rock-solid reputation as far as quality ride experiences go.
Even if they’d waited a far shorter time period of 5 years or less, until the early to mid-2000s, Intamin would probably have built them a 200ft prefab, and based on the warm reception of the existing models, I think it could have been quite the ride! Colossos at Heide opened in 2001, in fact, so even if SoB had been built a mere year or two later, it could have been far more successful.
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