I found the Leviathan video. The trees are absolutely whipping around so I think the issue is more high winds than extreme cold. The people in the video aren't even wearing jackets (though they're also Canadians).
Got to ride Copperhead Strike for the first time on Sunday after work. It was a much better ride than I had anticipated based on some reviews I’d read/heard. Launches were solid, layout was a lot more forceful and intense than expected, inversions had great hangtime, and it had a few nice moments of ejector air. Second best ride in the park behind Fury 325 in my opinion.
Also got to ride Intimidator, Afterburn, and Fury. Intimidator was running much better that my last ride on it in 2016, Afterburn is still a great intense old-school invert, and Fury is still as incredible as ever.
2016 Valleyfair Ride Operator - Wild Thing 2017 Valleyfair Ride Operator - Wild Thing/Xtreme Swing 2018 Valleyfair Ride Operator - Steel Venom/Scrambler 2019 Cedar Point Ride Operator - Cedar Creek Mine Ride 2019 Carowinds Ride Operator (Winterfest) - Flying Cobras/Zephyr/Do-Si-Do
I'd love to know how much they pushed it during testing and how much faster they could make it go without undue strain on the ride. Would be great if they could run it a bit faster at certain times. I know it sounds like I am complaining, but it is still a really fun ride. And it is open for Winterfest this year!
That said, it is #4 for me at Carowinds, behind Fury, Afterburn, and Intimidator.
tndank wrote:I don't think it's supposed to run faster. The point is the hang time and just making it through the loops, right?
I agree. The ride was designed with this in mind and I think they nailed it. Every time I ride it I get off thinking that was so much fun which is in my opinion exactly what you should think after riding a coaster.
For me at Carowinds it's Fury, Copperhead, Afterburn, Intimidator in that order. I will say 2 -4 are very close.
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