I'm interested to hear some reviews of Silver Bullet from people who rode it for the first time this past weekend.
I've heard everything from bad to great to amazing! I know people have differing opinions, but has there been another coaster that seems to have such an array? For example:
DaveTh on site banned writes:
"We get to the top of the lift, and start to drop down, and immediately it seems like there’s not a great feeling of speed like on most other inverts. Sadly this continued throughout the ride, as it just never really generates a real sense of excitement. The ride moves through its course, and it feels like more of a graceful steel ballet than a kick ass ride experience. It’s very smooth, very quiet and not horrible, but at the same time it doesn’t deliver the sort of ride I look for in an inverted coaster. I’m sure that Knott’s got exactly the sort of ride they wanted, but to me this was the weakest B&M inverted coaster I’ve ever experienced. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a 48 inch height limit, as this would really make a good family coaster."
Robb Alvey on Theme Park Review writes:
"Silver Bullet reminded me more of Air or Silver Star than any other B&M. It certainly was the most tame, forceless B&M Invert I've been on. It seemed more like a family ride than a "thrill machine." The ride was "fun", it just didn't seem very "thrilling." It was fun in the same way Big Thunder Mountain is "fun." It wasn't the worst B&M I've been on,
but FAR from the best.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> writes on rec.roller-coaster:
"I'll tell you this -- people who claim that SB is forceless weren't there on Friday. EVERYBODY dropped off after a few rides. Xcelerator and to a lesser extent Ghostider are really the only two marathon coasters in the park. SB is too intense."
Tiki Steve (From Solace report on site banned):
"I ended up riding Bullet about 15-20 times without getting off."
So which is it? Is Silver Bullet really too instense? Not many people have stated that in thier reviews.
I've been on Talon, Dark Knight, Batman, Great Bear, Dominator, Raptor, Medusa and a few others, and it sounds like this ride is more like Talon or Dark Knight, both which I like, but not as intense as Batman, Raptor or Dominator. I like a ride that have a kick to them. I grew up with the CI Cyclone, so I prefer rides with personality.
Is Silver Bullet worth making a trip out to California for?
I think as far as forces yes it is weak, but as far as directional changes and disorientation and a unique layout this ride has it made, it would probably be the perfect B&M if it just had a bigger drop to send it around the course with enough speed to provide high Gs and make the directional changes mean somthing.
IMO, anyone that says "Silver Bullet is too intense to marathon" is either:
A. An idiot
B. Still an idiot
C. Is so "California Biased" that they'll eat a pile of sh*t if Knott's tells them to.
D. Has only ridden two coasters in their life: Silver Bullet and Jaguar.
E. All of the above.
Considering the source of that comment, I'd say "A" and "B" and "C" Yes, the ride magically went from being a tame family coaster to "forceful, un re-rideable beast" on Friday night, and only a few select people got to experience that.
Seriously, though...it's not a bad ride at all. It's certainly fun, but it's not a coaster worth 'making a trip' for. If you've never been out to CA, then there's enough here to make a trip out of, but if you're coming out JUST for Silver Bullet, then at least wait until there are 2 or 3 "slightly above average" rides to make a trip for!
Last edited by robbalvey on Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:58 pm.
It is not the best inverted out there, isn't the worst, and If I personally can't consider it all weak or all forceful, certain elements are forceful some aren't. The loop is a very good loop, the overbank isn't forceful but fun, the cobra roll is well, pretty weak, the inline twist is the worst on an Inverted that I've been on. The flatspins are pretty typical B&M flatspins in my opinion, but the only part that I would call intense is the helix. The helix almost has to much power to where it almost begins to hurt at the end (especially towards the front of the train). I wouldn't call it weak or intense, it has some awesome elements, and it also has some complete crap elements.
I actually wasn't impressed with the speed of the helix. I was expecting it to be much faster and more intense. Its still a nice one though and it does have some force to it. I don't think I've ever started to black out on it though. The most thats ever happened to me while going through the helix was my feet felt like they were going asleep. (A heavy feeling)..you know
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