Here is some video of Thunder Dolphin that we shot while in Japan. Interestingly, when I first rode this in 2004, I felt it was pretty lame. But then again, we had also ridden Expedition GeForce, Goliath, all three Superman coasters, and Millennium Force within a couple of years before that, so then hitting this one seemed pretty lame in comparison to other other Intamin hypers.
Fast forward 10+ years and a lot of really forceless and boring B&M hypers later and Thunder Dolphin seems MUCH better! While I still feel it is my least favorite of all the Intamin hypers it's certainly better than every single B&M hyper or giga I've ridden!
Last edited by robbalvey on Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:08 pm.
robbalvey wrote:While I still feel it is my least favorite of all the Intamin hypers it's certainly better than every single B&M hyper or giga I've ridden!
I definitely think that Thunder Dolphin does its job for the park. It definitely looks like a coaster that guests would want to ride just for the "wow" factor of being on top of the building, or going through the Ferris wheel. That kind of coaster is really great for a downtown park because the sheer existence of that massive coaster, right smack dab in the middle of EVERYTHING, probably makes residents just want to stop by and take a lap.
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cfc wrote:Thunder Dolphin isn't one of Intamin's better rides, but it does have one hell of a view, and it still beats the crap out of Intimidator at Carowinds or Gatekeeper at Cedar Point.
Seems like a cheap way to take a shot at other coasters that some people may like.
Nope. Merely expressing my opinion that Thunder Dolphin is better than both of these rides--particularly when it comes to the view.
As for your opinion, it has been duly noted and logged.
Personally, comparisons to other coasters are helpful to me! Thunder Dolphin looks like it has some incredible elements that weave the structures, and even if it's not the most intense ride, it seems like the integration makes up for that.
Last edited by glouthan on Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:24 am.
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glouthan wrote:Personally, comparisons to other coasters are helpful to me! Thunder Dolphin looks like it has some incredible elements that weave the structures, and even if it's not the most intense ride, it seems like the integration makes up for that.
The integration with the building and the view are the ride's most interesting elements.
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