Pear wrote:^Wicked Cyclone is an extremely temperamental ride. I've had days where it has crawled into the brakes and days where it hauled into the brakes.
Only went for one day, but even in that day while 95% of the rides were fast, jammed with ejector air there were two that were almost lifeless feeling.
WOW. Those lightning rod pics are amazing. I may drop the pretense of making a "trip" of it and just get my A$$ to Dollywood, LR looks too good. I'm seeing it pop up as more and more people's #1 and I'm not surprised.
Top 10 Steel: Steel Vengeance, Wicked Cyclone, Millennium Force, Storm Chaser, Skyrush, I305, Maverick, Lightning Run, Superman (SFNE), Kumba Top 10 Wood: Voyage, Phoenix, El Toro, Boulder Dash, Mystic Timbers, Lightning Racer, Grizzly (KD), Legend, Raven, Beast 2018 Parks: (new)Busch Gardens Tampa, Kings Island, Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure
Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone. I wish everyone luck in riding Lightning Rod this season. I just want to reiterate that this coaster is insane - Better than any other North American RMC, better than any other North American B&M, better than any other North American Intamin - Every enthusiast NEEDS to ride this ASAP.
Welcome back to my ongoing trip report about the wonderful world of RMCs!
RailBlazer. So as some of you may seen, without any warning CGA announced on Friday evening that the long-awaited RailBlazer would be open for passholder previews the next day. My friends and I all live in Southern CA, and may or may not have had plans pre-existing for this weekend. Despite that, our hype and tight schedule later this month pushed us to scramble and make the 8-hour drive up there!
Was it worth the trouble? Most definitely!
I was expecting this coaster to be fun, but it looked short and the layout seemed inversion-heavy for my taste. After seeing some tests of this and Wonder Woman, I was warming up to the design. Even with that new expectation was blown out of the water after my 6 rides across the train!
The first drop is a mini-Toro 90 degree beauty. The back is straight nuts and the front is floaty and fun. Following that is the dive loop, down raven thing. The snap throughout this thing is insane - ejector into positives - My new favorite inversion EVER! Follow that up with the 'Jesus-that-cannot-be-real' outward banked airtime hill. One of RMC's most sustained ejector moments that rips with the ferocity of Skyrush. The upward helix has some of RMC's most intense positives to-date. The drop off the s-bend bit is also insane in every seat. The cutback and zero-g are the chillest elements on the ride, but it's much appreciated at that point. The last turn is taken way too fast (more crazy positives) and there's a nice little hop into the brakes. The coaster is short, sure, but nearly every element is has is incredible. It's pacing is so intense - Everything feels too fast in the most perfect way. I know it might be a hot take, but I found this to be even more fun than the other 2 California RMCs! I would be stoked if every smallish park in the country got a clone of this! (Looking at you Dorney, WOF, MIA, etc)
Lastly, I'll talk about the trains. My first OTSR RMC. Not bad exactly, but still not ideal. Pros: Freedom of space like spreading your arms out and pretend you're flying (I'm serious, it's so awesome). No shin guards!! Lapbar itself was comfortable enough. Cons: The straps... they're pretty stiff and with RMC-level ejector, your shoulders will be sore after multiple rides. I'm still sore today.
My current RMC rankings: 1. Lightning Rod 2. Outlaw Run 3. Medusa Steel Coaster 4. RailBlazer 5. Iron Rattler 6. Twisted Colossus 7. New Texas Giant 8. Joker 9. Storm Chaser 10. Wicked Cyclone 11. Goliath
This year is just starting for me, so look forward to this TR getting updated a few more times this year!
The early-morning drive starting getting interesting once we approached Gilroy!
[RMC #11] And just like that, we made it!
Getting right into it. Here's the 90 degree first drop. Looks sorta like El Toro
It may be short, but the back is just as stupidly crazy as you'd expect
Half of the fun are the copious amounts of headchoppers throughout. Ignore the dab, lol
The whip in this inversion is crazy. What a unique mix of forces.
It's wonky as hell, but so much fun.
This is definitely my favorite coaster to have more than 2 inversions
This outward thing feels like Skyrush's bastard cousin. Sustained ejector.
Finally, an RMC with strong positives throughout!
Lordy, this drop is taken with a stupid amount of speed!
The queue gives amazing perspectives on the VERY twisted layout!
Tried the RailBlazer IPA - It's damn good!
I'll leave you with this amazing view
Up next: Hmm... Could it be something a little more exotic? Maybe a bit international even?
These Raptor coasters are awesome and this is the perfect coaster for Great America's lineup. Your thoughts on the ride match how I felt about Wonder Woman.
How quickly were they getting trains out?
Thanks, man. I remember you writing that the Raptor clone is maybe second only to the Mega-Lite clone - I would agree!
It was a preview so they had a ton of ops and supervisors around. They were trying to push them out quickly, but they were also just getting used to the unique loading system and actual guests, I think. The line definitely moved quickly for the capacity limitations.
Yaaaay! I'm going to make a trip up there sometime this week to ride RailBlazer.
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