Glad you enjoyed them, I had the privilege of riding Twisted Timbers recently and it was freaking awesome, especially considering my only other RMC was Goliath (which I also love, but not nearly as much as TT). It just kept throwing you out of your seat over and over. That reverse banked part was probably the highlight for me, though the whole thing was excellent. It's a shame that I only managed 2 rides on it due to a tight schedule, but I'm glad I got what I got.
Also minor correction, we got five new RMC's in 2018, not four: SV, TT, Wonder Woman GLC, Railblazer, and Twisted Cyclone.
1. El Toro 2. El Toro 3. El Toro 4. El Toro --- I'm not good at ranking...
My next RMC venture came in the form off a free afternoon during a business trip in Austin, Texas. I knew if this coaster ran anything like it's California clone the drive down to San Antonio would be worth it. Needless to say, it was.
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. Firstly, I want to lay out a "hot take" of mine: A coaster being "cloned" does not inherently devalue either version of that coaster. When a ride is good, it's good (see: Batman, Mega-Lite, Manta/Acrobat, iSpeed, RailBlazer/Wonder Woman). If a park had nothing but these 5 clones, it would have one of the best park lineups anywhere.
This Raptor V.1 is my favorite cloned coaster ever. In short, Wonder Woman rides just as good, if not better than RailBlazer. It holds it's speed incredibly well. It moves through every element much faster than you think. It's tiny and it's incredible. Just read my report on RailBlazer if you need more specifics - It feels just the same.
I can't wait for Jersey Devil Coaster (and it's eventual clones that everyone will complain about)!
RMC Rankings as of April 2018: 1. Steel Vengeance 2. Lightning Rod 3. Outlaw Run 4. Twisted Timbers 5. Wildfire 6. Medusa Steel Coaster 7. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster 8. RailBlazer 9. Iron Rattler 10. Twisted Colossus 11. New Texas Giant 12. Joker 13. Storm Chaser 14. Goliath 15. Wicked Cyclone
[RMC #15] Yes, yes, yes. I love Raptors!
Pleased to say that this version if just as batshit insane as RailBlazer.
The backrow on this drop is divine.
One of my favorite outward banks ever, sustained ejector. Looks like an 8 year old designed this.
Great little corner of the park. Superman stills holds up as my favorite floorless!
Night rides are insane too. The flimsy-looking ribbon track is still hilarious to me.
I want every park in the country to have one of these. SeaWorld SD next please?
Yeah, this thing rips
Also, Iron Rattler is still amazing and so smooth. I prefer Wonder Woman by a hair.
Save for the top of the quarry and overall length, this ride is fast and fun!
Hello again, everyone - We're finally catching up to the present day here. This August I took my second big International coaster trip. I visited Japan and Korea and rode a lot of bucketlist coasters. I'll share a few thoughts on some notable coasters, but let's dive into the real reason for this Trip Report.
Hakugei. I've been following this coaster since the beginning and to be honest, when I saw the layout and initial test runs/POV I wasn't expecting too much, maybe middle of the pack RMC? There was so much to look forward to on this trip, that by the time I got to Nagashima, this coaster was able to completely catch me off guard. It's fast. That initial drop delivers so much power that even the shallower, less-dynamic elements are taken at a speed where they become insane. I love this type of ride pacing so much.
I was able to get four rides on Hakugei (~2 hour queue all day), but the lengthy duration made for a satisfying experience and I wasn't disappointed with my outcome. This ride starts off with the most interesting pre-lift on any RMC to-date, but like the rest, it pales in comparison to what follows. There's a nice long lift that provides a stellar view of the park and ocean. The pre-drop turn is much like Wildfire where there's a bit of speed and some laterals too. The small rise into the drop really helps boost the airtime duration across the entire train and it's spectacular in the back. The double up is filled with ejector in every seat somehow and I immediately knew I had downplayed this coaster beforehand. The small outward-banked hill in the middle of the structure is the wildest one to-date and is more comfortable than some others I've done. The following double down is faster and stronger than I expected too. The first half is wrapped up with a decent zero-g stall, much like others but unique to Asia.
Every element following is very low and taken at a rapid-fire pace. A turn-around cleverly inserts two sideways airtime moments to break up the positives. There's a low roll that feels like you barely raised in height. The lap continues with ejector, laterals, positives, and structure weaving that reminded me so much of Steel Vengeance. As it wrapped up I knew it was my favorite coaster in Japan and one of my favorites ever. I'm so glad RMC is finally spreading across the globe. Chasing these installations has been so much fun.
Walking to the ride, this thing towers over you and feels massive.
[RMC #16] Time to ride the world's best whale-themed coaster!
This little stretch of midway provided such a cool vantage point
They were definitely able to retain the enormous beauty of White Cyclone's structure
Can we agree that this is the most beauty RMC has achieved in an install?
There's not much "zero-g" in this whippy roll
I still don't get how the designers fit TWO airtime moments into a turn-around
Moving on to other parts of the trip, here's T Express. This coaster was insane. 1/2 of El Toro + ALL of Balder. Felt so long and was running so fast. This is now my favorite Intamin and my #3 coaster ever.
The mythical Aquatrax... Actually quite punchy and and super fun. The theming was so incredible and had some very tight clearances. Lotte was a beautiful park with a amazing collection of rides. I can't wait to return someday
We swung by the wonderfully-set Seoul Land and got to encounter this horrible pile of steel, Black Hole 2000.
My return to Universal was amazing. Flying Dino is still VERY intense. Hollywood Dream Backdrop is hilariously fun and Space Fantasy is a gift (Running with full effects and without any VR now)
Pyrenees was a bit out-of-the-way, but was running like a dream. So intense and so long. This quickly became my favorite operating invert!
The rest of Nagashima was a ton of fun. SD2000 backrow is great! Plus the Ultra Twister and old Schwarz collection are amazing classics.
Tobu felt like it's barely holding on. Regina's demise was announced the day before we arrived and the park was dead. But that meant we got 10 rides on this little beauty and it solidified by love for Mega-Lites.
Yomiruiland was a really cool park, but the coasters didn't really stand out. I did love the Gondola though and the way Bandit jumps over these hills!
Fuji-Q was a mess. Even a rainy day made for insane lines. The only solution is to spend a ton of cash on line-skippers. I did wait 3 1/2 hours for Eejaniaka. Although it had a more interesting layout, it was riding more violent than I've ever felt on X2. I didn't need to ride it again.
Fujiyama was a lot of fun though, and the line was only 90 mins.
Splurging for passes on the last coasters turned things around a bit. Do-Dodonpa's launch is something else. Terrifying. The rest of the layout was mediocre.
Takabisha was great too, had some Eurofighter roughness, but felt more complete than any other.
Oh, and I also visited the best theme park on the planet!
That wraps this up. In 2020 the US will have 3 RMCs that I need to ride, so that's all until then!
Glad to hear T-Express is still the awesome mix of El Toro and Balder! I hope they continue to take care of it.
You have way more patience than I do for some of those wait times though. The only way I'll even tolerate FujiQ is with the express passes for ALL the coasters. Especially if I'm going to get beat up on them in the process!
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