Time for part 2!
So my overall review of Helix is that it’s the best ride to open in Europe in quite a few years.
I have ever since it was annouced excpected it to be Blue Fire 2.0, in other words a not so intense ride, and this have even been more implemented in my thoughts when the park have said during the last two years that the ride would appeal to everybody.
Therefore I don’t feel the slightest dissapointment about this ride, as some other reviews I have read.
I am truly blown away by Helix. It is everything an amazing coaster should be.
The ride is a bit forceless in some areas like the launches, the corkscreews and the zero-groll. These elements are still very great however, as the first corkscrew have awesome hangtime, the second corkscrew have some great floater and the zero-g-roll is still a good element. The launches we always knew they were going to be weak, but they are still great. It is nothing like a modern B&M!
In some other areas hovever the ride is very intense. The dive into the helix is AWESOME and the helix itself pull some really high G’s, and the same thing can be said about the bottom of the Pretzl loop.
The pretzel loop is also very awesome, the pacing through is great, it dosent slow down or ”drag” anything. The transitions dosen’t have the same ”snap” as the Intamin version, but it really dosen’t need them, it’s such a great element.
The dive into the loop is awesome as well, following the groud and being burrid within the folliage makes it an awesome part of the ride.
The dive out of the station is a very good elemtent, and especially awesome if your in the back of the train. It surprised me how fast the ride travelled between the first corkscrew until the first launch, great start to the ride!
The 3 airimte hills are awesome, the two later ones have great ejector air sustained for very long (as I wrote earlier, I can compare the airtime to the first two hills on Expedition Gefore). The first airtime hill, after the second corkscrew, is also very good. Not as strong airtime (I’d rather call it weak ejector than strong floater) but it also have the twisty part, so it’s still a great and very fun element.
The turn after the helix into the second launch is also very great becuse of the near misses with the flume and the Schwarzkopf. The top hat is very awesome, as I said earlier, as it delievers a great pace through, combined with some great upside down floater. When you have passed the awesome airtime hill after the top hat comes the pullout of it, which gives some very strong G’s, and it just awesome.
The trick-track rail up until the barrel roll is very fun, but nothing spectacular, and the roll is as I described it earlier, a very fun ending to the ride.
There is only some slight rattle in a few selected places, nothing to mention really, the only reasone I’m doing so is that I didn’t find it on Blue Fire. But also Mack have never built anything of Helix’s size before, they are probably going to experiment a bit more with the wheels after it’s trimmed in, so I excpect it to be glass smoth all over for next year.
My favorite elements would be the drop out of the station along with the corkscrew, the pretzel loop, the dive into, and the helix as well as the top hat.
We all know how awesome the Mack restrains and train are, so I don't think I have to write anything about them.
The station is very cool, and the quene is exceptionally well done, even though it lacks any themeing. Everybody who love Cristopher Nolan’s Batman movies will LOVE the soundtrack!
From what I have written I will give Helix 10 out of 10 possible points, it really blew my mind with what excpectations I had, and I would rather ride it tan Expedition Geforce. I place it second on my coaster rankings for now, only Piraten is higher, BUT I leave it open for Helix to take the number one spot away from the megalite, I just need to ride it more.
No, its not a joke, you read it correctly, I’m thinking of taking away the megalite from my no.1 spot!!
I do have a feeling that next year, when I have ridden I305, Skyrush, Maverick and El Toro, Helix will go down a few positions in my ranking.
Piraten is much more intense, and the elements comes quicker, but this is just so overall well done, and the ride is spectacular.
I also can not resist comparing it to the other double launcher in Scandinavia, Juvelen. I would say Helix is a better ride, but I will also say that Juvelen is not a worse ride. They are both really great rides, and I could never chose between them. They are also so very different.
I predict that many enthusiasts will make HELIX their No.1 coaster.
The operations on Helix, and the other rides as well, leaves a bit for improvement. Hopefully they will get it going for when summer hits for real.
And with that I leave you. For you who are going on the SCANDI trip, you should really long for HELIX (but keep in mind what I wrote about my personal expectations for the ride, it is not Skyrush combined with Maverick!)
Last edited by _koppen
on Tue May 27, 2014 9:24 am.
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The Megalite is *the* roller coaster of the world (after finally riding Expedition Geforce, I'll admit, it was pretty freaking awesome as well!).
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