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  1. For me, the most overrated ride experience I've had was El Toro. I mean, the first drop and two following airtime hills were awesome, but the whole second half of the ride was far too rough to be maneuvering through such intensely designed elements. I just ended up with a headache. I still would say I like the ride a lot, but it wasn't the mind blowing perfect coaster that it was hyped up to be. After three rides (front, middle, back) I was ready to devote the rest of the evening to Nitro, which was amazing.


    Too rough? It's definitely one of the smoothest coasters out there.

  2. I would suggest either major NorCal theme park to make dozens of improvements.



    *New [Major] Coaster.

    *Remove V2 and it replace it with a flat (It's a silly ride!).

    *Major Flat Ride.

    *More pathways. There are way too many dead ends.


    Great America:

    *New Coaster (Of course).

    *Tear down that abominable so-called wooden coaster!

    * Add a slide to the water park that at least exceeds 50 feet.

    *Touch up Flight Deck. (It's looking rusty).

    *Refurbish the parking lot and pathways.

    *Set higher standards for your staff! I'm not calling out the Great America staff as a whole, but some of them were downright rude!

  3. I would definitely rank Great Bear as one of the most overrated coaster. I am going to have to disagree with people saying that Batman: The Ride is overrated because the only time I have ever seen them being hyped was when they first started opening them in various Six Flags parks in the early 90's. I believe that Batman: The Ride clones are essential workhorse Inverts and more parks could actually use them (*hint*hint* The Great Escape! *hint*hint).

    As far as underrated coasters go, I would definitely pick Stormrunner. This coaster always seems to be overlooked in the coaster community and the theme park media. The forces I experience on this coaster are like no other!

  4. As much as the coaster enthusiast world hates Grizzly, it has the longest lines of the coasters behind Flight Deck an Psycho Mouse. I bet the maintenance costs to continue to make sure that the incident never happens again, mixed with the bad publicity the park got for the ride during and after the incident, was just an arrow pointing to the removal of it. As much as I liked the ride, and am upset that nothing is replacing it this season, I'm excited to hear about what is going to replace it. Let's be honest, there are SO MANY better options out there of coasters that can replace a boomerang, albeit an inverted one. GCI's are amazing coasters, and after experiencing Terminator at SFMM, I would love to see that project resurrected.


    True, but there is already a GCI (Roar at DK) nearby. The problem with Northern California is that theme parks lack in diversity. Something like an Intamin woody (CA doesn't contain one) would be fantastic. Like I've stated before, Great America is a park with potential, but if they replace Invertigo with a gimmicky dark ride, flat, upcharge, whatever..you can count me out and I'll just have to to head down to Universal, SFMM and Knott's for CA thrills.

  5. It's sad to say that Great America, Discovery Kingdom and Santa Cruz are all that Northern California has to offer! I really enjoy the Drop Tower, Invertigo and Flight Deck, but after visiting the park twice, I was very underwhelmed. It might have had to do with the apathetic staff, the suburban gangster wannabes roaming the park, or the lack of attention the rides were getting!


    I wouldn't mind seeing this park pull an Elitch Gardens and relocating their rides that matter (Flight Deck, Invertigo, Drop Tower, some flats..) to a location nearby to set aside the stadium drama and get some more people to the park! I was there on a Saturday and the place was deserted! Come on Great America. You have potential to be the Knott's of NorCal!

  6. Was poking around the site to see if this ride was similar in layout to Beijing Happy Valley's "Extreme Rusher" and found a "Gutterflower" post with a POV vid link: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjEzMjk2NTQw.html (in case anyone else missed it - mad props to Gutterflower for finding it.)


    Oh, man, that looks like fun, and that rising whine just before the launch?!


    Thanks for the link!

    Shangrila Snowfield is one sexy looking beast. Imagine a Sea World getting one of these with water elements!

  7. Hey TPR community! This is my first post and I just want to say what you guys are doing for theme park coverage is mind blowing! I have been checking this site almost every week for the past year for updates and its great to see such enthusiasm!


    Anyways, the new Texas Giant is looking fierce and sexy! The elements on this ride are certainly one of a kind and some of the most extreme that I've come across! Hopefully this will turn into some sort of fad and Cedar Point can jump on the bandwagon by giving Mean Streak a much deserved re-profiling in the coming years.

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