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I am not a coaster expert like so many on here, but here's my opinion...

 

The Cyclone bored me. It was long straight stretches of hills and a bit of getting tossed around.

 

This is nothing like it besides the 'made of wood' part.

 

From the first drop on something is happening. On the second ride I still couldn't figure out where I was on the track at any given time... It's quite a rough ride in the back (the only place I rode)... I think I spent more time pressed up against the lap bar than on my seat.

 

It is now my favorite roller coaster (this might ave something to do with distance from my house, but... That's ok)

 

The first drop is great, and there are quite a few others where I felt I was gonna get launched... I just wish the rain had held off and I could have tried the front a few times....

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We just got back home too. We rode 4 times...tried the front car, middle twice, and very back seat. I must say that I liked the back seat best. Airtime on all the bigger drops in the back seat. The 2nd big drop...the one after the high turn up front is my favorite...it reminds me a LOT of the drop off the midcourse break on Texas Giant...except Bullet is much smoother. The whole thing is a bit rougher than I hoped it would be but not near as rough as Texas Giant or Rattler. My buddy Greg and I actually felt like the back seat was smoother than the front...call us weird. It certainly feels faster in the back though. Interestingly, the cars have stadium seating...I've never seen that on PTC trains before. The cars are very comfortable with very thick padding. The exit path is cool because from there you can really take in all the structure up around you. It is a BEAUTIFUL ride. The views of the Bay from the top are amazing. We ate at Saltgrass next door afterwards and sat by the windows facing the ride. I was surprised that you couldn't hear the ride at all from inside the restaurant. I was also surprised at how much the structure sways on the back Bay turn...WOW! This ride is very fun...and extremely fast. It is probably my #2 woodie now...behind Thunderhead...but I haven't been on too many woodies to compare.

 

-Derek

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We just got back home too. We rode 4 times...tried the front car, middle twice, and very back seat. I must say that I liked the back seat best. Airtime on all the bigger drops in the back seat. The 2nd big drop...the one after the high turn up front is my favorite...it reminds me a LOT of the drop off the midcourse break on Texas Giant...except Bullet is much smoother. The whole thing is a bit rougher than I hoped it would be but not near as rough as Texas Giant or Rattler. My buddy Greg and I actually felt like the back seat was smoother than the front...call us weird. It certainly feels faster in the back though. Interestingly, the cars have stadium seating...I've never seen that on PTC trains before. The cars are very comfortable with very thick padding. The exit path is cool because from there you can really take in all the structure up around you. It is a BEAUTIFUL ride. The views of the Bay from the top are amazing. We ate at Saltgrass next door afterwards and sat by the windows facing the ride. I was surprised that you couldn't hear the ride at all from inside the restaurant. I was also surprised at how much the structure sways on the back Bay turn...WOW! This ride is very fun...and extremely fast. It is probably my #2 woodie now...behind Thunderhead...but I haven't been on too many woodies to compare.

 

-Derek

Wow good review, I hope they open it at 11 tommorow, I'll be there in the morn. How were the lines? My cousin went and said it was closed although there was no rain around 9oclock? Jason, You were owed the first ride...Did you enjoy it?!
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One word: AWESOME!

 

I LOVE THIS RIDE!

 

I couldn't make it down there until late but I managed to get three rides in, once in the front car, and two rides in the very back car. Then around 9pm or so.... came the lightning. Yep, a thunderstorm. So the ride was shut down until it passed. I waited around to see if the storm would pass but it just keept thundering with light rain so I left. Darn lighnting!

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Those of you that left when they closed it because of rain missed out on some crazy insane rides! I don't know how to describe them other than "wow". They reopened the ride around 10:30 for the few of us that were still left. They ran 5 cycles (2 of which were in a pretty heavy rain and the rest with light sprinkles). On those first couple during the rain the train was going so fast when it hit the brakes that it went through the magnetic brakes and was stopped by the fin brake.

 

 

 

fmulder21...there were no lines. By the time a lot of people started to realize the ride was open, they had to close it. Longest I waited to ride was one cycle (and that was because I wanted a specific seat).

They closed all the rides around 8pm due to lightning...not rain. The rides can run in the rain but if there is lightning in the area they shut them down. I imagine tomorrow will have longer lines as word gets out.

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Wow. This ride gets better and better the more you ride it. Everyone please hold your first judgments until you ride it about 5 times! Its like great music vs pop crap, it might not be catchy at first like pop, but when you hear it a few times it is kick ass awesome!

 

The rain rides were awesome, makes the entire end of the ride totally different!

 

Texcoaster was creating a graph of all the seats he has ridden in and making notes. There is one particular seat, row 5 right side, that did something to me in the first drop that no other seat has done to me. It took me totally by surprise since I had ridden the coaster at least 12 times by that point. I'm sure Texcoaster will post more about that!

 

Hope to see everyone out there tomorrow. I doubt the ride lines will be too long even on labor day weekend, but we'll see.

 

Thanks to all the Kemah staff who have treated us so well in the past few weeks and the bonus ride time tonight was just unreal! You guys are running a top notch operation and it shows!

 

-GG

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Yea one of the best parts was the fact that there was no line! I walked right on! I'm still trying to take it all in.

 

I've been making trips down there for quit a while now and have be lucky enough to witness the construction firsthand. I watched them put up framing, track, landscaping and even this morning I watched as they made the final preparations. So after months of watching wood go up and listening to hammers and saws work the moment finally arrived. I found myself making another trip down to Kemah. Only this time.... it was to ride it!

 

I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve all day today. The coaster and que line had seemed like wrapped presents under the Christmas tree just sitting there for weeks, months waiting to be unwrapped. So when I finally steeped into the que line and made my way up to the loading station, that I had witnessed being erected from a far for so long, it was kind of surreal.

 

Then that magical moment finally happened.... I boarded the front car and prepared to ride the Bullet. And boy did the paper come flying off this present... It was nothing short of magic.

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Thanks for the info about how it rides!

 

I can hardly wait. I just hope it doesn't experience any "technical difficulties" before I can ride it.

 

What was the longest you had to wait in line? Also, how long does a "circuit" take including loading/riding/unloading?

 

THE BIG QUESTION IS THIS: Will they let you reride without having to go to the start of the queue if there aren't enough people in line to fill all vacant seats? I sure hope not. I hate that at Six Flags! I just don't get why they are such a pain about it.

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There was no line tonight. The thunderstorm came before there could be a line. If you wanted a specific seat (front or back) it was 1 or 2 train wait.

 

The ride ops did pretty good for only being trained earlier in the day. The ride takes about 1:45, they were probably taking 2:00 to 2:15 to unload and load a train. So there was some time sitting on the brakes, but certainly not unbearable.

 

The reride policy is that if you have a wristband you can ride 3 times if no one is waiting for your seat before they make you walk around.

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The reride policy is that if you have a wristband you can ride 3 times if no one is waiting for your seat before they make you walk around.

How can they possibly keep track of a ton of different people and know who's ridden how many times?

 

What if someone is waiting for your seat but others are empty? Can you go for them instead?

 

Thanks for the info so far.

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The reride policy is that if you have a wristband you can ride 3 times if no one is waiting for your seat before they make you walk around.

How can they possibly keep track of a ton of different people and know who's ridden how many times?

 

What if someone is waiting for your seat but others are empty? Can you go for them instead?

 

Thanks for the info so far.

 

Obviously if too many people abuse it they will eliminate it, so don't abuse it and call out others who are trying to. Self enforcement is the key here, although they do have enough ride operators to keep an eye on things and many of the riders have 1 ticket not a pass.

 

Yes you can go get into another empty seat that nobody is waiting in line for but you must give up your seat to anyone who is waiting in line.

 

-GG

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So there was some time sitting on the brakes, but certainly not unbearable.

 

Yeah, I'd say right now about 3 minutes to get a train out. Thats still 480 people an hour and they are rated to do 800 an hour when they are up to speed. I know this Coaster is going to be popular but aside from holidays I don't see Kemah having too many people in line!

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Is that 3X reride policy good for only wristbands? Single tickets must rewalk the queue?

 

Just need to ask. I'm trying to decide if I'll get the wristband or not. It all kinda depends on just how bad the line is. I love Pharaoh's Fury. That'll pay for part of the wristband in a couple of rides anyway.

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Is that 3X reride policy good for only wristbands? Single tickets must rewalk the queue?

 

Just need to ask. I'm trying to decide if I'll get the wristband or not. It all kinda depends on just how bad the line is. I love Pharaoh's Fury. That'll pay for part of the wristband in a couple of rides anyway.

Ummmm... if its a single ticket then its a single ticket. No scamming more rides. The wristband deal is a different story. It is an all day unlimited rides pass. I had one tonight. I sat back down in my seat this evening for my fourth ride since nobody was in my seats line. But then they closed the ride due to lightning so we had to exit.
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Obviously if too many people abuse it they will eliminate it, so don't abuse it and call out others who are trying to. Self enforcement is the key here, although they do have enough ride operators to keep an eye on things and many of the riders have 1 ticket not a pass.

 

Yes you can go get into another empty seat that nobody is waiting in line for but you must give up your seat to anyone who is waiting in line.

 

-GG

That's precisely what I was wondering. Just how would they keep track of all those people...

 

I guess I'm just so used to LOOONNNGGG lines @ Six Flags that I won't know how to feel.

 

The reason I asked about rerides is because that queue(from what I've seen) seems really long. I hated that excessive queue for B:TE @ SFAW. Is this queue as long as I've perceived it in pictures?

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Is that 3X reride policy good for only wristbands? Single tickets must rewalk the queue? Just need to ask. I'm trying to decide if I'll get the wristband or not. It all kinda depends on just how bad the line is.

 

Not sure. I'll have to ask. But if you are buying 3 rides you may as well buy a wristband for the cost of about 1 ride more. And if the lines are bad it won't be an issue anyway so really, if you go during dead times, get a band and ride all you want. If you buy 2-3 tickets walking around won't matter too much. If you are riding all day, it would get very tiring.

 

I love Pharaoh's Fury. That'll pay for part of the wristband in a couple of rides anyway.

 

I was surprised by how fun that little "Boardwalk Bouncer" was. I kept laughing like a little kid on it. They ran it while it was raining so we were able to reride it over and over. The other rides were shut down.

 

-GG

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Obviously if too many people abuse it they will eliminate it, so don't abuse it and call out others who are trying to. Self enforcement is the key here, although they do have enough ride operators to keep an eye on things and many of the riders have 1 ticket not a pass.

 

Yes you can go get into another empty seat that nobody is waiting in line for but you must give up your seat to anyone who is waiting in line.

 

-GG

That's precisely what I was wondering. Just how would they keep track of all those people...

 

I guess I'm just so used to LOOONNNGGG lines @ Six Flags that I won't know how to feel.

 

The reason I asked about rerides is because that queue(from what I've seen) seems really long. I hated that excessive queue for B:TE @ SFAW. Is this queue as long as I've perceived it in pictures?

Yes the line que is long. However only part of it was open tonight. And it was short. If the crowds get to big then they will open up the longer part to handle the crowds. Tonight, we just walked right on. I only had to wait on maybe two trains for the front car. I could have walked right on one of the middle cars.
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Is that 3X reride policy good for only wristbands? Single tickets must rewalk the queue?

 

Just need to ask. I'm trying to decide if I'll get the wristband or not. It all kinda depends on just how bad the line is. I love Pharaoh's Fury. That'll pay for part of the wristband in a couple of rides anyway.

Ummmm... if its a single ticket then its a single ticket. No scamming more rides.

 

Thats not what he meant, I think he meant if you bought 2 or 3 tickets, could you give them the next ticket and ride again without rewalking the entrance que.

 

-GG

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OK, I'll get some of the questions out of the way before my reviews (yes, THREE of them).

 

YES, you can re-ride without walking the plank. I believe the rule is that you can re-ride three times if nobody is in line for your seat, then you have to get out and walk around. This rule was not enforced during the half hour just before closing when they reopened it after the rainstorm. There were only about 10 of us still there at that point, anyway.

 

The longest I had to wait in line? Um... I NEVER had to wait in line. Every time I walked around, I walked right back up into an empty seat. Most times, I just stayed on the train. I rode in seats 1L, 1R, 2L, 3L, 5L, 5R, 11L, 11R, 12L, and 12R.

 

Loading and unloading went really fast, but the train was often only half full. Interestingly, the initial part of the lift is very slow. Usuallly, about 2/3 up the lift, you'll stop and wait for the other train to get into the station. Then the lift kicks it into high gear and pushes you over the top pretty quickly. When you stop on the brake run, the lead-in track to the station isn't angled very steeply, and it takes FOREVER for the train to get back to the station.

 

REVIEW: First ride, seat 1L. Lift was fast, the turn at the top was more swoopy than I expected and pretty fast. Laterals, even! The drop is nice, with a little hangtime just over the edge in the front car. The zig-zag track at the bottom is nuts. The upper bay turn is nuts. It's all just a blur until the big hill with the anti-rollbacks. Here you catch your breath and enjoy the view. The drop off this hill is really nice with a sweet little banked bunnyhop at the bottom, into the near-90 banked lower bay turn. This might be the smoothest part of the ride. Up and over the Saltgrass hill, down into the structure, then over a little bunnyhop. At the top of this hill, there is a pop. I don't know what causes it, but NOBODY sees it coming. The entire train is launched into the lapbar fairly violently for no apparent reason. Airtime where there shouldn't be any. Sweet! A seriously banked left turn leads to another big hill that drops down under the station and they take your picture. Neat strobe light effect under there. Coming around the back side and into the final stretch, it loses a little steam, especially on the final turn before the station. All in all, a good ride. Not a white-knuckle ride, but great fun for the whole family. Once you get past the first drop and zig-zag track and upper bay turn, you're done with the "hard stuff".

 

Review: 2nd ride, seat 11R. Anxious to see if that little flat section at the top of the first drop provides the ejector I predicted in my video. Verdict: HELL YEAH! Nice, NICE, NIIIIIIIICE bit of ejector air, with the train twisting another direction before you come down. The zig-zag in the back is even more nuts than in the front, and substantially rougher (but still not as rough as Giant or Rattler). The big drops are better back here, and the sensation of speed is enhanced. When you're inside the structure, you get lost and can't predict the layout. Turns seem faster.

 

Review: 4th ride, seat 5R. HOLY CRAP. What's up with seat 5 on the right side????? The zig-zag is not nuts, it's INSANE. The upper bay turn has airtime where none of the other seats did. The lead-in to the big turn had airtime, the bunnyhop after the big turn had air, WTF??? Maybe it's just me. Gotta get Guru on this one.

 

Review: rides 6-10, in the rain. OH.MY.GOD. They should've named this coaster Jeckyll and Hyde. All that crap I said about "good for the whole family"? Fuggedabowdit! This thing HAULS FREAKIN AZZ when it's wet. Yeah, yeah, ALL wood coasters are faster when they're wet, but not like this. Not EVER like this. I am not kidding when I tell you that the Bullet was toying the the bottom of my top 10 list (my ride list is now at 480), but after the "rain rides" it is sitting SOLIDLY at #4. If breaks in good and runs this fast all the time, this ride will be the surprise addition to many, many top 10 lists. At least one person (with a pretty decent track record himself) has claimed it as his #1 coaster after the wet rides.

 

My whole life is going to change after tonight. I'll be watching the weather forecasts, praying for rain, and then drive to Kemah during the storm so that I can be on the first trains out after the rain lets up. Yeah, it's THAT much better.

 

Oh, that #4 ranking is the average sentiment of dry/wet rides. If I only ride it when wet, it would be #2, with only the Voyage beating it out. As it is, Voyage, MegaZeph, and Shivering Timbers are ahead of it... but such notable rides as Coney Cyclone, TxGiant, Raven, Phoenix, and Boulder Dash are below it now.

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