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This ride is awesome. I rode it 12 times in 2 hrs. It only slows up a little one time. Yes it is rough, but no more rough than any other woodie except for El Toro. The brake run brings the train to a complete stop and it takes a while for it to roll into the station. I am not sore from the ride yet but I will be able to tell better in the morning. I beleive that the people who get beat up on coasters are people who wont hold on. Of course ur gonna get thrown about if ur hands are up.

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I got 97 rides in before we ran out of time. Guru got 101. If I had stayed last night, I could've gotten those extra 3, but I had 47 rides in at that point and the lines were more than a half hour long.

 

I got 50 rides in today even with a mech breakdown, a bit of a crowd, a lightning storm delay, and one-train operation.

 

That should stifle anyone's worries that they shouldn't come down on a weekend. If it's not spring break, come on down, the crowds are fine!

 

In fact, for the last half hour tonight, we didn't even have to get off.

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Yeah...you guys are nuts. I'm happy with my lowly 40 rides over the 4 days Other than the tops of my legs being sore from slamming into the lapbar on a few hills and my thumb from smashing my knee into it at some point on the ride I feel pretty good for having ridden a wooden coaster that many times.

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=ALodSbsWZ2E

 

Another video posted...that one guy looks familar

 

It ran SOO much faster overall today. The rain helped and the track is really braking in. Parts of the track that didn't move at all to this point are swaying a 1-2 feet. Its really fun to watch! With the one train operation the train would fly into the station for most of the day. The rain dried up and it ran a bit slower in the later hours but it still took the last few hills faster on average than they did all day yesterday.

 

This coaster is strange, the our seat preferences seem to change daily. Suddenly the comfy seats in the middle have turned into rough rides. Front row is still the smoothest but the second row provides WAY more airtime and IMO is the best 'balanced' ride (comfy yet ejector air). The last row is still the best for the stand up in your seat first drop. There is no longer anything special about seat 5R, in fact, it seems worse than most now.

 

Texcoaster and I finished out the day riding in the back to seats since they were single rider only (there was a mechanical problem with 11 and 12R). We managed to rack up our final 15 or so rides there and I am not even sore. The entire train, even when it was running slower at the end, seemed much smoother today.

 

-GG

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The reporter says "now that Astroworld is closed the Bullet is one of Houston's biggest roller coasters". I just have one question, I want to know were the other ones are at?

 

And you gotta love that headline "Noisy new attraction makes poor neighbor". Typical news media spin. If something such as a new gas station had been built it would have read "new gas station praised by locals and visitors as wonderful!"

 

And I'm glad the Killions did not sell which left Kemah with a smaller space. That ultimately led to a better coaster!

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Nice...someone breaking the rules several days in a row now.

 

Yeah, one guy tried and I told him they would immediately escort him out of the park if they caught him and pointed out the cameras on the lift. He immediately put it up! I was mainly concerned because I was sitting behind him and in a previous ride someones hat flew back and landed in the girls lap next to me. I found 4 phones, 1 wallet, and a cigarette lighter when entering/leavings trains today. Too easy to loose things which are unsecured.

 

-GG

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Texcoaster and I finished out the day riding in the back to seats since they were single rider only (there was a mechanical problem with 11 and 12R).

-GG

 

What kindof mechanical problems? Lapbars wouldn't lock or something?

 

I think they wouldn't unlock and they would have to manually go use that tool to unlock them. They fixed the other train today and should have this one done too, but honestly, they only need 1 train most days. There was a 1 train wait most of the day, at the peak around 1-2pm there was a 15 minute wait.

 

-GG

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I think you are being just as biased for the coaster as the homeowners are against it.

 

Fair is fair I guess. Both sides should balance each other out then let the viewer decide. The articles make it sound like those folks live there, yet the first time I have seen them there was this weekend and I've been there several times for a few months on the weekends. The fact is they could have sold. If they have huge sentimental value they could have sold and MOVED the existing house to another location with the money Landry's offered. The sound on the news clips was undoubtedly amplified, I have stood there and its not THAT loud, but it IS loud.

 

 

The folks in that house say the noise drives them in, you tell the paper the

coaster is "top ten". A little hyperbole on both sides probably.

 

I've talked to 5 people with at least 100 credits, most with many more, who rate it in their top 10 (most closer to 10 than 1). I can only go by them since I have not ridden enough coasters. A few others were undecided and IMO, until it really breaks in I probably wouldn't rate it yet either. The fact remains however, it is in Jim's top ten, and that is what he was speaking to.

 

Perhaps the GG designed the ride for the sake of the homeowners, but until the president of that company tells me that, I'll never believe it.

-r

 

Couldn't an engineer do that, why just the president, or someone at Kemah. Do you only trust presidents?

 

-GG

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There was some discussion here a few weeks ago about spare cars spotted somewhere around/under the structure. On Saturday I noticed two of them under the structure: one covered with its coaster-car-cozy, and the other not. Did they have intentions on the trains being longer? Unusual to have spares lying around.

 

Here's a photo I took just before leaving Saturday night around 8pm. I waited until the train was on the first drop, but I guess it was too blurred to show. Still, quite a beautiful sight, no?

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Well i went and parked near the coaster and the houses and I didnt find it that loud either. I still say the people next door that refuse to sell are just holding out for more money. If they arent then I guess they will have to get used to the noise, but trust me they will eventually be gone.

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Here's a photo I took just before leaving Saturday night around 8pm. I waited until the train was on the first drop, but I guess it was too blurred to show. Still, quite a beautiful sight, no?

 

Not bad though, we need more pics like that one!

 

I noticed the extra cars early on but for some reasons a few people debated me on that, probably for the reasons you pointed out, its odd. When we got the structure walk through they were laying right there as we walked by so that question was put to rest. If they had intentions of the trains being longer the station would have probably been designed differently as well?

 

It was nice briefly meeting you out there and riding the Boardwalk Bounce, never new so much fun could come for a little kiddie ride! It sure killed the time and the wait was well worth it for those rain rides. Still haven't experienced that again yet, TexCoaster got one in today, but I was too late. He said it was by far his best ride and better than the ones on Friday. They had just oiled the entire track that morning so I can only wonder what it was like. It was a different coaster that way.

 

-GG

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I am very curious how this will rate against other woodies. I know it won't be a number #1 since it isn't super tall or anything. I guess time will only tell. I think it will be cool to hear others view on the ride.

 

Same here, can't wait to get some out of state people in to ride it. I just hope they can ride it at least a dozen times. It almost takes that many times just to know the layout and be able to enjoy all the elements individually. I particularly like what I call the Boardwalk Ballbuster, or the The Pop, as some others call it. Its that part on the east end curve where the train has still yet to touch the rails (Texcoaster posted a picture of this part a few pages back), and you get a real nice, quick and nasty jolt into the lapbar. Make sure that seatbelt is not vertical and in the wrong spot at that point!!

 

-GG

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I am very curious how this will rate against other woodies. I know it won't be a number #1 since it isn't super tall or anything. I guess time will only tell. I think it will be cool to hear others view on the ride.

 

Not all the good coasters out there are record breakers. For example a lot of people love Raven at Holiday World and its the smallest woodie there. Another case in point, Son Of Beast at Kings Island, record breaking, but horrible.

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I am very curious how this will rate against other woodies. I know it won't be a number #1 since it isn't super tall or anything. I guess time will only tell. I think it will be cool to hear others view on the ride.

 

Not all the good coasters out there are record breakers. For example a lot of people love Raven at Holiday World and its the smallest woodie there. Another case in point, Son Of Beast at Kings Island, record breaking, but horrible.

 

You stole my thunder, Vegas.

 

While Voyage is my #1 woodie, and it is very big, MegaZeph is at #2 and it's about the same size as Bullet. Shivering Timbers, another biggie, is #3 and Bullet is #4 right now.

 

Later on in my top ten, you find TxCyclone, Coney Cyclone, Phoenix, and Raven... all of them around Bullet's size or smaller.

Of note: very large wood coasters such as the Beast, Son of Beast, the Boss, Germany's Colossus, etc are NOT on my list.

 

It ain't how big it is, it's what ya do with it!

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Well I guess its more of taste. I actually like goliath type coasters. Like Voyage, The Beast, Mean Streak and Sof B. I like terrain coasters the most. I have never been on Balder but I am sure that when I do ride it, It will probably be my favorite woodie running close with El Toro. The Bullet is the best mini woodie to me.

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Its Interesting, the last 2 Wooden Coasters I have ridden before getting on the Bullet were El Toro and the Ozark Wildcat at Celebration City. (No Voyage or Hades yet for me, yet)

 

So thats really 3 top 5 coasters for me that all have very different rides.

 

El Toro is so smooth it doesn't even feel like a wooden coaster and the restraints are so tight that it really takes away from the ride.

 

The Wildcat is so graceful with such smooth flowing elements, anybody can enjoy it.

 

The Bullet is just sheer power despite its small size. Its not too rough, but it gives a ride that is barely contained. The pacing is frantic and much of the ride is unexpected.

 

So if I had to rate these 3 in order, it would be

 

1. Bullet

2. Ozark Wildcat

3. El Toro (El Toro would be a number one with different restraints.)

 

These are all excellent rides but very different rides.

 

I really need to find the time to ride Hades, The Voyage and The Kentucky Rumbler to give me a different perspective.

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