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To borrow coasterbill's rating system, but provide a slightly different opinion...

 

Elite Rides

Fury

 

Good Rides

Intimidator

Afterburn

 

If you're into that kind of thing...

Nighthawk

 

Who cares?

Everything else

 

Avoid

Vortex (awful, even for a standup)

 

TL;DR Just ride Fury and Afterburn a lot.

 

You can't go wrong with that advice, though I would definitely heavily weight the rides in favor of Fury, personally!

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Vortex is probably the only stand up I have rode in recent years that I enjoyed.

 

I entirely agree with this.

 

Why is intimidator so bad???

 

I blame the trains, and the lol "second half"

 

It's not bad. It's just very average for a hyper coaster and Fury helps to exaggerate how average it is.

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Why is intimidator so bad???

 

It's not bad. It's just very average for a hyper coaster and Fury helps to exaggerate how average it is.

 

I think the second part of your response really is the biggest thing that detracts from it, in my opinion. After riding Fury, it's just kind of like... "Oh, ok. That was cool, I guess. Back to Fury!" I think in another park that could use a Hyper coaster, Intimidator would be far more appreciated!

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I rode,intimidator front row, with my roommate behind me. I literally turned to her on the top of one of the camelbacks when we slowed to a crawl....like turned my entire body and just went "what the hell is this?"

 

Just picturing that made me literally laugh out loud.

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I rode,intimidator front row, with my roommate behind me. I literally turned to her on the top of one of the camelbacks when we slowed to a crawl....like turned my entire body and just went "what the hell is this?"

 

Just picturing that made me literally laugh out loud.

Same here

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I think Fury has a lot to do with it. Before Fury was there everybody loved Intimidator.

 

I seem to recall this... I went to Carowinds last year expecting Intimidator to be a great Hyper, based off of everybody's reports on it. Then I found it to be good but not great, and started reading from everybody how bad it is... Definitely the "Fury Effect" taking place!

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Rode Intimidator at night for the first time at Scarowinds in 2014 and it was a pretty solid hyper. Still behind Diamondback and Apollo's Chariot for me as far as B&ms go, but pretty fun.

 

Rode it last July a few hours after riding Fury and besides the first drop it could not have been more boring. The trims were hitting super hard and I just couldn't believe how... painfully average it was. I think we rode it 3 times. Same ride every time.

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Carowinds is getting a one-of-a-kind exec! Pat Jones is coming from KD up I-85. From my time working at the park, I cannot remember a more dedicated park front office brass, I saw her often interacting with guest, checking in with employees, by the end of my fourth year we were on first name basis. Gotta wish her good luck with bringing the KD spirit to the best park in the Southeastern US.

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It's funny to think how a massive hit like Fury can knock out your past staple ride. When we went to the park in 13 I really enjoyed Intimidator, but it didn't top Diamondback for me. I still spent the majority of my rides on Afterburn. Although maybe Intimidator was never really that good, because no matter how many pictures I show my wife she doesn't even remember it. Ironically, if you packed that thing up and moved it to SFSTL it would instantly be king.

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Like other's have said, I'm just trying not to set my expectations too high before riding Fury next Wednesday and Thursday. After years of listening to everyone else so much where I thought I-305 would be my perfect coaster I'm playing this one safe.

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Like other's have said, I'm just trying not to set my expectations too high before riding Fury next Wednesday and Thursday. After years of listening to everyone else so much where I thought I-305 would be my perfect coaster I'm playing this one safe.

 

I'm with you with my first visit coming up the end of next month. Interested to hear your review of things but will still keep my expectations in check!

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Carowinds is getting a one-of-a-kind exec! Pat Jones is coming from KD up I-85. From my time working at the park, I cannot remember a more dedicated park front office brass, I saw her often interacting with guest, checking in with employees, by the end of my fourth year we were on first name basis. Gotta wish her good luck with bringing the KD spirit to the best park in the Southeastern US.

I've come to realize, just like the president of the US . . . it doesn't really matter who the "face". After having 4 GM's within less than 2 years you gotta be like what the hell lol.

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Like other's have said, I'm just trying not to set my expectations too high before riding Fury next Wednesday and Thursday. After years of listening to everyone else so much where I thought I-305 would be my perfect coaster I'm playing this one safe.

 

You won't be dissapointed. The first drop is more memorable than Millie, the middle section is out of control crazy fast, and the last 3 hills have insane ejector air.

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I think it just goes to show how freaking good Fury is. It still admonishes me it's a B&M. It would overshadow most rides at Cedar point too

 

"I must not be a vocabulary nazi... I must not be a vocabulary nazi..."

 

It's interesting thinking about anticipointment (yes, the vocabulary nazi is fully aware that is not a REAL word, but it SHOULD be! ) in regard to Fury... I actually experienced that in regard to Afterburn when I went to Carowinds. I mean, it was a fun little Invert, and I prefer it to Raptor and the Batman clones, I think... However, after everybody raved about how amazing it was, I was a little let-down actually riding it, and feeling like it was just another typical B&M early model "intensity-heavy" Invert. I would caution anybody away from getting too hyped over that particular coaster, vs. Fury, which in my opinion, actually delivered the "#1 coaster I've ridden" experience that I was anticipating it might!

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I rode,intimidator front row, with my roommate behind me. I literally turned to her on the top of one of the camelbacks when we slowed to a crawl....like turned my entire body and just went "what the hell is this?"

LMAO.

 

My thoughts exactly.

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