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So as I was walking towards Wildcat today, we passed by the Karaoke booth. My sister and I joked in reminiscince of the famous Piers video. Literally just as we wrapped up our conversation, we looked up at the monitors playing demonstrations and saw this.

 

 

Made. My. Life.

For those who don't get the reference, here's the original video.

 

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According to actual G force limits, you have to be above -1.5 G's after 0.5 seconds. So my guess is that the airtime was just a little outside the legal limits, so they put the trims on so the ride will be just within legal airtime limits, meaning either it gets above -1.5 before the 0.5 second part, or it stays comfortably within the -1.4 range, as you can keep a ride at -1.4 for up to four seconds.

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My God this thread is insane. This right here is why shows like Doomsday Preparers exist. The world is crashing and burning because restraints don't match the curvature of people's thighs, stock up on your bread, eggs, and toilet paper now.

 

The restraint design is to be blame. If enough people whine about it maybe they'll be forced to change it - like the alterations to 305.

 

Ugh, can we not make this our new credo? How old are you, actually planning to whine to solve your problems...

 

El Toro doesn't staple? Then we must have ridden 2 different coasters. They stapled me EVERY time I rode it and it caused the ride to be really painful to me. Maybe it is because I am a little bigger but I highly doubt it. Even most of my skinny friends thought that it was painful because of the restraints. Don't get me wrong, I love El Toro and it is my favorite woodie but there is no doubt that it is painful. I had red marks on my thighs and stomach from the restraints. I have experienced really pain inducing stapling on I305, Fahrenheit and Storm Runner as well.

 

I've been stapled on every coaster you've mentioned, especially El Toro, and have never experienced pain. It's tight to move, but there is no pain. Maybe you're just built differently, but there certainly is doubt that El Toro is painful, at least for me (and all the rest of the people I get off the ride with every time loving it and not complaining a bit).

 

Intamin really should either stop stapling people to the point they can't breathe or come up with some kind of softer, comfortable restraint. It can't be that hard.

 

I guarantee that the Enthusiasts of the World would find a way to complain if teddy bears and fluffy pillows were restraints. Nobody will every win. The restraints they have are the restraints we're all gonna have to deal with. So let's deal with it.

 

Even though the impact of the trims isn't very noticeable (according to reports) I wonder what the calculated difference in physical forces before and after the trims felt like. I saw some figures thrown around a few pages before opening about the difference in -G's with the trims that seemed fairly minimal, but a small figure on paper might have meant a huge difference in rider comfort.

 

What the guy above me said. They probably just needed a very minute difference in forces, and that small alteration in speed gave it to them. It's not like I305's back half, where the ride physically has to be trimmed down greatly by design, it's just small bits of speed that need to be knocked off. For another example, see the trims on iSpeed. Just a tiny bit of speed knocked off, presumably to make the heartline roll bearable.

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According to actual G force limits, you have to be above -1.5 G's after 0.5 seconds. So my guess is that the airtime was just a little outside the legal limits, so they put the trims on so the ride will be just within legal airtime limits, meaning either it gets above -1.5 before the 0.5 second part, or it stays comfortably within the -1.4 range, as you can keep a ride at -1.4 for up to four seconds.

 

Just curious, but where do these "legal limits" you're talking about come from? Are they set by the park's insurance agency, state inspection agencies, ASTM, IAAPA, specific ride manufacturers or what? And who enforces compliance with the codes? I don't doubt your logic (it actually makes a lot of sense) I'm just interested because I've never heard of a singular organization that enforces the same set of regulations for all rides at all parks in the world.

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The ride looks awesome and worth some pain and defensive riding. Personally I can't wait to get up there and take whatever it's going to dish out to my thighs over getting the crap beat out of me on rough rides that just beat you to death with no pay off.

 

Now back to a much better use of my time:

 

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Finally got onto Skyrush today, and didn't experience any of the thigh pain people are talking about. I do a lot of weight lifting so I have pretty big legs, so I was expecting some pain, but was pleasantly surprised. Loved the ride though.

 

One odd thing I noticed, Fahrenheit seemed to have a way longer line all day than Skyrush did. Super Dooper Looper did too, though that may have been because they were running one train.

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I rode Skyrush today in the first row on the edge seat, and that darned coaster was trying it's hardest to throw me out! I swear! Going down that first drop, I really felt like I was was being pulled right out of my seat! And, I got that feeling several more times durin the ride. There is plenty of air on that coaster!

 

My lap bar tightened down at the bottom of the first drop, which made the rest of the ride extremely painful on my thighs. I'd go as far to say it was excruciatingly painful at times. My thighs still hurt now, 9 hours later! I learned from that fist ride though. The second time I rode, (in the back row, edge seat) I held on to the bars below my seat, so I would not have my thighs violently bashed up against the lap restraint again. That made the ride much more enjoyable for me.

 

I like the ride. It certainly won't make it into my top ten, but then, I prefer less intense coasters.

 

I have a couple of minor complaints about the station:

1) Black metal handrails + direct sunlight = OUCH!

2) Why on Earth did they design it so that you enter and exit from the same side of the train? That makes for a much longer load/unload time.

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Super Dooper Looper did too, though that may have been because they were running one train.

 

I rode SooperDooperLooper at 1pm. Both trains were on, and it was a walk on. Fahrenheit only had two trains on. That could have been why the lines were so long.

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At this point I wish the "lapbar hurt my legs" people would just STFU. If you can't handle it, go marathon on Great Bear.

 

Ride it before you act like it won't effect you.

 

The ride is amazing, but it beats your thighs up. Which I don't mind, I can't wait to see the ERT line for this.

 

Yes, how about this: Ride it before you criticize opinions of those who have rode it already. Validate your opinion with actual experience..is that so much to ask that everyone that hasn't taken a few laps step away from the discussion until they have done so?

 

 

No one so far has said they hated the ride, or the airtime, and no one is a wuss because they felt pain. I guarantee you this ride is like nothing you've been on before.

 

When it was announced, I said I would be happy if this gave half the ride Intimidator 305 delivers, and my expectations were blown away, yes, it's that intense. I love the thing! I proudly call it my favorite ride, even over I-305. It's [surprisingly] a more intense ride in a nicer setting, with more airtime (IMO): with a crazier first drop, multiple wild ejector moments, and trains more open than any coaster I've ever ridden. But also can't ignore feeling sore after a few laps. Pardon me if I agree that the restraint pads cause discomfort after a few rides, because that's what it felt like to me.

 

Now if you ride it and come out of it with a different opinion, that's fine. But watching people who haven't obviously taken even on lap onthe ride beat up on a minor criticism is just ridiculous. More so than arguing over trimming 0.6 mph- I wonder how those rides felt.

 

All of my rides have so far been in row 7 and 8, right wing. That twisted camelback is insane from those seats..

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At this point I wish the "lapbar hurt my legs" people would just STFU. If you can't handle it, go marathon on Great Bear.

 

All I see here is a ton of people whining about the whiners. Excruciating thigh pain ain't for everybody, but clearly there's a healthy contingent here who are into it so I'm sure ThighKrush has a rosy future at Hershey.

 

Anyhow, you really should ride the ThighKrush before you give your opinion on it. If this forum is like every other one on the internet, I'm sure that point is made about 50 times a day but doesn't stop the ignorant from stating their case.

 

As a funny aside, *I* can't believe how much whining I see in this thread about the Wildcat. One of my favorite woodies and I don't consider it rough at all - a little wild yes, but not "rough" or "painful", but the "wimps" are out in force around here talking about how much that thing beats you up.

 

Hey, not everybody is as tough as me I guess, but for those folks I guess the leisurely Comet is more their speed.

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I love the new path that they added that goes basically right through the middle of Skyrush. There are places along that path where the coaster is literally just a few feet above your head. It is an amazing place to sit and watch the coaster in action.

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At this point I wish the "lapbar hurt my legs" people would just STFU. If you can't handle it, go marathon on Great Bear.

 

All I see here is a ton of people whining about the whiners. Excruciating thigh pain ain't for everybody, but clearly there's a healthy contingent here who are into it so I'm sure ThighKrush has a rosy future at Hershey.

 

Anyhow, you really should ride the ThighKrush before you give your opinion on it. If this forum is like every other one on the internet, I'm sure that point is made about 50 times a day but doesn't stop the ignorant from stating their case.

 

As a funny aside, *I* can't believe how much whining I see in this thread about the Wildcat. One of my favorite woodies and I don't consider it rough at all - a little wild yes, but not "rough" or "painful", but the "wimps" are out in force around here talking about how much that thing beats you up.

 

Hey, not everybody is as tough as me I guess, but for those folks I guess the leisurely Comet is more their speed.

 

So now you're complaining about people complaining about the complainers?

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At this point I wish the "lapbar hurt my legs" people would just STFU. If you can't handle it, go marathon on Great Bear.

 

All I see here is a ton of people whining about the whiners. Excruciating thigh pain ain't for everybody, but clearly there's a healthy contingent here who are into it so I'm sure ThighKrush has a rosy future at Hershey.

 

Anyhow, you really should ride the ThighKrush before you give your opinion on it. If this forum is like every other one on the internet, I'm sure that point is made about 50 times a day but doesn't stop the ignorant from stating their case.

 

As a funny aside, *I* can't believe how much whining I see in this thread about the Wildcat. One of my favorite woodies and I don't consider it rough at all - a little wild yes, but not "rough" or "painful", but the "wimps" are out in force around here talking about how much that thing beats you up.

 

Hey, not everybody is as tough as me I guess, but for those folks I guess the leisurely Comet is more their speed.

 

So now you're complaining about people complaining about the complainers?

 

A valid complaint, IMO.

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^If you want to buy your tickets at the gate, the local Dunkin Donuts stores have coupons (although I'm not sure if the Dunkin Donuts right next to the ticket windows does)

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^If you want to buy your tickets at the gate, the local Dunkin Donuts stores have coupons (although I'm not sure if the Dunkin Donuts right next to the ticket windows does)

That one doesn't, but the one next to Red Robin next to the park does.

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