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Damn, I had done a pretty good job of walking back my expectations for this ride, but Robb just shattered that. That level of excitement from somebody so experienced is high praise, I really can't wait to get on this thing. Hopefully should get over there in a month or so!

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Did anyone get to talk to Alan Schilke? I heard he was at the media event. He is my idol

 

I did. While I was on the stairs leading up to the station waiting to take my first ride today, I saw Alan Schilke standing at the top watching the trains go through their wild gyrations on the course. No one seemed to even know who he was, but I did! He was also taking in all the riders' reactions as they came into and sat on the brake run. I could see that he had a very contented look.

 

When I reached him I said, "Aah the proud Papa!" He smiled, and then I reached out to shake his hand and said "You're my HERO!" Then he really smiled!

I said, "This must be such a happy day for you." and he said, "Oh yes it is. They're not all like this!" He was VERY happy!

 

And how could he NOT be happy? Wicked Cyclone is just freaking AMAZING! It's like the love child of a hybrid coaster and a mechanical bull, that just happens to go upside down 3 times as a bonus! All the videos have been great, but they don't really do this coaster justice. It's THAT good!!!

I rode 5 times, in the front (1) and back (3) and middle (1). I have to give the edge to the back. You are literally yanked over all of the hills. It is just so relentless, with so much ejector airtime (even in unexpected places!), and floater hangtime in the inversions. The pacing is exquisite; it manages to keep its intensity all the way until that final pop into the brake run.

And the trains are by far the most comfortable that I have ever ridden. No pain whatsoever!

 

So RUN to SFNE and you will not be disappointed!!!

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Did anyone get to talk to Alan Schilke? I heard he was at the media event. He is my idol

 

I did. While I was on the stairs leading up to the station waiting to take my first ride today, I saw Alan Schilke standing at the top watching the trains go through their wild gyrations on the course. No one seemed to even know who he was, but I did! He was also taking in all the riders' reactions as they came into and sat on the brake run. I could see that he had a very contented look.

 

When I reached him I said, "Aah the proud Papa!" He smiled, and then I reached out to shake his hand and said "You're my HERO!" Then he really smiled!

I said, "This must be such a happy day for you." and he said, "Oh yes it is. They're not all like this!" He was VERY happy!

Wow!!! Too awesome!!!

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I'll interpret your question differently:

 

Having ridden both, if I was told that I had to choose right now which one I want to ride at this exact moment, I would without hesitating choose wicked cyclone.

 

Bizarro is a VERY different ride from WC, and they compliment each other extremely well. Bizarro is almost what Nitro is to El toro in the sense that it a much less violent/intense, and is a speed/height/extended airtime oriented ride.

I might find fault with comparing it to El Toro and Nitro. Only because Nitro is a snoozefest compared to El Toro, whilst WC and Bizarro seem to be pretty much matched in terms of intensity and quality. I think a better comparison would be Maverick and Millennium Force IMO in terms of a 1-2 punch. Just my .02

 

Well I do not find Nitro to be a snoozefest personally so I made that comparison. I've always put nitro and bizarro at around the same spot, nitro edging out slightly above. (s:ros on the other hand would easily be a couple spots above it, R.I.P. old trians )

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The intensity of this ride is so beautiful to this coaster enthusiast. I may have underestimated this one due to only being 109' tall, but damn it looks outstanding and I'm loving the reviews. I need to take another trip up there in the next season or two.

 

Side note: the orange track/gray supports are my favorite RMC look so far on a ride.

 

Thanks for the reports and coverage as always, Robb!

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The intensity of this ride is so beautiful to this coaster enthusiast. I may have underestimated this one due to only being 109' tall, but damn it looks outstanding and I'm loving the reviews. I need to take another trip up there in the next season or two.

 

Side note: the orange track/gray supports are my favorite RMC look so far on a ride.

 

Thanks for the reports and coverage as always, Robb!

 

Love it! Not the biggest, fastest, or even "craziest looking" but I think it'll be up there with Medusa as perhaps best RMC

I'm loving all these great reviews, giving me something to look forward to while I'm slogging through calc class

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Robb, I loved the way you described it......"ABSOLUTELY FLIPPING MENTAL!"...lol

 

I don't think I've ever seen someone describe a coaster that way. I enjoyed that

 

And you said you were really busy with editing footage from several different events and I'd just like to say thank you for all the hard work we end up seeing and don't see you do.

 

I appreciate it.

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First off, I want to thank SFNE for throwing such an awesome event! I couldn't have asked for a better time!

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Secondly, the ride itself is absolutely amazing. So much airtime, it never lets up until you hit the brake run! And it may be one of, if not the smoothest coaster I've been on!

 

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Lastly, I spotted a "loose" in the wild! But I absolutely love the theming in the station & queue. It really ties everything together quite nicely.

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Awesome to hear that Wicked Cyclone is running as amazing as it looks! It really is incredible how RMC are transforming aging wooden coasters into masterpieces!

I don't know, this seems like more of a "brand new coaster that just happened to be on the same footprint" rather than a "transformation".

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If Goliath's new train is really that much smoother then this park has an amazing 1,2,3 punch with Bizarro, Goliath and Wicked Cyclone. Throw in Batman, Thunderbolt and Pandemonium and that's a serious lineup of great coasters!

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Here is the question; give your reason for why you chose the answer. Bizarro or Wicked Cyclone?

Why do you have to "choose?" Isn't it just ok knowing that the park has two OMFG TOTALLY KICK A$$ TOP FIVE roller coasters???

 

Seriously, I've just never understood this mentality of roller coaster enthusiasts of why you have to "choose" one or the other.

 

I had so many people ask me to "Cyclone or Bizarro...CHOOSE ONE!" and it was so annoying to be honest....

 

So if I have to choose, I choose... BOTH!

 

Because they are both FREAKING AWESOME!

 

NO NO NO NO! You HAVE to have a favorite in the park and you HAVE to have an accurately maintained "Top 10" list that you spend way too much time thinking about, instead of just liking some coasters and disliking others!!! Then when you ride a new coaster you have to post "This may be my new #1 "

 

I pity people who are overly concerned with excessive credit counting and ranking.

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Quick question, I'm not sure if it's been posted anywhere, but I haven't seen it. I'm super tall...and the park doesn't let me ride Bizzaro, Mind Eraser, or Goliath (it's beyond annyoing)...is there a height restriction for this ride? If not, I'll definitely be making my way up to the park to check it out, as it's only 30 mins away.

 

Thanks!

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Wicked Cyclone looks awesome. It and Bizarro give me two good reasons to visit SFNE in the future. I guess I'll have to plan a Boston trip in the future or an New England trip and have this be a part of it.

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I was lucky enough to attend Media Day for The Lawrence Eagle Tribune and SFNE has hit one so far out of the park with this project that the ball landed in England.

 

I have yet to experience another RMC aside from this one but have ridden nearly 200 coasters and this is right at the top of the list. From the chain to brake run you are hit with one amazing element after another, and every one of those is taken with authority. Glass smooth, comfortable trains, and beautiful to behold, this is a legend in the making. There are some seriously good coasters within a (long) day's drive of my house but every once in awhile one opens that leaves you shaking with excitement on the brake run. Something that makes someone like me and most of this site's members giddy with excitement. Something that you can say "Hell yes, I WILL get up at 2:00 AM and drive 14 hours to ride and do it again and again". For me, that list was I-305, EL Toro, Skyrush, Maverick, and Montu. Balls to the wall intensity and bests of their kind. This is on that level and 2 hours from my home so I couldn't be happier.

 

In my interview with the park's management I told them that it was as if they said "Let's take the best parts from some of the World's best coasters and throw them all in one layout: Millennnium Force's opening in smaller form, Kennywood's Jack Rabbit double down, El Toro's Rolling Thunder crossover hill twice on two of the INSANE banked airtime hills inside the structure, and NTG's "magic carpet" ending on the final run to the station. Even walking through the queue is a joy since you can see the fine craftsmanship in the project and photograph the awesome structure.

 

I rode close to 20 times and every row was excellent. My personal favorite was back car first row due to the power of the drop, and extreme air off the crests. Despite the extreme intensity it is also a very reirideable coaster and I have a pretty good way of explaining why:

 

My last coaster was Skyrush. On May 25 2012. I was lucky enough to be one of the first 24 and got the back car outside left seat. Needless to say, that was the most epic ride of my life. A month later I ruptured a disc in my back and spent the summer on my living room floor. I went to the event yesterday and honestly wondered if my first ride on Wicked Cyclone would be my final lap on a coaster. One marathon session later, I felt great and my passion for this hobby has been reborn.

 

I will be doing an article of this for 10 newspapers and the closing line will probably be 'Those of you in the Northeast, gas up your car and drive. Those elsewhere, go online.....book a flight, and do it now".

 

 

Extra highlights:

 

Achievement Unlocked 500G: Meeting Robb Alvey. We have been going to theme parks all over the Eastern/Midwest US for over a decade and always told my wife that someday we would run into him. The man is cool as hell in person and took a few seconds to talk with us near the ride entrance.

 

Meeting Alan Schilke: Another awesome moment. I talked with him several times in the station and he couldn't be more down to Earth. People of all ages were congratulating him on this project and he must have been in 500 selfies that day. On one of my rides in the back car he was in the row behind and at the brake run I leaned over and jokingly said " I think you just put Intamin out of business with this one" and he smiled. (Please let that never happen of course)

 

Marathoning a legit top 5 coaster: This will not be an easy feat to accomplish in the future because this coaster is going to draw like no tomorrow and be a massive success for the park.

 

Riding the New England Skyscreamer: Awesome ride, and extra thrilling in high winds. I will definitely hit this a few times on each visit.

 

Here are a few shots that I took, with some filters applied for dramatic effect.

 

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Awesome to hear that Wicked Cyclone is running as amazing as it looks! It really is incredible how RMC are transforming aging wooden coasters into masterpieces!

I don't know, this seems like more of a "brand new coaster that just happened to be on the same footprint" rather than a "transformation".

 

I agree. I find it very amusing when people try to directly compare it to the former ride saying "that was so much smoother than the 'old' one" and being all suprised XD..

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I must say, I was a bit underwhelmed by the layout of the coaster while it was under construction but seeing the POV of this thing in action is INSANE. That's what I get for judging a book by its cover. I'm dying to ride it. Too bad it's on the other side of the country from me.

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Holy crapolza, thanks for rekindling my hype in this, Robb. I'm quite amazed at how fast the ride manages to feel without being so big, likely thanks in part to the tight turns.

 

I'll always be sad that I never rode the original Riverside Cyclone, but I'll be stoked whenever I can ride this.

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