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Rattle also doesn't bother me at all, I was more concerned about those couple of reports saying WC randomly started running poorly and the airtime was lacking, hoping that was a bad run/it got ironed out!

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Wicked Cyclone was definitely really good, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be. My first ride was just meh, there weren't many good airtime moments, and I got zero airtime after the second zero g roll. And this was in the back. Luckily my second ride made up for it, but it definitely wasn't what everyone hyped it out to be at media day. I feel like everything WC does, El Toro does bigger and better (except for the inversions).

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Alright, so today gave me a lot of insight on how this ride runs. I got around 20 rides in, and had the FULL spectrum of types of rides this can deliver. It was not in my head that this ride was running much more insane on Media day, this ride is indeed very temperamental. Thankfully, today I got some rides that were EVEN FASTER than media day. I spoke to maintenance, they said that the typical time is 55 seconds, and they were getting runs in at 45 seconds today. When it was a full train and sprinkling a bit I was getting runs at 50 seconds about and it was still absolutely crazy. I was not even getting hangtime on the first zero g roll, it almost positive gs. On the 6 or so rides I got at this intensity, the final sequence quickly became my favorite part of the entire ride . Then entire portion following the barrel roll when running up to speed feels SEVERLY underbanked, with solid lats sustained the whole time and ejector on all the hills, including the one into the brake. I also got to ride the last couple rides after it had stopped raining, and the train was completely empty, where it was riding like it usually does (squeaking through transitions and little to no airtime at the end).

 

Its too bad this ride is so temperamental, but personally I still find the hangtime very fun that you dont get when it is running at full intensity. Hopefully the change to the new wheels will make it a more consistently intense experience so everyone can get the experience that Schilke designed this ride to offer.

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I have yet to ride any RMC creations, but here's how I look at it...

Wicked Cyclone is a very compact, snappy coaster with tight transitions and small radii for the turns/airtime hills. The pullouts are tighter than larger coasters like the Texas RMC's.

The ride is designed for a specific range of speeds through each of the elements. The design of course allows for variation under different conditions, but in general, the ride is designed to reach 55mph and slowly decrease through the course. If the conditions are right and the ride is running, say, 5 mph faster through an element than average, it will be much more noticeable due to the design of ride with tight pullouts/transitions. Comoared to a ride the New Texas Giant which has much more pronounced transitions, 5 mph wont make nearly as noticeable a difference. You'd have to be 10 mph (filler numbers--just for explanation) faster than average to notice the same change in intensity as a 5 mph increase on Wicked Cyclone.

This works in both ways, as a slight decrease in speed theoh an element is much more pronounced than the same decrease in the New Texas Giant.

Basically, because the ride is so tight/compact, small variations make large differences.

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^I understand and agree that it has a large effect. I still think think 10 second variations in the time from the lift to brakes is a pretty large variation for the small length of the course. That is considerably more temperamental than other rides ive heard about. I know flying turns at knoebels has maybe 2 or 3 second variations at most, and to me that seems like a far less precise and weight based ride.

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To be perfectly honest I have a hard time believing this '10 second' variation thing. 5 seconds? Maybe. 10? For a 55 second ride, that's about 10 mph slower overall, and since the speed at the base of the drop isn't affected as much as other elements, it would have to be immensely slower than the average run. Not saying for sure he's wrong (he knows more about the ride than I do), but I think it's possible there was miscommunication/misinformation.

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^Agreed, I mean I had to ask him to repeat the time because I wasn't sure if I heard him correctly. He did say 45 seconds, but that seems like it would have had to be like launched into the ride to get that.. It was not a ride operator but i'm not 100% sure he was maintenance so who knows. I timed it the times that I rode it when it was running what I would say is as intense as I would WANT it to be without being physically uncomfortable, and it was only at 52 seconds. Then clocked 55 seconds again later when it had gotten drier and emptier. (I had a lot of time on my hands to do this since the park was so empty)

 

The only way I think in my mind that it could make sense is that when its running quickly it was not spending ANY time hanging in the rolls, whereas the typical runs the train slows down quite a bit and hangs for a moment during the roll. Like there certain elements where the speed entering them is not perfectly proportional to how fast it maneuvers it, where there is a certain point where a low speed would have it pause a lot longer than it should, even though it does pick up pace again after returning back down..

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I just hope WC is hauling A$$ whenever I get a chance to ride it. I'm not flying 3,000 miles for it WC to be on her period that day

 

Having experienced a pretty wide range of rides on it, I can say that it's a damn fun ride even when running slow. There's some great hangtime in the rolls on a slow run that isn't there when faster, and the lack of lats between the rolls just accentuates the weirdo hill that follows.

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So I'm hoping for a trip here in the 2nd week in July probably on a Tuesday or Thursday. Any summer tips of the park I should take into consideration? Haven't been in a while and know that summer crowds suck so knowing the vibe of the park beforehand is always good. Obviously WC first just because it's new.

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^ Actually if you haven't ridden Goliath and you want to ride Goliath then I'd ride that first because it's incredibly unreliable, has terrible capacity and always has huge lines.

 

Although it may give you a SEVERE headache and backache for a while afterwards!

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Hey cam, glad to see another positive review for this awesome looking ride!

 

I will be going to SFNE for the first time this season with Jess and Lisa next Thursday the 11th. Did you have to wait in line long for WC? Did it get very bust throughout the day? I have never been on an RMC coaster before, but I do have difficulty with the lap/leg bars on Bizzaro, to the point where I often cant ride. Are WC's restraints fairly restrictive to bigger people or people with long legs? Sorry for all the questions, just very eager to get out there to my home park and try it out.

 

I'm hoping for a not so crowded day, Im not sure if the kids are in school out there.

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I was at the park all day today. Wicked Cyclone had lines up to 30 mins around 2:00, but nothing much otherwise. Bizarro was around 20 minutes early but also died down. Lots of buses in the lot and few cars, so when the school groups left at 4 the place was dead. Batman, Mind Eraser, Gauntlet, Flashback, and Goliath all walkons most of the day. Thunderbolt 10 mins early but also died down. Two trains running on all the usuals.

 

Blue train in the back car has quite the wheel vibration on Wicked Cyclone. The orange train seemed to be running slower than the blue train to the naked eye, especially through the second half. Ride was running nicely though. Early ops were stapling the hell out of people... one lady was nearly jumping in order to push as hard as she could. Afternoon ops were much better in that category, not to mention faster with loading in general. Got really irritated with an op on Bizarro because there were three hats in the drink holder in the station and he walked up and down the station for two minutes trying to find who the hats belonged to rather than just letting it go. No reason to hold up a train from dispatching just because you're on a power trip. Also hate that on almost every coaster running half empty, they force you to fill the front of the train rather than going to the empty back seats. I'm not sure why it matters so much to them when each train is half empty...I guess it it's just because Six Flags.

 

EC Zenith...most schools are in session through the third week of the month because of all the snow days this past winter, so you should have a good day on the 11th! Cyclone does have pretty restrictive restraints, but not quite to the point of Bizarro so if you can fit on that, you'll be fine on Cyclone. There's a test seat at the entrance as well if you're unsure.

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I just hope WC is hauling A$$ whenever I get a chance to ride it. I'm not flying 3,000 miles for it WC to be on her period that day

 

 

So it's confirmed it's been running inconsistently? I was afraid of this. I would say it'd suck if I get a bad ride because it's a 3 hour drive but 3000 miles! Hope you don't get an off ride.

Well, I know even when it's "off" it's good but I'm hearing a pretty big divergence, either "nothing but ejector, super intense, top ride" or "yeah it's pretty good" Hope I get a wicked intense ejector filled one! It seems I will be going this Friday (still not sure I wanna risk a weekend) and regardless I am excited.

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So it's confirmed it's been running inconsistently? I was afraid of this. I would say it'd suck if I get a bad ride because it's a 3 hour drive but 3000 miles! Hope you don't get an off ride.

Well, I know even when it's "off" it's good but I'm hearing a pretty big divergence, either "nothing but ejector, super intense, top ride" or "yeah it's pretty good" Hope I get a wicked intense ejector filled one! It seems I will be going this Friday (still not sure I wanna risk a weekend) and regardless I am excited.

 

If you're expecting El Toro ejector you'll be underwhelmed. The big thing is that this has extreme but short pops of ejector all over the place while El Toro has 5 or 6 long drawn out hills with great ejector. A couple of the hills on Wicked Cyclone give you more extreme pops of ejector than the Rolling Thunder hill on El Toro, but the hills are so small that by the time you realize what hit you, you're into the next turn.

 

I've ridden Wicked Cyclone about 10 times over 3 visits now and it's a great ride with perhaps the most relentless layout I've ever seen on a coaster, but I still find Bizarro, El Toro, and Skyrush to be superior by quite a bit. It's very much worth traveling for, especially with another top coaster a couple hundred yards away that really completes the full package. If you're staying for the whole day you'll get the more ejector filled rides late in the afternoon if that helps at all.

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No reason to hold up a train from dispatching just because you're on a power trip.

 

You must be new to this whole "Six Flags New England" thing. I'm glad you enjoyed your day at the 5th friendliest park in the world.

 

I've been going to Riverside since I was 3 so most thing that go on there don't shock me. But every year I find myself scratching my head more and more with some of the things they do, especially in the ride ops department. The last couple years I've only gone two or three times all year because I just can't take it anymore. Wicked Cyclone has gotten me back to the park a lot this year so far, but it's just not fun when they make you feel like an elementary school student the entire time you're there. I went on Houdini all alone today and the ride op still stood there in front of me and yelled the whole boarding spiel like the entire room was full.

 

I wish I could move Knoebels 4 hours east.

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So it's confirmed it's been running inconsistently? I was afraid of this. I would say it'd suck if I get a bad ride because it's a 3 hour drive but 3000 miles! Hope you don't get an off ride.

Well, I know even when it's "off" it's good but I'm hearing a pretty big divergence, either "nothing but ejector, super intense, top ride" or "yeah it's pretty good" Hope I get a wicked intense ejector filled one! It seems I will be going this Friday (still not sure I wanna risk a weekend) and regardless I am excited.

 

If you're expecting El Toro ejector you'll be underwhelmed. The big thing is that this has extreme but short pops of ejector all over the place while El Toro has 5 or 6 long drawn out hills with great ejector. A couple of the hills on Wicked Cyclone give you more extreme pops of ejector than the Rolling Thunder hill on El Toro, but the hills are so small that by the time you realize what hit you, you're into the next turn.

 

I've ridden Wicked Cyclone about 10 times over 3 visits now and it's a great ride with perhaps the most relentless layout I've ever seen on a coaster, but I still find Bizarro, El Toro, and Skyrush to be superior by quite a bit. It's very much worth traveling for, especially with another top coaster a couple hundred yards away that really completes the full package. If you're staying for the whole day you'll get the more ejector filled rides late in the afternoon if that helps at all.

 

Oh I see. Well good to know what to expect, and yeah I really love the layout and flow of it. Yeah I plan to stay the day. Guess I got caught up in the hype, I assumed it would be sustained ejector but we know what happens when you assume

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No reason to hold up a train from dispatching just because you're on a power trip.

 

You must be new to this whole "Six Flags New England" thing. I'm glad you enjoyed your day at the 5th friendliest park in the world.

 

I've been going to Riverside since I was 3 so most thing that go on there don't shock me. But every year I find myself scratching my head more and more with some of the things they do, especially in the ride ops department. The last couple years I've only gone two or three times all year because I just can't take it anymore. Wicked Cyclone has gotten me back to the park a lot this year so far, but it's just not fun when they make you feel like an elementary school student the entire time you're there. I went on Houdini all alone today and the ride op still stood there in front of me and yelled the whole boarding spiel like the entire room was full.

 

I wish I could move Knoebels 4 hours east.

 

I couldn't agree more with everything you said...

 

Especially that last part.

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All this talk about WC is making me super excited! I'm not expecting an El Toro but I am expecting something different and completely insane! Even if I do get an off day I don't think I'll be disappointed as long as I get to ride it!

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As a treat for myself for dominating my calc 3 exam I'm going this Friday, hoping the school trips won't be killer but sounds like even when they've been there it hasn't been terrible. I am largely there to marathon the 2 big coasters, maybe hit some others for the creds if I feel like.

 

If by any chance someone will be there this Friday the 5th, lemme know!

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