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^^I find cyclone to be very underrated. I would choose it over goliath in a heartbeat. The topper track really helps too. The roughest part of the ride is now the most gracefull. If they just stopped triming the end so much then I would rate it alot higher.

 

Surprised to see such love for a wooden coaster which is just "above average" in a park which has the awesome thunderbolt!

 

I LOOOOOOVE Thunderbolt! The ride is pure fun! I also love how the cars flex, though when I pointed it out to the bf, he freaked out.

 

I totally agree. Anyone else love the sound when it reaches the top of it's lift hill? It sounds like a crackling noise. When I was there yesterday, they weren't using Thunderbolt's trims on the last bunny hop, and there was insane airtime. I came 4-5inches out of my seat. I've never gone that far up on Thunderbolt!

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Y'know, after the Rattler gets its all-but-confirmed Rocky Mountain treatment, I'd love to see the same done for the Cyclone. The small footprint leaves less room for monkeying around with the layout, so with any luck we could basically have it returned to its original layout, only with a few tweaks to make it even crazier. I'd totally be down with this. Used to be a world-class ride like the Texas Giant, and there's no reason why it can't be reborn like that.

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Thunderbolt is such a cute classic ride, and the flexing is really pronounced. I didn't think it was too great the first time I rode it, but when I returned later I felt a number of surprising pops of air. I'm guessing it just takes time to warm up?

 

By the way, I had no idea Thunderbolt was originally built for the 1939 World's Fair in Queens, and was named Cyclone. Ah, the joys of perusing RCDB...

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I was at SFNE Friday night for the first time. The longest wait was about 20 minutes. I was really disappointed by Bizarro. It seemed to run very slow and I didn't really get much airtime. This could have been caused by the front car of our train being closed. I also noticed a nasty rattle. I really wish I could have ridden it again on the other train but I didn't have time.

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Count me as another Thunderbolt lover. Exceptionally smooth for a ride of its age, and there are huge pops of bouncy ejector air on just about every hill. It's actually #2 on my wood list (though I've only ridden eight). I like Cyclone as well, it's definitely slow for most of the layout, but the massive air on the first drop is some of the best anywhere. There are a few surprising pops in other spots as well.

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Thunderbolt is a good woodie, but definitely not a Top 10 wooden coaster. The ride is fun and it has little pops of airtime, but dispatches take a bit of time due to the seatbelt. Cyclone, however, is a Top 10 woodie for me. The layout is unique and you get some good airtime pops. And to me, it felt like a fast ride.

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It's funny... I've been going to Riverside/SFNE all my life and always sort of ignored Thunderbolt, and maybe only rode it once every few years (if that), but last year I went on it in the pouring rain and it was one of the best wooden coaster experiences I ever had... just an insane amount of fun--like laughing the whole time fun. Re-rode a few times, and definitely won't skip over it again. If anything, I would skip Cyclone now, unless it's in the back in the air time seat of death.

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It's funny... I've been going to Riverside/SFNE all my life and always sort of ignored Thunderbolt, and maybe only rode it once every few years (if that), but last year I went on it in the pouring rain and it was one of the best wooden coaster experiences I ever had... just an insane amount of fun--like laughing the whole time fun. Re-rode a few times, and definitely won't skip over it again. If anything, I would skip Cyclone now, unless it's in the back in the air time seat of death.

 

The retracking they did before last year really seemed to make the ride better.

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I was the park this weekend with my out of country family. They never visited an American style amusement park before. I think over all they really the park. Although one thing that really puzzled me about SFNE this year is the "meh" reviews I keep reading from coaster enthusiast about Goliath. The lines for goliath moved effortlessly on Sunday afternoon after some pretty intense rain showers. We were standing by the hour marker when we first arrived at the end of the queue, however it took 40 minutes to reach the ride. The ride experience can only be summed up in one word INTENSE! The two towers really ups the ante in the thrills department. This is exactly the kind of ride that SFNE needed to compliment Bizarro in my onion. One final note this ride is LOUD, I can hear the from across the bridge before you even enter the park.

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This is exactly the kind of ride that SFNE needed to compliment Flashback in my onion.

 

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Actually, I went to SFNE for the first time in years this past weekend and I have to say I enjoyed Goliath. It's rough in the cobra roll and it looks horrible in it's location but it's a good ride. I rode it when it was new at SFMM and I actually forgot how cool it was.

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^ That's interesting. If that continues I may actually visit more than once a year . It just pains me to wait 90 minutes by myself while I see empty seats all over a train. I have had attendants allow me to enter through the Flash Pass line before, but it is rare and apparently against policy. I hope this is a permanent thing.

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Sorry for the double post, but plans have been sent into the town for a Skyscreamer in 2013. There is a town meeting tonight to discuss the plans for it and get approval. Rumor also has it that there may be another attraction added to the water park for 2013. I'll get back to everyone once I find out how the meeting went.

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Sorry for the double post, but plans have been sent into the town for a Skyscreamer in 2013. There is a town meeting tonight to discuss the plans for it and get approval. Rumor also has it that there may be another attraction added to the water park for 2013. I'll get back to everyone once I find out how the meeting went.

 

The meeting is the 19th. Also where did you hear about Hurricane Harbor getting a new addition?

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Anyone think that Sky Screamer will replace Flashback? I personally think that its days are numbered and this seems like a good replacement (as almost anything is a good replacement for a boomerang ).

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The problem with putting it there is the height restrictions. The town is very stubborn about letting the park build tall rides, and If they are in Crack Axle Canyon, I believe they are inside the buffer zone. They could have a better chance to build a 200ft or taller version if they stay away from the road.

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