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Superman is really just about the loop for me, the rest of the ride just meanders around but its comfortable, smooth, enjoyable and nothing like that pretzel loop in the park. GL has a great drop and first loop then it just pummels my temples and ears the remainder of the ride. Will admit the nice pop of stand up air off the MCBR is cool.

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If either is less than 15 minutes it is absolutely worth a ride. Green Lantern, if ridden correctly, is incredibly smooth for a stand-up and fairly smooth for a multi looper in general. The main issue I have with this ride is all the blood rushing to my feet which becomes very uncomfortable by the end of the ride. It's almost like they pushed the stand-up gimmick just a little too far for the technology available at the time.

As for Superman, its line is very deceiving and never moves, as coasterbill mentioned. The pretzel loop is very cool and never makes me nauseous, but the rest of the ride is incredibly boring and you shouldn't give up any El Toro or Nitro re-rides waiting for it.

 

If you've run out of the top tier rides to ride (or re-ride) by the end of your visit and they have short waits (which they probably won't), go for it and use Green Lantern's single rider line. Otherwise, the time is better spent waiting for another lap on El Toro.

 

Then again, almost any time is better spent waiting for El Toro. Huh.

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...Superman is really just about the loop for me, the rest of the ride just meanders around but its comfortable, smooth, enjoyable and nothing like that pretzel loop in the park...

 

I agree with this 100%. Superman is worth the ride just for the pretzel loop alone. The ride is not a "bad" ride, but after the loop it is pretty boring. It's worth a ride at least once for the pretzel loop itself. Especially if you have never been on a B&M Flyer with a pretzel loop before!!

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^^ Since you're not a SF passholder just want to make sure you are aware of Great Adventures fantastic re-ride policy. If you go to El Toro in the morning first and its quiet which it should be, stay in your seat if there is no one in your row, and if there is look and see if there are any other seats open. Even other single riders. Ive asked if I can hop in and gotten immediate rerides that way. They will let you stay in your seat always as long as no one is waiting. You can really marathon Toro pretty nicely early in the mornings. This really goes for any ride, I've done the empty seat hopping a bunch on Nitro too.

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I'd save Nitro for later. A great thing about it is that you never have to worry about it breaking down, and if it has a long line. Definitely do Ka first though, as you really never know what it is with that thing. I'd do El Toro immediately after, as it's line is completely nonexistent for the first 30-45 minutes of the day. Also, do ^that (what Boldikus said). I've heard of people getting 5+ consecutive rides on a crowded day just because of this rule. I wish the CF parks did it too but unfortunately even if the station is empty they make you walk all the way back through the line.

 

With the big 3 out of the way, I'd squeeze Zumanjaro somewhere in there, either before or after Ka. If you want to do some of the loopers I'd do Bizarro (which almost never has a line because of it's location), Batman (which might, depending on the train situation), Superman (really long line but the Pretzel Loop is intense as heck so that might/almost might validate the wait), or if you absolutely must, Green Lantern ( which reasonable line, great first drop, great first half, and the drop out of the MCBR gives you a nice pop of floater. That's where it ends. The rest includes headbanging, pain in general, pain in your feet/legs because of the g's being focused there, and more. I personally avoid it but it's up to you.

 

Oh, and Skull Mountain is definitely a hidden gem; most people skip it but in the back it can be really fun. The first drop is ridiculous because you get absolutely dragged over it. Worth it if you have the time

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Thanks again... this is awesome advice.

 

If I see KK testing, I'll probably head to that first. If not, I'll head to El Toro... and great advice on the re-ride policy which I was not aware of.

 

I've been on GL when it was Chang years ago - so I may skip that, although if it's not a long line, I may jump on just for nostalgia's sake... (although I don't remember it being rough in the mid-90's - I guess it hasn't aged well, as most B&M stand-ups seem to do...)

 

I've been on Batman: TR several times in other parks, and love it, so I'm hoping for at least one ride on that. So I guess it's confirmed that it will NOT be backwards for Fright Fest?

 

I'd also like to get on Superman, although I've been on Tatsu, so I've experienced a massive pretzel loop - perhaps the most intense element I've experienced on any coaster. I'd love to ride it just for that... but I'll take all your advice on a slow-moving line and plan accordingly.

 

Looking forward to a great day...

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I've been on Batman: TR several times in other parks, and love it, so I'm hoping for at least one ride on that. So I guess it's confirmed that it will NOT be backwards for Fright Fest?

 

Supposedly, this is the final weekend of Namtab, after which they're going to be turning the trains around. But, it was originally scheduled to happen Labor Day, and they extended it due to high demand, so maybe you will be lucky in October? Maybe?

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If either is less than 15 minutes it is absolutely worth a ride. Green Lantern, if ridden correctly, is incredibly smooth for a stand-up and fairly smooth for a multi looper in general. The main issue I have with this ride is all the blood rushing to my feet which becomes very uncomfortable by the end of the ride. It's almost like they pushed the stand-up gimmick just a little too far for the technology available at the time.

Not directed at you, PW121- I just don't think you need to ride Green Lantern "the right way" to enjoy it any more than you would any other coaster- you'll be fine if you can keep your eyes open and remain somewhat cognizant of the ride's layout as you go. Avoid sitting on the bicycle seat as if you are riding a bicycle if you're a dude- but these things should go without saying.

 

I'm convinced that some people blindfold themselves and let their body go completely limp the moment they board B&M Stand-Up coaster and then go on the internet to whine about how bad they are. These people should consider putting on a brightly colored helmet and safety mittens before leaving the house every day. Getting hit by the train itself couldn't be as bad as how some people make these rides out to be.

 

You can't read 10 posts on the internet about B&M today without running into a forceless complaint- all of the Stand-Ups B&M built were designed before they started mixing vagisil into the ink they print their blueprints with. They're consistently intense rides along the lines of the majority of their inverts and their first-gen sitdown loopers.

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Not directed at you, PW121- I just don't think you need to ride Green Lantern "the right way" to enjoy it any more than you would any other coaster- you'll be fine if you can keep your eyes open and remain somewhat cognizant of the ride's layout as you go. Avoid sitting on the bicycle seat as if you are riding a bicycle if you're a dude- but these things should go without saying.

 

Exactly what I say, "the right way" is following the ride ops directions.

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And that's exactly what I'm saying. In a perfect world, everyone will follow the posted and spoken instructions, but that just isn't the case. On any given train there are at least 4-6 people that are either sitting with their knees parallel to the ground or standing so tall they can't touch the ground.

 

This is exactly why I said "if ridden correctly." If you follow the instructions it's a very good stand up and would be a star attraction in most parks. If you have ridden stand ups before you can ride defensively (lean head forward, bend knees ever so slightly when the train locks so your head is above the restraint if you're tall enough) to make the ride that much better without worrying about working with the maneuvers at all to avoid discomfort.

 

All in all though if you have the time and the line is reasonable it's wirh a ride to judge for yourself. I don't persoanlly ride it very often because I enjoy some other rides in the park more, but that's just my opinion and it's totally cool if someone LOVES Green Lantern. It's awesome if you do because that's what riding coasters is about.

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I skipped Superman: Ultimate Fluff on my trip. Why?

 

  1. the wait was 2 hours each time we checked.
  2. The ride is garbage it's so boring. I would rather take a few hits to head on GL than waste precious time for a lame ride.
  3. A preztel loop justifies nothing for me when there are other pretzel loops out there that come included with a fantastic layout. Some, such as Manta and Tatsu, that I have been on and others I haven't.
  4. Did I mention the ride does nothing?
  5. I have already been on SFOG's and SFGAm, the first of which is actually very nicely placed and landscaped, including tunnels. SFGAd/m both sit in a grass field, making the experience that much more boring as your eyes wonder around due to your bordem on the ride.

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For the record I do follow the directions when I ride Green Lantern and I do love intense, snappy forceful B&M coasters but I still think Green Lantern absolutely sucks. The fact that someone (IE most people) think the ride sucks doesn't mean they just think it sucks because they're not "riding it properly". The only way to properly ride Green Lantern is to go ride El Toro instead.

 

To each his own but please don't assume I'm doing something wrong because I don't like the ride. I ride it properly and I still think it's an uncomfortable, crappy and (by the way) ugly pile of crap.

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To each his own but please don't assume I'm doing something wrong because I don't like the ride. I ride it properly and I still think it's an uncomfortable, crappy and (by the way) ugly pile of crap.

 

My sentiments exactly.I've tried as much as I can to enjoy the ride but I simply can't no matter what I attempt to do to improve the experience a bit. I've tried a lot of different seats, different seating positions, etc. but I still can't like it. The standup coaster is one of the few coasters that really shouldn't be that forceful.

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I absolutely despise Green Lantern and the fact that it replaced GASM is even worse. I much prefer Riddler over GL as it has a much better and much more forceful layout and um doesn't suck.

I should clarify that my issue is with the typical enthusiast over-exaggeration about comfort (or lack thereof), not layout. Those are two separate and very different things.

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Look, I'm the first one to cast blame on myself when it comes to stand-ups. I think I just don't have the right body type in height and weight for them in order to ride them comfortably. I'm sure if I dropped a few dozen pounds my ride experience on GL would be completely different. I don't think it's an over-exaggeration to say that the ride does not treat me kindly, however. I get what people say about riding defensively, and I'll have to try that the next time my cojones are fully healed up.

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