geaugadan Posted June 7, 2012 Share Posted June 7, 2012 Hey all, Sitting here in the basement of the library at college for the summer is about to wear me thin, so when my boss isn't around, TPR provides a great dose of escapism. Such escapism got me thinking...is there any ride experience (coasters, thrill rides, even tame rides) that provoked so much fear in you that your hard pressed to forget the experience? A ride from hell where it seemed like Final Destination 3 might have indeed played out if you had been selected for Death's list? If you have children, any notable freak outs in the endeavor to instill your love of roller coasters in them? I'll start... I'm 21 now, but when I was six, I rode Magnum for the first time. At the time, the wait for Magnum was as epic as the ride itself. Because I couldn't read and because Magnum's ride signage is easy to miss, my dad had convinced me that we were actually about to ride the Gemini. About an hour after entering the line, we got into the station, and just as I was about to board, I heard the ride announcer proclaim that the ride was in fact Magnum, not Gemini. An announcement my dad claimed ignorance. Still, I got on the ride, scared out of my mind, and remember hanging on for dear life the whole ride. The tunnels seemed to go on forever, the thing I remember most vividly (that, and the cool nineties hair and outfits whipping around in the air). While I love the ride now--its my favorite at Cedar Point--I harbored a grudge about that experience for about a week. Another hellish ride experience occurred in 2005 at Geauga Lake, my former home park. Mister Hyde's Nasty Fall, an Intamin First gen. drop tower formally known as the Edge at SFGAM. MHNF was notorious for breakdowns even with the non-enthusiast crowd at my Middle School. In 1984, the Edge catastrophically failed when a car at the bottom of the shaft was crushed by a car which fell from the top of the shaft. Though, luckily, no one died, by the time the Edge had made it to GL, it had been altered to prevent such an accident from happening again. Because, presumably, this had been done partly in house, the ride never worked as it should have. Boarding the ride one day, we got stuck at the bottom of the elevator shaft, at the top of the shaft, in the drop position, and in the break run. Each stop lasted about 5 minutes, except for the one in the drop position which lasted about 30. With its past playing through my head, I tried to keep cool as my brother had a contusion. Any other good stories? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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