I'll echo Boulder Dash, we rode it last year for the first time. We sat in the back row (which I just recently found out is the wrong thing to do) and the only thing I can remember about it was how rough and jarring it was. It felt very lateral focused, which I find pretty uncomfortable when the damn thing rattles you around as bad as BD did for us. I plan on returning to LC in the coming years to get a front row night ride, but I went in expecting something top tier, and was left battered, and disappointed something so hyped could be so bad.
Former Dorney Park ride operator - 2015 season - Demon Drop | Card carrying member of Flyers Addicts Anonymous Steel: 102,Wood:33,Total: 135,Parks:17,Favorite Park:Knoebels Love List:(Steel)Intimidator 305, Fury 325, Maverick, Afterburn | (Wood)Steel Vengeance, Twisted Timbers, Lightning Rod, El Toro, Thunderhead | (Flats) Flyers, Power Surge, Top Spin
Chasehat wrote:Boulder Dash definitely lives up to the hype and is in my top 10 but I really would like whatever the people who think it’s better than Toro are smoking.
When we get into splitting hairs over the top 5 or ten it really gets into personal preference about theming and the memories who you have ridden with and how well the ride treats your body. It's like picking greatest albums of all time. (yes, I said albums)
On paper (or video) Toro wins hands down over Boulder dash and Phoenix.
Toro just doesn't fit my lilliputian body, the restraints are simply like I'm between belt loops and it goes in the SKYRUSH bin for me. Just can't do it more than twice in a day.
I love how Boulderdash is all in the trees and along the hills. I love how when you're walking the paths past the ride and it zips by. (If only they could nestle Knoebels a little closer into the hills) It doesn't beat me up half as much as Toro. My first ride was rough, and I was like WTF have these people been talking about? After that I was good to go, but I would could have ridden Boulderdash double the number of times that I have El Bull.
Phoenix I can reride until I'm goofy. However, my ten year old after her second ride wanted to check her height. Odd. (She is an inch shy of riding the really big rides) Dad, I really thought I was going to fly out. I KNOW RIGHT!!!!
COMET at SFNY is currently the one that seems to fit the whole family best. And, it gets the "What if COMET was at the home home park of SFA instead of WILD ONE" treatment.
Which, ultimately who cares? If you get into a conversation with your kids that turns into "I wish Cheetah Hunt was closer" and "When do we get to ride Steel Vengeance?" "When your sister grows an inch." It's just reminiscing about BGT and CP and that's just individual.
Meister Brau just wants a path from CC to SM at SFA, meal plan burrito, some shade, and a restroom back there.
While I was thinking about it... I'm going to add Twisted Timbers to my list. Granted it is not, by any means, a BAD coaster... To me it was just REALLY overrated. I know that bigger is not always better... But I'm use to the "bigger" RMC's like New Texas Giant, and iRat so this one just seemed a bit... eh.
I was SUPER excited for the barrel roll drop... But after riding Twisted Timbers I have learned that I am NOT a fan of those. I prefer the "straight" drops of other RMCS's. (Just a personal preference.) Idk... To me there just wasn't really anything about Twisted Timbers that really stood out. For me it was kind of a forgettable ride at the park.
I know this is just my opinion, and others feel differently... But yeah, for me, it for sure goes on my "Most Overrated Coaster" list.
^As much I love Beast and Voyage, I would say that I actually really agree with this.
The best rides should be great regardless of where you sit, day or night etc.
I can ride Voyage basically non stop as long I'm not in a "-1 seat, (front row of CAR, not necessarily of train), but can only do it two or three times in a row in a "-2 seat".
Virtually every time I ride Beast its in 6-2, which is smooth as glass, but I am aware that 5-3, 4-3, and 3-3, as well as many other seats, can be pretty rough.
But speaking of Holiday World, I think my most overrated coaster has to be Raven...
I literally, DO NOT, understand the fascination with this coaster (and never have). Legend and Voyage are both far, far, far, superior to this thing. I'm told its a great backseat ride, but even when I ride there it's about as exciting as counting up the metal planks that hold up Voyage.
Steel Vengeance may not necessarily be overrated, but it's definitely not one of my favorites. Being thrown around in every direction throughout the entire ride kind of turns me off. I like rides that 'go with the flow' a lot more. I rode a mechanical bull, once... It felt similar.
I also only got one ride on Phantom's Revenge. I was very much looking forward to it and it didn't do anything for me. I'm willing to bet that would have changed if I could have gotten a couple more rides.
Chasehat wrote:Beast. What a complete f**king snore fest.
It's not for everyone. If you look at G-forces, transitions, pacing, or other crap people coaster people seem to focus on so much then it's probably not for you. I think of it as a wild journey through the woods. And for that, I love it.
It seems to be held in quite high regard, but I just don't get it. It's not very comfortable, largely forceless (every element somehow feels the same), the theming is no better than what Six Flags would do (despite the park talking up the whole 'psychological' aspect of it), and with the massive wait before the second lift makes it feel like two coasters bolted together.
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