Nice report! I agree 100% on Twisted Cyclone, but I still like Wicked Cyclone a little bit more. The drop on Twisted Cyclone is totally nuts like you said, and that wave turn in the back row is ungodly. That leftward jerk into the brake run got me every single time.
coasterbill wrote: I'm glad someone can back me up on the fact that Great American Scream Machine f*cking sucks. Everyone's blaming the new trains which is probably true and I've heard it's better further up in the train but I wasn't wasting a second of my life riding that turd again to find out because in addition to being rough it didn't seem to do much either (though it may have been running slow because it wasn't running full trains, probably because it sucks).
It's always been rough, but since it used to run the 3-bench style PTC trains, you could ride in the middle row and have a relatively smooth ride and the airtime was great (at least the last time I rode it around 2014-2015ish). One time I got forced to a non-middle row by a ride op with the 3-benchers, and it kicked my a$$ then too!
Both Wicked Cyclone and Twisted Cyclone are awesome rides, but I prefer Twisted Cyclone since there isn't a single dull moment. Wicked Cyclone has some filler turns between elements. Again it's splitting hairs though.
Unless a ride is truly special in terms of roughness, usually the fronts of 2 bench PTC trains and the first two rows of 3 bench PTC trains are ridable. GASM is special.
As I've said before I'm a big fan of mountain coasters. Whether or not you count them as coaster credits (I do since they sure feel like one), they usually offer an incredibly fun ride. That's why I was intrigued by Wisp Resort.
I was in Pittsburgh area for work and had limited park options. Usually I'd be foaming at the mouth for Kennywood or Waldameer, but both had transitioned to weekend only operations. Knoebels and Cedar Point were a bit too far for an evening visit, but the Wisp resort was about 1.5 hours away. I was on the fence, but a POV of their Mountain Coaster sealed the deal. It appeared to have a sizable double down that I figured could give some awesome airtime.
The drive was interesting. I don't think I stayed on the same road for more than 5 miles. At points it was perfectly sunny and at another point I drove through a rainstorm so violent that I almost pulled over. I also passed through Accident, Maryland. With a name like that, I was hopeful they'd have a tacky souvenir shop. And they did! Unfortunately it was closed so my only memory is this lovely street sign. Clearly they're proud of their unusual and ominous name.
It was purely an accident that I passed through this town. The name is right up there with Hell, Michigan for one of my favorites.
Like most mountain resorts, Wisp was pretty pricey but I knew that going in. It was $14 a pop per ride on the Mountain Coaster or they offered a pick 5 ticket. I chose the latter as I was also intrigued by the ropes course and sky ride up the mountain. The latter is something a certain regional park near me used to have, but recently removed it since people couldn't use common sense.
Now let's see if that mountain coaster delivers.
My first stop was undoubtedly the Mountain Coaster. It was the reason I found myself in the barely covered regions of the Verizon Network. The coaster was an absolute walk-on. That's ideal for any coaster, but particularly on mountain coasters. There's nothing worse than having a slow poke ahead of you. It's like a trim brake that never ends. But with no one ahead of me, I could throw those levers down and careen down the mountain. I've ridden several of these Wiegand mountain coasters, but this is the first time I've head to lean forwards to fully push the levers down. Not sure if that resulted in less friction, but I flew down the mountain.
The course began with the usually tight, lateral inducing turns. Laterals on mountain coasters are awesome and terrifying since you can feel the car tilt slightly and it really does feel like you'll tip over the edge. Those turns are par for the course, but the double down was a nice treat. About a third of the way down I already had a full head of steam approaching the double down. I wasn't sure if it'd be tease or deliver legitimate airtime, but it delivered two very strong pops of air. The remainder of the course had another sizable drop and two nice helixes. Nothing will top the crazy mountain coaster I rode in Germany, but this one was up there with Attitash’s for the best in the US. 8.5 out of 10
The Mountain Coaster winds through the woods.
Helices are a staple of mountain coasters.
But this unique double down was the highlight. It's probably the best air I've gotten on a mountain coaster.
The Chairlift was good in some ways, but not so good in others. On one hand, it was a nice long ride up the hill. On the other hand, all of the nearby trees blocked what would have been an amazing view. There was a brief stretch near the top where a gap in the trees revealed a beautiful valley, but that was as short as a ride on Top Thrill Dragster. It also did offer some decent views of the Mountain Coaster. Ultimately it's one of the best sky rides out there simply because of the setting even if it isn't fully utilized. I also want to note that the operators said the lap bars were entirely optional. That's putting a lot of trust in people 7 out of 10
As you can see, lines weren't exactly an issue.
The view of the surrounding area was amazing for the 15 seconds it wasn't blocked by trees.
Fortunately the views of the Mountain Coaster were a nice consolation, even if other riders were a rare sight.
I also tried the ropes course. I've always been a fan of these, but this was my first time trying one since I tore my ankle last winter. It has been quite some time since, but I was still a bit worried. Fortunately I had no issues at all! The course was pretty short, but some of the obstacles towards the end were extremely wobbly and tricky, particularly the leap of faith which had nothing to hold onto. Then there was a short zipline at the end too.
The itsy bitsy spidet climbed across the spider web.
Last but not least I tried the disc golf course. I've been to a few courses in New England and unfortunately this is easily the worst I've played. All the others have been tucked deep in the woods. This one was on a wide open field with overgrown grass. Needless to say, I wished I had taken an extra ride on the Mountain Coaster instead.
While my disc golf skills were lacking, at least my performance was better than Tiger Woods in 2010.
Wisp Resort is pretty out of the way and probably not a place you'll pass in your travels. Unless I'm in the Pittsburgh area again and all the regional parks are on weekend only operations again, I probably wouldn't return. But if you're a mountain coaster fan, it may be worth the drive since it really is one of the best ones out there.
Technically this is my second time visiting Fun Fore All. Last year, I tried to hit this FEC, Conneaut, and Waldameer on the same day. However, a monstrous rain storm changed those plans. I'm still astounded Waldameer even opened that day, but the other two were closed (well Fun Fore All’s outdoor rides that is).
2018 was Fun Fore All’s chance to redeem itself. And the weather was beautiful. Like FunXcess, this was another pure credit stop; however, this one showed signs of life. The indoor area was packed with screaming kids. I know that sounds unappealing, but I'm at a FEC and not a restaurant for Pete's sake. It was refreshing to see a FEC clearly thriving. The outdoor area was far less busy considering the smoldering temperatures, but I imagine days without heat advisories see similar crowds.
A clever little pun considering they have a mini golf course.
My first stop was naturally the sole credit and reason for my visit, Fiesta Express. This is definitely one of those coasters where kids will point and laugh at you as you ride. I know I would have when I was younger if I saw a grown adult on this thing. Even by kiddie coasters, the drop on this one is pitiful. I actually can't even call it a slope. I think the whole ride is a continuous and gradual slope with a few incredibly slow hairpin turns. On the bright side, it's perfectly smooth since it's hard to be rough going 5 mph. 1 out of 10
Nothing like a solo ride on a kiddie coaster.
Normally I'd bolt out before any more heads turned, but they had one of those Triotech shooters. They had 5 different movies and the riders got to choose, so I gave it a whirl. I chose the robot invasion one, as I've previously done the zombie and wild west ones elsewhere. Because the theater only seated 8 people, it was extremely easy to gauge where I was shooting. While I do prefer physical set shooters, I do really enjoy these when they're done well. The motion didn't add too much (even with all the fans blowing at us), but I had a fun time terminating the Terminators and droids. 7 out of 10
I was nervous when I saw this set-up, but they do have a curtain they pull during the ride.
Fun Fore All is the perfect destination for younger kids and families. Coaster enthusiasts probably won't find much beyond adding another credit to their count, but you'll likely pass it if you travel between Kennywood and Cedar Point or head north towards Waldameer.
I also tried stopping at Memphis Kiddie Park on the way to Cedar Point, but the visit was far less successful. Something seemed off as I approached an empty parking lot. The website said they were open and it was a sunny day. Turns out it was too sunny; the park was closed due to weather. I can't tell you how devastated I was missing out on a kiddie credit. Considering the park’s young targeted audience and the heat index eclipsing 100 degrees, I don't blame them for closing early. Besides, it let me reach Cedar Point a bit earlier.
There's a first for everything. Like a park being closed on a bright, sunny day.
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