I've been obsessed with El Toro since I first rode it in 2009. It has sat solidly as my #1 wooden coaster because of the airtime on that first drop and the first few hills. I totally agree about your assessment of it. The middle section does feel less interesting compared with the intensity of the beginning and end, but it's at least a moment to catch your breath. However, when it's colder, the last half (and consequently the RT hill) are less intense.
“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?”
I thought the Rolling Thunder hill had plenty of airtime and the twister section seemed as wild as ever. I just noticed the return hills into the brake run (which don't do much even on a good day) were really slow.
It's great to hear that El Toro is still running like a bat out of hell.... after seeing the heavy trims added to the rehabbed Colossus this year I was scared that Six Flags might get some $-saving ideas.
Canobie Coaster wrote:The goal is to hit the gong hard enough to reach a certain decibel threshold.
Sounds painful, but oddly satisfying.
As a player, sure. But just imagine the poor employee.
i305isdaddy wrote:It's great to hear that El Toro is still running like a bat out of hell.... after seeing the heavy trims added to the rehabbed Colossus this year I was scared that Six Flags might get some $-saving ideas.
I have to give Six Flags credit where it's due, but they have been doing a very good and proactive job retracking El Toro over the years. On most visits early in the season, I can spot fresh wood. I saw a lot of it in the twister finale this year.
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