^I'm basing that primarily off of past reputation. Everyone I've talked to that's been on it says that it was relatively smooth compared to other Togo rides.
Well, here's my report...On my LAST RIDES ON SPEED: THE RIDE
We ended up heading over to the Sahara on Thursday afternoon after hitting up a small little pinball machine museum. Heading in, the hotel in general really seemed in disrepair. The parking lot ceilings had shoe-markings and graffiti all over it, the elevators and automatic doors were barely working, and alot of the NASCAR themed parts had fallen apart (IE display cars' wheels being popped by people, floor and glass walls being damaged). Still, the glorious yellow neon sign stood next to the huge NASCAR-style racer.
Seeing as I was looking for something cheap, I went with the All Day Ride pass, which was a VERY small price of $14.99. After getting the wristband, I headed up the long flight of stairs leading to the small piece of track where the speed machine of Vegas was located.
Turns out Robb was right, and we had to wait 15 minutes between rides. I soon discovered the TRUE reason why this is so. Sahara wants to get as many people on the ride as they can, so they now use the strategy of waiting so the ride may reach the highest capable capacity at that amount of time.
After about 10 minutes, we flooded into the still comfortable Premier Rides LIM cars. I was only able to reach the second row (But this would be different the next few minutes...) the first ride, and the OTSR were surprisingly tighter in the back rows than the front row. Still, it was a snug fit, and we all prepared for the next 30 seconds of pure speed. After a brief safety review, the LIMs fired us off, and carried us through a small but incredibly fun layout, complete with the same loop, headchopper past the casino, 200-foot spire, and reverse course as I experience in 2007. At the end of the ride, all that went through my mind was simple love. Obviously, there was a solution to the craving I had for another time around...Ride again.
Heading back down the stairs and back up again, I waited for the 15 minutes that seemed to pass with ease. Settling in once again, we were catapulted once more, this time getting the same great ride. However, I noticed this time around that we just recieved a double launch.
Definetly a great experience. With no time left, I sulkingly head back down to the lobby, and found out I could ride again.
After 2 more rides, I actually started to feel sick. Maybe it was the ride, maybe it was the Mountain Dew Voltage I had, maybe it was the fact I hadn't eaten in a day. Either way, I didn't feel good...But I needed one last ride...
I finally settled in for the fifth time, destined to be my last with my friends waiting for me...Slowly waiting, the LIM launch wait was screeching, my skin was crawling...Then...boom...
Finally, after scratching to a stop back into the huge tunnel, I bid the coaster a farewell in soul. While Sahara was historical, and no doubt will be missed in its attempt to wait out the economic crisis (Yes...Sahara isn't being torn down, rather it's closing indefinetly so they can watch for an opening for when they can reopen), we can all stand by and salute the proud coaster that will forever stand tall above the Sahara, a coaster that was built to save Sahara, and will most likely soon fall with the Sahara.
(Afternote: That bad feeling I had ended up causing me to barf as soon as I entered my hotel. Thankfully, I made it into the garbage can...