Highridin wrote:Firebird is 10x better than Apocalypse. I will ride everytime that I go. Met to do a ride report last week, but decided to try a few more seats this weekend. I'll write it up this weekend.
Got 11 rides in last weekend.
Apocalypse, 1-2 times PER YEAR. Park opening and National Rollercoaster Day.
Yeah, there were a couple of times on Apocalypse where on the break run, I did yell "ouch, my nuts!"
But I'm liking the color of the trains/track. Whether it'll be as smooth as other floorless coasters is another matter (granted the Firebird/Apocalypse/Iron Wolf track in nearly 30 years old)
So much media day footage has come out today showing off the new experience! You can tell from the rider cams that the only spot where there is headbanging is that corkscrew. Everywhere else just looks like some minor ratting.
Hershey_flags wrote:So much media day footage has come out today showing off the new experience! You can tell from the rider cams that the only spot where there is headbanging is that corkscrew. Everywhere else just looks like some minor ratting.
The one love tap you get is coming out of the corkscrew. Only 1st and 2nd row; didn't even get tapped in the 1st row, left seat, just right. The tap is nothing compared to the Mike Tyson punch you got with Apoc. So happy they converted this.
Top 3 steel: Skyrush, Twisted Timbers, I305 Top 3 wood: El Toro, Twister, Wild One
Raindrops splattered against my windshield as my car cruised into the employee entrance of Six Flags America. The last time I had been to this park was in 2016. I recall riding Apocalypse one time and I could honestly say it made Mind Eraser seem smooth. I experienced some rough headbanging and never rode it again. I was very excited to attend Firebird's media day as it was a new experience for me and I was eager to see how the coaster compared after the floor-less train conversion.
After signing in and receiving our media passes, my amazing girlfriend, Amanda and I hopped into the back of a black Chevy Impala and were driven through the park until we came to our stop at Firebird. Multiple tents set up shielded us from the gentle rain and the smell of bacon filled the air as a nice breakfast was provided for the event. Everyone was very excited and eager to ride. The coaster was essentially christened by two local firetrucks and their hoses. Then it was time to ride. The rain cleared up and out came the sun. We boarded the train and were rolling out of the station a few moments later. At the top of the lift I was ready to try this old but new B&M's layout but this time sitting down and with no floor beneath me.
In my opinion, the coaster is much better than Apocalypse. It has gone from a try once and never again type of ride to a very re- ridable and fun coaster. I really enjoyed Firebird. There was only a couple moments of headbanging and it was very minimal. This is a great addition to SFA's coaster lineup and I am really looking forward to going back at some point this year.
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