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 Review of Cyclone @ Astroland
3 Rating Posted by: Animan1 on 9/2/2006 10:16:00 PM
I almost feel that not giving the Cyclone a 10 is sacreligous. Its tradition and history almost make it a 10, regardless of what kind of ride it gives. But fret not, for I am not rating it just due to its history, but indeed on the kind of ride it is. And that ride, simply put, is nearly perfect. This is easily the best wooden coaster I have ever ridden, and one that produces some of the best forces I have ever felt on any coaster period. I rode this beast in the front row of the last car. The chain lift is surprisingly zippy, which works to the rides benefit, as you are pretty much thrown over the lift and down the first drop. That first drop is at the same time one of the coolest and scariest things you will probably ever experience. It may not be very big, but it is plenty steep, and it is one of the best coaster moments I have ever had. And the airtime doesnt stop there. In my seat, I ended up standing up for just about every drop. AT times, I wondered if I was actually going to be flung from the train. Thats how far I was out of my seat, only to be slammed back down into the nicely padded seat again. The laterals on the majority of the turns are also quite nice, though I think they pale in comparison to the wicked airtime that is found from start to finish on this coaster. It seems that the coaster was designed with nothing more in mind other than to fling you out of your seat and terrify you out of your wits so that when somehow you get back to the station alive, you have an almost overwhelming urge to do it again. And while I resisted this urge, I will always remember my 1 (for now) ride on this legendary coaster. Its legendary for a reason, folks - I can think of no finer example of a roller coaster than the Cyclone, and no coaster count is complete without checking this one off your list.

Review Comments

Danny on 9/3/2006 12:03:27 AM said:
This is a fantastic review. Good job sitting in the back - the airtime is the most intense there. I agree about the first drop and fearing being flung from the train. Again, nice review.
Timberman on 9/3/2006 12:38:28 AM said:
Thanks for a great review, Animan1. It does my heart good to know the One and Only is still kicking ass.
adriahna on 9/3/2006 3:06:31 AM said:
Very nice, Animan - great review. It took serious cojones for you to ride in that last car - that coaster doesnt kid around when it comes to tail-of-the-whip shenanigans. Glad you had such a great time!
hrrytraver on 9/3/2006 11:42:52 AM said:
the entire rear car of the train is rough and tumble, but that very back seat atop the wheels is a spine compressing soul jarring shamanic date with death.
ridejunkie on 9/3/2006 9:52:20 PM said:
Great review. I rode this beast earlier today, and I descovered that you are correct about everything! The insane airtime, the roughness, and the feeling that you are going to fly off the ride and end up on the Astroland rocket. I agree with adriahna, it took courage to ride in the last car.
Animan1 on 9/5/2006 3:57:30 PM said:
I must confess, Im not quite as brave as it may sound...I had no idea I was in for such a ride by riding in the back! Still, I figured that it was an old, classic wooden coaster, and I almost always prefer riding in the back on any coaster anyway. Thanks for the kudos though, and I am very glad to have gotten at least one ride on this monster, especially in the back car. The only bummer was that we didnt get to keep our tickets. I imagine that if we had asked, we would have been able to, but we didnt and the guy took em, so there it is.
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