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 Review of Hellcat (Tsunami/J2) @ Clementon Amusement Park
1 Rating Posted by: BobFunland on 9/15/2006 1:01:00 AM
I rode Tsunami more than two months ago, but never actually wrote my review. Im not sure why, seeing as I reviewed the other rides at the park that I did. Perhaps because I couldnt find it? Did the stupid name have something to do with it? Well, "J2" really hides well between the Falling Star and Turtle Whirl in my profiles ride tracker. The renaming of the ride may be the most rediculous thing I have ever heard called a product of political correctness. I mean, I could probably live with a decent name - but J2? Short for Jack Rabbit 2 - where did the "R" go, was it lost? Did the owner of the park know someone lost in the tragedy? Is he suggesting that the Coney Island Cyclone would be remained something stupid too? What about those cyclones that have hit Bangledesh and India - they have killed far more than the tsunami did. Oh, and Tsunami is such a cool name, and it was replaced with the lamest name EVER!!! Stupid Clementon Amusement Park!! All because of an event that occured after the ride was named... STUPID!! Oh yea.. this is a review of the ride. Ooops, sorry about that, heres the "good stuff".Tsunami is not a very large ride, but it packs more ferocity into it than pretty much any other coaster I have been on. The trains are short - its funny. They have the overflow dividers - its funny. The lift moves fast, but was not smooth when engaged - its funny, and a sign of things to come. The first drop is really, really good. Though short, it is steep and thrilling, giving riders some airtime. The second hill is humerous - it tracks as well as a skateboard on a cliff would. Riders are tossed in every direction imaginable - including out of the seat, so its not all bad. The ride then just flies, I mean it keeps movin. The helix is really, REALLY messed up. There are a few suprise airtime pops in the middle part of the ride, mostly nestled between violent laterals that are the result of crappy trackwork. The ride simply isnt designed right!! Eventually, after the intensely violent middle of the ride, riders are treated to some comprably-calm bunny hops that introduce some "polished" or "normal" airtime to the ride, all while keeping the rides relentless pacing up until the kiddie trains slam into the brakes. WOW!!! The ride will kick your ass, and it broke me down to a young boy on each of our three or four laps. However, with all of that restlesness and intensity and poorly-scripted insanity... I kinda liked it. I am glad I got to ride The Artist Forever Known as Tsunami, as it was a killer little woodie. Not my favorite, but I really probably should have hated it based upon my preceding description. By far the most messed up, intense, and wild ride I have done. Try to get your ass on this buking beast before it becomes a golf course.

Review Comments

Hercules on 9/15/2006 2:29:24 AM said:
I would like to report this review...
BobFunland on 9/15/2006 8:59:59 AM said:
you can do so by clicking the "Report Review" button on the rides page...
hrrytraver on 9/15/2006 12:58:11 PM said:
good review bob, and very funny first paragraph. why havent i gone up there yet?
Timberman on 9/15/2006 10:51:37 PM said:
I like the looser, giddier style of the recent BFL ride reviews and trip reports. I attribute it to all these wooden roller coasters hes been riding; a little jostling is good for the creative process. This review reminds me of how Anthrax refused to change their name after people actually started dying from anthrax following 9-11. The band had the good sense to understand that their being named Anthrax for almost 20 years before the anthrax mailings was in no way an endorsement or minmization of those events. Instead, they expressed their patriotism by launching "Operation Enduring Metal." Now thats rock-n-roll...
BobFunland on 11/1/2006 2:10:25 PM said:
I missed the feedback here when I was out of town. Thanks for the compliments! The "looser, giddier style" probably just comes from the fact that this was a review I enjoyed writing, unlike most reviews which have become almost an obligation of sorts.
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