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 Review of Wild Cat @ Hersheypark
0 Rating Posted by: viking78 on 9/25/2006 7:44:00 PM
Ok, I am convinced tht most people are soft sissies. "Its so rough!" Wah, wah , wah. Is it a bit rough? Sure. Does that take away from the furious greatness that is this ride? Nope.

I absolutely love this thing. It is relntless, powerful, and demading. All the things I love in a woodie. You will never go on this thing and disrespect it with yawns and boredom no matter how many times you re-ride it.

The power of this coaster feels to great for the tracks. Litterally at one point around a couple ferocious bends I become convinced the fury is to great for the fragile man made wood bolstering it.

Stop complaining about Wildcat. Man up and enjoy it for the beast that it is.

Review Comments

Hercules on 9/25/2006 8:49:23 PM said:
I dont think this is rough. I just dont like the design. I think GCII sucks.
hrrytraver on 9/25/2006 10:44:00 PM said:
jeez herc, you are very reactionary today! once upon a time you gave both this AND roar "8"s. i got the impression that you felt the way i do - not "top ten", but enjoyable nonetheless. am i wrong? was one of the GCII guys flirting with your girlfriend at a party up there in PA?
Hercules on 9/26/2006 6:52:00 AM said:
Well now I have both of them around the 7 range and getting close to a 6. I havent updated in a while. I just dont like the feel of these coasters. I hate the twister design and dont think they are done well at all. I like the roughness on this one, but I just dont feel like it flows through the track well.
hrrytraver on 9/26/2006 6:12:26 PM said:
i understand what youre saying. i kinda felt that way about knoebels twister too. but i love wood coasters and i think the GCII guys/gal are pretty earnest and clever and i think they have a deep love for the wooden roller coaster.
RCGenius on 9/27/2006 8:27:04 AM said:
Good review viking78 & I totally agree with you about how a lot of people act like a bunch of wusses when it comes to not taking some roughness like a man/woman. Ever since I found this great tip for riding the Wildcat, my ride experience has gotten better & I dont consider the Wildcat as a somewhat rough coaster anymore. Its very intense & Ive been on it so many times, but yet, the twisted drops it has still makes me wonder about whats going to happen next. Wildcat has so many crossovers & lateral Gs, but yet, for a GCI, the airtime you get on its pretty decent too. Wildcats a monster & it proves that it doesnt have to be a record breaker woody in height or speed to be a great ride.
CoastrGlxy on 1/7/2007 3:10:47 PM said:
Man up!?! Here we go again. Theres a difference between a rough ride and an excessive one. I rode Wild Cat this past Easter and it was a lot closer to excessive than normal roughness. Ive never rode it before this year, but Id suspect its getting rougher with age. Hershey may want to give this one some TLC in the off-season or watch its ridership continue to dwindle. I dont think Im alone in thinking that: 1) I shouldnt need "great tips" to enjoy a coaster. 2) I shouldnt expect to get beat up. Tossed around is fine, but beat up is no fun. A coaster shouldnt be a straight shot of whiskey or some kind of gang initiation beating. Call me crazy, but Ill leave my tests of toughness to full contact sports.
coaster05 on 1/7/2007 3:41:00 PM said:
I rode it this past July and felt it was the best it has ever been. I also agree with the people are too soft argument. Now I am not trying to call people out, just my opinion.
Park on 2/12/2007 10:02:30 PM said:
If this is not rough what is?
coaster05 on 2/12/2007 10:13:11 PM said:
Almost nothing I have ever been on. Rides may have a rough part like Timbers coming out of the turnaround but only SOB and Viper at SFGADV were really pain inducing. Of that list I would still ride SOB again. This ride I can ride multiple times per visit.
Horizons12 on 2/12/2007 11:20:43 PM said:
From what I remember back in 1999, the WildCat was a really rough coaster. I actually thought that GAdvs Viper was less punishing compared to WildCat. Maybe it was just because Viper was shorter. Both coasters were fun though (I think at least), despite the whooping they give riders!
Animan1 on 2/15/2007 9:43:08 PM said:
I rode Wild Cat in August, and both myself and my family thought that it was pretty brutal. Mind you, we can stand intense and aggressive coasters (we had ridden the Coney Island Cyclone earlier in the trip), but after riding Wild Cat, all of us came off with some pain or another that we hadnt had before the ride. Part of it for me personally was my fault, as I tried to keep my arms up for most of the ride. However, by the end, I was taking such a beating, and my neck was snapping to such a degree, that I was forced to hold on to the bar for the final few seconds. Overall, I found it to be an intense and well-paced coaster with a good layout, but overly rough to be truly enjoyable. I guess that means that I fall into the "wusses" group, but so be it.
coaster05 on 2/15/2007 11:08:36 PM said:
Again everyone has different opinions, but my family rode it within days of you. My parents who are in their 60s only rode once and find it to be a little much for them. I rode it several times and found it to be the best of all my visits. Im sorry, again not trying to call someone out, however I just dont see it.
Animan1 on 2/16/2007 9:28:46 AM said:
Ah, not a problem. Again, as you say, everyone has different opinions and experiences, as well as different preferences for what they like in a coaster. Do you happen to remember if you rode with your arms up?
coaster05 on 2/16/2007 10:43:11 AM said:
Always with the arms up.
Animan1 on 2/16/2007 3:02:06 PM said:
Ah, well, good for you. As I said, I think I would have really enjoyed it were it not for the roughness that I experienced; it had a good layout and provided an intense ride. Oh well.
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