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 Review of Maverick @ Cedar Point
3 Rating Posted by: sowinski on 7/5/2007 4:36:00 PM
This ride succeeds in lots of areas. The first drop gives amazing airtime. The rides quantity and variety of elements is top notch, especially when coupled with relentless speed. The ride feels like it is over in the blink of an eye, even though the track is not extremely short, but it is a very exhilarating blink, with no boring spots in the track like most coasters have. There is the brief pause in the tunnel, but you almost need the break to catch your breath from the first half of the ride. Unfortunately, I was only able to get a couple of rides in. One in the front left seat and one in the back left seat, so I cant say if there is a difference in ride quality between the left and right sides. However, I enjoyed the added airtime in the back, compared to my ride in the front. So, for me this is definitely a back seat coaster. The only real problem that I have with Maverick is the restraints which cause some noticeable head banging due to the quantity and speed at which the acrobatic moves are taken at on this coaster. You get roughed up a little more at the back than at the front, but you still get roughed up in the front. The theming is well done and the coaster has some sections where you can look out onto Lake Erie. Overall, this is a very good coaster, but I still enjoy Millenium Force a bit more. If not for being roughed up a bit I would have given this coaster a 10. Instead, I give it a 9.5.

Review Comments

PhantomNik on 7/6/2007 10:33:37 AM said:
Excellent review! I still need to write my Maverick review, but the sentiments I have for the coaster are dead on with yours. The ride itself is incredible considering how relentless the speed is and how varied the layout is as well. As you said, theres not a boring spot on the ride, and the airtime was surprisingly outstanding. But I too knock the ride down just a shade for the couple uncomfortable jolts I received. Nothing unrideably rough, but still not pleasant either. One things for sure, I am eager to catch more rides on Maverick, as I only was able to snag 2 when I was there in June.
Canobie Coaster on 7/6/2007 10:52:34 AM said:
Great review. I really want to get out and ride Maverick soon, but I probably wont be able to for a few years. Anyway, would you have prefered the barrel roll that was originally supposed to be on the coaster (if they could tone down the Gs) or the S hill that replaced it?
PhantomNik on 7/6/2007 11:16:01 AM said:
Well, for me, Im actually happy they removed the heartline roll. With the speed at which you fly out of the tunnel and then zoom down the hill over the pond (as the brakes after the launch dont do too much), that inversion just would have been brutal with those restraints, in my honest opinion. By contrast, the S-curve is a neat transition element that is exciting but not at all rough. The only way I think they couldve toned down the Gs would have been to lengthen the roll, which they may not have been able to do given the space they had to work with.
shag9004 on 7/6/2007 11:25:33 AM said:
No way they could have kept the heartline roll in. I really wish they could have because it would have been an unbelievably intense element. Most coaster enthusiasts would probably love it. I think they problem would have been the extreme forces they move would have put on the train/track. Our words here simply cannot adequately show how crazy this ride actually is. I would not be surprised if the ride ends up suffering major downtime in the future due to the two launches and forces applied to the trains. After riding it five times there is no way that element could have stayed.
sowinski on 7/6/2007 12:56:18 PM said:
I didnt know what the original configuration was supposed to be for the replaced section of track. I prefer to go into a new ride knowing as little as possible about the layout and let the ride speak for itself. However, I was at Cedar Point in May when they were in the process of removing and replacing the heartline roll so I know the spot where it should have gone. Given the rolls intended location in the track, I agree with PhantomNik and shag9004 in saying that a roll in this section of track at that speed would be very intense and hard on the rider given its restraint system.
fergusonat on 7/6/2007 4:00:49 PM said:
I personally enjoyed Mavericks jolts and jabs...at least its not forceless like Millie -_-
fergusonat on 7/6/2007 4:00:49 PM said:
I personally enjoyed Mavericks jolts and jabs...at least its not forceless like Millie -_-
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