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 Review of Time Machine @ Freestyle Music Park
2 Rating Posted by: fergusonat on 5/29/2008 2:03:00 PM
I have to admit, when Led Zeppelins layout was first released, I was unenthused to say the least. It was straight forward, redundant, and needless to say...ordinary. Well, I stand by that assessment after riding Led Zeppelin. Essentially, the ride would be nothing without the soundtrack. With that being said, the soundtrack was superb. The timing they were able to utlize was startling good, and Robert Plants chilling vocals aligned perfectly with the rides admittedly ordinary elements to make a boring ride a great one. As a side note, I will say that the main drop provided some excellent negative-Gs in the back row and the second loop was noticeably forceful. Once the ride hit the MCBR, however, the ride lost all pacing and basically falls flat on its face. It really isnt even mentioning at all...

Another complaint would include poor operation design. The park was dead during our visit to HRP, and yet Led Zeppelin was easily a 10 minute wait each time when it should have been a walk-on. The reason for this is the abnormally long preshow. The preshow itself is pretty cool/trippy, but waiting outside the preshow doors is pure torture. The queue-tvs cycle through at least three different animation styles telling you how to pull a restraint over your head properly. To add insult to injury, the entire pre-preshow presentation is "hosted" by two morons who attempt to (and fail horribly to) immitate Wayne and Garth from Waynes World.

Even with all that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride itself and was surprised by how well the sound system could be heard even with all the wind and mechanical racket a coaster generates. Its a solid ride, but without this sound system, it would be a very lack-luster B&M. I give it an 8.5, but Ill round it up to a 9

Review Comments

coasterwom on 5/29/2008 6:01:13 PM said:
Can you please describe the ride, its elements, and your ride experience.
fergusonat on 5/29/2008 9:33:22 PM said:
I explained in my review that there really isnt anything worth noting besides the nice airtime on the initial drop and the forces pulled during the second loop. The Zero-G was run-of-the-mill and wasnt impressive in terms of the forces produced. The ride really dies after the MCBR too. But like I said in the review, the soundtrack redeems the first half of the ride but ride-wise, Led Zeppelin is lackluster in comparison to other B&Ms with more innovative layouts and whatnot
shag9004 on 5/30/2008 12:05:58 AM said:
I dont think B and M was going for a high intensity or innovative lay-out. Hard Rock Park seems to be more about the total experience and I think that is what they were shooting for in this ride. It looks as if they are catering more to the concert-goers who want to ride a roller coaster than the thrill seekers. This is an excellent example of that.
fergusonat on 5/30/2008 8:25:27 AM said:
Well regardless, as a thrill-seeker, I reviewed it as such and found that it was a good ride, but only with the addition of the soundtrack. It would have been a massive failure without music playing...
coasterf42 on 5/30/2008 6:13:46 PM said:
^^Id say they are going for beach-goers more than concert goers. Or perhaps families...trying to be the next Universal.
shag9004 on 5/30/2008 7:00:01 PM said:
Excellent points.......I thought the review was great by the way.
praxis on 6/1/2008 8:22:02 PM said:
What music did they play?
fergusonat on 6/2/2008 10:32:51 AM said:
Whole Lotta Love
praxis on 6/2/2008 8:17:03 PM said:
You could probably fashion a whole parkful of rides for Zeps music! Raft ride = Fool in the Rain; vertical tower = Stairway to Heaven; some kind of spinning pendulum = Dazed & Confused....
fergusonat on 6/6/2008 1:11:57 PM said:
Intamin Rocket Coaster - How Many More Times [will this thing break down]
fergusonat on 6/6/2008 1:12:12 PM said:
[and/or kill people]
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