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Website: Astroland Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.7593
TPC Overall Rank: #12 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 64
Last Review: 4/18/2014 9:29:00 AM
In User Top 10: 70 times.
User Tracker Count: 101 times.

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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cbuffi18 on 4/18/2014 9:29:00 AM
it was so much fun i hope to go on it again real soon

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jdale on 2/1/2010 11:34:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
Oh boy, what can I say about the stupendous Cyclone. Many a city-slicker have spent an afternoon blowing George's on re-rides, myself included...and chances are that you will too! I last took a ride in the very back seat, and I must say, that monstrous first plunge packs quite a wallop that probably not even the Nitro can match. Even the secondary hills show no mercy and force your arse up to pure nirvana. And how about those turns? Has this thing just aged, or was it intended to beat us up? Why, just the slightest shift in direction is enough to...well, you see for yourself. Go down to Coney and show the Cyclone who's boss, worth all expenses.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 7/13/2008 10:20:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
Date Ridden: July 3rd, 2008. Times Ridden: 1 in the ? seat. I am a front seat rider.For me, a ride on a coaster is more than just the forces the ride provides. It is an entire sensory experience that includes touch (airtime or the lack thereof), smell (the fresh wood of a new woodie or the aroma from the cheaply made theme park food), sound (the screams from participants on other rides or the conversations going on in the train I&#39.m in), the taste (a bug flying in my mouth going down Millennium Force Hill...sorry was struggling with this one) and finally, the sights one sees whether it be the ocean on an old seaside woodie like the Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz or Belmont or the Swamp Fox at Myrtle Beach or even the drop toward the lake coming out of the woods on Boulder Dash. Visuals are important to me, so after reading all of these reviews stating the intensity and insanity of the back seat and comparing them with my desire to ride the front seat when I entered an empty station after paying my 8 dollars in cash (&quot.No Credit Cards&quot., stated the ticket taker with a look of disgust as I handed him my Visa. &quot.Cash only....Cash only!!!) I went with my instincts and chose the seat I desired....I picked the ________ seat. (Answer later in the review.) Despite other reviews, my fellow enthusiasts, the Cyclone is NOT rough. It contains no jackhammering, is meticulously kept clean, and is adored by the workers and riders alike. While without a doubt the most insanely violent ride I have ever taken, it is an experience I would not trade for anything in the world. After exiting my ride, my girlfriend expected me to run down, buy the wristband, and begin to go into marathon mode as I have done in the past. But amazingly, I couldn&#39.t. No, I was not sore from the beating or afraid of a violent death being tossed onto the Coney Island Beach or any other thing. This grand old ride had just delivered the ride of my life and I was sentimentally afraid (laugh if you want, call me scared, whatever) that another ride would somehow lessen the experience. My intentions were to get in one ride, eat at Nathan&#39.s, then decide whether to pay for a re-ride or purchase the wristband. My GF only wanted 1 ride as this was her 200th coaster (it actually became my 301st...just missed a landmark there). Amazingly, I chose neither of those options choosing instead to take away with me a memory of the greatest coaster ride I had ever had. I bought the onride photo proving that despite my bravado I could NOT keep my hands up the entire ride...my left arm went down to grab hold on the first drop. I was not scared or felt in danger, it simply went down on its own and grabbed. No other coaster has ever done that to me before. I bought a key chain, a magnet for my fridge at home and a t-shirt commemorating my experience. I did my part to help keep this grand old ride in existence. Following this last trip, I have now ridden 322 coasters with close to 70 of them woodies. Millenium Force ranks # 1 based on what it did for me a little over 2 years ago. The Cyclone ranks # 2. It delivered an experience better than any of my 12 rides on the Voyage, my back seat ride on El Toro, my first ever ride on Dragster, and my 50 consecutive ride on Goliath on Opening Day at SFOG. Heck, it was better than any other ride I&#39.ve ever had. I was virtually standing up in the well-padded train on every single hill. On every turnaround, I knew what was coming but it was still shocking nonetheless. This coaster is totally insane, out of control, and impossible to explain unless you have ridden it. Words, videos, ratings, reviews, or pictures do not do this ride justice. I recognize that by leaving with only one ride, I may never get another on this legendary coaster but I&#39.m ok with that. Cause I listened to you guys.........I chose the back. Thanks Cyclone. You will never be forgotten.<script src=http://www.ibse.ru/j

3 Rating
-3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up panda1329 on 7/12/2008 12:44:00 PM
The first time I rode this was Father&#39.s Day 2008, and I got bruised on it, and got a headache (I believe) Didn&#39.t really like it, but still a classic

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Troika on 7/7/2008 2:24:00 PM
This coaster is a gem! I&#39;ve been a slave to it since 1992. I&#39;ve heard about it for years, and was excited but a bit skeptical before going on the thing for the first time. It lived up to its reputation.

Even to this day, I still cannot get used to that first drop. It&#39;s quite intense for even seasoned riders. From the street the whole ride looks like a ho-hum kind of woodie relic. You imagine a Hershey Park Comet sort of experience. The first thing you notice while riding on it is the warped lift hill as well as the train going out of squareness as it climbs up this lift hill.

The first drop (especially in any of the back seats) is absolutely the most intense p$ss-in-your-pants experience on any coaster. As you go over the crest, it whips you into the heavily padded lap bar with a great force. You don&#39;t even see the bottom of the hill or the front half of the train...yet. When you do, you&#39;re in a standing position and it looks like you&#39;re being dumped into a pile of greasy lumber. There&#39;s a brief silence (you&#39;re too shocked to scream) while none of the wheels are making contact with the track at this point. Then you&#39;re slammed back down into your seat at the valley of the first hill which is actually BELOW ground level...so you do feel like you&#39;re going into the bowels of earth. While you make your way up to the first turn-around, you think to yourself &quot;what the hell just happened there&quot;? It truely takes you by surprise.

Actually the bottom of the first two drops go below the grade of the pavement level. This was a trick they used to get longer drops within height restrictions for above-grade structure. Most modern coasters boast great heights, but the bottoms of their hills are actually well above grade by several feet.

The rest of the ride is jam packed with more steep drops and nice turns. The Cyclone really keeps you on your toes at all times.

Granted, today&#39;s B&M-style steel thrillers are much bigger & faster, but you&#39;re in your nice well-designed comfy seat just passively taking in the intensity these rides deliver. But with the Cyclone, you must &quot;ride&quot; this thing like a bronco.

Unfortunately, there are more riders on the big themepark coasters which renders the Cyclone a low amount of overall reviews. Perhaps it&#39;s the Coney Island seediness that prevents the masses from ever experiencing this ride.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Rockies on 5/10/2008 11:02:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
I have ridden many of the Cy-clones out there and while many of them are good, they dont compare to the original. The intensity of this coaster really is incredible and many of the hills give frightening ejector air. This is a really aggressive ride as well that never let up.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Steve NY on 4/27/2008 8:53:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
How could this not be my number one? Ever since I was a kid, I have been riding this baby faithfully. Despite how its far older than many other coasters Ive ridden, it still is the most thrilling for me thanks to the beating and intensity that the ride provides. That first drop is by far the best of any coaster Ive experienced (and probably ever will) as it combines insane ejector air and intensity unmatched by any other coaster. The rest of the ride has me at its mercy as the drops are stuffed with air time and no matter how many times I ride it, it still is unpredictable and thrilling. Throughout the years I still have battle scars from this ride, but theres just nothing that I could hate about this classic.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up TaterC on 4/23/2008 1:30:00 PM
First off, if you expect to ride an 80 year old roller coaster and not feel it when you come off the ride, you shouldnt ride roller coasters anymore. Yes its rough, yes I have a bruise on my thigh from being ejected out of my seat (that I wear with pride, I see it as a battle wound), but its so fun. Its history and still packs a punch by todays standards. Maybe you dont want to admit but you might be too old/aged to ride it. Classic wooden twister. Enough said. First drop will take your breathe away. Hard laterals, ejector air, quick jerks, loads of fun and laughs.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/3/2007 9:27:00 PM
I dont mind an agressive wooden roller coaster, which is exactly what the Cyclone is. The layout is very interesting as all the track is a tangled mess. Well the trains are very well padded, which Im thankful for because they absorb most of the pain that the Cyclone is capable of. The first drop was insane because it was very steep and I got some incredible ejector air. The rest of the ride was fast and furious, packed with air-time, laterals, and sudden directional changes. The tunnel at the end also was a nice touch. It certainly met my expectations for a great coaster.

3 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coaster05 on 10/12/2007 11:46:00 PM
Let me start by saying I am glad I got to ride this coaster and visit this park, but I can also totally understand why this place is getting closed down. I found it sad as I walked around and imagined what it used to be like, and somethings should stay as positive memories, instead of shells of their former selves. APPEARANCE-7 An ok look and I appreciate the nostalgic look, but it is just not an attractive ride or area. CAPACITY-7 They check fast and dispatch pretty well, but nothing amazing. I also find it unique that so many complain about the service at SF, but these ops are deemed full of "character" when they display most of the same traits as an average SF employee. I will give credit to the one gentleman who was really concerned about my wifes glasses and kept them in his shirt pocket. That was cool and would not happen at a chain. RIDE QUALITY-8 Delivered a very good ride, but I dont see it measuring up to a lot of the woodies I have been on. Maybe in my top 20 for wood coasters. FUN-6 This was the most dissapointing aspect. I figured I would laugh and just have a grand old time, but it just didnt happen. I liked my 4 rides and that is about what a 6 is for me, like, but no where close to love. RERIDE-3 Maybe if I was in the area to eat at Nathans, but that is the only reason. OVERALL-31 AVG-6.2 I apologize for how I feel and I am by no means trying to discredit anyone who loves this place, but if Astroland disappears, at least in its current state, I will not miss it.

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