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Steamin Demon
Website: The Great Escape Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.2222
TPC Overall Rank: #377 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 31
Last Review: 7/8/2008 6:56:00 PM
In User Top 10: 4 times.
User Tracker Count: 84 times.
 

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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 7/8/2008 6:56:00 PM
This was a decent coaster. It was short but sweet. Not too intense for kids, but thrilling enough for adults and it is in a beautiful location by the entrance.

2 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Hercules on 6/11/2007 12:31:00 AM
This ride is fairly decent. It is short, which is the only really bad point of it. Its not painful, which is surprising. By the way, Im about 510"ish and, at the time, 170 pounds. That could be a reason. Sitting straight up, my head goes well above the restraints, which keeps headbanging from occuring. I can see a painful ride for those shorter and larger.
Surprisingly, I walked away from this thing wanting a little more. Its fun, but the ride is just too short.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up degener8 on 6/3/2007 10:21:00 PM
Its fun, but is very rough. Looks good in the front.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up biosciking on 1/18/2007 11:11:00 PM
This is a coaster that may not be the most thrilling in the world, but I think it fits well in this park. The Comet is of course the star of the Great Escape, but the Steamin Demon, along with Boomerang, Canyon Blaster, Crack Axle Canyon, and Alpine Bobsled, all seem appropriate for the target audience here--local families rather than diehard coaster enthusiasts. While this Arrow model (drop, vertical loop, corkscrews) shows up in many parks, Ive got to admit that I think Arrow coasters look just great. Steamin Demon is no exception. It has a very clean coat of paint and serves as a great welcome to the park, with the Great Escape sign right next to it. The ride itself is perfectly fine. Like I said, not the most thrilling coaster ever created, but theres no unpleasantness to detract from the ride that it does deliver.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/8/2006 10:59:00 PM
This coaster looks pretty good from the parking lot, but you find out differently after you go for a spin. This ride is short, boring, slow, and a little rough.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rcnk on 8/5/2006 12:55:00 AM
OUCH. i knew that this ride was supposed to be a head banger, but i still wanted to try it out myself. when i was in the station and watching the train go through the corkscrews, i could see how much the ppls heads were shaking. the first drop and loop arent that bad. but as soon as the corkscrews start, everything changes. the first corkscrew hurts like HELL and bangs your head around alot. the second corkscrew wasnt as bad as the first. and the turn/hill into the brake run was a little painful also. plus, the ride is damn short(but thats not a bad thing if its pretty painful). ill probably go on this again though(for some reason). you decide whether or not you wanna ride this. i found it to have to much head banging.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up IconHBK2 on 8/23/2005 1:08:00 AM
It is rough, but it still is pretty fun. Not a very long line, depending on when you go to it. It is also probably one of the best locations for any coaster in any park.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 7/31/2005 4:11:00 PM
Arrow coasters are notorious for their roughness. I mean, how many times have you gone through one of their corkscrews and had your head thrown around like a rag doll? Simply put, these things generally don’t age well. And why do I say generally? Somehow, The Great Escape’s very own corkscrew coaster manages to be devoid of the typical Arrow head-banging found on various other installations of this very coaster.

Located in Ghost Town, the Steamin’ Demon instantly captures park-goers eyes thanks to its location at the front of the park which overlooks the park’s massive parking lot. Not only does the attraction have a good location, but it has a bright, vibrant orange paint job that really stands out, even against Ghost Town’s dreary atmosphere. And the train looks amazing as well. While it has a simple black paint job, it looks incredible on the orange track and is one of the best color combinations I’ve come across in my travels.

Lines for this Arrow classic typically are non-existent. So much in fact that the longest wait I encountered was a five-minute wait, but for the most part it was a walk-on. In fact, I got 15 consecutive rides at one point without any line at all. Now typically this wouldn’t occur due to two factors- a one train operation and Arrow’s aforementioned standard head-banging- but neither issue manages to plague this coaster.

Now of all the seats, I personally enjoyed the back the best simply because of the fuller, more thrilling drop, but the other seats pretty much give identical rides. Well that drop gives a nice, abrupt pop of air towards the back, but unlike Canobie’s Corkscrew, this one follows up with a decent vertical loop. Honestly, I don’t really remember experiencing any forces during it, but it was glass-smooth and enjoyable. Following that comes a quick turn and the two amazingly smooth corkscrews which are very disorienting and enjoyable since no migraine was produced.

The Steamin’ Demon is a rare breed, an Arrow devoid of any head-banging or roughness. That being said, I may have caught this coaster on a rare good day since most of the reviews here mention some pain caused from the corkscrews. But hey, I got a smooth ride; however, the attraction still is merely average compared to other coasters due to its incredibly short length and lack of any real originality. Nonetheless, give the Steamin’ Demon a shot while at the park to experience one of the best Arrow corkscrews found anywhere.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Condor37 on 7/4/2005 7:35:00 PM - User's Top Ride #7
some people under estimate a classic ARROW coaster. sure it may be painful, but you have to admit it is mad fun!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up x307 on 3/4/2005 2:41:00 PM
Was my first Vekoma corkscrew. I liked it, but it doesnt hold up well after Ive been on a more wide variety of coasters. Still smoother than some of the other corks Ive ridden.

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