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When I rode tatsu not too long ago after 2 years of not riding it, I was totally blown away. The lift stills scares me even though I've ridden it countless amounts of times. The first half is beautiful and graceful with a nice sense of speed as you fly over trees. Now the loop, wow, just wow. I love the way how at first all your weight is on the restraint then suddenly you float up and your back gets pinned to the seat. It pulls massive G force and is undoubtedly the best rollercoaster moment I've ever felt. The whole train just explodes in screams as fly through this massive loop. A powerful helix and another twist and the ride is over. This ride never fails to disappoint and is the best ride in the park in my book, and I'm very critical when it comes to coasters.
I love this ride, it's always worth the wait. I've been on Superman:UF in the past and was NOT impressed with the flying coaster, but this one is the design at it's best! You truly feel like you're flying up and down the mountain. Some of the turns have you seriously hoping the restraints are strong enough, because the ride is really trying to pull you out of them. The pretzel loop at the end of the ride is WHY I always go for the back seat. The bottom of that (untrimmed) loop in the last seat is some of the most intense g force I've felt on a coaster, it's just great. I really was surprised to not see this in the top 25!
The Best Flying coaster I have been on. Great first drop and great lift hill as you go from ground level to over 100ft in the air very quickly because of the terrain.
This is a great flying coaster. I prefer it over the boring Superman Ultimate Flights. The pretzel loop was great and semi-forceful. The terrain is what makes this ride amazing. However, the loading is too slow. Superman'.s loading was even faster than that.
Definitely the crowing jewel of Magic Mountain's coaster collection. I rode this again and again and loved every ride as much as my first. Unlike other flying coasters, this one is very intense throughout and has tons of variety. Flying is just an awesome sensation and that pretzel loop is god-like.
I LOVED this ride. I had very high expectations, as it was my second flying coaster to ride (the now defunct Stealth from PGA), and it did not disappoint. By far, it was the scariest lift ever. Hands out the entire ride for the full flying experience. And lets hear it for having friends who work at Magic Mountain so I didnt have to wait in a line!
I guess I can sign on to this old cite that I used to frequent to review this B&M Masterpiece. Wow what a ride. They couldnt have picked a better park to put in a flying coaster. Well actually thats more due to the terrain rather than the park. Right on the mountain. Perfect, perfect, perfect spot. Its soooo high up there. The lift takes off going out towards rapids and youre looking down as you go up. Its also a steep lift I might add. Then you hit the top and youre looking down even farther as youve cleared to mountain. Probably where they get that 263 ft. elevation change stat from. Either way its high. You then start to swoop down into the first drop. The ride is fast and really gives the sensation of flying. A couple twists a zero-g-roll. But the crown and highlight of the ride comes from the pretzel. What a great element. You see it comming and you say to yourself this is going to be a bad-a moving comming up. Diving to the ground head first is nuts. Pulls so many G-s. More than Goliaths "Helix from Hell (as the locals have nicknamed it)." Then you come out of it and youre heading straigt up. A final spin and back to the station. Even when someone bulids a bigger and faster flying coaster, good luck topping Tatsu due to its unique mountainside terrain.
Tatsu became my very first B&M flying coaster experience (I have since ridden S:UF at Great Adventure), and it was a great experience at that. Even before riding, you know that Tatsu has changed Magic Mountain forever, as the entrance plaza is no longer dominated by fountains and Revolutions sole vertical loop. Now, Tatsus orange track towers over everything, swooping gracefully yet imposingly around the hillside. Though the ride is technically part of Samurai Summit, it is nice that you dont have to climb the hill to reach it. The line forms at the bottom of the stairway, next to Roaring Rapids. Though it does take a while to load each train, the dual station and three-train operation kept the queue length very reasonable. The trains look quite sleek with great dragon designs, and the seats are nice and comfortable, with over-the-shoulder restraints and barely noticeable ankle restraints. Its funny to see peoples reactions as the seats get lifted into the flying position, and I found the sensation to be quite interesting myself. Now on to the ride. The lift is located on the Samurai Summit hill, so its not obvious right at first how high you are. However, at the top, the hill drops away and you are face to the ground--and its a long way down! The Roaring Rapids river is just a trickle from this view. There is a small drop to allow the train to pick up some speed, which is neat as you are pointed head-first. Then begins all the swooping glory that is Tatsu. Its hard to differentiate all of the elements when youre in this position (I dont know how the birds do it), but it really doesnt matter, as the thrill is just to be soaring so far above everything. The dragon carries us around the Sky Tower, rolls us around on our backs a couple of times to face the sky, and glides through a few other unique elements. However, the definitive Tatsu stamp of excellence comes near the very end with the pretzel loop. Now, I had heard that this was a powerful inversion, but for some reason I just couldnt believe that it could be all that bad. But holy $#!%. This manuever turned the dragons serene flight into a fit of rage. This is the one element that you can see as you approach it, and as soon as you are plunged into it, you know the meaning of positive g-forces. Until now, Goliaths signature helix has held the title of most intense roller coaster forces I have experienced. Well, thats changed. The whole way--diving into the loop, careening along the bottom, and pulling out of it--was just pure head-rushing insanity. Prepare yourself, and this will be some of the best insanity of your life. As if to say "Im not finished with you yet," the dragon flips us through one final heartline inversion before dropping us off at the station. I will forever be an X fanatic, but Tatsu does take a place of honor as the best B&M coaster at Magic Mountain, and most certainly the best B&M flying coaster in operation.
This is easily the most complete flying coaster. The broad layout really brings out the flying effect, versus the tighter layouts of other flyers. B&M clearly learned from the S:UF versions to put in more elements and not shoot the load on the first one. I enjoyed the multiple zero-g rolls. My one drawback was the pretzel loop. It was rattly and I did not get that gut wrenching sensation from the 6th row, only felt it in the last row. I the pretzel loop had been forceful in both seats I rode I would have given it a 9.
We have all heard how big Tatsu is compared to the other flyers, but is bigger really better? For once, I will side with length, speed and height. Tatsus delivered a better ride than the Superman or Vekoma flyers on pretty much all levels, with perhaps a single exception to the little bit of roughness it delivered. The ride doesnt rub off as short as the SUFs and there are more thrills packed into the ride. The flips are well placed and Id rather flip than do the mini-Egg Turns that the Superman do. Seeing the Skytower upside down is cool, and suprisingly, the elevated track did not take away from the ride as I had expected. The pretzel loop may be the most intense B&M element on earth, as I thought it rivaled the helix on the parks Goliath coaster. Unfortunately, the ride also had that little bit of B&M rattle at the bottom, so the loop managed to give me a headache on my first visit. Once you remember to brace the loop becomes even more enjoyable.. if not insane. A final flip is a nice end a la SUF and I came into the station each time liking the ride more and more. Easily the best of the flyers, and though I want to assign a 9, my head reminds me how much it was throbbing last Thursday so I will stick with what I will call a "high eight"
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