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Spring (or maybe on into the summer....I dont remember exactly) of 2006. Times Ridden: 1 On our trip through Kentucky/Indiana, Beech Bend was our first stop and a very pleasant surprise. Parking was free, food cheap, the Rumbler was new (review forthcoming later today), mini-golf was free, but alas the other three coasters are absolutely horrid. The Looping Star was no exception. Early in the day after riding the KR, we walked by this ride and there was a maintenance truck parked in front with a mechanic laying in under the ride. That is not good. As the day progressed (and we did find enough to do to amuse ourselves for about 4 hours) the ride was "fixed" and running. We got in line and immediately noticed a few things. First, the back two seats of the train were roped off. The op said that the train was having difficulty making the loop if too much weight was present. Not good again. We also noticed that as the train progressed along the course, the entire track was shaking violently. While I understand that a little give is necessary in supports to make them stronger, I don;t think the amount of shaking on the Looping Star was what the physicists who discovered this principle had in mind. Not good for the 3rd time. Ok how about our ride? Very scary. I felt that at any point this thing could collapse leading to a very high fright factor. It was not comfortable on either my back, legs or neck and I could definitley feel it when I got off the ride. So why a 5 and not a lower score? The loop baby, the loop. This thing has gotten blasted on here (and for the most part correctly) but the loop on this ride had some totally insane forces. It is so small and so quick that you are completely pinned back into your seat. You can also actually feel the track shaking as you exit the loop which can either be a good thing or bad depending on your view. Although this is definitely not a good ride, give it a whirl when out at BB. Its not comfortable, looks like it is about to collapse, has many carny type elements, and will leave you sore for a couple of days. But what the heck, ride it anyway, go through the insane loop that makes you feel as if you are going to lose your life, and then go play some mini-golf. Thats what theme parks are about, right?
Well, Looping Star wasnt that good, plain and simple. The first drop was far better than I expected and it was pretty steep and that small loop was quite forceful. The turns however had quite a bit of headbanging and the train continually slowed down at the top of all the hills, ruining any chance of air time or decent speed in the helixes.
Its about as good as it looks: not very. The plus here is that it doesnt hurt as much as you would think. Its worth riding just to have the novelty of a ride like this under your belt, but otherwise thats about it.
This is the first Pinafari looper I have rode. It had some good steep drops, some good turns, and a nice loop but my only complaint is the seats need more padding because its made of plastic it can hurt your back if you ride multiple times.The ride has OTSRs and the seats are very small. This is a classic coaster and I hope they keep it just add more padding to the seats and I think it will be alot better and more people will ride it. The Looping Star is a steel sit down looping zyklon coaster built in 1996 by Pinafari. It is 36' tall and 1,200' long. It has good speed, long duration, large capacity.
Brief Encounter is a wonderful name since the longer it would go the worse it would become. It was my first Pinfari looping death machine, but I am sure it wont be my last as these type of rides seem more prevalent overseas. I will give Beech Bend huge credit for something. My wife slipped going down the stairs as it had just rained and the bottom step had no grip on it at all. She mentioned something to the ride op so others didnt have the same problem and within 2 minutes a manager was talking to her and by the time we wlked past the ride again the had placed a mat over the entire bottom step. That is something you just wont see at a big park, sorry this ride still sucks though.
Is this the "Looping Star" coaster?
I rank it as such since I dont see any other thing to fit.
Cramped, very cramped coaster... and painful in the back seat of the cars with the contour of the seats (like a swift kick in the groin).
Pinfari loopers are scary stuff. So nasty-looking, so fear-inducing and not the good fear, the "will this thing collapse?" fear. Nothing good about this ride other than the decent loop. Some steep drops, some painful turns but overall a fairly crappy ride. At least the headbanging was kept to a minimum. However, knee banging was still really bad. Honestly, I cant believe I fit in the damned thing between the OTSRs and leg room deficiancy.
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