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This was the best woodie in the park, but not as good as its twin at Kings Dominion. The first drop was great providing some good air time, as did all of the following bunny hills. This one was a bit rougher, especially the turn after the drop, than the one in Virginia though.
the first time I went on with this I didnt like it at all, but if you go with someone who will go on it and have fun it is awesome! I just went to Carowinds and we rode in the very back. We had a lot of fun on it. The first turn and drop are great! The turn whips the car fast, which provides a thrilling transition into the next hill. After a couple of airtime hills the train weaves through some wood supports and you enter back into the station. The line doesnt get long so it is a must!
The Hurler is a wood roller coaster. It was built in 1994. It was designed by S. Schaeffer. It is 88' tall, 3,157' long.This ride is very good. It gives alot of airtime, hills, curves, twists. It is fast, fun, rerideable, it has a large capacity, and a long duration.
I will begin by saying that I dont like woodies very much, and Hurler did nothing but confirm that. Still, I went in with an open mind, like I did with Texas Giant and Thunderhead, two woodies I really like. First off Hurler just looks run down. The big station house is so ugly and the wood is kind of crappy looking. This also has one of the longest que lines in history. Im sure long ago this line was full, but now it just makes for a long walk. I walked right on the very back row(bad move), the seats were very comfortable and soft, but once the ride started I proceded to get beat up like Napeleon Dynamite. This thing is super-rough. Because it has no large second hill you get moving. I mean it too, this thing is fast. It has plenty of smaller bumps and that is where the trouble is. Because it is so fast, you cant brace yourself for the turns and bumps. Sure it has airtime, but it is the falling back into the seat that hurts. I got whipped around pretty bad and it gave me a major headache. It felt like the trains were going to fly off the track and it was shaking so badly. Even the airtime hurt because I got pushed right into the uncomfortable restraints. Being the coaster freak that I am, I put myself through it again in a different row and got the same results. I rode it front row, back row, and twice in the middle to try and get a good rounded overview and it all came out the same. I wasnt the only one that felt this was too rough. I thought at first that maybe because I am a little older that is why it hurt. But there were young tenns on there too, and they complained more than me. One girl almost threw up. I have never understood the devotion some people have to woodies, and this one sure does nothing to reverse that feeling.
I thought that Hurler was a poor coaster, and Im personally suprised because the sites overall ranking for this Hurler is almost 100 spots better than the Kings Dominion one, and I preferred it over this Carowinds version. The reason why is mainly due to my rides: I rode Hurler in both the front and the back, and they together gave similar, yet slightly rougher rides than the KD version. I cant deny that the air wasnt pretty good, and I still get a kick out of the unique design of the ride, but even up front I was rattled (a lot) and the trains just didnt seem to hug the track well. Also, this coasters station was probably the worst I have ever seen in person, so there goes another point and looking at my rating of 7 for the PKD Hurler, I arrive at a 5 for the Carowinds version. A little retracking and maybe (just maybe) a half-decent station would make this ride a whole lot better.
This seems just like the one at Kings Dominion, good airtime, nice fast pace, and overall a good woodie!
This was another surprise to me. There was plenty of airtime on the coaster, and it wasnt as rough as many people made it out to be. The back row is awesome on Hurler.
This coaster is needlessly painful because of the seat divider. Its practically unbearable if you are in the back part of the train on the right hand side. Does not glide over the hills, it bounces, shakes and rattles. i dont consider that "good" airtime. I give the front of the ride a 6, but the back is only worth a four, which is a shame as I love woodies. I found the Hurler at PKD to be a superior ride.
Nice speed in the first drop and good front seat air on the hills and hops after that. The back can be a bit bone jarring though.
One of the defining reasons wooden coasters still rule the world is the Hurler! It would be a ten if it still had the "excellent" Waynes World theme. The back seat is a little jerky (really unbearable from what ive heard, but you havent experienced unbearable till youve rode Corkscrew at Cedar Point, but thats another story for another day).....Update (3/21) They have slowed this ride down a lot. The park was so dead, the attendants starting riding themselves, which made me wonder who was actually monitoring what was going on. So, the excessive brake action plus
k-rappy attendants cause this ride to lose a point from last year.
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