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When I first rode Raging Wolf Bobs back in the early 90s, I was certainly impressed. Partly because the coaster was pretty stand-out, with great speed and pacing along a wildly intense course. And partly because during the ride someone’s hat flew off and came screaming back towards us. Without any hesitation as we sped along, my dad threw up his arm and snagged the hat out of the air just as a baseball player might snare a blistering line drive. Being that I was only about 12, that ninja-like move gave me another level of awe towards my father, while providing me with a great memory and ride experience. Then I rode again in the later 90s, and wow did this coaster go downhill! What was once speedy and forceful had then become slow and lumbering, with spots of sizable roughness to boot. What had happened to this coaster that had formerly won my thumbs up? I didn’t quite understand it. Well, looking back now, I think my timing was pretty good to have gotten another set of rides on it, shortly after the first retracking project. Now that this coaster sits sadly idle, and probably awaits a grizzly date with a wrecking ball, I am very happy that I was able to discover that the coaster that gave me such a fun memory as a child had renewed itself and started to return to its former great self. I only wish I would’ve gotten a ride when the retrack work was completed. But, as it was, Raging Wolf Bobs was simply put a good wooden roller coaster.
Wolf Bobs looked so good when I first rode it, glistening with its vibrant white painted wood, which is why it was rather depressing to see its appearance during my recent (and last) trip to Geauga Lake. The coaster really needed a paint job, and several sections were flaking badly. But perhaps that was in the plans once the retracking, obviously the new owners’ number one priority, was completed. There was no line when we rode this most recently, but that was not necessarily due to the overwhelming speed of the ride operators. More so, it was a statement of how the degrade of the coaster had turned away so many riders. They ran only one train, which was all that was really needed, but the crew took their sweet time loading it. The trains were decent enough, although not the most comfortable I’ve ridden in on a wooden coaster. Soon enough, we headed out of the station and started the climb up the lift hill. The first drop was back close to old form, as it was quick and provided a small hint of airtime towards the back of the train. It was also very smooth, a vast improvement over how it tracked just several years before. The layout was really interesting to me, as it was dubbed as a "triple out-and-back". The first "out" leg after the first drop was good, as the train got some decent speed and turned around heading into a drop, before going back along the lift hill and into a high turn. This whole sequence was part of the original retracking, and it provided a smooth ride that tracked very nicely. As the coaster headed to the second "out" portion, the ride got rather bumpy and shuffled a good deal from side to side, but in a way that wasn’t thrilling so much as awkward. It wasn’t rough, but it certainly disrupted the flow that was fairly good in the coaster’s first third. However, the Bobs finished rather strong, with some more nice turns that led to a drop that helped the train regain some speed. Some bunny hills began the third and final "out" run, and although they were retracked and smooth, they were devoid of airtime. Unfortunately, that was the ride’s one major negative for me. Aside from the light pop on the first drop in the back, the airtime was very low throughout the layout. The last turnaround was nice and quick, and the ending run into the brakes was also pretty good. We ended up riding again later that day and had a very similar ride. It was fun again, and the improvement on this coaster was appreciated.
Overall, I would characterize Raging Wolf Bobs as a good coaster,<
Pretty weak wooden coaster. The ride looks great and the retracking certainly made this into a very smooth ride, but it still is a boring ride. The first drop was the rides highlight as it gave some good air in the back, but after that was a long ride devoid of any air or forces.
I thought that this was a very fun family coaster. It is pretty smooth and gives a fun ride.
Indeed, Raging Wolf Bobs earned a mind-blowing 3. It wasnt a horribly rough or brutal ride on the thing that inspired a harsh rating, however. The ride was just total junk. Absolutely worthless as a coaster. The retrack actually made it a very smooth ride, but as a whole, the ride just sucked too much to be saved. No amount of retracking in the world can ammend the fact that the ride sucks. No airtime. No forces. Nothing. Just total junk. Ride it for the credit, but dont expect anything else!
I just rode this ride again in Oct. I Was really suprise at how fast this woody felt. I have heard that the retrack it. It has made a big difference. This is a fun woody. I actually rode it twice in a row with out having to get off. There was nobody at that park that night.
Im glad I visited Geauga Lake when I did, especially for the reborn Raging Wolf Bobs. I could tell it had been recently retracked and it was a lot smoother than it looked like it was going to be. With an aging, chipped paint appearance and the fact that the station was open but waiting for riders (it was a dreary Sunday in Oct.) I was expecting the worst. My wife and I were the only riders on the train and I spent the first ride waiting for the roughness to begin. Aside from one shaky turn (the 2nd one) RWB was surprisingly smooth and fun. Im not sure why everyone complains about these trains. Ill admit Im not the most knowledgeable about wooden coasters as Im more of a steel coaster fan, but the cars worked fine for us. The initial drop feels very short, but its enough to give this coaster speed to run its long triple out and back circuit. Its a pretty long ride with an interesting layout and only one rough spot, that isnt painful, the train just seemed to struggle a bit during a turn. My wife, who complains about being beat up by wooden coasters, loved this one. If you havent ridden RWB in years, it deserves a re-ride. More old wooden punishers should be retracked like this one. Its a great family wooden coaster and among my Top 10 woodies. Final Rating - 7.5 (Good-Approaching Great)
Junk. This ride is so junky.
This coaster looks so interesting... but its rough. Again, I think it is because of those cheap Gerstauler trains. Put PTCs on this. Oh well... at least Gerstaulers are better than Morgans.
It has a good layout with nice turn arounds, but the trains make it an unpleasant ride. the trains lower its value a bit, but it is still worth a spin
I thought it was a decent little woodie with tight turns, if you sit on the left it will throw you pretty hard to the right. A little air on the first hill, a great family coaster. Again I dont like these types of restraints.
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