Wildcat
Website: Lake Compounce Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.3542
TPC Overall Rank: #342 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 57
Last Review: 7/25/2015 7:49:00 PM
In User Top 10: 13 times.
User Tracker Count: 105 times.
 


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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up nm1234567890 on 7/25/2015 7:49:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
My first big roller coaster, and still one of my favorites. To be honest, the fact that this coaster is undeniably rough is the only strong downside. The speed element isn't bad, sure, it's no boulder dash, (but what is?) but it isn't that bad considering it is the third fastest woodie in New England, behind only Boulder Dash and Excalibur (Funtown USA). Wildcat's speed is also not bad considering it was manufactured by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, which also was the manufacturer of Yankee Cannonball at Canobie Lake Park. Yankee Cannonball and Wildcat are the only PTC manufactured coasters in New England, and Yankee Cannonball has a maximum speed of 35 mph, while Wildcat has a maximum speed of 48 mph, a 13 mph difference! So for the reasons listed above, I can't hate on Wildcat's speed. As far as ride qualities go, it only has one real airtime hill, which is the first one. It has little airtime, but it's good airtime, I'm always flying out of my seat on the first hill. The rest of the ride is littered with twists and turns, which are the key culprits for the roughness. Overall, I think Wildcat is a fun, fairly intense ride and if you're a coaster fan at Lake Compounce, be sure to check it out!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rdbsports on 1/19/2015 3:31:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
Even though some parts of the ride were rough, it overall was a fun ride. I believe that this is a slightly underrated ride.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coast2COASTER on 4/23/2013 8:07:00 AM
The Wild Cat was my first coaster so maybe I'm partial to it, but it's not so bad. The drop from the last car is always good ejector air time and the second turn around still almost throws you right out every time. As long as you don't sit over an axle (aka the back seat of any one car) then you'll enjoy your ride on the Wild Cat. The ride throws you around a lot and is needlessly jerky in weird spots, but that's what makes it a fun ride and live up to it's name!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 8/29/2009 5:20:00 PM
A mildly thrilling ride, although many members of my party found it too jerky, even ridiculously so. In my opinion, although it was certainly inordinately jerky, the jerkiness is only in patches (albeit ones you might not expect to be typically jerky) and certainly manageable/tolerable. In the end, a fun ride.

2 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cmciv on 8/9/2009 3:14:00 PM
A very disappointing coaster. While it was beautiful from the entrance, views of the ride from the queue indicated otherwise, as the paint was really fading and the track looked miserable. As for the actual coaster, the first drop is okay but the rest is slow and rough in the spots that shouldn't be.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bpski13 on 5/29/2009 4:51:00 PM
Bumpy. Jerky. Painful. Sketchy. If it weren't for the awesome stomach-churning first drop, skip this ride. If you want a smooth ride, sit in the middle row in one of the cars since that row doesn't have an axle under it. Otherwise, brace yourself for random laterals and pain. (NOTE: The fact that you can hear the train falling apart adds to the thrill)

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CHM on 8/7/2008 9:01:00 PM
I can&#39.t believe the Wild Cat is getting a rating below the sucky Sawmill Plunge (which is a waste of waiting in line). Maybe I&#39.m nostalgic since I rode this as a kid in the early 70s and it was one of my first &#39.serious&#39. coasters, but it&#39.s still not bad with a decent first drop and some lateral whip-lashing (it&#39.s not smooth). I&#39.m surprised this 1927 coaster is still standing so I give it longevity points as well. It was our first ride the other day so it&#39.s a good warm-up, people were having fun, it&#39.s a classic and it&#39.s always been the focal point of Lake Compounce.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 1/23/2008 5:41:00 PM
A fairly poor woodie. The location is great but the ride is awful. The trains are tiny and I have barely ever seen two operating at once. The location in the middle is fantastic and the ride is in good condition for being so old but I wish that LC invested in some longer trains.

2 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/24/2007 9:52:00 AM
Very poor wooden coaster. I love its location in the center of the park, but the ride was very slow throughout and therefore there was no air. The ride was very smooth though, but that was only because of the rides slow speed.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Coastmost on 9/9/2007 9:26:00 PM
Very underrated ride. I mean, youre telling me that (currently) Music Express ranks higher than it? Horse****. Sure it may make you smack around a bit in the back seat, but thats good IMO. There isnt too much airtime, but what there is is great. I cant compare it to Boulder Dash, but its a good coaster.

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