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Very rough and the painful kind from the back with the front being noticably milder. But then again you dont feel the forces (air or serious lats) in the front. You get those in the back, but oh the pain.
Had it not been for the Hurricane, I probably would not have trekked across the country to the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. I just felt the need to ride this coaster before it is closed forever. It looked so deceptively pleasant sprawled out along the entire south side of the park, with its train flowing over the hills. Notice the word deceptively. The first drop on this coaster was a 100-foot thrill, followed by a second small hill that delivered great airtime as the momentum carried it over at a very fast speed. The third hill was taller, also providing good airtime. I was expecting a slow turn around at this point, but boy, have I ever been so wrong. We then flew into the Hurricanes helix that was absolutely bone-jarring. We spiraled around to the right, up and down, twice, and I felt like a blender had been turned loose inside my body. It was insanity. At the point where I could barely endure any more, we straightened out and headed back, jumping over some other hills that were fun, though not quite as airtime-producing as on the way out, though it is possible that I was still trying to recover and just didnt register the airtime. After that, as if to say youre not getting off that easily, the train slammed into a helix that veered off to the left. This one only spiraled around once, but it still left me feeling like a martini that had been shaken, stirred, and then had the glass shattered altogether. And then it was over. And then I proceeded to ride five more times! Whats wrong with me? Thats a good question, but the masochistic coaster enthusiast in me couldnt help but love the outright brutality of this ride. The front of the train wasnt quite as rough, but be prepared no matter where you sit. Did Hurricane merit a cross country trip? Absolutely, if for nothing else to say that I got to experience perhaps the most demanding wooden coaster ever. Magic Mountains Psyclone is childs play by comparison.
This is my #2 wooden roller coaster. It has excellent airtime and the two helixes are very intense. My only complaint about this ride is that it is quite rough in spots. If they made it smoother, Id like it better. The name is also a little boring. There are several other coasters named Hurricane. Change the name! I rode this with my moms friends son and boy, was he freaked out! :lol2: The first drop (not the little drop out of the station) is quite gut wrenching. A hidden wonder! FIRST there is a corkscrew, then there is no corkscrew, then theres a woodie!
There are only a handful of rides in this world that have truly defeated me, and this is one of them. After each of the 8 amazing and breathtaking rides I had on this great CCI coaster, I came off completely shocked and shaken. The ride, while at times terribly rough, is one of the most intense woodies around. Each dip contained some very good airtime and the intensity of the helices was actually quite alarming the first few times I rode it. The only complaint I have is the condition the ride is in. The padding on the restraints is tattered, the trains could use a fresh coat of paint, and the ride is in some bad need of re-tracking to try and smooth out all those really rough spots, particularly on the bunny hill directly after the first drop. I am determined that if the Pavilion would take better care of this marvel of a woodie, that it would rank among the best in the world. That is why Im giving it an 8 instead of a 9 or a 10. Still a great ride. I found that the smoothest ride was found in the back of the train
This is a great ride. I liked the air time, hills, helixes, and speed. A great coaster for a small park. All enthusiasts should get out here and ride this one. They dont build them like this that often. It would be a ten if it had a tunnel,the lap bars werent so tight, and if it wasnt so rough.
OK, this is a complete update. I originally gave it an 8 and think I will drop only a point, but my mindset is totally different.About a year ago, I rode this thing for the first time in the very front row, and once I wrote my review I was shocked that people considered it to be rough. There was airtime, just not an abundance, and the ride seemed ultra-intense in the helices. Overall, a decent woodie, right?I rode it again this year and the ride was not the same that I had ridden.. but this time, it was in the very back. The ride was rough, almost completely due to the horrid Gerstlauer rolling stock. Even the strain parts on the way out were rough, and the airtime was never great, but this time it wasnt even what I would call "good". The helices didnt seem as intense, the trains seemed to navigate them at a much slower rate of speed, and they were close to unbearable in the back.Nothing good was going for this ride on that particular day. I dont know what happened in a year, but the ride changed and to me, it wasnt for the good. I like a little jolt, but this jolt was more like a beating. Perhaps I valued this ride less because Ive ridden a few new, better woodies over the past year, maybe I just got lucky with a good ride a year ago, but nonetheless, the ride is now only worth a 7 in my mind.
Great layout. Good air. Painful turn arounds and helices and changes of direction. Not sure if it is a maintenance issue or (probably) the fact that it is running light weight plastic Gerstlauer trains. Sitting in the rigt seat was much more tollerable than sitting in the left. With the parks uncertain future (development), it would be a shame to lose this coaster. Would have been a 9, but the trains brought it down to an 8.
I rode this on a trip through Myrtle Beach on my drive back to Florida from upstate New York. By the time I got a hotel and stuff, I finally made it to the pavilion where this coaster was located around Midnight, but luckily they were still open. I had a very nice thrilling ride before I went to bed for the night. The drop was great. It was a bit bumpy, but I have been on wooden roller coasters that are much worse than this. The helix and great air was aslo a plus. On a side note, I found the layout of this Hurricane Roller coaster to have a similar but slightly shorted layout than the Dania Beach Hurricane at Boomers in South Florida. Anyone know if the two coasters are made by the same company?
This ride is wicked fast and the helixes make you feel like youre brains are flying out! but dont take tiny children on it it hurts really bad. In fact it hurt mea little too much!!!
This is an awesome coaster. ive only been on it once but will probably go on it this july.
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