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This ride very was nicely themed when I visited it. Theres a nice pre-ride presentation which adds to the fun, and the ride itself is pretty cool to see. It is fun, rerideable, has a large capacity, and long ride duration.
I think Houdini was actually a very good attraction, and unusually elaborate for a Six Flags park. I would rank it higher than an 8, except that I believe some of the special effects were not working properly in the main presentation room. More on that in a second. First I want to mention the preshow room, which was impressively themed and detailed. It was actually quite reminiscent of Disneys Haunted Mansion preshow. The actual "ride" portion of the attraction then followed. It essentially consisted of rows of seats, facing each other, on opposite sides of a central walkway. During the presentation, the entire room is made to feel as though its spinning and flipping in complete arcs. I didnt think it was as disorienting or nauseating as some others have mentioned, but rather found the whole thing to be just plain unique. Now, Ive only ever ridden this once, so Im not really sure what was supposed to happen, but it seems to me that the center walkway was supposed to be utilized more than it was. There was a desk with a large mirror on one end that looked like it should have moved back and forth along the walk. Again, this is merely speculation, but I did feel like more effects were needed, rather than simply hearing Houdinis voice as the room rotated. Still, I give Six Flags credit for having an attraction like this in their park. Well worth a look.
so i go in and im like wtf? its not scary at ALL! so we go into the next room the good part. it actually got me dizzy and ive been on kingkda. the illusion is great even though i know how it was created. it takes like 5 mins for the worker to get everyones bags and stuff. its a fun ride but can get nausiating.
Wow, this thing is weird, but I kinda liked it! It totally confused me and the sensations just added to the hysteria inside my mind. I thought it was executed pretty well, with some quality theme and a decent show. Now only if my head would stop spinning so much
I wasnt overly impressed with this ride, but it was still pretty entertaining. The preshow was mildly humorous at best. The transition to the other room to be seated was very bad considering the ride op had to go in and check things out and stuff. A smoother transition would have made things a little better, say if there were two people working the ride or something. It kind of killed the moment for me. Considering I knew how the ride worked before I went in, it was funny to watch peoples reactions and what they were doing. One person was actually holding a penny on his hand to see if we were really going upsidedown. I think the fact that my girlfriends hair was not flipping over head and was staying put was a bit of a tell. However, my girlfriend insisted that we were going upsidedown the first few swings and when I tried to tell her how it worked, she didnt believe me. She knew something was up after a while but didnt really believe me until after. It is kind of hard to believe that you are going upsidedown when there is a very loose bar "holding you down". Anyway, if you havent been on the ride dont let this get you down. I hope you enjoy it. I was just expecting more. I thought there would have been more use of images and stuff. I was a little disappointed by that. A decent ride. I guess Ill get back into it at some point since my girlfriend wants to go on it again because she enjoyed it. The theming is the best part. The ride is different to say the least.
Very interesting ride. The illusion still puzzles and confuses me. Can anone tell me what exactly happens and if you actually turn upside down?
I finally went on this after its was closed for so long. It was awesome. The theming was excellent, and I dont know why people thought the pre-show was stupid. During the pre-show, I felt like I was on something at Disney World. As for the ride, that was great too. I will do my best to go on this everytime Im at gadv.
Rode this last week for the first time in years. Great theming. This ride does a great job making you think a simple swinging motion is much more. The first time I rode I thought it was going upside down but noticed no ones hair being suspended. Then I realized it was a big swinging motion. This time I sat on an end and if you look at the floor against the side walls you can see how small the range of motion is. Overall a well done experience.
As an FYI the pre-show I saw in June 2006 had less special effects than previous years.
In a way, I dont like the 1 to 10 scale approach because it seems odd to me that Ive now rated this one point less than Kingda Ka. Ka is more thrilling but I found Houdini more interesting.
This is the only one of this kind Ive ever ridden, though Ive seen other reviewers mention the other one at SFNE (never been there). I dont know, I guess I dug the optical illusion play of this ride and, more than anything, the creative aspect of the ride. No, it wasnt scary but it was definitely fun.
This was much better than the one at SFNE. [Caveat: its been a few years since I rode the NE one... perhaps theyve upgraded that one...] For 6 Flags, this attraction is heavily themed. They still cant assemble any kind of coherant narrative the way Disney/Universal can, but it still establishes a nice mood. The payoff isnt so much scary as just plain weird. And props for attention to detail. Watch the exit signs - what could have been a liability is turned into a plus for the weird fx.
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