Published: August 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM
I rode RRRockit this afternoon for the first time (front row seat). Here are the PROs and CONs:
PROs - Love the Maurer-Sohne X-cars. There are truly comfortable and the restraint can handle a big boned guy and still give me airtime too.
CONs - the trains wobble wayyy too much. Don't know if that's inherent in the train design or the track.
PRO: LOVE the lift. Love it, love it, love it. Flat on your back going straight up - more vertical than Sheikra's lift.
PRO: Intense positive Gs all over this ride. Like REALLY intense positive Gs and two big airtime pops (at least in the front row).
PRO: The loop with the barrel roll is a great element - smooth and fun.
PRO: there are many brakes on the ride and I'd heard the trims are too tight. Not today. True, we rode in a very light rain (just starting), but I thought the trims were mostly unobtrusive.
PRO: Lots of serpentine sinuous S curves. Lots of dives off high brake runs. Lots of angled helixes.
PRO: The sound system was great and I was able to program in my choice and it sounded immediately on the lift.
CON: the music choices are really old and lame.
CON: the video includes 4 short clips of you. The camera is centered for front row riders, but located on the side for other rows. What they should offer is a full forward POV of the ride and then a full ride capture of you riding.
CON: A 2.5 hour wait. Dispatch is supposed to take 30 seconds but they were averaging 1 dispatch per 2-2.5 minutes today.
CON: the ride is advertised as NOW OPEN. It should be advertised as a Technical Rehearsal. The ride went down several times yesterday and last night it required an all night fine tuning session by the tech staff. Therefore the pre-ride check today (which is supposed to begin at 3am) didn't begin until morning; so opening was delayed until 11am -- a time they announced and -- yes -- met. However, the space they set aside for people to line up was in direct hot sunlight when they have space outside the main entrance in full shade and with stansions holes in the pavement. A thoughtless management decision not to think of their customers.
PRO: Lots of misters in the outdoor queue past the main entrance. The indoor queue is less inviting (beware of stink bombs from nearby patrons). BUT JUST WHEN YOU'RE GETTING TIRED AND HUNGRY, they've positioned a snack cart in the queue. Perfect for a sugar rush from the frozen lemonade 20 minutes before you ride.
PRO: The loading team is already working efficiently. But they told us there was not a single rider queue available when we got into line, but 2.25 hours later as we were getting to the head of the line, single riders were suddenly allowed to fill that queue. It was really annoying to be treated so inconsistently.
BOTTOM LINE: A great coaster worth a 60 minute wait. My first chance to ride a X-coaster car was worth the 2.5 hours wait. If the trains are wobbly this much now, I'm afraid it may turn painful in a year. But at least there are no horsecollars and boxed ears!
Alan Jay Glueckman, Orlando