I was able to ride Prowler three times, back, middle and front. In my opinion the front offered the most intense ride action. The speed going into the bumps and turns seems to slightly more pronounced in the front seat. I counted 15 times where I came out of my seat. In some cases just slightly lifting off the cushion, but in several cases I achieved full air extending through several bumps and turns.
I have posted pictures here
First, to get to Prowler you cross under the railroad bridge on a trail through a wooded area. It feels like you are removed from the rest of the park. They also cleaned up the entire area with new paint, sineage, fencing and pathways. It all feels new and fresh.
Second, they at least attempted to carry out an African theme. While it felt like the designers did not actually travel to Africa for inspiration, they at least took a taxi across town to visit the African section of the zoo. The mural on the photo booth wall, the music, and the landscaping were all nicely done. They still have a little work to do on the north side of the ride que which still looks like a construction site. Hopefully they will finish it.
Third, I liked the way the train wraps around the ride. It should offer some interest both to the Prowler and the train ride. The site selection could not have been better.
In my opinion the African section of WOF has not been this good since they closed Zambezi Zinger.
To everyone else, thanks for the feedback, and for humoring me my lengthy posts over the last few weeks. I have about spent myself, and will be moving back into the background of TPI where I belong.
I look forward to all the other trip reports and ride opening reviews in the coming weeks (especially Manta & RRR!). Keep them coming gang... I expect to be reading about a lot of fun times at parks across the nation!
Thanks for the report. I wasn't able to make the four hour (round trip) journey to WOF this weekend, but I really appreciate the virtual trip you've provided me. And considering I'm using the brief good weather Missouri offers in the spring to do some major lawn projects, probably won't make it until daily operations begin.
Off the subject: thanks for the great Silver Dollar City report too. Makes me long for a trip down there again.