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How rough is Anaconda?

Kings Dominion: I was wondering if anyone has ridden the Anaconda lately?

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 30, 2006 at 10:02 PM
I was wondering if anyone has ridden the Anaconda lately? How rough is it this year? The first time I rode it back in 1997 it wasnt rough at all, but the last few years I rode it has been a real neck jerker, Just wondering if it had possibly smoothed up any.


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From ryan saunders
Posted August 31, 2006 at 3:34 AM
tear it down CF

From Jacob Palmer
Posted August 31, 2006 at 4:47 AM
I'll just say...it's been rougher...but, that's not saying much. It also has to do with how tall you are as to the level of roughness you're going to feel. But there are parts where it's quite rough...such as everything after the the first drop and the first 2 inversions...I guess the corkscrews aren't as bad, but they super smooth...but I doubt they will be the part that bothers you..basically, everything right after the trim brakes is designed to cause you pain and suffering. This being said, I still think the first drop is a lot of fun in the back.

From Scott Seal
Posted August 31, 2006 at 5:31 AM
I went last week and that thing, at least to me, was like an earthquake. It's SO SLOW, so you feel everything.

Literally, when we were going through the corkscrews, it really seemed like we might have been going 10 miles an hour.

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 31, 2006 at 8:57 AM
I agree with you Scott, which makes me wonder why, it didnt used to be like that or at least I dont recall it being that slow the first time I rode back in 1997, but the only part of the ride I like now is the first drop and the 2 loops after that its neck jamming and very slow.

From vaughan crittenden
Posted August 31, 2006 at 9:00 AM
tear it down
if anybody wants to know why
its because when u want to ride it on a saturday
u can just go right on. to me its rougher than dracin fire.

From Martha Moyers
Posted August 31, 2006 at 9:07 AM
Yeah, it is a little rough but not as rough as The Hurler. We are talking headache and pain! I rode the Anaconda twice when I was there back in July and I just made a special effort to keep my head back and still so it didn't whack my ears. However, my daughter's boyfriend did lose his earring on the ride, it whacked his ear so hard that it broke and fell off. I was wearing small loop earrings and did not have any trouble.

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 31, 2006 at 9:17 AM
I agree I think Anaconda has run its course it was cool to start with but its just hurts now, I think they should tear it down and put another launching coaster there.

From Jacob Palmer
Posted August 31, 2006 at 9:26 AM
The Hurler has been redone...It isn't any where near as rough as it was. I mean, it is, and always has been a pretty intense wooden rollercoaster, and I actually enjoy it now. I was at the park last week, too, and I didn't think Anaconda was an "earth quake", but that may just be because I have been on it when it was much rougher. Because it def. smacks you around a bit.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted August 31, 2006 at 9:50 AM
I think anything with inversions other than loops & corkscrews will throw ppl around a bit. Look at Ninja SFOG. Ppl sometimes forget that direction change, if abrupt, will cause a person to throw around a bit due to not going in a straight line. I didn't see any problem w/it. Also, what seat were you sitting in? Seats can also affect a ride.

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 31, 2006 at 10:39 AM
I normally always sit near the middle of the train, sometimes front but I never sit in the back.

From Scott Seal
Posted August 31, 2006 at 3:16 PM
Dude, Hurler is the best ride in the park. I rode it 18 times in a row the other week. It rules.

From Christy Shuman
Posted August 31, 2006 at 4:29 PM
I agree I have always loved Hurler, its a awesome woodie, I think the Grizzley is alot rougher than the Hurler.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted August 31, 2006 at 8:23 PM
I'd hate to ride Grizzly then. Hurler was DEFINITLY rough to me. They just finished redoing Grizzly This past Spring so it shud be better, no?

From Jacob Palmer
Posted September 1, 2006 at 12:27 PM
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure they didn't redo Grizzly...I wish they had...but it's rough...although, at night, it is completely awesome. If you haven't done it at night...you haven't done it...I'm kidding, but it is awesome. And Hurler is a blast, I was being reserved earlier :)

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted September 1, 2006 at 2:03 PM
Well all I know is when we visited in March 2005 Grizzly had a sign up: "Grizzly is closed for refurbishing, will open late May 2005" so I'm sure they did SOMETHING to it, otherwise it wouldn't have that sign up.

From Chase Harrison
Posted September 1, 2006 at 3:04 PM
Anaconda and Hurler are fine. PERIOD! If ANY coaster needs to go its Shockwave. The only thing on a anacondom that bugged me was when i came out of the tunnel water shot into my eye.

From Christy Shuman
Posted September 1, 2006 at 4:03 PM
Anaconda is great until after the brakes, from then on out its slow and rough!

From Jacob Palmer
Posted September 1, 2006 at 9:18 PM
I think they added more bracing, but mostly, I think just re-did the queue. And Shockwave needs to go BIG TIME.

From Russell Meyer
Posted September 1, 2006 at 9:37 PM
The first half of Anaconda's pretty smooth, espcially considering the age of the ride. However, after the MCBR, the coaster get pretty rought through the spagetti bowl before the corkscrews. It's still a pretty good coaster, especially for an older Arrow.

From Christy Shuman
Posted September 2, 2006 at 7:10 AM
Why does everyone hate Shockwave so bad?

From Scott Seal
Posted September 2, 2006 at 7:38 AM
Because it's short, it hurts, it's kind of ugly to be honest, and the novelty of standing up on a roller-coaster is no longer novel. I do't know if it needs to go, unless you're going to replace it, but it's definatley not one of the greatest rides.

From vaughan crittenden
Posted September 2, 2006 at 9:14 PM
and if ur a guy never ride on a coaster like shockwave that has bicycle seats( hurts like hell)

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted September 4, 2006 at 3:27 PM
It's a TOGO, 'nuf said lol (although I personally luv Ultra Twister it don't count as a TOGO in my book, it's too smooth, lol). Maybe if we band together to protest against Shockwave, maybe they'll replace it. I've already complained numerous times on behalf of myself & others. I don't think one person can do much good though.

From Dustin Kern
Posted September 5, 2006 at 3:24 PM
Okay, here's a break down of roughness.

1 - Unbearably Rough
2
3 - Rough
4
5 - Smoothe

Avanlache
Ride: 4
Brakes: 2

Vocano: The Blast Coaster
Launch: 4
Ride: 5
Brakes: 4

Anaconda
Ride: 3 (roughest spot is the butterfly)
Brakes: 3

Shockwave
Ride: 2 (borderline 1 at the end)
Brakes: 2

Rebel Yell Backwards (depends on the weather)
Ride: 3
Brakes: 4

Rebel Yell Forwards (depends on the weather)
Ride: 4
Brakes: 4

Richocet
Ride: 4
Brakes: 2

Hurler (depends on the weather)
Ride: 2
Brakes: 4

Grizzly (depends on the weather)
Ride: 2
Brakes: 3

Hypersonic XLC
Launch: 3
Ride: 3
Brakes: 2

Flight of Fear
Launch: 4
Ride: 3
Brakes: 3

Italian Job
Launch: 5
Ride: 5
Brakes: 5

That's just my personal opinion on what the average person would think of the rides. Not trying to say that they are exactly like that. Also, you'd have a better chance at finding me riding the Rebel Yell, Grizzly, or Hurler than you would on Hypersonic or Vocano.

Also, the reason for saying that it depends on the weather for the ratings for the woodies. Reason being, just from personal experience, they seem to rough faster and rougher after a good rain. They also feel rougher when it is extremely hot out, but that just could be because I'm usually tired then.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted September 10, 2006 at 9:18 PM
Good one Dustin. Looks like fair assumptions to me! I agree w/your opinions, the 2 I didn't ride, Richochet & Hypersonic from what I can tell it's accurate. :) Good job!

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