Led Zeppelin coaster: Just another B&M?
Hard Rock Park:
Your opinions on the Zeppelin coaster at HRP
I've seen photographs and read reviews, but I'm curious: is there anything other than a sound system that separates the new Zeppelin coaster at HRP from other B&M's?
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
never ridden, but saw up close during construction. There isn't anything else that is different. All of the elements in Led Zeppelin can be found on other B&M coasters. Of course there are so many of them out there, and none of them are "bad". The sound system works very well I'm told.
From steve lee
Posted July 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM
The first half is probably more intense than you get on most B&Ms. Five inversions before the MCBR is pretty hefty, and there's not a lot of lag time in between each element. The main difference is the addition of the music, which works remarkably well with the overall ride.
I'd say the back half (post MCBR) is one of the weakest I've encountered, but after the asskicking of the first half that's a decent trade off.
It looks like the track before you hit the MCBR makes you very dizzy and disoriented
From steve lee
Posted July 22, 2008 at 5:49 PM
It really screws me up because I'm programmed for Hulk. The zero-g roll completely messed me up everytime because (in my head) it's not supposed to be there. I'm always thinking "cobra roll into vertical loop."
I wonder how Hulk is going to feel next time...
makes my head tingle
it's kind of a snore.
The first part is great, and the sound is loud enough to hear even if you are just watching the ride. The second part is weak however.
It does look weak after the MCBR. It just seems to meander around.
I just rode it yesterday, and you can easily say it is just another BM. However, when you say just a BM you are saying a lot. I agree with everyone else about how the first half is so great and then then after the brakes it is not as intense. From looking at LZTR you wouldnt think much of the drop, but I have ridden atleast 15 BM's and I thought the drop was one of the better ones even it is traditional. After the loop and Cobra roll I felt very disoriented for a second or two. I thought the ride was great overall, but we have been spoiled by B and M, so... The pre-ride, audio, and onride video were all firsts for me, and I thought it was done very well.
This looks like just another B and M with a bad ending. I agree with the above comment though about how B and M is above and beyond most other coasters. Can't say much for the sound system though because I've never ridden it.
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From J Whetzel
Posted July 25, 2008 at 6:13 AM
It is just another B&M but that's not a bad thing. They are geniuses. The thing that sets it apart from the others though is the use of onboard audio. I did not feel disoriented at all or feel that the second half was bad. It was not as intense as the first, but it was still a decent part of it. To the people who have commented but haven't ridden it: how can you say it's just a typical B&M without riding it? Before I rode it I thought the drop was going to be a typical one, but I thought it was better than most of the same style. That, to me, goes to show that you need to ride it before you can come up with a solid opinion about it.
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