1). The 1 train system running at the moment is a major headache for Cedar Point, and it needs to be resolved asap. If it’s still in place over the Memorial Day weekend there are going to be some very upset coaster enthusiasts. The ops do a great job, but it’s asking a lot of them to keep everything running smoothly day in day out under ever increasing pressure. 2hrs is a minimum you should take out of your day to ride it just once. I haven’t heard anything that suggests RMC is any closer to resolving the problem .. ??
2). Can someone please explain to me why we are told incessantly that we must not touch the lap bar ... ?? Is it a safety issue .. ? I cannot come up with any reason other than safety.
3). Oh my ... what did RMC do to what was a truly magnificent wooden coaster structure ? I was saddened when I first saw it. Yes, they created the Steel Vengeance, but at a horrible cost to the original Mean Streak. Did they really need to use all those steel channel sections? and if they did, could they have not somehow camouflaged them in some way? Being an engineer for my sins, I know how strong those steel sections are, but I also know that some of the beams could have been made from good solid sections of wood .... but then maybe the cost would have been a lot more.
4). Absolutely, beyond any shadow of a doubt, SV is now the best ride at Cedar Point ...
5). The fast lane+ entrance takes you right up to the station, so whenever it’s reinstated, the cost of the FL+ would be well worth it on a busy day. Although it’s difficult to predict how many people would actually be willing to pay for one, once 3 trains are running again.
6). It would be so good if CP used the FL+ lane for single riders while only 1 train is running. On almost every train there was at least one empty seat. Such a waste.
7). A warning ... while 1 train is running, trying to ride SV is a chore and a bind. I read a tweet on the CP page that someone rode it 5 times in a day. Have no doubt, that was all they did all day !! A 10hr day spent riding one coaster 5 times is not quite my proverbial cup of tea.
8). I know one of the pluses for a lot of riders is the amount of air time you get on SV. Yes, from that awesome first drop to the end of the last drop, airtime is amazing, especially in the back .... but I do not see any reason for the couple of little ‘bumps’ before the lift hill, and I’d much rather see one decent airtime hill on the way back to the station, instead of the 4 ever decreasing ones.
9). Repetitiveness is, in my opinion, also an issue. I have never been on another RMC convert, but I think this is by far the longest one they worked on ... and it shows. 4 upside down elements just screams “l don’t know what else to do” ... and I’d like to have seen at least one of those inverts a fast hard turn instead .. maybe 2 in all honesty. Sorry SV fans, but I’m just stating how I feel.
10). The restraints are excellent, but be careful you don’t trap the seat belt buckle between your thigh and the underside of the lap bar. I did once, and have the bruise to prove it ... :(
11). I saw a lot of people get off the ride and indicate it wasn’t all it’s been cracked up to be, but we all have our own opinions of all the rides we go on. Will it make #1 on the golden ticket list for 2018 ... it has a big enough fan base to suggest it might.
12). Does it make my #1 all time favorite coaster. No. A strong #2 ahead of other great rides like Millennium Force, The Smiler, Maverick, Mystic Timbers, Mako and so on .... For me nothing gets close to Fury 325. The sheer exhilaration of that first hill, and the smoothness throughout the ride is pure coaster heaven. You have to ride it to appreciate just how fast 95 mph is when your sitting in the front seat. Videos do not do it justice.
Steel Vengeance failed to make my #1 due to a culmination of little things as detailed above. I’m sure for a lot of people my nit-picking may seem harsh, but it’s my personal takeaway from what truly is a ground breaking world class coaster. From a coaster enthusiast’s point of view, I might even admit it’s an all round “better” coaster than Fury 325, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into it being my all time favorite coaster.
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