Sidewinder has always been known to be a headache, but usually for me it take me two rides to get one. This time only one ride did the trick. While the restraints do have some padding on the sides, they aren't soft enough to coushin the blow when going through the cobra loop. the loop isn't extremely bad, but it does rattle a little, but the final brakes do jerk you forward violently.
What could be done to fix this? Last year the park did try out a new axel system for the cars, but I don't think it helped the ride at all as far as smoothness goes. Plus there seems to be a 1/4 inch gap where the bottom wheels don't make contact with the track.It does seem that ridership maybe dropping, but it does make me wonder if the park could buy those new Vekoma trains to use. But with the ride being in the park for 19 years, maybe it would be better off in the scrap heap and provide space for a new family or flat ride.
Wildcat was considered to be a top 10 coaster for many enthusiests (for some it still is), but after many years the ride has got rough with the PTC trains eventually being replaced with GCI's. So did it make the ride better? I guess yeah, but after my ride on Friday, it's just as bad as Sidewinder. The first drop was good, but the rest of the ride was just rattling and roughness with being slammed into the curves and bounced around like a basketball. Let me also mention that the brakes going over the queue kept making an awful screeching sound like a dying dog. Even the GP thinks it's rough after hearing some of the comments after the ride.
I'd hate to say remove ride since it was just built 14 years ago, but the ride needs something more than just new trains and new rails added to the track. I think adding new wood to the track would make the ride smoother and hopefully a top 10 coaster again. But right now, to me it's the worst coaster I've been on.
While it doesn't deal with roughness, I found that the restraints for Fahrenheit and Storm Runner aren't that friendly to people with a certain height.
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