ALTHOUGH, one big difference I started noticing in my late 20’s was in the real bumpy or shakey coasters. For example, the ‘Cyclone’ in Coney Island and the ‘Great American Scream Machine’ in Great Adventure KILL me! I get crazy headaches from them. But, as long as a coaster is smooth it can go upside down or as fast as possible and I am fine.[/QUOTE]
DW doesn’t really like woodies that much. She says they hurt in some places guys don’t have to worry about. Some day, I need to make the pilgrimage back to Coney Island and ride the Cyclone once in my life. When I was younger, I was too afraid to ride coasters. Scream Machine (the New Jersey one, not the woodie at SFoG) can be a smooth ride, if it has recently had a deep refurbishment. We found this out with Viper at Magic Mountain, a very similar coaster to GASM, however, as much as I liked GASM in 92, when I rode it in 2003, I could only ride it once as it was way too rough. This is a common problem for all Arrow corkscrew coasters, in fact, Shockwave at SFGreat America was dismantled and eventually scrapped, being replaced by Superman Ultimate Flight. Also, there was another jumbo Arrow at Busch Gardens Williamsburg called Draken Fire that only ran until 98 and was dismantled and scrapped in 2002 because it was too rough for guests, as well as Steel Phantom at Kennywood, which was rebuilt without the loops as Phantom’s Revenge.