Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by Jim and Jerr » Wed, 24 Jan 2001 13:04:27


Pics look great, but the POV Real Video is a bit low-quality.

Coaster looks awesome, with a huge double-dip off the quarry wall. If
only the Rattler had done stunts like this...

here's the link to the English site
http://members.tripod.com/terramitica/indexe_i.htm

Click on ROME, then on MAGNUS COLOSSUS, then on the camera or
camcorder for pix & videos.

 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by Coaster14 » Wed, 24 Jan 2001 13:47:36

Wait for 2002 I am putting some money on the idea of the Rattler get some work
done. It may be new track or layout who knows but I think it will happen for
sure.

 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by The Dreamfinde » Mon, 29 Jan 2001 02:49:00

The Rattler makes me sad. For such an awesome location it really is a boring
ride. Its first drop is not what it used to be; beyond that the ride is slow
and dull... especially in the triple helix. Granted, the helix looks awesome
(intended to be a coiled snake) but is too slow going in and braked too hard
coming out. The only part I really enjoy is flying up through the tunnel.

Indeed, I hope they reprofile the first drop again. The helix needs to be
faster and/or retracked. Sometimes the helix is rough too. That might depend
on which seat you take. This ride is simply not what is could/used to be.

Who knows... they will probably put shoulder restraints on it. Maybe if
Astroworld replaces the trains on 'Texas Cyclone' they could donate the old
ones to 'Rattler'.

What do you guys think? :)

 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by RGreen75 » Wed, 31 Jan 2001 13:40:47

taer it down!
replace it with something better, like a ride that slams you repeatedly into
the canyon wall until you are an unrecognizable mound of quivering, gelatinous
flesh.
         Seriously though, I rode this ride in '92 before it was destroyed, and
I still hold that first drop in my memory as the best I have ever experienced,
not to mention the rest of the ride is fantastic without brakes. Now it is just
a giant pile of ***that some people refer to as a roller coaster. Even the
BRAKES on that ride caused me pain! It is in such horrible condition now that
it would probably be useless to try and fix it. They just need to rip it out
and replace it. maybe it is just wishful thinking, but selling poltergiest and
replacing it with an impulse coaster might generate enough revenue in ticket
sales to completely finance a replacement for the rattler. If that doesnt do
the trick, tearing out Joker's revenge and selling it as s***metal would
help.
 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by Jay Turtl » Thu, 01 Feb 2001 00:27:47

Oh just wait... Joker's Revenge will be a distant memory before long.
And good riddance to it, those who don't like the Poltergeist obviously
never made their way back to that sad piece of !*$%.


"Look ma, no tagline!"

Quote:

> tearing out Joker's revenge and selling it as s***metal would help.

 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by Rob Cunnin » Thu, 01 Feb 2001 05:54:03

Quote:

> taer it down!
> replace it with something better, like a ride that slams you repeatedly into
> the canyon wall until you are an unrecognizable mound of quivering, gelatinous
> flesh.
>          Seriously though, I rode this ride in '92 before it was destroyed, and
> I still hold that first drop in my memory as the best I have ever experienced,
> not to mention the rest of the ride is fantastic without brakes. Now it is just
> a giant pile of ***that some people refer to as a roller coaster. Even the
> BRAKES on that ride caused me pain! It is in such horrible condition now that
> it would probably be useless to try and fix it. They just need to rip it out
> and replace it. maybe it is just wishful thinking, but selling poltergiest and
> replacing it with an impulse coaster might generate enough revenue in ticket
> sales to completely finance a replacement for the rattler. If that doesnt do
> the trick, tearing out Joker's revenge and selling it as s***metal would
> help.

I agree with your sentiments about the Rattler.  The original drop was the best
ever!  I hate what they've done to it.  I do like really brutal wooden coasters, so
I still think the second drop rocks, but the rest of the ride, save for the tunnel,
is a waste of time.  The triple helix, while never a real thrill, was at least not
boring and painful prior to the braking.  Now it's slow, boring, and very rough,
and just when the train finally gets really moving again, they brake it to a stop.
If I was to design a wooden coaster, I'd keep this rule in mind -- "Fast rough:
good!  Slow rough: bad!"

Anyway, I spent some time one day thinking of how they could improve the Rattler,
while still keeping the sue-happy GP happy.  I think if they extended the first
drop back down a little bit, maybe halfway back to where it was, and left the
second hill and drop the way they are, that would be good.  Then we get to the
helix -- TAER IT OUT!  At the top of the hill where the helix starts, it could dip
back down to the ground and do a nice fast, highly banked 540 degree helix upward
from the ground.  OK, so now we're pointed toward the edge of the cliff, we could
do a long, curving drop to the left which swoops back up to the top of the canyon
wall and curves under the new helix and reconnects with the top of the drop that
curves into the cave.

Now maybe that completely unrealistic, I don't know.  But it would make the ride
better and give it a faster pace.  Let's not get too hysterical and rip out
Poltergeist, though.  I LIKE that ride despite the head banging.  I find if you
ride with your head pressed against the right side of the OTSR, there is very
little headbanging.  And since it's the only steel coaster I can think of that
feels totally out of control to me, I say KEEP IT!  Joker's Revenge can go,
though.  Replace it with something more exciting.  Something, anything....  A
picnic area would be more exciting.

-Rob

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Sandbor » Thu, 01 Feb 2001 13:09:13

Quote:

> Oh just wait... Joker's Revenge will be a distant memory before long.
> And good riddance to it, those who don't like the Poltergeist obviously
> never made their way back to that sad piece of !*$%.

Hey, Joker's Revenge was my second favorite coaster in the park!

"Push the button!"

--
Dave Sandborg
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Post by Conrad Kade » Sun, 04 Feb 2001 14:03:51

I have never been on The Rattler, but I wish that I could go back in time
and ride it when it first opened!!!  :)  That is the way it was intended to
be ridden, and nothing else could ever be good enough.  I would ride it if I
went to Fiesta Texas, but I wish that things were the way that they used to
be.

Conrad "CoasterKon" Kadel


Quote:
> The Rattler makes me sad. For such an awesome location it really is a
boring
> ride. Its first drop is not what it used to be; beyond that the ride is
slow
> and dull... especially in the triple helix. Granted, the helix looks
awesome
> (intended to be a coiled snake) but is too slow going in and braked too
hard
> coming out. The only part I really enjoy is flying up through the tunnel.

> Indeed, I hope they reprofile the first drop again. The helix needs to be
> faster and/or retracked. Sometimes the helix is rough too. That might
depend
> on which seat you take. This ride is simply not what is could/used to be.

> Who knows... they will probably put shoulder restraints on it. Maybe if
> Astroworld replaces the trains on 'Texas Cyclone' they could donate the
old
> ones to 'Rattler'.

> What do you guys think? :)

 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by Viperdude2 » Sun, 04 Feb 2001 14:22:02

you wouldn't want to waste your time.  
 
 
 

Found a Rattler-style quarry coaster in Spain!

Post by Jim and Jerr » Sun, 04 Feb 2001 18:29:32

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 23:09:13 -0500, Dave Sandborg

Quote:


>> Oh just wait... Joker's Revenge will be a distant memory before long.
>> And good riddance to it, those who don't like the Poltergeist obviously
>> never made their way back to that sad piece of !*$%.

>Hey, Joker's Revenge was my second favorite coaster in the park!

Are we to assume that you only rode two of the park's coasters?
 
 
 

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Post by Dave Sandbor » Sun, 04 Feb 2001 22:54:06


Quote:

> On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 23:09:13 -0500, Dave Sandborg


> >> Oh just wait... Joker's Revenge will be a distant memory before long.
> >> And good riddance to it, those who don't like the Poltergeist obviously
> >> never made their way back to that sad piece of !*$%.

> >Hey, Joker's Revenge was my second favorite coaster in the park!

> Are we to assume that you only rode two of the park's coasters?

No, I rode them all.  This was 1999, so Superman Krypton Coaster was
not built yet.  Undoubtedly that would be my favorite now.  Road Runner
Express was my favorite.  But I liked Joker's Revenge a lot more than I
expected, and considerably better than Poltergeist.

--
Dave Sandborg
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Post by Joh » Mon, 05 Feb 2001 15:57:55

Oh the pre-destruction of the Rattler will always remain in my
memory...ahhhh. I was looking back at some pics I took of it when it
first opened....and they also have a GREAT pic of it in "The American
Roller Coaster" book. That first drop skimmed the bottom of the
quarry...it was awesome!

But as for selling Poltergeist....NO!! I LOVE that ride. Riding in the
front I have no head banging problems at all. And at night it is awesome
all lit up in flourescent lighting. I do agree with tearing out Jokers
Revenge though. The most exciting part of that ride is walking around
through the funhouse when the effects aren't working and banging into
every damn wall in there, Believe me it has happened more than once..it
is as if the park does not want to waste electricity on the funhouse
anymore. I still think they should add an inverted there....make good
use of the quarry wall again. Something original though...no Batman
clones or cheesey "X: The Quarry Climber" names!hehee!