Now that the wait is over, and we have been on SW4, the question
is whether or not the ride is worth it. I went yesterday, and whilst the
park was quiet, everyone seemed to be on just one ride, making the queue
2 hours long at one point.
I got on early on with a one hour queue, and I have to say that
the wait builds the tension. You have a good view of the ride most of the
time, and the effect of the screams going muffled in the tunnel is
spooky, as is the movie played on monitors as you spiral up towards the
station- two men, one darkness, the other light having an argument about
whether the ride is safe or not- its really good.
The ride itself is short, but it is THE drop- I have never been
on a ride that has the same oh shit factor as this one. Sitting on the
front row where you can see the hole and the track dissapear below you as
you hang is amazing. I love the subtle touches on this- The speakers
saying "Don't look down" just as you drop really quietly (a subliminal
message), the way you can plummet towards all your friends who didn't go
on, as they stand around the hole, the SW4 incriptions in the building
that most people won't get.
This really is THE ride of the year. I know its short and I know
the queue is long, but you will not ride anything as intense anywhere
else. Your heart is pounding from the unfeasibly steep lift hill, and
from***, then to go from 0.5g to a crushing 4.5 in a few seconds
(and it really does cram you into your seat as it pulls up from the dive
in the tunnel). Nemesis may be a better all round ride, but Oblivion
scares the hell out of everyone who rides it.
Worth the hype? Absolutely. Having done it I wouldn't queue for hours,
but if you can sneak on at park opening or closing, then do so (I got the
queue down to 15 minutes in a 4 trip *** before close yesterday).
Get there, be scared, and don't look down.
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