Don't look Down- is Oblivion worth the Hype?

Don't look Down- is Oblivion worth the Hype?

Post by Pink Floyd's Apostl » Tue, 17 Mar 1998 04:00:00


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.

Ian
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Post by Mark Huf » Tue, 17 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> 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.

    Well, now you know how some of us felt in the States when the OL:FOF
opened at PKD in '96 ( Heck, might as well throw in '97 as well - I always
thought the only way to reduce the line for the OL:FOF was  for PKD to build
another coaster ). Course, the park might have to prepare for crowd rioting.
When you hype a ride like V:TBC and your latest ride stats, on your web
site,  show two train operation with 1100 PPH capacity, I hope the ride
operators get issued riot gear and the park insures the ears of  their Guest
relations personnel by Loyds of London. Its wonderful to design and build
unique rides like PKD has been doing over the last few years but, you need
major rides that can handle a minimum of 1600 PPH.

Quote:
>         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,

<< snip >>

    Reminds me of standing in the ante-chamber right before going into the
OL:FOF station and hearing the screams for a split second before the train is
completely out of the station after being launched. Don't you just love
getting that malevolent grin on your face and turn to the people in the
queue, that you chatted with in line and who have never been on the ride, and
see if their faces match the purple-green  lighting of the flying
saucer?         >;-P

                                                                    MWH

Quote:
>         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.

> Ian
> --

> Spreading the word of our lords Pink Floyd to the Heathen


 
 
 

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Post by RobbAlv » Wed, 18 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>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).

I've been reading the responses of SW4 now on the newsgroup.  I'm going on
Thursday to see for myself.  It's seems like the overall opinion has been
"Great ride, wouldn't queue a long time for it."  My question though, if it
REALLY was a great ride, wouldn't you not mind waiting?  For example, Magnum is
a great ride and I will not think twice about waiting 60 min for it, same thing
with Nemesis.   My overall opinion about 'freefall' type rides (freefalls,
giant drops, space shots, reverse freefalls,  turbo drops, etc) is that they
are great rides, but I too would not wait more than 30 min for them.  Which
tells me that they are not worth the hype and are NOT a signature attraction of
a park.  

I will of course reserve all judgement until Thursday after riding.  
I am looking forward to it, but it just seems like the whole Superman ordeal
all over again.  And too also think that Alton lost a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop
last year for a top spin, and this year they lost another Schwarzkopf coaster
(Beast) for a glorified freefall.  

Just my $.02 worth!

Cheers.

--Robb

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Post by ItzaDaPo » Wed, 18 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Note: I haven't ridden Obilivion and probably won't anytime soon. Just thought
I'd let you know before I begin.

I think that people think it's a great ride because it's not much more than one
elemennt which happens to be great. Therefore, people can say it is great ride
because it is based on one thing-- an excellent drop. However, since there is
basically only one part to it, *most* people don't want to wait 1-2 hours for a
10-second thrill. For example, I know that Scorpion at BGT is a great ride, but
I won't wait an hour for it simply because it's too short to warrant a wait
like that. On the other hand, I might wait 1 hour for Montu (also at BGT)
because I know that it is a long, and extremely thrilling ride. I think that's
why people are calling Obivion a great ride for what it is, but they would much
rather spend an hour waiting in line for Nemesis simply because it has more to
offer.


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Post by Chris Heathco » Wed, 18 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
> My overall opinion about 'freefall' type rides (freefalls,
>giant drops, space shots, reverse freefalls,  turbo drops, etc) is that they
>are great rides, but I too would not wait more than 30 min for them.  Which
>tells me that they are not worth the hype and are NOT a signature attraction of
>a park.  

I'm suprised no-one's mentioned it already, but the freefall ride in the
Trocadero in the centre of London opened last Friday. Costs 3 quid, queues
quite small (I waited about 15 minutes). It's 160ft. high, max speed
40mph, and claiming to be a worlds-first (World's First Completely Indoor
Freefall Ride I think). Anyways, it's nice to know I can get an adrenaline
rush in the centre of London now!!

Chris.
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Post by BenDaDru » Wed, 18 Mar 1998 04:00:00

There's a 1st Generation Intamin Freefall Ride at The West Edmonton Mall. It's
completely enclosed and has to be at least 10 years old.

 
 
 

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Post by Richard Bonn » Wed, 18 Mar 1998 04:00:00

: There's a 1st Generation Intamin Freefall Ride at The West Edmonton Mall. It's
: completely enclosed and has to be at least 10 years old.

***   A clarification: The ride itself is not enclosed; it's indoors at
Galaxyland. The top of the ride may be considered enclosed as it extends
above the roof of the building where you face by windows so you can look
out over the roof top to see parts of Edmonton.

   The mall opened in 1981 but I don't know when "Drop of Doom" was
installed.

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Post by Jason » Thu, 19 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>I will of course reserve all judgement until Thursday after riding.  
>I am looking forward to it, but it just seems like the whole Superman ordeal
>all over again.  And too also think that Alton lost a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop
>last year for a top spin, and this year they lost another Schwarzkopf coaster
>(Beast) for a glorified freefall.  

>Just my $.02 worth!

The Beast was sold because of complaints from the villagers. Apparantly,
and I overheard an Alton Towers rep saying this, the Beast was visible
from the village and many of the people living in Alton had said it was
an eyesore and had to go. As part of the deal is that Alton Towers can't
build above tree level and that anything they do has to keep the area
looking untouched The Beast had to go. As for the Thunder Looper I
didn't hear anything being said about that. Anyone care to enlighten us
on the Thunder Looper question?
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Post by Chris Heathco » Thu, 19 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>The Beast was sold because of complaints from the villagers. Apparantly,
>and I overheard an Alton Towers rep saying this, the Beast was visible
>from the village and many of the people living in Alton had said it was
>an eyesore and had to go. As part of the deal is that Alton Towers can't
>build above tree level and that anything they do has to keep the area
>looking untouched The Beast had to go. As for the Thunder Looper I
>didn't hear anything being said about that. Anyone care to enlighten us
>on the Thunder Looper question?

Thunder Looper went for the same reason - the planning permission rn out
and wouldn't be renewed. Pity - it was my fvourite (better than the
Nemesis)

Chris.
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Post by Richard Bonn » Fri, 03 Apr 1998 04:00:00


: > My overall opinion about 'freefall' type rides (freefalls,
: >giant drops, space shots, reverse freefalls,  turbo drops, etc) is that they
: >are great rides, but I too would not wait more than 30 min for them.  Which
: >tells me that they are not worth the hype and are NOT a signature
: >attraction of a park.  

: I'm suprised no-one's mentioned it already, but the freefall ride in the
: Trocadero in the centre of London opened last Friday. Costs 3 quid, queues
: quite small (I waited about 15 minutes). It's 160ft. high, max speed
: 40mph, and claiming to be a worlds-first (World's First Completely Indoor
: Freefall Ride I think). Anyways, it's nice to know I can get an adrenaline
: rush in the centre of London now!!

: Chris.

***   If that is their claim, Galaxyland at West Edmonton Mall already has
an indoor (Intamin) free fall ride called "Drop of Doom". It opened in the
1980's.

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Post by Richard Bonn » Fri, 03 Apr 1998 04:00:00


: > My overall opinion about 'freefall' type rides (freefalls,
: >giant drops, space shots, reverse freefalls,  turbo drops, etc) is that they
: >are great rides, but I too would not wait more than 30 min for them.  Which
: >tells me that they are not worth the hype and are NOT a signature attraction of
: >a park.  

: I'm suprised no-one's mentioned it already, but the freefall ride in the
: Trocadero in the centre of London opened last Friday. Costs 3 quid, queues
: quite small (I waited about 15 minutes). It's 160ft. high, max speed
: 40mph, and claiming to be a worlds-first (World's First Completely Indoor
: Freefall Ride I think). Anyways, it's nice to know I can get an adrenaline
: rush in the centre of London now!!

: Chris.
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