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 Review of Silver Bullet @ Knotts Berry Farm
0 Rating Posted by: Swimace on 8/17/2005 5:05:00 PM
I remember watching this ride come together over the internet and instantly losing interest when I saw the first drop. I really enjoyed this ride much more than I expected to. The operators were dispatching the trains very efficiantly and were making jokes over the loudspeaker while doing so. The wait time wasnt long at all, which was great for re-rides. The train exits the station, turns, and climbs the lift. At the top it does a classic B&M dip and goes into a flat section that sorta reminded me of Apollos Chariots pre-drop section. Then you dive into the drop, which basically met my expectation. The drop wasnt intense and seemed slow, however we did pick up plenty of speed for the rest of the ride. After the bland drop we went into a loop which wasnt very intense at all. From there we went into the overbanked turn. This is when the ride started getting good. The overbanked turn provided good airtime for an invert. Up next was the cobra roll. Thinking of Alpengeist, I prepared for the worst. I hung on for my life (and my neck), but the cobra roll was fast yet smooth. I loved it, for a large invert the cobra roll didnt yank me around at all and I hope it stays that way. From there into the zero-g roll. The train goes kinda slowly through the zero-g roll, but you still get good airtime. I liked how the zero-g roll exits into a large curve. After the curve came the first wing over, which lacked intensity, but was still fun. From there you hit a surprising airtime hill that was really good, probably the rides biggest surprise. Then into another wing over which is more intense than the first but still isnt on par wit Montu. You exit this wing over right above the water. I loved how close the ride came to the water, you can literally see your reflection as you speed over. Then into Silver Bullets most intense moment: the helix. This was a great finish to a great ride.

Although it may seem like I was being negative, I have to say that I was very impressed with Silver Bullet, it even snuck into my top 10. This ride has some real strong points. If this ride had a steeper drop (although I know it cant because of Jaguar), a tighter loop, a lower zero-g roll, and a lower first wing over then it would be my favorite invert. Unfortunatly it lacked speed in some crucial spots, but it still was a great ride. Im just being critical because I got off the Silver Bullet thinking "Wow, that could have been the best invert ever with some design modifications".

Review Comments

fergusonat on 8/18/2005 12:41:22 PM said:
Nice review...awesome details. That drop does look really weak, unfortunately
Swimace on 8/18/2005 8:45:03 PM said:
yeah, but the ride still delivered much more than I expected
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