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 Review of Cyclone @ Astroland
2 Rating Posted by: sharkbait on 7/28/2007 1:24:00 PM
What an AMAZING coaster. Despite all the positive reviews, I was trying not to get my hopes up- the thing IS 80 years old, after all. But by golly, this ride just goes to show that age really aint nothing but a number! As a coaster fanatic, Im truly ashamed to admit to EVER thinking this ride wouldnt deserve a perfect 10!

Even before you get on the ride, you know youre in for something different. Now, Ive only been to Coney Island once (and it just happened to be during the Mermaid Festival, which Im assuming would increase crowd sizes), and the line to buy a ticket was literally 5 minutes, if even that. After you buy your ticket you just wait for your preferred seat and walk on. Theres not even barriers separating you from the train! Im not sure if this ridiculously short wait time is typical for the Cyclone, but like I said, if its a short wait during a festival, I dont see why it would be longer on a normal day.

This ride has without a doubt the BEST drop in the world- even better than Toros (and THAT is really sayin something!) despite being half the size and less steep. The entire ride forces you to hang on for dear life, but without actually hurting you and rendering the ride unenjoyable. Every last hill and turn on this ride are extremely fun and intense. If youre feeling REALLY crazy, try it in the back row- you might get a little bruised there but its definitely worth it! This ride is an absolute must for any enthusiast, and its proof that stats and records dont make the coaster.

Review Comments

Timberman on 7/28/2007 6:36:23 PM said:
Nice review, sharkbait. Im totally with you that the Cyclones first drop imparts a feeling that hasnt been duplicated or, in my opinion, surpassed. Im glad the ride lived up to your expectations.
Canobie Coaster on 7/29/2007 6:46:14 AM said:
Excellent review. Glad you enjoyed this classic coaster.
detroit_jc on 9/1/2007 4:47:19 AM said:
im just curious..what is it about the 1st drop that that makes it so good?
hrrytraver on 9/1/2007 6:40:44 AM said:
^the first drop just lacks the sophistication of todays engineering. a ride like superman ride of steels first drop gives the impression of airtime and danger, but i cant help but think that even without the restraints one wouldnt get tossed from the seat. its too precisely engineered. the cyclones drop is different - everyone in the train would probably be maimed or killed were it not for the restraints.
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