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 Review of Firehawk @ Kings Island
0 Rating Posted by: khmaverick on 6/10/2009 2:47:00 PM
This could be an awesome ride. It's intense and smooth throughout. The ride itself is actually one of the better rides I've been on. All the fly-to-lie elements are great, and the helix at the end is intense. My favorite part of the ride is definitely the vertical loop. There's just something unique about positive g's on a flying/li-down coaster. They're more intense than normal rides. The ride experience on Firehawk is great. Unfortunately, the wait is horrible. When I went to King's Island, the park was literally empty. The line for Firehawk was pretty much empty too. But, what looked to be maybe a 10 minute wait turned out to be over a half hour. It took each train about 5 minutes to get out of the station. Looking at the overall design, I wonder if it would be batter to have a single station and have the second train wait on the brake run. I know these kinds of coasters can operate a lot better. Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Great America went a lot faster. The only reason it's line was long, is because there were so many people waiting for it.

EDIT: I found the trick to beating the exxtremely long lines! You have to get to the park right when it opens, and ride Firehawk first thing. Most of the morning crowd heads straight toward the brand-new Diamondback, leaving the rest of the park relatively empty. If you can get to Firehawk right away, the line won't even be out of the station, so it's a very short wait.
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