Bizarro
Website: Six Flags Great Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Floorless Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4889
TPC Overall Rank: #44 out of 2930 rides.
Reviews: 153
Last Review: 9/2/2016 3:57:00 PM
In User Top 10: 164 times.
User Tracker Count: 306 times.
 

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+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PhantomNik on 10/5/2006 5:52:00 PM
The floorless genre of coaster design is one of the newer offerings thrown at us by the wizards at B&M, and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoy both the concept and the rides themselves. There is just something uniquely intriguing with a floorless coaster, and that’s kind of funny to me in a way because you could almost picture a board room somewhere filled with the top brass at B&M thinking, back in the late 90s, of what to do next. "We need something unique, something different". "Maybe something with the trains?" And then the guy who always sits towards the back of meetings says "Let’s cut off the floor!" Awkward laughter ensues, followed by utter silence. Then, like the Guiness guys in the commercials, all exclaim "Brilliant!!" LOL Of course, in all seriousness, I know it most certainly went nothing like that, but it’s such an ingeniously simple design that you wonder why nobody else thought of that before. I had been on 2 other floorless models prior to Medusa – Dominator at Geauga Lake and Hydra at Dorney Park, and I extremely enjoyed my rides on both of those. Thus, I was very eager to climb aboard the coaster that many touted as the best floorless installation around, Medusa!

Sitting towards the back of the park, Medusa dominates that area, nestled behind a tree line and near the safari drive-through. Kinda makes you wonder what the animals think of looking at it. This B&M has that customary roar to it, which is soothing music to a coaster enthusiast’s ears! The entrance to the queue is right under the massive cobra roll, which I think is a great touch! There’s nothing overwhelming at all with the ride’s theme, which is kind of a shame considering a cool name like Medusa, but that’s not a big deal to me because the power-packed ride speaks volumes for itself. I would wager that this coaster can develop some larger lines, but I would suggest hitting Medusa early in the day. I ran back to this after discovering Toro was closed to media on my second day, and I got three consecutive rides with no more than a 2 train wait! At a park where ride operations are shaky overall, I must give kudos to Medusa’s crew, as they were rather efficient, and the main ride operator was pretty entertaining as well, cracking jokes with guests in line and in general interacting with them. I’m always a fan of stuff like that. I took one ride in the very back row, and the other two in the very front. Like most other floorless coasters, I feel the front is the best seat, as you fully get to experience the effect of no floor, as your feet dangle with nothing around them but track! I truly enjoy that effect!!

The lift hill on Medusa is impressively imposing, as you turn out of the station and start the 142 foot climb. The first drop is a thrilling 132 feet, curving as you drop. Awesome! The train powers into a massive vertical loop, which is full of force and a wonderful element. I am a big fan of regular vertical loops when they are in these giant formats. Next, the inversion assault continues with another 4 successive inversions. There’s the dive loop, a beautifully executed zero-g roll (which is one of my favorite inversions), and then the large cobra roll over the ride’s entrance. The cobra roll is very intense, but like the entire ride on Medusa, it is still extremely smooth. This entire first half of the ride is pure dynamite! All the elements flow together beautifully, and the pacing and speed is outstanding! The train then heads into the MCBR, followed by a small but nice drop. This second half of the ride, while very good, just seemed to be missing that little extra something that would set it apart as a truly world-class coaster. The interlocking corkscrews are great fun, but after that the coaster just seems to coast, if that makes any sense. Maybe I got spoiled by how intense and action-packed the first half of the ride was. I guess I would’ve just loved if, at the end, they snuck in 1 nice bunny hop heading into the brakes

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 9/10/2006 10:08:00 PM
Medusa is a great coaster. The ride seems almost relentless with the sea of acrobatic manoevers that the ride delivers at a very quick pace with the smoothest of rides. The ride looks great as well.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up EltoroLuva on 8/27/2006 1:03:00 PM
this ride was fun the first time but gets boring the more you ride it. its just like any other coaster besides the great Zero G roll. you cant feel the floorless. its still a great ride and good for beginners.

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0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 8/3/2006 3:13:00 PM
After hearing several claims that Medusa was the best the Floorless model had to offer, I decided to save it for my 50th coaster. I would love to write a long-winded descriptive review on this coaster as I have on other rides that earned a 9 out of me, but I just cant find the inspiration to do so in this case. In fact, that was sort of my impression of Medusa as a whole: a really good ride, but just missing something...character. The layout offered some amazing forces, both positive and negative (especially the Zero-G Roll) but overall the ride left something to be desired. That being said, the forces this coaster had to offer earned it a 9. But if you look any further into this ride than that, youll find that it is just a prototype at the very foundation

4 Rating
-4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cprules69 on 6/26/2006 9:53:00 AM
I would have to say that this is the best B&M coaster and thats not saying a whole lot.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up metal420 on 6/20/2006 10:48:00 PM
Im not much of an inversion guy, so Im just rating it based on how much I enjoy it. I used to love this ride so much, and it is innovative with it being the first floorless ride. It is many peoples favorite ride in the park and I can see why. B&M did a great job with this, and it was such a good job that so many coasters are based off of the same design.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ridejunkie on 6/18/2006 8:52:00 AM - User's Top Ride #19
I drool at the sight of this roller coaster. What an amazing piece of modern art this thing is! Its flawless! Its not heavily trimmed, the inversions are smooth and exciting, and the floorless part gives the ride even more thrill, if that is possible. Most definitely my favorite ride in the park, and the best floorless on the East Coast!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up outbreak52 on 5/30/2006 3:38:00 PM - User's Top Ride #19
I have nothing to complain about. Clearly the most underrated ride, and the best one at SFGAdv.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thinkdif on 4/23/2006 10:36:00 AM
This ride is amazing. It is easily one of the best floorless coasters in the world. The ride is very long and stays intense. There are many different inversions, all of which are fun and incredibly smooth. One of the only downsides to this ride is it is a bit isolated from the rest of the park, however due to the rides location the line never gets incredibly long.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Pasch on 3/23/2006 4:45:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
Most Awesomestestest floorless ride ever! Ive ridden many, but this is one for the sterrrrrz!!!!

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