Website: Six Flags New England Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.7931
TPC Overall Rank: #220 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 100
Last Review: 12/14/2015 12:26:00 AM
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SFNE ran out of paint?

One of Cyclones Tight Turns

No trims today,

Creaping over the hill.

That little swoopy track.
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1 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ibluv on 8/3/2005 11:21:00 PM
I can sum this ride up in one word: DEPRESSING. The once glorious Riverside Cyclone is now outrageously rough, unbearably slow, and not even the least little bit thrilling, as theyve mutilated all the fun drops, and added trims literally every 2 feet, and they were ALL working. The ride that scared the living crap out of me as a kid is dead and gone. If they cant fix it they need to tear it down an build a new world class woodie, as this ride has no dignity whatsoever the way it currently stands. I was going to give it at least a 2, but when I rode they were only operating one train, and the last 2 cars of that train were roped off, reducing capacity by 1/3, making what shouldve been a short wait longer than necessary. When I asked an attendant why the back seats were incapacitated she couldnt give me an answer. Its like theyre afraid to run the train at full capacity, cuz if they do the whole thing will fall apart, which honestly wouldnt surprise me.

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thinkdif on 7/21/2005 8:51:00 PM
This is a fairly large wooden coaster, but the ride is so rickety its almost painful. Id only suggest this if you have ridden every other coaster in the park already.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cmciv on 6/15/2005 9:47:00 PM
Once upon a time this was my #1 coaster, and still would be today, when the park was owned by Riverside. Then, the ride was so incredibly fast and unpredictable, but of course it was too good to be true, and when Six Flags took control of the park, well...things changed. Now this coaster is dramatically weaker and not the same, with a much shorter first drop and brakes throughout the ride. In fact, by the time the train nears the brake run there is no need for the brakes because the train is going so slow already. But the coaster still has signs of its former glory, with a few decent drops through the wooden structure that give this a little bit of flair. Too bad it has came to what it is.

3 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Hercules on 6/6/2005 10:37:00 AM
Well, if anything on my trip to Six Flags New England, I learned that the Cyclone is the tallest wooden coaster in the United States (that was stated by someone in line of Mr. Sixs Pandamonium to which the person that she was telling it to had never heard of the word Pandamonium, so go figure) Anyway, back to the Cyclone. This ride was interesting. Im not totally sure what to say about it or how to review it. It wasnt a bad ride, but there is a really good ride hidden in there somewhere just begging to come out. I rode in the very back car. From the looks of the ride I figured I was in store for some "wicked good" airtime. Then the ride ops came around, pulling my seat belt as tight as it could go. I knew that was not going to be a good thing. The first drop sent me literally a foot out of my seat all the way down the hill and slamed me back down. I thought to myself "This is what I have been missing. Bring it on." I was very happy and was hoping for some spine breaking, rib crushing action. Then came a trim brake. Then a turn, then a little drop, then a trim. Then came more mayhem. The drops gave killer airtime, but remember the seat belt thing? Anyway, Ill get back to that a little later. The violent air was pure heaven and the speed of the ride was slow but intense in spots. It was a long ride and a nice design. The air had me flying out of the seat and ramming back down which is just what I love. "Go ahead coaster, beat me up." I rolled back into the station: hat on sideways, glasses crooked, shirt partially ripped and..... oh yeah, the seat belt thing. At least I was able to walk away with a souvenior from the park without paying more than the cost of parking. I officially have a permenant indent of the metal part of the seat belt ingrained in my intestines. It was not overly pleasent, but does not factor into my rating greatly. Yup, Ill take a nice rough wooden coaster anyday. However, as much as I want to give this something a little better, it is just another case of a chain taking advantage of their wooden coasters. The queue and station were run down and not visually appealing at all. The ride looked horrible with paint flaking and plauged with rust. Im not sure if the reprofiling of the ride did anything to it, but it could be better. Like I said, I wish I could give it more and say more good things, but I cant. There is a good ride down deep in here, maybe it will just take some more searching on my part to find it.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Seabreezem on 4/27/2005 3:34:00 PM
I enjoyed this rode when i road it back in 2003 but i dident have a very good ride on it on opening day 2005 me and my friend sat i n the back and got hurt because I hit my arm on the side of the car

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Mt. Flyer on 3/3/2005 3:51:00 PM
The Riverside Cyclone was once considered one of the greatest and scariest coasters in the world. As recently as the 2000 season one could experience this creature almost as it was in 1983 when brand new. The only difference was the second drop, which had been raised up about eight feet the previous year (1999)to help the Morgans make it up the next hill. In 2000 the PTCs returned and the Cyclone was in top shape, frightening park guests and reminding them you dont need hundreds of feet of steel first drop for a top notch ride. Unfortunately SF has gotten cheap and didnt want to pay for the constant repairs from the much heavier PTCs, so they reprofiled the first drop by about twenty feet. The ride was still great until the adding of trim breaks on the final third of the coasters run. Sometimes they slow Cyclone down so much that it just crawls back to the station. My rating is based on the runs when the trim brakes dont engage or dont engage to the fullest, at those times Cyclone shows it still has a strong heart beating just below the surface.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gotenks06 on 11/24/2004 4:02:00 PM
I only had 1 chance to ride this, so I hope I can clear this review up a bit next time. At first, the lift was very rickety. It didnt feel too high. Then it kind of hovered at the top, and when it peered over the drop, I didnt expect too much. Then, POW! It just sped down the drop, and then went up and sloed down completely, just to slam into another drop. The whole thing was like that. It didnt hurt me too much, but the drops are crazy. For some reason it seemed like there was sawdust all over when riding it. It make me choke a bit. I think I liked it, but its hard to decide on this beast.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up redbenny on 9/2/2004 9:30:00 PM
Pain.. intense pain, thats all I can say about this coaster. Im a huge fan of wooden coasters but theyre not meant to be like this. The track is too twisted and the drops come out of nowhere throwing you against the restraints. I would advise against sitting in the back seat. I only rode it once and Ill never ride it again. Maybe its a little better in the front, but no coaster should ever be this rough.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFNEhobbit on 6/21/2004 11:10:00 AM
This wooden coaster is great. If it wasnt so rough, it would deserve a 10. Its a splendid woodie, you can see it from almost anywhere in the park. I didnt ride it when it was owned my Riverside, but people have told me the first drop was even better.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BuffMan on 5/3/2004 6:55:00 AM
It was a fun ride, though i didnt ride it in its riverside state (damn!)Though the reason it gets an 8 instead of a ten is its ROUGH! I mean, on one hill, you were going down smoothly, then you just went faster and rougher than ever! Also, the que line was hard to find. Call me crazy, but yesterday I rode it again, and it seemed smoother in the back. did anybody notice that, or am I turning into a psycho? So, for the cuurent ride, I give it a 9.

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