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On paper, to be perfectly honest, I like the concept behind the Boomerang coaster. Riding backwards, especially through inversions, is pretty unique and thrilling. Unfortunately for us, Vekoma pumped out so many of these blasted things that Ive got to wonder if they just werent real careful on every single installation, because some of them just track like crap. Case in point - Head Spin at Geauga Lake. I will give them credit that the name is appropriate enough, because most times your head feels like it is spinning after the assault it takes on this thing!
It wasnt all bad though, and for the most part I tend to enjoy some of the better boomerangs out there. The lift up and first forward drop was actually pretty good on Head Spin, but the cobra roll was rough as hell. The vertical loop was just ok forwards, then its up the other lift. Going backwards down the drop and vertical loop is definitely the "highlight" for me, but then came that cobra roll in reverse - sweet jesus, that part was abismally rough!! I felt like my head was in some maniacal tennis match back and forth on the restraints. Thats what pulls this coaster down into ride fodder territory. In fact, the backwards drop and vertical loop save this thing from ending up in the dreadful 1-2 range. As it was, Head Spin was just incredibly below average, with "meh" thrills, an awful "we just plopped this here" setting, and some pretty bad head bashing. Shoot, maybe thats what they should have called this thing - Head Bash.
One of the worst boomerangs out there. This one had good drops, especially going forwards, but the rest of the ride was really rough, especially the cobra roll going backwards.
Im trying to think of something good to say about this ride and Im struggling here. uh... it was better than Knotts boomerang. Yeah, thats about it. This ride was pure torture, I can normally tolerate (and almost enjoy!) boomerangs but this one was painfully bad. This is one of those rides that I will hopefully never ride again.
This is an okay boomerang. I found it a little on the rough side compared to others that Ive ridden which knocks its rating from 6 to 5.
All Vekoma Boomerangs need to be obliterated from the face of the earth. Unfortunately for coaster enthusiasts, that means the vast majority of parks would take a hit in the coaster department, but it would be worth it. These rides are just plain junk and have literally no thrill value. Oh well...thats just my opinion
It is definitely rough, but I would still ride it.
It looks worse than it is, but it isnt that great either. Suprisingly smooth on the way down, but coming back really shakes your grey matter. IAn OK ride, but if its hot, and you dont want to stand in line, you wont miss much.
I find most Vekoma Boomerangs to be rough... this one is rougher than most... kind of painful actually.
this was my first Vekoma boomerang, and I was pleasantly surprised that it is not as horribly rough as many say it is. It was a neat sensation going through the inversions backwards too.
This was my first standard boomerang I ever rode and I actually enjoyed it for the most part. Of course, it was rough, like most Vekoma or Arrow coasters are, but I enjoyed the forwards through loops and backwards through loops concept. The more advanced versions of this coaster are rides like Face/Off at PKI and Deja Vu at SFOG, SFMM and SFGAM, which are deserving of 8s-10s.
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