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Medusa, Six Flags Great Adventure - Review

Medusa - Review

Six Flags Great Adventure

Ride Facts and Info

When Medusa opened in 1998 it became the first coaster to feature floorless trains. Seen as a gimmick by some, these trains feature eight rows of four seats with no sides and no floor. Personally, I think they are a great invention, but are probably only effective in the front row since there is nothing in front, below, or at the side of you.


Ride Layout

After the lift hill, the fun starts with a twisting drop to the left that leads into one of those massive B&M; loops. Next is a diving loop, followed by the exceptional Zero G-roll, which throws out of your seat twice (well it feels like it would). The last element before the midcourse brakes is a pretty standard Cobra Roll. The second part of the ride starts with a helix then leads the first of two interlocking corkscrews, the first of which is the best. After this it's back to the station.


Ride Evaluation

Medusa is a wonderful ride experience, it is so smooth and very well paced. I was lucky enough to get five consecutive rides on Medusa without getting off, as well as one in the front seat. This was because the park was closing and nearly everyone in line wanted the front seat, so the very nice ride ops let people remain on the ride as long as no one was waiting - unlike at Nitro where they counted how many people were left and made sure all available seats were filled by those waiting for the front!

The front was by far the best but it is still an enjoyable ride all round. I really loved this ride when I first rode it in 2001, but after riding nearly all of the B&M; floorless coasters since then, this one in particular lacks the intensity that gets my blood pumping.

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  • Six Flags Great Adventure - Review

    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  8/10
    Theming:  6/10
    Landscaping:  7/10
    Queuing Area:  6/10
    Station:  7/10

    Overall: 

    8/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  8
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  Zero G-roll
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  84%
    On-ride Photo:  Yes

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Low
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  Medium
    Out of Control:  Low-Medium
    Intensity:  Medium
    Discomfort:  Low

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