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Rolling Thunder, Six Flags Great Adventure - Review

Rolling Thunder - Review

Six Flags Great Adventure

This dual track woodie designed by William Cobb has in interesting layout in that after the first drop one of the tracks shadows the other; something like one has a bunny hill whilst the other has a larger drop, then the other has the bunny hills whilst the other side has the larger hill. This sequence occurs for the first part of the ride before the turnaround, then the remainder of the ride is mostly identical.

In 2003 the ride received a much needed paint job as in previous years the ride was in such a bad condition that it was often referred to as Rotting Lumber. Paint work was flaking off, and the ride squeaked so badly that I actually felt unsafe on the ride.

Each time I have visited the park they were only running one side, and I'm not sure if they race the trains when both sides are open, if they ever are. In 2001 I rode the right-hand side and found it a little rough and very boring with no airtime or laterals. In 2003 I rode the left side and found it a much more enjoyable experience, although still not much to write home about.

On the left-hand side, there's some good airtime in the front seat at the crest of the second hill, and a good lateral and negative g combo as the train enters the turnaround. The remainder of the ride consists of bunny hills with no air and just lots of rickety squeaking. The back seat ride is pretty uneventful.


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    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  6/10
    Theming:  5/10
    Landscaping:  7/10
    Queuing Area:  6/10
    Station:  7/10

    Overall: 

    6/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  3
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  2nd hill
    Popularity:  75%
    Satisfaction:  60%
    On-ride Photo:  No

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

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