Yet another coaster to claim the honor of best wooden coaster in the world! It's easy to see why as the Comet is a classic coaster, and has a wonderful history, but I can't help but feel these the nostalgia behind the coaster is the reason it is rated so highly.
The Comet started out life as the infamous Crystal Beach Cyclone at Crystal Beach in Canada. Now that was one classic ride! However it was so rough that people preferred to watch rather than ride, and VERY sadly it was closed down in 1947. It was then redesigned and rebuilt from the same structure and reopened at the same site the following year as the Comet. All that remained of the original was the first hill so I really don't see the point of associating the ride with the Cyclone! The park closed in 1989 and several years later was rebuilt here at the Great Escape.
Lovely story, but what about the ride? Well, the double-out-and-back design is great! The ride begins with a left-hand turnaround onto the lift hill. The lift hill is very fast for a woodie. There's a nice first drop followed by a series of bunny hills and then a turnaround, with yet more drops, bunny hills, and speedy turns to come. There are two nice little hills that have a twist in them and both of these produce some good air combined with some laterals. These were the best part of the ride for me. Sadly, the airtime was not enough for me to get as excited about this ride as many others do.
On my second visit to the park, the Comet was running much the same as it was in 2001, a good ride, but in my opinion, nothing spectacular. It then began to rain quite heavily and the Comet became faster and more furious, with lots more airtime. The back was a little rough, but in a good way, but row three seemed to have the most air, including two or three floating bunnies. However, many coasters run better in or shortly after rain, and are still not as highly rated.
In conclusion, the Comet is a good woodie with a combination of air, laterals, and speed. However, it does not excel in any of these categories, and I wouldn't put myself out again just to visit the park for this ride.