Thursday, 25 January 2018

Why my favourite Coaster isn't my best Coaster

Discussing your favourite rollercoasters with people can be hit or miss, a lot of the time I get a scornful look for mine, and then in return I also give them a peculiar look. Coasters are subjective to everyone, they're personal and no person will ever have the same feeling as you do towards one. I've been thinking over the last few weeks, what actually makes a good coaster that's a favourite? My personal favourite is Saw The Ride at Thorpe Park. I can already feel the judging looks bursting my way, but I have my reasons to which I'll explain.

This was the first ever 'big' rollercoaster I have ever been on. I remember the anticipation and anxiety whilst queuing for it in 24 degree heat, it was during my first trip to Thorpe Park with my school. I can remember the day quite well as 80% of my friends were piss babies and didn't want to ride anything, so spent their day on the beach. Myself and my friend weren't going to let them spoil our fun, and as we knew we liked typical fair ground rides we thought we'd take the plunge into a 120 minute queue to ride the newest attraction on park. 

The Theming
Now. Say what you want about this, but to someone who is a massive fan of the Saw franchise and someone who's grown up with the films, seeing 'traps' (albeit not actual ones from the films) dotted around the queue line was fucking fab. The audio was booming out of the speakers and I was well aware of the 'barbed wire' fences. Inside the dreary warehouse you're welcomed with a shotgun that was reminiscent of the quadruple shotgun hallway from the first film. Scared the shit out of me when I first went through it, darted up the staircases like I actually had shit myself. Now the bit that got me was the pre-show element. Seeing Billy cycle out with his tiny Mary Janes on was so, so good. Top tip - Get the second car to experience this. Trusssss me.

The Element of Surprise
Being someone who'd never really known about coasties before (aside from Crealy) I didn't even know POV's existed, to which, I am thankful. The first 'hidden' drop completely got me, tears and all. Imagine a small, fragile, 12 year old Amy, with 2 huge pendulums swinging towards her. It ruined my childhood and I loved it. 


The Layout
The USP for this was the 'beyond vertical' drop, but as little old me didn't care about that and only cared about the rotating blades as a near miss, I didn't quite grasp how cool it was. In more recent years, I actually black out during the Immelmann loop. Not too sure why, as I don't find the coaster particularly rough aside from the break run. Gives me a real sense of adrenaline! I remember absolutely bawling my eyes out (in a good way) during my first ride on Saw. It's also a nice coaster to look at, makes a great background for any picture and one I'll always take whenever I'm on park.

The Aftermath
The initial aftermath of a coaster can either be sweet or sour, but after popping my Jigsaw cherry, I was yearning for more already. I ran into the shop to buy all the tat I could, and I remember coming home and immediately trying to show my parents what I'd been on. Saw is the reason I love rollercoasters so much, which is the reason I've taken so many chances with trips and stuff over the last few years, and I'm so thankful for it. Sure, it may not be the quickest or smoothest coaster, it definitely isn't the best one I've ridden and I know darned well that it isn't universally liked, but it has a special place in my heart and I know I'll never be able to replicate that feeling I had when exiting the station. 


So there we have it. I'm not trying to justify (well kind of) why I love Saw the Ride so much, but more so just explaining why it means so much to me. What is your favourite coaster and why? What was your first feeling when finishing it? Is it the best you've ridden? Let me knoooow! I'm nosey.

Speak soon,

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