Go clickety-clack up one of the steepest lifts on any wooden coaster. Then plunge into a world of thrills. The Cyclone is not only one of the great classics of Six Flags New England. This wooden twister is also one of the most memorable coasters you'll ever ride.
Height: 100 - 199 ft.
Speed: 30 - 64 mph
Duration: 1 min. - 1 min. 59 sec.
Inversion and Rotation:
No Rotation and No Inversions
This ride is so much fun! Passing by the structure, you feel as If you are going a hundred miles an hour. It also has one of the coolest first drops ever.
Here is one of the most heavily criticized roller coasters on the planet. It has an interesting layout, tall drops, and many twists and turns. So why is it criticized? Six Flags has supposedly turned one of the world's best wooden coasters into only a shadow of its former self.
Unfortunately I was too short to ride the Riverside Cyclone back in its heyday. Despite this, I could easily tell that Six Flags has tampered with the ride. The most noticable sign is the reprofiling of the first drop and the addition of many trims that really reduce the ride's speed at times. Despite this, Cyclone still delivers a pretty good ride so I can only imagine what the ride used to be.
The ride experience begins with a long walk through the ride's structure to the station. Along the way are descriptions of some of the chain's current and former wooden coasters such as the Comet, Rattler, and Colossus. Once reaching the station, riders can select any seat they choose. I personally like the back way better than the front thanks to the much wilder and more intense ride. The front is significantly tamer. Generally lines aren't too bad for this, but they can get long due to common one train operations.
Upon dispatch, riders begin with a slow climb up the ride's lift hill. The views on the way up are quite good of the park. But the views don't last forever as I am soon treated to a very steep and intense first drop that gave very abrupt ejector air. Following that is a fast and furious turnaround followed by another good-sized drop with more ejector air. Afterwards is the second turnaround, which sadly is quite slow thanks to a killer trim brake. Following the turnaround is the ride's largest drop that again gives some ejector air for back seat riders followed by the ride's third turnaround. This one is also taken far too slowly, but front seat riders do get a great burst of air during it.
Commencing the second half of Cyclone is my favorite part of the ride, a very sudden drop that gives some great ejector air for back seat riders. Following that is another turnaround, where unfortunately the ride just loses most of its speed, resulting in the final few hills being far too slow to give the great air they look capable of. All that I get are some weak laterals.
Despite only being a shadow of its former self, SFNE's Cyclone is a good coaster. The great ejector air really makes the ride, but I can't help but wonder what the ride was before all the modifications. One final note about the coaster, I actually find it to be on the smooth side despite how many complain about it. Cyclone is the better of Six Flags New England's two woodies thanks to its moments of great ejector air.
Favorite Seat: Back (6:2)
Favorite Moment: Drop out of the 3rd turnaround
It used to be one of the best wooden coasters around, but Six Flags neutering of the first hill has reduced it to a sad shadow of the old Cyclone.
I got to ride it just before it was reprofiled and trimmed.:)