Expedition GeForce

8

 

I need to start by saying that my personal opinion of this ride differs greatly from the general consensus of this ride. This is a coaster that features highly on many peoples top 10 lists, and many see as a contender for worlds best steel coaster. As you might have worked out from the fact I've only given it 8 this is not something I agree with. I don't know if I caught it on a bad day, when it wasn't running at it's best, but I didn't think it lived up to these standards.

I'm not saying it's a bad coaster, it's a great one, but I don't think it's outstanding. The station and the area around it is well themed as a base camp for a safari style expedition.

The ride starts with a 173 foot tall hill lift, before setting out on a large sprawling layout. It goes out in a lone line over a number of hills along the way, before a large corner which it turns around at, turning in to another set of hills running parallel to the first set. Each hill provides a good burst of air time at the top, making it a technically good coaster. The trouble I found that the ride felt flat between the bursts of air time. For a simplistic layout like this the trains need to achieve a very high perception of speed to keep a high level of excitement for the entire ride. Perhaps I caught it it on a bad day, but I found it ran at a rate that made it a good coaster, but didn't achieve the level of greatness that many others have said it achieves.