trivia will already know that this was the first roller coaster Disney ever
built that feature a loop, or any type of inversion. Apart from this claim
to fame I think this is a ride that is underrated and overlooked. I suppose
being in the same park as both Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain
always made this a strong probability, but when you compare this to other
steel roller coasters built
before 1994 I think it stands up pretty well.
I'm struggling to think of a steel coaster built before 1994 I prefer to
this one, other than some of the Schwarzkopf classics.
surprising how little of this ride you actually actually see before riding
it. You see a couple of turns at one end at the entrance, then the
queue goes through an area themed as an archaeological sight. This makes a
nice change from some of the cattle pen style queues I'd associate with some
Disney rides. You do get a few glimpses of the coaster from the queue,
including the loop. but much of it remains hidden behind the theming.
I think the
theming also does a good job of hiding this is a pretty typical coaster
layout. It's like a larger version of a single looping rollercoaster,
is a staple for many amusement parks. Thankfully this is saved from this
problem by the theming, it's a ride that if it was on a blank plot of
concrete would get a 7. The theming though creates additional thrills and an
element of disorientation and uncertainty, thus creating a very good ride
experience. It's not up there with Disney's best, but it's a ride that still