Booster ride on the Pier this originally £10.00 a go, but was cut down to
£6.00 a go a couple of months later. I think it has gone back up to £8.00
since then. Unlike the Booster ride I'd
say this price can be justified as I think it should be categorised with
rides like Skycoasters and Geospheres. More unique and extreme thrill rides
a lot of parks charge extra to try.
One question I have to ask, is this scarier than
Apocalypse? That's a
question I'm not 100 percent sure how to answer. If pushed I'd say that
although Apocalypse is the better presented, and overall better ride
experience, this ride is scarier.
Part of the problem I have deciding is the different circumstances when
riding the two rides. When I've done Apocalypse it's been with the coaster
club, meaning I've had a few friends with me to make things easier. When I
rode this no one else I was with was feeling
brave enough, so if I was to
ride, it was on my own. After trying the Booster, looking around and
watching the rides first breakdown leaving 4 members of the pier staff
stranded up on it 66 minutes after the ride first opened, and making a joke
about a certain theme park company, (you know which one I mean,) I finally
summed up enough courage to go on it.
One thing that makes this ride even scarier than it looks is the restraints.
They're the same stand up floorless ones on the 5th element of the
Apocalypse where you only have a small bike saddle like seat to sit on,
meaning you feel vulnerable and insecure in your seat. This is made even
worse by the fact the seats are free swinging, so you do sway
really daring can let there legs dangle free, or you can rest them by
tucking them under your seat.
The slow rise to the top of this ride is a very scary and tense prospect.
you're winched slowly to a height of over 100 feet with nothing but the sea
below you, making you feel very vulnerable and exposed during the winching
and wait for the drop at the top.
The drop itself is ultra intense in the first
second or two. I think I read it tops 4 and
a half G. The fact you go from normal standing G-force to a high amount like
this in such a short time makes it incredibly intense.
After that the arm swings back and forth a few times like a giant pendulum.
This bit feels like a bit of a come down after the tension generated by the
winching up and the intensity of the initial drop, but it's still pretty fun
as you swing back and forth several times over the sea and the pier. A fun
part, but what you'll remember this ride for is the tension and intensity in
the first part of it.