Today we’re kicking the 2017 season off with one of my favorite coasters-if not my favorite coaster: Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts!
Wicked Cyclone is an RMC hybrid coaster that was introduced in 2015. It has 3 inversions, reaches a height of 109 feet, and a speed of 55 mph.
In order to review this coaster, I have created 13 different categories that it will be judged on. Some categories are worth 5 points, while others are worth 10. Each coaster begins with a score of 10 points, and has the opportunity to earn up to 100 points total. Yes, that’s a lot, but don’t worry, I’ll do all the math for you.
Moving on, the first category we have is the height category. Wicked Cyclone can earn up to a total of 5 points here, and I am going to give it a 3. It’s not super tall, compared to some of the other RMC’s out there, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that it needs to be. One of the things I like most about this coaster is that it keeps low to the ground. Therefor, it will receive a 3 for height.
Next up is the drop, which is out of 10 points. I’m going to give it an 8. I love this drop. Again, it’s not super tall, but it does have a max vertical angle of 78 degrees, which sends you right out of your seat! It’s very fun, which is why it gets an 8.
Then we have speed, which is also out of 10. Like the drop, it will be receiving an 8. It’s not very fast at all, but again, I don’t think it needs to be. Flying through inversions at a slower pace provides for excellent hang time, and I think Wicked Cyclone accomplishes that.
Next up is the smoothness category, out of 5 points. I don’t think I have to say much other than “It’s an RMC, it’s smooth as hell!”. So it easily obtains a 5.
For our next category; airtime, Wicked Cyclone will also be receiving a 5 out of 5. This thing sends you out of your seat every chance it gets. I specifically love the small hills right before the second inversion, and the double down after the second over-bank. Those are some very fun elements!
Then we have the intensity category, which is out of 10. Now when I rode this for the first time, I was sitting near the front, and it wasn’t too intense. However, I then rode it near the back twice, and wow, this ride can pack a punch! The first overbank and inversion both hammer you with intensity, which is why I give it a 9 without hesitation.
Now for the duration category. I’m going to give this a 5 out of 5. I think the ride time is perfect. It does definitely leave you with wanting more, but don’t all good coasters do that? Overall, I think the ride time is as satisfying as it can be.
Next up is the theming category, out of 10 points. Now in my opinion, theming is one of the most important parts of a coaster. I don’t just want to be wowed with intensity and inversions; I want visuals. And when I walked up to Wicked Cyclone, I expected little to no theming. Boy, was I wrong. There’s actually an insane amount of queue/ride theming, especially for a Six Flags ride. They even have a plane that has crashed into the side of the ride house! It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely more theming than any other Six Flags coaster I’ve ridden. And for that, I’ll give it a solid 7.
Then we have to talk about the restraints. Wicked Cyclone, as well as probably every RMC ever, gets a 5 out of 5. First off, it has lap bars, which provide you with a very free, loose experience. On top of that, these lap bars are comfy. No hard plastic here, just a nice, padded material. Yes, they do have shin pads, but I didn’t really find them to be uncomfortable. And because I’m 6’2″, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of people will agree.
Now we have our last major category: the layout. I think Wicked Cyclone is extremely well paced. There is perfect spacing between airtime hills, turns, and inversions. It doesn’t really have any “jerky” moments either. Overall, Wicked Cyclones layout is definitely a 10 out of 10.
After that, we have 3 more quick categories to round things out. First up, the queue. We already kind of touched on this in theming, but the queue is very well done. Not only does it have decent theming, but It also allows you to walk under the track itself. If you like taking pictures/video of the ride like me, then you’ll definitely approve of this queue. I’d give it a 5 out of 5.
Then we have the name category. I personally love the name Wicked Cyclone. It’s a nice little spin on the classic Cyclone coaster name, and the “wicked” adjective is definitely fitting. It’s not a outstanding name, but I still feel that it deserves a 4 out of 5.
Last but not least, we have the operations category. I don’t think there was much to complain about here. The staff was efficient with sending out trains, and made sure that wait times didn’t reach above 10 minutes. Grant it, I was there on an off day, but it’s still nice to see them putting in that effort; especially for a Six Flags park. 5 out of 5.
Well, we’ve finally reached the end of our review. I’ve added up the points, and Wicked Cyclone’s final score is…an 89! That’s an excellent score! As I stated in the beginning, Wicked Cyclone is currently my favorite roller coaster. Although I’m sure this ranking will eventually change, I still feel that it deserves the score that it got. If you didn’t have a reason to head out to Six Flags New England already, then I hope this review will get you motivated to so in the future!
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