Change can be a bad thing, but in the case of the Cyclone, change can only be a good thing. It will assist in making the ride a more enjoyable experience for locals, and for the thousands who ride it from around the world.
If this rehab is done right, you can expect the best of both worlds: a ride that runs faster and smoother than before, a ride that will instantly slap a grin on the faces of those who climb into one of its seats, and a ride that will be looked upon as a whole new experience. No more bouncing around and feeling as if you’re a human bobblehead, or the uncomfortable sensation of being jack hammered into your seat by the ride’s poor track condition.
How the Cyclone became a ride in such bad shape is debatable, but apathy is typically perceived as one of the main reasons.
What is also often overlooked, just like the Cyclone has been for decades, is how well a ride is maintained in the weeks, months, and years following a rehab like the one the Cyclone is about to undergo. Like an old used car, if you put new parts in to make it run smoother and safer, you have to make sure those parts are well oiled and taken care of, day in and day out.
Until then, though, it’s great to see someone taking the first step in trying to make the Cyclone what it was always meant to be: an awesome wooden roller coaster that’s safe, reliable and fun for everyone.
Jason Herrera is the founder of the Amusement Safety Organization.