Featured Photo #21 – Should They Be Standing?

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Shockwave - Kings Dominion - Stand Up Roller CoasterThis is a photo of Kings Dominion’s Shockwave. As much as I dislike it, for its rough, jerky hills during the second half, there are still some who enjoy it.  At least it never produced an extreme amount of leg pain like Mantis at Cedar Point.

After the not-so-great reviews of Green Lantern, Six Flags Great Adventure’s reborn stand-up, I started to wonder again about the inconsistency of these roller coasters. They may have seemed like a novel idea initially, but with constant reports of leg pain and uncomfortable groins, one has to wonder if they’ll be around much longer. I imagine that they get just enough ridership to be kept in operation.

Read my full review of Shockwave at Kings Dominion.

What’s Your Take?
What do you think of Shockwave at Kings Dominion or other stand-up roller coasters? What do you think of this photo? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Didn't TOGO go bankrupt because they couldn't do anything right? I once read an article where it compared TOGO to a Japanese man who just couldn't grasp American culture. I love pictures of rides going through their inversions. I have at least 6 of the sort.

  2. I agree with you that shockwave doesnt have as much leg pain as other stand- ups. However, it is kind of boring considering it drops, then does a loop, then just does a series of turns then its over. But since it doesnt have leg pain it might be more enjoyable than others even though it has a crappy layout.

  3. Seems like people either love or hate these coasters. I hate em. Why oh why can't these stand ups expire instead of suspendeds like Big Bad Wolf!

  4. Stand ups are great when they are well designed. Riddler at Six Flags Magic Mountain is excellent. Mantis is a disappointment, I don't think B&M did the math correctly on that one. Vortex at California's Great America should be melted down for scrap, it's awful (especially the corkscrew). Iron Wolf at SF Great America is OK, not as bad as Vortex but not as good as Riddler. I haven't been on Georgia Scorcher, Chang or Vortex at Carowinds.

    One ride on Kings Dominion Shock Wave was enough for my curiosity.

  5. I may be in the minority but Shockwave is one of my favorite stand up coasters.It is just an enjoyable,pain free ride with lots of ejector air.

  6. I guess the Shockwave has a special place on my list of coasters, as it was the first stand-up I'd ever ridden. I believe there was a second coaster just like it elsewhere in the USA, but I can't remember where any more.

    It was an interesting experience, albeit never comfortable. It was the first crotch-killer, nearly as bad as the Iron Wolf up in Illinois. I guess my biggest complaint is that you spend more time on the final brake run than you do riding. This got even worse as they began the double redundancy safety checks after that fatal accident a few years back.

    As I said before, the only two stand-ups I ever actually liked were the Georgia Scorcher and Chang. I guess Shockwave deserves its place in the KD lineup simply for its historic value.

    • Perhaps you're thinking of King Cobra at King's Island.

  7. I can't Imagine how standing up on a ride could be comfortable, but it dose sound like something I would be willing to try.

    • It's not comfortable.

      • Even the B&M's aren't

  8. Melt it down!

    I was curious about the stand up thing so I wanted to try it even though it made this list… I was almost happy when I did not fit into this ride. I am not that fat or tall but built a bit like a gorilla. 6'2" 240lbs. I couldn't buckle the belt around my chest, and after seeing the rickety nature of the restraint system I was happy to take the walk of shame.

    I do also have trouble fitting my long torso on the old Arrow loopers. They almost break my collar bones.

  9. I agree with Dion. I enjoy the ride’s air-time bunny hills. I like the early-generation stand-ups where your feet can actually leave the floor on the drops. Vortex at Carowinds is particularly effective on the second turn/drop.

    I don’t like the more recent rides (Chang / Mantis) where the positive g’s are excessive and do cause leg pain.

    I do like Shockwave better than King Cobra because it does have more turns and hills in a tighter space. I never cared for the long, flat “trick track” that dumped riders on their sides on the King Cobra.

  10. I went on this expecting a torturous experience from all the negative comments I had heard but it really wasn't all that bad. Vortex at Carowinds I absolutely hated though and it's brethren on the west coast isn't much better, but otherwise I've enjoyed most stand ups I've come across.

  11. The Best way to ride a stand up coaster is to sit on the bicycle seat, and when the restraints lock in, you stand up, which will make your knees have a better grip on the g's, and keep a little room between the seat and the boys. I did this on MANTIS and thought it was smooth!

  12. its all just a gimick. they try to make it seem more exciting than it really is, when all it does is ruin a good track layout.

  13. Mantis at cedar point has optental to be a great ride. It would be if they put floorless or sit down trains in it.


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