Review: Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster

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Overview

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, is one of two coasters incorporating RMC’s (Rocky Mountain Construction) innovative Raptor track to open in 2018.  (The other is RailBlazer at California’s Great America.) What makes the design innovative is that in lieu of the conventional two rails found on most coasters, Wonder Woman’s trains ride on a single 15.5-inch steel rail.

Layout, Elements and Theming

Themed after the DC comics superhero, Wonder Woman features a triple out and back layout with 1800 feet of yellow looping track.  The setting is a scenic one with a quarry wall in the background.  Images of Wonder Woman greet those entering the ride queue.  The ride operates with three open-sided trains seating 8 riders in single file and over the shoulder harnesses.  It features three inversions, in this order: dive loop, cutback and corkscrew.  There is some disagreement as to the inversions; the park’s website refers to the final inversion as a zero-g roll but as a rider and observer I would have to go with rcdb’s (Roller Coaster Database) perception that it’s a corkscrew.  Ride designer Alan Schilke described the coaster as one big element and this is actually a very good description, as there is so much action with so many changes of direction that it’s difficult to assimilate what’s going on or isolate any particular element.

Photo by Bobbie Butterfield

 

Photo by Bobbie Butterfield

Pre-Ride

Prior to boarding a train, riders are lined up in rows and directed to stand in spots marked one to eight.  As a train returns to the station, the next group moves up to board and what I found interesting is that the train doesn’t stop for unloading and loading.  As the riders on the train are exiting, the next group is entering.  The ride ops lower and secure the restraints very quickly.  I’ve never witnessed this type of operation except on Wild Mouse rides, spinning coasters and dark rides.  The system would be extremely efficient if all three trains were running but for two of my three rides there was a one-train operation so there were serious capacity issues.

Photo by Bobbie Butterfield

Ride Experience

The ride begins with an ascent up a 113-foot lift hill.  Upon reaching the top the train makes a 180-degree turn to the right and plummets 100 feet at a 90-degree angle.  The drop is wonderful.  From that point it goes up into a dive loop followed by an airtime hill and upward left turn.  It negotiates a couple of crazy turns followed by another airtime hill before entering a cutback and travelling through a corkscrew.  The ride concludes with an overbanked turn which leads into the brake run.  The ride is short but extremely intense.  I found myself being whipped around to the point at which I felt completely off balance. This would have been great except for the fact that on my first ride, in the last row, I banged my ankle against the partition in the car and on my second ride, in the first row, the shoulder straps were digging into both shoulders before the one on the right came completely off.  Although the ride is not fast, reaching a maximum speed of only 52 mph, it feels faster because of the lightning quick transitions.  The first and last rows offer a different ride experience but are roughly equivalent in terms of intensity.

Photo by Bobbie Butterfield

Final Thoughts and Rating

Woman offers a thrilling ride, without question.  It has a small footprint but a big impact.  It’s also refreshingly novel.  It was very cool to ride on a single rail and I liked the fact that the trains are open on the sides, enhancing the sense of vulnerability.  I just wish that it were smoother and more comfortable.  The headrest is as hard as a rock so that leaning back to enjoy the ride is not a viable option. The soft restraints were a good choice in theory but because of the way riders are whipped around I actually think that hard restraints which don’t move might have been a better option.  And I’m not sure that the lap bar or lap bar plus shin guard used on other RMC coasters would be compatible with this ride design. Final rating: 7 out of 10. Video courtesy of Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

What’s your take?  Have you ridden Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster and if so, what did you think of it?

Hi! I took up roller coasters late in life, 8 years ago at the age of 59 and am trying to make up for lost time. Most of my favorite coasters were made by Intamin and lately, Rocky Mountain Construction. I love Hersheypark not only because it's the sweetest place on earth but because the three major coasters are Intamins. In real life I work in the legal profession.

2 Comments

  1. That 90° drop on a single rail looks like it’d be a real trip, though I’m not sold on the in-line seating arrangement. I’m a big believer in capacity, which is why B&M are some of my favorites……but I’m very curious about the ride sensation of the Raptor track. Nice post!

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  2. I’m sad to hear that it’s a bit uncomfortable. And I’d be pretty impatient if I encountered them running one train on this coaster given the already low capacity. Single train operation on a slower day might be okay on other rides, but not for this one.

    It does look like a fun ride though and the vulnerability/openness looks like a real plus from a thrills standpoint. Nice review!

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