What Does A Full Throttle Rollback Feel Like?
I experienced my very first Full Throttle rollback last night while at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and it was awesome! My son and I were there getting some more rides in on the brand new roller coaster. After waiting patiently for our turn, we just happened to end up on the very last train of the night, and that’s when we got lucky.
As luck would have it, we ended up on the very last train of the night, and it was not full. We were sitting in the very back row and there were only about three or four other riders on the train with us; two directly in front of us and another one or two in the very front of the train. I have enough rides on Full Throttle now that I know how smooth the launch is. As soon as the train took off, I felt it. There was a very slight hiccup, or stutter, as we flew down the track. My mind immediately processed it as one of the electromagnets not firing properly. However, we were still screaming down the track and up into the loop, so I thought that maybe I imagined it and dismissed it as nothing.
As we started to climb up and into the loop, we definitely started slowing more than normal. We got about three-quarters of the way into the loop, looking straight up into the sky, and our forward momentum just stopped cold. We all knew immediately that we were about to experience our first Full Throttle rollback. Yay!!
I know it only last for about a second, if that, but it felt like time had stopped and we were frozen on the track in a vertical position. That feeling quickly went away as soon as the coaster started to roll backwards. I got that weightless, butterflies-in-your-stomach, feeling like I was experiencing a brand new roller coaster that I had never been on before. It instantly reminded me of riding Superman: The Escape, before the conversion, when the cars were still facing forward and would free fall backwards down the tower.
As the train hit the launch magnets, but in the opposite direction, they brought us to a safe and controlled stop, as they were designed to do. They then reversed the launch magnets and slowly pulled us back into the station. Since there was nobody in the station, we got off the train on the loading side, and they sent that train back out empty to test it.
The train before us was still waiting on the transfer track. They brought it around and invited those who wanted another ride to fill in the empty seats. We then had a successful launch, with a full train, and it was yet another great ride on Full Throttle!
Although everyone would like every launch to be perfect, so as not to slow operations down, things like this do happen from time to time and safety precautions have been built into the ride for just such an occasion. We were never in any danger. I’m just thrilled to have experienced this unique event. It made for a great ride and a great story! Now…I wonder how I can get a Full Throttle rollback into the tunnel?
Have you experienced a Full Throttle rollback? If so, please tell us about it below.