So I thought Rampage was a pretty decent ride apart from those pesky dang potholes. It wasn’t in the same league as The Raven or Shivering Timbers (both extremely well regarded CCI coasters), but it’s a helluva lot better than the Myrtle Beach Pavilion’s defunct Hurricane: Category Five. Of course, the chair torture scene from “Casino Royale” seems like it would be more enjoyable than that piece of crap Hurricane.
The name Rampage, incidentally, was the winner of a “name that ride” contest.
Too bad I rode this so late in its life. It did seem like a ride that was probably really good early on. If only someone would come along and save this coaster.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a little something we call foreshadowing.
Like Rampage, the park had a contest to name its Vekoma Boomerang coaster. “Zoomerang.” Sigh. Out of 6,500 suggested names, they picked Zoomerang. The same damn name as the identical coaster at Lake Compounce.
Before coming to Alabama Adventure in 2005, this coaster was located in Australia. Over there, it went by badass names like “Titan” and “The Demon.”
We got Zoomerang. At least they didn’t go the full-blown lazy route and just call it “Boomerang” (there are 15 other parks with the same coaster with that name).
Look, I know it’s trendy to poop on pretty much 95 percent of what Vekoma makes, but here’s the crazy thing about Zoomerang: it was the best boomerang I’ve ever been on.
Yeah, it’s the same generic ride experience you’ll get on any other boomerang. The trains here felt more comfortable and the overall ride was certainly smoother.
But let’s not get crazy here. Being the best boomerang out there is somewhat akin to having a great case of diarrhea. Given a choice, you’d rather just avoid it.
After that fun, we all met up in one of the picnic shelters to goof around. For a moment, I was hoping these would be some of mi familia, but turns out “Lee” is a common name.
Random fact: for years I got mail that said I was entitled to a Korean scholarship fund. That’s what I think it said, at least, considering it was mostly written in Korean.
(note: I am not Korean. Turns out “Lee” is a REALLY common name)
I have to admit, the sign was a nice touch.
There were exciting contests for random used park equipment. Julie won a real wheel from one of Rampage’s trains. I’m not sure they put a new wheel on in its place, though.
After dicking around for a bit, we all trekked up to the top of a hill overlooking the park. Here’s a better view of that Enterprise in action (and a scrambler I totally missed).
This is one of my favorite pictures of Tommy. I should have waited for a train.
The hill allowed for a great view of the park’s main coasters. Here’s Zoomerang.
From the opposite side of Zoomerang, you get a better idea of where we’re at. This was taken on the way up to the hill, which runs parallel to the coaster.
The real treat of going up that hill, incidentally, is on the next page.