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  • Tower of Terror - Backseat better

    First thread!........be gentle.

    So we rode Tower of Terror yesterday...back to back to back.

    Ok first time we were in the 3rd row middle position. Good times, just like always. 2nd time we were placed in the back row near the upper left. I said to my girl afterwards "Is it just me or does the back row seem different?" More wind or SOMETHING! is different making it seem like it is going faster"

    So we were able to ride it a third time in a different elevator in the same spot. SAME THING happened! It just "seemed" faster going up and down.

    Anyone know what I'm even babbling about? Do you feel more wind in the back or something?

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    The back does actually go up and down faster. It's a Law of Physics, which includes a footnote about being sarcastic, of course.

    Could be an optical illusion, as you get to see more of the outside when you pass the windows. You're going faster at the moment your view of the outside is obscured than those when the view is obscured from those in the lower front row.

    It could easily be a slight change in the speed or acceleration from one turn on the ride to the next.

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    • #3
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      I CANNOT believe you beat me to starting this thread! :lol:

      Yeah, first trip was in the 2nd row of the middle elevator, second trip was in the back row of the far-left (as you are in the long main queue facing the elevators) elevator, and third trip was in the back row of the 2nd elevator again. The difference was AMAZING! The **WHOOOOOSH** upwards after the first brief drop was FREAKY, it blew my hair every which way!

      Kudos to Tool for cheerfully riding this three times in a row... we might have made it four, but we actually stopped to watch the ghost stories at 8:45. :lol: Very fun ride.
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      • #4
        Re: Tower of Terror - Backseat better

        Originally posted by sediment View Post
        Could be an optical illusion, as you get to see more of the outside when you pass the windows.
        Maybe, except it didn't look faster, it felt faster... the wind was pretty overwhelming, especially when we weren't expecting it the first time we sat in the back row.

        We never sit in the back, normally, because I avoid any steps (bum foot and bad knee), but this time we just didn't want to wait for the next elevator, and it was the last two spaces, so we took the last row. If we hadn't just ridden in the 2nd row, I still think we might not have noticed, but the difference felt dramatic, especially that wind.
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        • #5
          Re: Tower of Terror - Backseat better

          Yes, its the WHOOOSHING wind that makes it feel freaky and faster!

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          • #6
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            hmm...im usually in the middle or the front. I need to try the back


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            • #7
              Re: Tower of Terror - Backseat better

              Maybe the back row gets more wind? Maybe there's a vent or return high up that provides that feeling.

              Seems very strange. Obviously it is an illusion of some sort, since the motion is one-dimensional (unlike, say, Star Tours or BTMRR). Doesn't make it bad or wrong, just very interesting.
              And, Tooliebear, sight illusions can make one feel things differently.

              That said, I don't think I'd be sensitive enough to notice a difference. (You know how insensitive I can be, remember?)

              And I don't think I could go on three times in a row. My heart skips a few beats every time I go on it. (I like the TZ stuff, and might as well go on the ride if you get that far. Yes, I'm a masochist.)

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              • #8
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                Is this thread going to cause a run on back-seat riders?

                Could this thread actually cause an increase in DCA attendance??

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                • #9
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                  i love sitting in the back because you feel higher then everyone else. I'll sit in the front if i have to but i like the back more because you see more of the elevator and get more a feeling of not being on a ride but in the actual situation! (of being in a falling elevator)


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                  • #10
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                    My first time (Florida version) I sat in the back. I was already a bit freaked to go on the ride but after that........

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                    • #11
                      Re: Tower of Terror - Backseat better

                      You never know...

                      The body reacts in different ways to different things. We aren't MEANT to hurtle downwards so rapidly, and that is why it is a "thrill". Position yourself differently, and the body feels something slightly different.

                      More wind up the back? Perhaps the person in front of you was just more nervous than you were.
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                      • #12
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                        I personally get more air time in the 3rd row.

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                        • #13
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                          Interesting... I've never noticed a difference in the feeling depending on where I sit. I love the front row, however. The effects scenes before the drops are so much easier to see, which sets up the ride experience better for me. I actually feel like I am standing at the end of one of those long hallways.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Tower of Terror - Backseat better

                            Originally posted by Tool View Post
                            Do you feel more wind in the back or something?
                            Only when I sit next to Hakuna Makarla. :lol:




                            Just kidding.....I've never noticed that much difference between the rows other than what you're able to see when the doors open.




                            But it's kinda cool to look up the whole time! Try that some time!!!

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                            • #15
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                              ok im gonna let everyone in on my little secret lol.

                              Maybe you've done this, maybe not but if you are more of the thrill seeker and want to get more thrill out of the drops look throug the grates in the floor and just stare down in the shaft as your dropping...its soooooo much scarier. No joke
                              pshhh i guess

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