Also just because members in this poll have overwhelmingly voted for DK over Kraken you shouldn't assume that DK is better. Ride it yourself and then come to your own opinion.
I completely agree. Although it's hard not to be influenced beforehand by what a large majority say, if you go in anticipating too
much you're only going to be disappointed when you get off the ride.
I think that this can be true to a degree, but I become less and less convinced as time goes on.
It started with Balder for me. Everyone went on about how fantastic it is. I rode it and it was "alright". There was a massive group of us and two adored the ride, the rest of us thought "meh". Don't get me wrong, I had a couple of really good runs on it, but it never blew me away at all. The two who loved it, really loved it.
Port Aventura again had a lot of us. We rode Baco first which we universally hated (except one person who loved it before hand). We rode Khan then, and everyone loved it except for Ian and Marc who thought we were all over-rating it and that it wasn't as good as it's Floridian sister. Yet those of us who loved it, really loved it.
So the question is, was the ride changed by group mentality? Was the ride changed by prior hyping? We all like to fit in when with others, and to be "independent thinkers" when we're alone (or in a small group). Does this
influence how we decide on what we like and how much? After all, when you're watching a comedy, you're more likely to laugh and enjoy it more if with others.
Coasters aren't comedies. They're a minute or so of intense, visceral, physical forces (or should be). How you feel during that ride is not influenced by anything* (in my opinion) other than how your body deals with those forces. We all have different "triggers" for adrenaline release. We all react differently to the adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine produced. Physically we are all thrown are differently due to body sizes, fat content, etc (which includes how the restraints and train seats feel). Beyond that, we will all have a set of preferences for what we like to feel in a ride and also our particular mood on that day.
It's such a massive set of variables, it's no wonder that we all have such varied opinions. As Joey likes to say "everyone is different"
I loved Kahn. It was the first "good sized" multi-looper and the first B&M sit down I'd been on. In fact, I think it was probably the first decent sized coaster I'd been on. It did everything I loved. I love big loops and I love really odd force changes and disorientation. Kahn just did it all for me. It wasn't forceful like I find Nemesis, or fun like Megafobia (I'm going back to the rides I'd been on back then) and it certainly wasn't short (like everything else in the UK). It was (and still is) something unique to me and something that just ticked the right boxes. It wasn't over hyped and disappointing (neither was Baco, I didn't hate Baco to be "cool") it was just right, for me, at the moment I rode it.
*Lightning Racer (and probably a few other woodies) is the exception to this. I think that on woodies where you are open at the top and spend a lot of time speeding in a forward manner, you will look around to other riders. You have the time and chance to do it. Certainly with Lighting Racer (and to an extent Stampida) being able to be with your next seat neighbour and join with them egging on your train winning against the other train (and people) you can see is massively social compared to the majority of coasters. So you do get the "comedy effect" because you are emotionally bouncing off the other riders. This makes the rides much more fun. There are exceptions though, like Balder, El Toro, Boulder Dash and a few others, where you're being put through steep dives and high ejector so you're concentrating more on the visceral ride than the "fun". You need to be prepared to ride the coaster, not a chat and a latte