I'm sorry if my post was subject to misinterpretation. I'm not saying that your post in particular is absurd (hence the line break). Nor that subjective opinions are stupid. Just that, between the non-constructive bashing and the pre-judgements, this topic has been running on fumes for some time.You cannot deny that BF has some moments of hangtime and airtime. Are they enough ? Well, that is subjective. But some people here are just denying hard facts.What might be an issue? That I have an opinion of Blue Fire without riding? Of course, I said my opinion is based on not riding but on how it looks and could easily change after riding. Everyone has opinions of rides prior to riding, hence being an enthusiast. Also I'm failing to see the absurdity of subjective opinions! But very well.
For the issue of look v. ride dread, I totally agree with Ireeb, it is the best thing to do is your core visitors are not roller-coaster veterans - as it is the general case with European family public.
Make a coaster that ride scarier than it looks and you are going to create a lot of unhappiness, some distrust for coasters and even some trauma. Make a coaster that looks scarier than it rides and you are going to make a lot of people happy, and/or proud of having the guts of daring it and being able to enjoy it instead of bracing and wailing for their lives.
Every park that is not oriented toward casual thrillseekers (amusement rides still offering some rather petty thrill, I know they are never marketed toward true adrenaline junkies) should have this in mind when building a new ride.