In comparison to SDC's thunderation, you feel the drop a bit more(not bad at all though). Thunderation also feels faster and is super jerky which is not the case with EE.The backwards portion is usually deemed the worst part but after the initial thrill of going backwards it's pretty tame. If you ever rode thunderation at SDC before they got rid of the backwards option it's a bit more g force but smooth not jerky. Hope that helps! I think it's worth trying EE it's a fun ride that looks meaner than it is.