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Postby Shut It Down » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:40 pm

Looking at the launch concept art it does look like this will have the same restraints as Tempesto. Not sure if this is a good thing or not. I'm not the biggest fan of FullThrottles knee restraints. How do the two compare?

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Postby chickenbowl » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:03 am

Shut It Down wrote:Looking at the launch concept art it does look like this will have the same restraints as Tempesto. Not sure if this is a good thing or not. I'm not the biggest fan of FullThrottles knee restraints. How do the two compare?


Premier restraints are awful either way if you have any semblance of long legs. But I suppose they're less awful without OTSRs bashing your head/neck.
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Postby Gnome » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:32 pm

3Mutts wrote:Perfect choice, rode Phobia at Lake Compounce last year and it was a really fun ride!


Not bagging on the experience, but the capacity on these things are terrible. Sea World San Diego gets a high volume of visitors. I feel like they could have done better.

I was at SFDK and we never bothered to ride theirs because the line was well over an hour, compared to the 30 minute line the Joker had.
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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:37 pm

Gnome wrote:Not bagging on the experience, but the capacity on these things are terrible. Sea World San Diego gets a high volume of visitors. I feel like they could have done better.


Maybe we will get lucky, and it will have the dual loading stations. That would help with capacity.

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Postby MrSum1_55 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:00 pm

^Or even better would be dual loading station and a double circuit.

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Postby edgeboy » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:21 pm

Granted, I don't have access to their stats, but does Sea World really get "a high volume of visitors"? Sure, it can get crowded in relative terms, but nothing like Disney crowds.

And even if they did, they are primarily a family park. So only a small percentage of their visitors would want to ride this.

For those reasons above, plus added expense, I wouldn't count on a dual loading platform. I suppose you never know, and it'd be a very pleasant surprise, but it doesn't really make economic or practical sense to me--just wishful thinking from fan boys (the same ones who were earlier insisting that were trying to insist in the high probability of this ride being something else that fits the stats--wishful thinking).

Yes, the lines will go slow because of the nature of the ride, and it likely will get somewhat lengthy, but at the same time, I think the lines for it will be much shorter than it is at other parks where it's installed because they are already geared towards being thrill parks. This isn't. It'll be interesting to see how long the line does get, compared to the other installations, but I'm going to gamble they'll be shorter.

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Postby jarmor » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:57 pm

Gnome wrote:
3Mutts wrote:Perfect choice, rode Phobia at Lake Compounce last year and it was a really fun ride!


Not bagging on the experience, but the capacity on these things are terrible. Sea World San Diego gets a high volume of visitors. I feel like they could have done better.

I was at SFDK and we never bothered to ride theirs because the line was well over an hour, compared to the 30 minute line the Joker had.

They get around the same amount as busch gardens in VA. It shouldn't be that bad.
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Postby MrSum1_55 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:53 pm

^I have seen the park get some insane crowds during the time of Winter Break, but this is usually the absolute worst time for SoCal parks. Typically, you can expect an hour wait on Manta with 4 trains running. And Manta usually loads and dispatches in under 60 seconds.

But on the other hand, everyone always talks about capacity issues when one of these gets announced, and they are rarely as bad as people think. SFDK, my own home park, has one of these. I would say that the capacity on this thing was totally fine, before Six Flags put on those seatbelts. (But even now, the wait is still usually not too much worse than the other major rides). I have also heard that Busch is doing a pretty good job operating theirs.

My ultimate hope for this thing is to have a double circuit, double station, three car trains, and no shoulder pads. I highly doubt we will get all of these, but I can hope.

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Postby VegasBaby » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:36 pm

DoinItForTheFame wrote:
Gnome wrote:Not bagging on the experience, but the capacity on these things are terrible. Sea World San Diego gets a high volume of visitors. I feel like they could have done better.


Maybe we will get lucky, and it will have the dual loading stations. That would help with capacity.


Tempesto at BGW got a 3 car train that increased the capacity 50% (18 vs 12) over Superman at SFDK. I would love to see SWSD get both the dual loading station and 3 car trains, but I hope they get at least one. SWSD had over 3.5 million visitors in 2015, so it does draw a pretty good crowd. Without the larger cars or dual loading station, you can probably count on at least 45-60 minute waits during busy days.
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Postby Trogdor: The Burninator!! » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:18 pm

As much as I'm pissed off at Blackfish for scoring an undeserved victory by forcing SeaWorld to abandon the Killer Whale shows, I remember when I used to work at SeaWorld, senior management took pride in being a family friendly alternative to Knotts and Six Flags. Now SeaWorld has to adapt to current circumstances by making more coasters and thrill rides so from an enthusiast perspective this is a great development, it just sucks it had to take an animal rights propaganda film to force this kind of direction...

Even though it's just a clone, it's way better than a Boomerang or a Batman clone IMO so I can't wait til this thing opens!

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