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Everything posted by willh51

  1. In honor of Xcelerator's reopening, please enjoy some vintage Knott's photos I just found on my computer. I believe these were from 2004/2005.
  2. I am not sure how to feel about this. I'm going to be optimistic and I definitely agree with those hoping this will elevate some of the Six Flags parks to higher standards. Let's look to Fiesta Texas, Cedar Point and King's Island as examples for the entire mega-chain. I can't help but wonder what this is going to do for certain coasters and attractions. On one hand, Cedar Fair is generally better at maintaining legacy rides (Montezooma debacle aside); so Demon at Great America and Viper at Magic Mountain may be with us for the long-haul. Not sure how this will affect rides like Kingda Ka. Will Nitro keep running in the snow at Great Adventure? I guess time will tell.
  3. This looks great, and is a perfect fit for Dorney. I love the placement, color scheme, elements and general flow. Dorney is always such a fun park to visit, and I can't believe it's been since 2005 that Hydra opened. I used to visit frequently back then. Talon still takes the cake, but this should be a crowd pleaser.
  4. Am I the only one that would love to see Cedar Point get a really solid GCI/GG wooden coaster in the next couple of years instead of something steel? Mystic Timbers, Leviathan, etc. but maybe a bit longer and taller since it's Cedar Point? If they could integrate it into the boardwalk area, even better.
  5. HersheyPark now arguably has the best ride line-up in the country. I mean an RMC conversion, solid dueling woody, classic woody, excellent invert, classic Schwarzy, great Boomerang, operating Intamin hydraulic launch, Intamin megalooper, Intmain insane mega, great B&M mega, S&S towers, indoor spinner, dark rides, family rides. F**k. That's like the dream park I would make in Roller Coaster Tycoon.
  6. It wouldn't shock me; T3 was Ed Hart's baby. That was a big deal to install that roller coaster back in 1995. Why they went with KumbaK trains in 2015 instead of Vekoma I'm not sure, probably money. That said, these historically have held up pretty well. Have we seen an SLC removed due to end of life and not just park closure?
  7. Random question since I've not ridden much from S&S lately. I loved Hypersonic back in the day, but have yet to ride a Freespin, new launched coaster or Steel Curtain. What are the issues with Steel Curtain? It seems to be down a lot according to this thread and other sources I have seen, as well as only on one train when open. I like to think traditional chain-lift loopers are pretty reliable, but this doesn't seem to be the case here.
  8. I think it still has three. There's a recent picture of folks in the maintenance bay with all three and they all have new colors.
  9. Wildcat closes July 31 per official Facebook. Check the comments….
  10. Did not expect this announcement. Awesome to see Six Flags spending that kind of cash again.
  11. Yikes, I hope the controls and electrical components for Kandaa, Pulsar and others are not completely fried. What a mess it'll be to clean regardless.
  12. Talon absolutely kicks butt. It may not be quite as good as Montu or Raptor, but it is forceful, glass smooth and re-rideable. Hydra is fine but not nearly as good. I remember waiting in line for a second ride during the opening season and talking with some other guests about how it did not touch Talon. It has some weird track bends and even had a small rattle opening season. The drop is good in the back row and the JoJo roll is interesting. Steel Force is always quite good, especially when it warms up. As long as you're not expecting Intamin air.
  13. It's a little thing compared to Jersey Devil Coaster, but it is awesome that they can finally run Ka and Zumanjaro at the same time. What a cool visual.
  14. Ok, that’s hilarious. Saw the rumor on another site and immediately navigated over here. I was thinking, what the hell reason would they close that coaster? The more you know!
  15. ^I'm a fan of Mantis/Rougarou but I understand why it's not universally loved. It's one of the more intense coasters in the park, and something about the layout still intimidates. While I am stuck at work in North Carolina, at least I can enjoy the web cams and hope people are having fun on SV and Millennium.
  16. Neat concepts. I would love Intamin to finally nail a modern water coaster/flume project. Perilous Plunge was absolutely insane when I rode it back in mid 2000s at Knott's. Obviously we know the saga of Pilgrims Plunge at Holiday World and Shoot the Rapids at Cedar Point, and the Energylandia Speed Water Coaster shoot-the-chutes and its clones aren't exactly well liked. Has anyone ridden the American Dream shuttle here? The new concept looks like an expanded version of that.
  17. I would at another Six Flags park but SFGadv is pretty good about using all the trains. Nitro always runs three, Bizarro usually runs three in the summer, Ka only runs two or three of four because of the way they use the single station now.
  18. This lift-stop "catastrophe" was featured on our local news in Burlington, North Carolina. Why? Jesus people are dramatic. Add that to my GP friends freaking out that they just rode a pendulum ride at Kings Dominion "exactly like the one that collapsed in Egypt" and you can see why people are needlessly scared of thrill rides. Random question, can Batwing run more than one train at this point?
  19. This looks amazing. And some of the more recent footage makes the pacing look CRAZY. Big year for S&S!
  20. Looks awesome. Great to see S&S having such a great year in the US.
  21. ^Lightning Racer is not, that’s a fantastic ride. Wildcat is a little wilder.
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