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Everything posted by willh51

  1. Did not expect this announcement. Awesome to see Six Flags spending that kind of cash again.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. ^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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. This looks amazing. And some of the more recent footage makes the pacing look CRAZY. Big year for S&S!
  11. Looks awesome. Great to see S&S having such a great year in the US.
  12. ^Lightning Racer is not, that’s a fantastic ride. Wildcat is a little wilder.
  13. The Web cam is not completely clear due to the sun in Charlotte but I'm enjoying watching Copperhead Strike while working. Three train operation, great dispatch times. It just stopped on the second launch but within 5 minutes it was launching back home and a new train full of guests dispatched.
  14. It won’t be a flyer. Unless the new regime goes against what Dick Kinzel once said, they won’t install a flyer. I can’t find the article but it was something about a flyer being too gimmicky. He also said they wouldn’t install an Intamin woodie. But, times and management have changed. I think a huge CGI is most likely. Possibly a launched Infinity if Hangtime proves reliable and popular, which it appears to be. Or a Mack, after Copperhead Strike proves a good investment.
  15. Since I started playing RCT again after a decade thanks to the iPad, I would probably mirror my creations there: Coasters: 1. Classic B&M inverted coaster with terrain-diving elements, think Raptor/Alpengeist/Montu. I'd want a large cobra roll that straddles a path and seating area. 2. Intamin Hypercoaster with the best features of Millennium Force, Expedition GF, Hyperion, etc. 3. Intamin Blitz coaster with ejector air time, multiple launches and several inversions. Soft restraints and a dual loading station. 4. New school Vekoma sit-down launched coaster with inversions, air time etc. 5. CGI wooden coaster with sprawling layout and terrain interaction. 6. Well maintained giant classic Arrow looping coaster like Viper with updates like new trains with soft restraints, magnetic brakes, etc. Flat rides: 1. Huss giant top spin 2. Chance Chaos 3. Intamin sky jump drop tower 4. Ferris wheel with rolling cars like the one at Disney's California Adventure 5. Giant Frisbee 6. Skyflyer 7. Huss booster 8. Elaborate dark ride chronicling a mythical beast with coaster elements, 3D, effects, shooting, etc.
  16. Holy crap. This looks awesome. I’m getting a little bit of a Drachen Fire vibe from that first drop. I want this to be a huge hit for S&S. Pittsburgh’s going to go nuts!
  17. I haven't been following this thread religiously, but has Dollywood managed to get Lighting Rod running with two trains consistently?
  18. Yeah, love this park. Unless there’s a tornado the rides are usually rolling. The polar opposite of Cedar Point. They know the B&Ms will survive freezing temps.
  19. You can’t win... People bitch if there’s one train ops and don’t appreciate a little fender bender with two.
  20. The few people I met at East Coast bash a few years ago at Kings Dominion were awesome; but they were also very aware that not everyone at the event was as much fun. We saw people boo the poor park president over those temporary trims on Intimidator, and Robb had to yell at them. One couple in line at Dominator would not STFU about “millennium forceless.” No one is impressed.
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