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Everything posted by UnderCoverDrummer1

  1. I have to admit that like most enthusiasts I'm always disappointed when a new coaster is not destined for my home park, however I completely understand this addition. Currently, H.H. is most consistently getting people through the gates at SFA and considering (as previously mentioned) how pathetic their current lazy river is, this upgrade is actually a great idea and makes me want to make the effort to hit up the water park in 2018. That being said the biggest problem holding this park back has absolutely nothing to do with it's line up of rides but lazy staff members, specifically in the food service sector. I've lost count of how many times I've had discussions with the GP about how atrociously slow and inefficient their food operations are, with no method of linking up orders with patrons which causes confusion on both the staff and patron ends alike. Additionally, they have no staff dedicated to refilling drink cups and employees are either not trained to ask those in line if they are only filling up drink cups to help move the line along and/or they are too lazy to do so. Even separate of food service, during one of my visits earlier this season, one of the railings in the queue for Mind Eraser broke from someone sitting/leaning on it. I left the line to go notify staff in the station of the issue/safety hazard and they proceeded to do absolutely nothing. It wasn't until the metal tube (top of the railing) completely broke off and fell to the floor that they actually called maintenance staff to notify them. This park could benefit tremendously from better training/oversight from management of their staff operations. I know that this isn't something you can really advertise, but a new push to have better trained and harder working staff would make me more excited for visits to SFA than most new ride additions. Just my two cents. Now I shall retreat back into the shadows of lurking on the forums.
  2. The track is not black. It appears to be wrapped in black plastic to protect it. Not sure what they need to protect it from but you can tell it's not painted because there is no visible gap between the spine and the rails.
  3. I don't understand how there was no mechanical failure found when the video clearly shows the restraint opening right up...
  4. You can see how one end of the track will connect to the box lift support and the other end will connect to the double spine of the first drop.
  5. The crown should go up within the next two weeks since Clifford the big red crane is only at Hershey for another two weeks (according to Keystone Thrills). With regards to the look of the lift hill, I don't see why everyone is complaining seeing as it's the same style of structure as the two towers supporting it. And I honestly think that the look of the lift is going to change rather significantly once track and catwalks are added. This picture was added within the past couple days (the date is wrong) to AllAmericanThrills and it shows the cross beams which will hold track and catwalks. In my opinion, the look of the lift has already improved. I guess we'll just have to wait and make final judgement when it's completed in the next couple weeks.
  6. If you look at one of the video updates posted earlier, there is an access road that runs along comet.
  7. In real life the footers are a lot bigger than they appear in the pictures.
  8. How many times are you going to post "I told you so!" here? There's lots of people on this forum that have been saying this is a great ride all along... Agreed... I apologize. I didn't mean to annoy anyone.
  9. How many times are you going to post "I told you so!" here? There's lots of people on this forum that have been saying this is a great ride all along... Only twice. And yes there were people who had faith in this coaster, however the majority of people couldn't get past the poor quality and inaccuracy of the simulation.
  10. I think the layout, including transitions and airtime hills, is going to be a lot quicker and more forceful than you think. Having seen the construction site in person, the amount of space the main part of this coaster is going to take up, its much smaller than the simulation would lead you to believe. At the height this coaster is supposed to be I think we can expect transitions closer to that of I305 than the Intamin mega coasters of old. Especially considering that the first drop goes immediately into a turn unlike every Intamin mega coaster I know that either fully or almost fully pulls out of the first drop before changing direction. Just my two cents. Take 'em or leave 'em. I love that every day more and more people are posting saying that they assumed wrong about this coaster. I totally called it back in September and it's great to finally have people agreeing with me.
  11. Do you really think Hershey would spend all this time money and effort on building a ride and not take into account the fact that the area floods so often? I'm sure the footers are fine and if any of them weren't you bet they would have taken a jack hammer to it and started over.
  12. No it's not, that is an over-banked turn. The reason people are calling the element on SkyRush a Stengel dive is because it's going to immediately straighten out after the over-banked portion currently shown. The turn is ending right after the track currently installed. Otherwise it would just be an over-banked turn.
  13. I find it hilarious that back before vertical construction began, I said that this coaster was going to end up being a lot more intense than everyone thought. Only now that the track is going up, helping to put the pictures into perspective is is clear just how tight the layout is going to be. So to all those people who were doubting and knocking this ride based purely on the NL rendering..... I TOLD YOU SO!
  14. The colors are definitely the bright contrast that the Comet Hollow area of the park needed. Between the dark blue of SDL, the black/grey of GB and the white of Comet, that section of the park was looking rather drab compared to other areas.
  15. It's amazing to see the men next to the track in the first picture. Really puts into perspective the difference in track size, even between this and I305. Great pictures Cody! And thanks for the frequent photo updates!
  16. I suspect that as more supports and track are added, the perspective of the construction site will drastically change, and it will be very clear how tight the layout of this coaster is going to be. I definitely think that the base of the first drop, nestled right against that rock wall, was a perfect place to start throwing up track. I looks nothing short of AMAZING!!!
  17. I wonder if the odd shaping of the rolls were what caused the excess stress on the trains. One thing I remember when riding was that the rolls "pumped" in that they were not one fluid rolling motion but felt like half a roll and then another half back to back.
  18. I have to say that being able to check out this update makes wasting away in Jury Duty just a little bit easier. Can't wait to see more IAAPA goodies!
  19. Gross. I could have sworn I typed "like a boy" when I originally posted it. Oh well, I have fixed it.
  20. I feel like a boy in the days leading up till christmas, like one day I'm going to wake up and see Skyrush coaster supports under the tree!
  21. ^He wasn't asking about the lift angle, he was asking about the angle of the first drop...
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