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EastCoastn07

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  1. It's really just the ride that sets the schedule and everything else makes sure it's inline with that. I remember the day before we opened Tony Hawk, walking through the area thinking there is no way everything will be finished(non-ride things like the queue, landscaping, etc), but the crews stayed all night and the following morning the landscapers were finishing up planting the last plants about an hour before we opened. We'll see how it goes, but the park seems confident about the 29th. From what I've heard is the ride has been testing and runs just fine. That's really not the case all the time. In a perfect world, yes, all the additional things like queue lines, etc. are coordinated with the construction of a ride, but schedules change and things come up at the last minute that are unexpected that change projected dates. That may be the case with Superman as there is still a lot of work being done to the site itself, whereas the ride seems like it's almost ready to open.
  2. For my personal scheduling reasons, I hope so. I kind of have a feeling they're expecting it to take longer because they still haven't announced a date to the GP. I'm not really sure what still needs to happen except additional testing. Anyone know? People have to understand that more goes into getting a coaster open to the public than just testing...seems like there's several other things on top of the ride testing that still need to be finished before the ride opens.
  3. Oh trust me, there's plenty of people who have video of it testing, they just haven't posted it on the internet (yet).
  4. No, testing hasn't started yet. They're still working on the structure, which I'm assuming is to torque all the bolts.
  5. That's not the point I was making in my post. That column as it currently stands is holding very little if any of the static load currently on the structure. Right now most of the structure is being supported by the vertical columns. This would be a completely different point if it were a vertical column not connected and they continued building as vertical columns are fundamental to holding the structure because of this little thing called gravity. However, the diagonal columns right now have little purpose. They are primarily there to distribute the dynamic load that will be acting on the structure when they run the train over it. Not having it connected as they build the structure is not risky at all for this very reason. The iron workers and engineers working on this project know what they are doing, and they wouldn't have continued building if they thought this was an issue, but its not. It has since been fixed so this really doesn't even matter anymore though.
  6. How exactly is that risky? I'm not sure how much experience you have as an engineer/iron worker, but with a structure that beefy with no dynamic load acting on it, having one flange not connected really isn't a risk at all. Not to mention that this piece in question is merely there for additional support for the load being put on the vertical columns. I just can't see how this was a risk at all, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
  7. Link That photo is extremely old, at least by two weeks. Still a cool view though.
  8. It seems like there were definitely some setbacks early on, but they are flying with putting steel up lately. They put the entire first tower up in a few days and the opposite one is now starting to rise quickly too.
  9. Maybe because the others haven't been painted yet? Just a thought. Aren't they painted at the factory? The rails on the piece of track that is going up into the first tower has its rails painted yellow...they weren't yellow a few days ago. Seems to me that the pieces are arriving solid red and are having their rails painted yellow on site.
  10. I'm pretty sure it would take a really high temperature to have any kind of significant effect on a magnet's magnetic field. If anything, those losses would be offset by the increase in train speed due to high temperatures. When you have higher temperatures, bearings heat up and obviously the train runs faster. The magnetic field is directly affected by the speed at which a particle is passing through it. The faster the fins on the train are going through the magnetic trim brake, the force that it exerts back increases. So even if the temperature did have any kind of significant effect on the strength of the magnets, the fact that the train is also going faster due to the heat, simply mean that the magnetic brakes are still going to have a stronger magnetic field than before. Also, constant train cycling really has no effect on the temperature of those magnets because the fins on the train never actually physically touch the trim brake. Any increase in temperature is going to be from external effects (the sun) only.
  11. Thanks!...I guess there's no harm in me saying that I'll be doing a mechanical engineering internship with Premier Rides for the summer. As for specifics for what I'll be doing, I'm not sure I'm able to go into much detail just yet. I'm definitely excited for this awesome opportunity, and if I'm allowed to share any information on what types of things I'll be doing, I'll be sure to fill you guys in.
  12. I too was going to ask this same question watching it sluggishly make it through those airtime hills until I realized the trains were empty. When you run empty trains, you take that chance pretty much everyday especially with fluctuating weather. I don't know how many close calls we had with the Phantom last summer rolling back on not so warm days. You also have to keep in mind these are new trains as well and they probably pumped all the bearings up with grease which also slows the trains down on colder days. I'm very interested to see how this runs on a nice warm/hot day.
  13. To give you an idea of how much is left to go, the final piece of Sky Rocket was put in place May 18th. The ride opened June 22nd. There's a lot more that goes into getting the ride ready than testing, especially with Premier coasters. Each stator on the launch needs to be adjusted to allow the proper clearance between the magnets on the trains. It might not seem like a long process, but it is! Especially when you're winching the train up the launch inch by inch to make your measurements. Calibration and testing also needs to be done on the launch itself, which when it was done to Sky Rocket, the people who manufacture the stators had to fly in from Germany. Once all that is done, the PLC needs to be programmed. Also, depending on how strict Six Flags is with their new ride testing, that could also take some time. With Sky Rocket, the park only performed a few hundred tests on the trains before they cleared it to open. Hersheypark on the other hand said that 200+ HOURS of testing needs to be done on each train before Sky Rush can open to the public. Kinda gives you a good perspective on the time frame we are looking at with this ride. Let's keep in mind the entire structure hasn't even been put up either!
  14. Good to see another Penn Stater interested in the theme park industry. There are actually several people in the group I'm in up at school (PSU Theme Park Engineering Group) who have internships with Tech Services at Universal Studios Orlando for the summer and fall, and I think one or two of them post here occasionally. Hopefully I'll be able to share more information about my internship once it starts, I'm just not sure what information I can actually discuss as of right now!
  15. Hopefully this is the correct spot for this kind of thread as I was unable to find a similar one regarding this topic. I'm currently a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Penn State University and recently accepted a summer internship position with a well known ride manufacturer within the United States. I'm not exactly sure what exactly I can say regarding the internship yet, so I'll just leave it at that. What I was hoping to get out of this thread was to see if there was anyone else within the TPR community that have done similar types of internships. I know several of the past (and maybe current?) GCI interns post here on occasion, but was interested to see if anyone else here has professional (related to your schooling) experience within the amusement industry. I've also worked a Professional Internship with the Walt Disney World Resort at DAK Facilities Engineering last year, but considering I don't post here much, haven't really had a chance to meet anyone that held similar positions. If you've held such a position, I would definitely be interested in hearing about it!
  16. Front row on the two airtime machines in the park? Man, I expected a lot more out of you Andrew...I'm glad you seemed to have a good time though. I also took my very first trip to SFGAdv the day after you, and I must say their selection of rides is pretty awesome compared to some of the other Six Flags parks I've been to. It seems Sunday was a lot less busy than Saturday as we were able to ride every coaster in the park at least once (except Rolling Thunder left) and El Toro seven times (yup, seven). You definitely should have went straight to KK and ET first, as no one was in line when we went and were able to re-ride the backseat 3 times in a row without having to get up! Some remarks about your TR and general comments: - I also noticed that a lot of the park's rides looked like they were in dire need of a paint job, but complaining about rusting bolts is a little over the top. There's nothing the park can really do about rusting bolts aside from painting them, and honestly the only people who notice this are coaster enthusiasts. - When we first got in line for S:UE, cycles were taking about ~2 minutes. I think a manager might have said something to the crew because they were FLYING after awhile and had very little stacking. - I did not find KK to be rough at all. We waited 4 cycles for the front seat and the ride seemed fine to me. If the ride didn't have OTSRs, I'd probably say it was better than TTD (not saying much as I don't like TTD at all). My gripe with the ride was the ride operator who repeated "Unbuckle your seatbelt" 500 times from the time the train entered the station to when we got out of the train. - Green Lantern was decent, but I haven't been on Mantis is quite some time. There was really only one part that I had any serious headbanging and overall I enjoyed the ride. - Worst ride in the park: Road Runner Railway. Whoever designed this ride (including the last turn into the station) should seriously stop making rides. I really don't know how parents take their kids on this ride after being slammed to the side and almost having my sunglasses tossed. - Rolling Thunder reminded me of a wooden Arrow looper. Unnecessary banking and pretty rough. Still doesn't top Grizzly at CGA for roughness though. Also, whats with the random 2x4s over the track before the brake run? - Lastly, after riding El Toro I feel like I have ruined riding any other wooden coaster. It's going to be extremely hard for another wooden coaster to dethrone ET as my favorite woody.
  17. No, there will be no trims. We asked this question to Kurt Bachmann on our tour the other day and he said there will be no trims on SkyRush. So sorry, but your hunch is wrong.
  18. They mentioned that they hope to have the ride topped off by Monday (Yes, they are working on Saturdays and Sundays).
  19. As its been mentioned before, the ride is being taken out for one reason; it's been nothing but headaches over the last few years. It's been nearly impossible to run all 4 sides for awhile now, and when the park got all 4 running, the ride usually broke down causing the ride to have to be evacuated. Combine this with the fact that the park would have to spend a ton of money to get it back to decent running shape for next season, the park decided to cut its losses now and put the money they would have to spend on Pittfall on a new ride for next season. Honestly, I'm glad to see the ride go simply because of all the problems it has, but it'll be sad not being able to see it next to the Phantom while crossing the Rankin Bridge going to the park.
  20. You kind of disproved your original statement there. If you're addressing your competitor's moves by either A) Investing in a highly successful IP in order to create a unique theme park environment with it, or B) Purchasing the rights to a highly successful IP in order to "take it off the market" from competitors (whichever view you choose to take on the issue), then you are indeed "answering" your competitor's moves. By saying this isn't Disney's answer to Potterverse, I simply meant that this land is opening too far down the road to be considered "competition" for WWoH. Construction isn't starting until at least 2013, and by then I would assume the hype behind Potterverse will be already fading. Unless of course Universal plans another large scale expansion to the land to completely take up the Lost Continent, which is definitely a possibility. All I meant was, WWoH is already opening and the new Avatar land isn't opening until 2014/2015 at the earliest, therefore I don't see it as Disney's answer to Universal's success in that market, whereas the current Fantasyland expansion is more directly aimed at competing with Potterverse as the different phases begin to open next year. As far as a new coaster for the park, I wouldn't hold my breathe for an Intamin or B&M. The reason Disney and Vekoma have always had such a good relationship in regards to new rides is because Vekoma gives Disney the freedom they demand when designing a new ride. From what I was told from a few of the people I talked with in Ride & Show, most coaster companies like B&M and Intamin like to sell their coasters as package deals. This of course would include the coaster as well as a station building and other sorts of goodies. From what I understand though, Disney usually only wants to buy the coaster itself as they generally build all the show buildings and whatnot themselves. I'm sure there's other reasons why Disney generally doesn't buy rides through other companies besides Vekoma, but this was just what I was told by some of the people around property. It will definitely be interesting to see what kind of major attractions they are planning for this new land, let the wait begin.
  21. I find it quite funny that there are so many people who are saying Avatar isn't fit for a Disney park, DAK nonetheless. To me, this is going to be a great thing for DAK. I worked at DAK earlier this year and learned so much about the park from being there for several months. To me, DAK is the red headed step-child of the Disney Parks. The park was never finished to begin with and contains so many things that were only supposed to be temporary in the first place. Camp Minnie Mickey was never supposed to exist in the first place. When Beastly Kingdom got slashed due to funding cuts for the park, CMM was only supposed to be a temporary fix until Beastly Kingdom was built, and we all know what happened there. Let's not forgot Dinoland USA which was pretty much thrown together to add a few attractions to the park. I mean, if people can satisfied with two POORLY themed Reverchon spinning coasters, why aren't people excited about this new land? And for those who think this is two "grown up" for Disney go-ers, the company just spent god knows how much to expand Fantasyland which is aimed directly at younger kids and families. There have long been rumors of a new land, ranging form Beastly Kingdom finally getting built to more recently Australia. My only question is, are the plans for an Australia land still on the table? I know that Australia was definitely on the drawing board at one point from what several people at DAK told me and it was supposed to fill the land behind Kali River Rapids adjacent to the Rafiki's Planet Watch train. I don't know how many people here have seen that plot of land I'm talking about, but it is MASSIVE. Also, if Australia is still on the drawing board, how is this new Avatar land going to affect it? Since there are no concrete plans for this land yet, I have to assume there are two different areas the new land could sit. They could finally do away with CMM and move FoLK into Africa where it belongs, and utilize the old Beastly Kingdom plot of land and have this new Avatar land at the front of the park when guests walk in. The second option, of course, being the plot of land back between Africa and Asia that I mentioned already. Lastly, people have to understand that this is not Disney's answer to Potterverse, the Fantasyland expansion was/is supposed to be that. Clearly, this is going to be Disney's answer to any major expansion to Potterverse in the future (inevitable), as well as taking a very successful franchise off the market for Universal to make rides after (already got the Potter and Transformers franchises). I definitely think this was a great move by Disney and I for one can't wait till more information is released regarding the new land.
  22. Just for those who were asking regarding transportation and monorails in general, college program participants in monorails are no longer trained to drive from my understanding. Expect to be standing on the platform during your whole program if you get accepted into monorails. Sorry if this disappoints some people.
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