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southpuddle last won the day on August 31 2023

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  1. It’s a theme park and you don’t have to eat there or be there period for that matter
  2. Cedar Point will still continue to use any excuse weather-wise to not run their rides.
  3. Got on Zambezi Zinger last week. The area looks great, the subtle theming in the queue and station looks nice. Fun little ride! It’s amusing how many people in line thought that it’s literally the same ride they brought back from before. My only note is that the huge heavy lap bars come down and get absurdly tight throughout the ride to the point of actual pain by the end. This isn’t an “enthusiast only” gripe - our entire train load of riders were complaining waiting on the final brake run.
  4. These rides have become a dying breed so I’m not really surprised. Hopefully the closure of the one in Tampa will extend the life of the far superior one in Williamsburg.
  5. Sounds like you had a Six Flags day! Who knows anymore whether or not a day is going to be busy, but a Tues/Wed would have to be slower than a Saturday. I’d definitely try to go back if your trip allows. You’ll probably find at least a couple of those closed rides open if you went back.. and some that were open when you went will probably be closed LOL
  6. I’ll echo a lot of what has already been said about Pipeline - fantastic ride, so much more fun than I had anticipated when I saw initial renderings. Definitely some unique sensations to be felt that I’ve never experienced. I will say, however, that the vests need a bit of an adjustment- they dig into your collar bone to the point that I was slightly bruised today after only 2 rides. Other B&M rides with these vests have had similar issues and I believe those parks have been able to adjust the tension so that they’re not pinning you back so hard. The only gripe I have for a very fun attraction!
  7. Reports of blue track and orange supports at the factory in Slovakia where Intamin fabricates their rides. The track appears to be the same style as that of Velocicoaster and Pantheon. To my knowledge there aren’t any coasters with blue/orange as their color scheme from Intamin, existing nor announced/under construction. Anyone have the full pic? I’ve only seen one that was cropped to hell.
  8. As a former ride op, it takes about 5 seconds to yell out for single riders, and the filled seats more than make up for the seconds lost searching for singles. Unfortunately it’s something that rarely happens at any park anymore.
  9. I think it looks great right now when it’s all shiny and new, but I worry what that intricate paint job will look like a few years down the line when the paint has faded and the infamous Nemesis moss has covered everything.
  10. You realize the seatbelt is a safety device that 1. Is a backup in the event the shoulder restraint fails. 2. Ensures the shoulder restraint is down far enough. “A few more inches” would allow the restraint to be dangerously loose for a child who barely meets the height requirement. Unfortunately it’s a balancing act between ensuring the smaller riders are secured and allowing larger riders to fit.
  11. Yeah I’m hoping about 45,000 trees are going to be planted around the ride to make it feel less like Big Bear Wide Open Field.
  12. As Bill said, it’s really a crap shoot any day of the year as to what’ll actually be open. Realistically expect to ride half those rides you had your heart set on, especially if you only have until the mid afternoon. Good luck out there.
  13. Yikes. Should have just used NoLimits. The physics on that rendering are atrocious. Good to see some aspects of the layout sorted though.
  14. I rode Mindbender back in the summer of 2001 on a family vacation. Both of my parents are teachers and that year my sister and I both got to choose one place to stop on a cross-country road trip. My sister chose the West Edmonton Mall because it was the biggest mall in the world (I might’ve had some influence in her decision because I knew there was a giant Schwarzkopf there) and I chose Cedar Point, which was my first ever visit there. Our trip started in Northern California, up to Edmonton and ended at Cedar Point before heading back home. We spent a good four weeks total on the trip stopping at other sights along the way. Keeping in mind that this was mere months before 9/11, I look back on that trip often as the last truly carefree time in my life. To a 15 year old at the height of his “coaster enthusiasm”, it was the most epic summer ever, and Mindbender didn’t disappoint. The first drop in the back car I swear is still in my top 10 “WTF moments” especially in that backward car. I think I rode it 10 times that day while the rest of my family did their rounds at the mall. I also remember that Intamin first gen freefall they used to operate with a bonkers pop of ejector airtime when the lift stopped almost instantaneously at the top. I always intended to make another trip there and try to re-experience some of those carefree memories. Something about Mindbender made me think that it would always be there so I never thought it was that urgent. Maybe I figured it was an indoor ride and would stay in good shape forever. Just goes to show that in this hobby there is no time like the present and nothing is guaranteed.
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