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  1. I think this thread should be re-named : "Who will break 500 foot drop?"

     

    Maybe one of these polar coasters could add a fish hook as a second stage of the development.

     

    I don't see any park forking out for a full circuit 500 plus foot drop in the current climateurprised. I think there's only one coaster in my top ten over 200 feet (and not by much), so I'm not too worried about it.

  2. ^Nice one Yin.

     

    Scary thing is if I hadn't have ridden Hades last year, it would be in my top ten based on when I rode it in 2007 because I can only base my rating on my last time riding it.

     

    My thoughts on Hades: dear Lord please make it stop, ouch...ouch...ouch...smooth part...please make it stop...ouch...ouch...ouch...damn, the sunglasses in my cargo shorts side pocket go smashed into pieces.

  3. but my top 5 are so close they all could quite easily interchange (Outlaw, Toro, Balder, Phoenix, Dash).

     

    This is a very good point. For most of us I think we would be quite content riding any of our top 5 or even 10 at any time and depending on time of the week, day, moon cycle, situations, etc. they could all be pretty interchangeable.

     

    Great point, it would be interesting to see why people rate coasters the way they do. Once I've got my top tiers bracketed, the first thing I ask myself is: which coaster would I prefer to ride if I had to choose between the two? Then I think about specific reasons why I like a coaster over another. For me top five:

     

    1. Outlaw Run: great first drop, equal to Toro IMO, excellent airtime executed with some very interesting elements, barrel roll was a great finish.

    2. El Toro: insane first drop, 3 crazy airtime moments, at night the tamer sections were much better. Outlaw Run just ahead for more elements and original twists.

    3. Balder: not as good a first drop as top two, 9 great airtime hills, no stapling. Ahead of Toro for a while until I rode Toro at night.

    4. Phoenix: crazy airtime accentuated by the lack of restraints, very intense experience only slightly behind the top 3 - the airtime of the top 3 would be lethal with buzz bars.

    5. Boulder Dash: terrain element amazing, especially at night, not quite as intense as the top 4 for airtime, but still great.

     

    If I could only ride this five for the rest of my life I would not complain.

  4. ^Yeah it was terrible when I visited the ghetto that is Six Flags America in 2008. It's a shame with that place, they had plenty of potentially great coasters poorly maintained and run poorly.

     

    Ride of Steel was terrible, so sluggish; Roar, as mentioned previously; Wild One, was just Mild One and didn't live up to it's rep; and the Premier spaghetti bowl launch was so weak and it crawled through the course.

  5. Top Twenty coasters I haven't been on, I've got some work to do:

     

    2 T Express

    9 Dauling Dragon-R

    10 Dauling Dragon-L

    11 Fireball

    12 Troy

    13 Wood Coaster

    13 Gold Striker

    17 Twister

    19 El Toro

    20 Tremors

     

    Where I rated the ones in the top twenty I've been on:

     

    1 El Toro (2)

    3 Outlaw Run (1)

    4 Boulder Dash (5)

    5 Phoenix (4)

    6 Ravine Flyer II (6)

    7 The Voyage (21)

    8 Balder (3)

    15 Thunderhead (13)

    16 Colossos (7)

    18 Wodan TimburCoaster (9)

  6. IMO Jaws is one of the greatest movies of all time let alone in the series. I've seen it so many times one of all-time my faves, and the story behind the making of the film is an epic tale in itself. A lot of credit to the skill of a young Spielberg and his excellent cast.

     

    Jaws 2 was okay; Jaws 3 was mostly bad; Jaws The Revenge makes Sharknado look good, luckily I saw it for free and I still felt ripped off, it wasn't even so bad it was funny and I hope Michael Caine got some serious cash to ease the shame.

  7. Tivoli Gardens has magnificent theming by mother nature for starters. I love that it is this walled-in oasis in the middle of Copenhagen - it's like stepping completely out of the city.

     

    The rides aren't bad and the place still seems so peaceful even with the coasters. Rusty, the old wood coaster is the stand out. For me, just a nicely balanced and authentic mix of old and new world. Nice food as well. As long you can avoid evil little blonde Dutch girls who like to rear end you on the bumper cars and give you whiplash.

  8. More fear and loathing in Wet and Wild-gate. Security chief resigns after awarding security contract to a woman he lives with, the zaniness continues:

     

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/wetnwild-security-chief-quits-after-revelation-he-lives-with-successful-tenderer-20140118-311l8.html

     

    She is the glamorous, part-time country and western singer who runs a western Sydney security firm called Unimet.

     

    He is the head of security at Sydney's Wet'n'Wild who, in October, played a central role in a tender process that awarded her company a lucrative on-site contract.

     

    The Unimet Facebook page, which featured photos of Mr Kisbee at its Christmas party last November, was shut down on Thursday

     

    On Saturday, Brad Kisbee resigned from Wet'n'Wild after it emerged investigators from the NSW police State Crime Command were reviewing ''issues'' relating to the ''awarding of security contracts'' at the $120 million venue.

     

    The inquiry follows last week's Fairfax Media investigation that found Mr Kisbee had been involved with Natalie Eggenhuizen's Unimet business for years.

     

    Other than acknowledging a brief stint of casual consultancy work carried out by Mr Kisbee ''some time ago'', both he and Ms Eggenhuizen were still denying they shared any links last week. But they are in a de facto relationship and live together in Richmond with two children.

     

    On Friday, Mr Kisbee could not explain why messages were posted on Facebook six months ago congratulating ''Natalie & Brad'' on the birth of their daughter. ''I need to look into this straight away,'' he said.

     

    When Village Roadshow left 9000 ticketholders in the lurch by cancelling the Wet'n'Wild New Year's Eve music festival six hours before it was due to start, it became clear that all was not well at Australia's newest theme park. While senior management and promoters One Cube are still blaming each other for failing to produce an adequate crowd safety management plan, police are more interested in how the park's security contracts came to be signed.

     

    More than 30 companies submitted applications after Village Roadshow invited tenders for the supply of security services last October.

     

    As a close associate of Unimet, Mr Kisbee was privy to commercial-in-confidence material submitted by Unimet's rivals and he helped interview the five shortlisted companies, including Unimet. As the on-site security head, he then offered his opinions about the applicants to Wet'n'Wild general manager Chris Warhurst and operations manager Bianca Sammut.

     

    Unimet was awarded the contract for night security services, which included carrying out dog patrols. Red Dawn, a company Unimet has worked closely alongside, took out the tender for daytime operations.

     

    Mr Kisbee said he had ''no idea'' why Unimet operations manager Darren Barrett later sent a phone message to staff reminding them it was the first time they were meeting Mr Kisbee at the theme park's induction training day on November 25.

     

    ''NO one has met him prior to the induction. Please respond to this message to ensure you have received and understood the above,'' the message said.

     

    Ms Eggenhuizen, who was due to appear alongside her mother, Kel-Ann Brandt, at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Saturday night, declined to comment.

     

    The Unimet Facebook page, which featured photos of Mr Kisbee at its Christmas party last November, was shut down on Thursday.

     

    Village Roadshow spokesman Darrin Davies confirmed the park had accepted Mr Kisbee's resignation and was reviewing the ancillary security contract with Unimet.

  9. ^I pretty much had to hold her in from flying out of those buzz bar restraints! She loves it though and rode it during ERT with us for double and triple rides even!

     

    You might be raising a Knoebel's fangirl there, that would make you parent of the year material. Has she been in the haunted house at Knoebels?

     

    Hopefully Hades will not only be last, but the worst performed coaster in the history of the wood poll. May it spontaneously combust when the results come out.

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