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  1. Rode Soaring Timbers Thursday and again on Friday... The sensations are cool, but I really am not a fan and think that a lot of people who will ride this season will agree... A couple of things to note to back myself up here. The ride was originally a touring flat, so unlike the other Mondial attractions the park has, this ride was designed specifically for the road and for European fair style operations, where no seat belts and no US/CAN standard "Restraint Checks" would be required. Due to its super compressed seating arrangement to fit on a trailer, the ride ops cannot fit into each row to do the standard check of each seat and this is really not helping with the fact that you are packaged SO TIGHTLY into each row, that you cannot physically move your arms to buckle the seat belt yourself once restraints are down. The ride-ops are then forced to try to climb over the two outer riders to reach the person in the centre to buckle them. This is causing MASSIVE load times of around 10 minutes, and a ride cycle of about a minute... This may get better with continued practice of the ride ops, and once the guest become familiar with the loading procedure, but I don't think we will see load times faster than 5 minutes even when this happens. I rode twice, and I don't feel the need to ride again; considering that less than a 2 minute walk on the other side of The Fly is very similar, more comfortable and fun ride called Shockwave... GP that were riding in my gondola said multiple things including "This is stupid, I can't even see anything but the seat in front of me." "Move your fucking arm so I have room" and "I WAITED THAT LONG AND THATS IT!?" and LOTS of "OMG MY SEAT BELT ISNT BUCKLED OMG IM GOING TO DIE I CANT DO IT MY ARMS ARE STUCK I WANT TO GET OFF." The ride is cool looking, and its always nice to have another flat ride, especially when they can eat a nice chuck of people who would otherwise be waiting in another line... but I just wish that this had been a park model and not a previous touring ride that was designed to fit in a small space. It shows with the rider comfort level and the inability to follow what has become standard procedure for restraint checking at this park... The landscaping and the ride design is breathtaking, and the park nailed it in that respect. Its just, in my opinion (and we will see over the course of this season what others have to think), that it is not to the standard of what they already have, which is a shame.
  2. I had the opportunity to ride Thunder Run at Canada's Wonderland during the trial run of the MACK VR Coaster Headsets on the 31st of October. I had very little hope for the concept and was not sure if I was going to get sick or absolutely hate it. Well . . . I was left speechless. Not only did it enhance an otherwise standard coaster, but it was CRAZY FUN. I basically turned into an overgrown child; screaming, laughing and occasionally swearing when it convincingly sent the train barrel rolling through an ice cavern, de-railing and flying on a giant pink dragons back. I had absolutely no issues with the syncing of the video, or anything else for that matter. It was just an absolute blast. I think that the opportunities are endless with these headsets as they can change the situations of the riders effortlessly and for very little cost. However, the park was asking "How much would you pay" ... and I responded with 2.00$ or less.
  3. it will still be fun, but more crowded. go for the low capacity rides first: fly, thunder run, vortex, guardian: all are conveniently grouped close together. Behemoth and Leviathan lines move fast. Try to ride sledgehammer before it breaks down for the day. You could easily skip the slc headbanger and vekoma boomerang. I have to disagree with Vortex being a low capacity ride. I have never waited more than 30 minutes for a front seat ride with a full queue. I only ever go to the park on weekdays in the summer during peak season. Crowds are usually MUCH lighter through the week. I would still suggest purchasing fast lane / fast lane plus so that you can enjoy your time in the park and ride all the great flats.
  4. Clowns has had a MASSIVE overhaul. Bloodshed has been brought back and looks very convincing. The show in the theatre is also beautifully done and worth the 25 minutes. The contortion act is STUNNING. Be sure to get there early - the theatre has been filling up quickly even on the slow nights. The skeleton rooms are a really good idea if you have the extra money to boot. Very well done and the scares are super effective and completely different in each maze. I LOVED Terror of Londons Skeleton Room. Also - Zombies 4D is better than Guardian.
  5. I just rode Phantoms Revenge for the first time 2 weekends ago. All I have to say is that it is my #1 steel coaster. Smooth, forceful and FULL of crazy airtime.
  6. Maybe the vest strap snapped (by the shoulder) and he slipped out of the lab bar. These rides look like they put lots of stress on the vest portion of the harness. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that if one point on the vest failed, the weight of the rider being tossed around would be enough to break the other side. Thoughts are with the family. This is very sad.
  7. Same layout as SkyRider at Canada's Wonderland - minus the double down after the second airtime hill. This layout is really solid, and rides fairly well as a standup. Someone mentioned that the helix looks a little rough, and they are correct, although, the sitting trains might improve the head banging. Anyways, lots of airtime in the front row of these coasters, and actually a pretty decent ride!
  8. The update is beautiful! What a great surprise to wake up too!
  9. Cool interactive skyline comparison of Toronto. http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/before-after/toronto-condos/iframed.html
  10. Saw Evil Dead The Musical tonight and was pleasantly surprised! Thought it was a fantastic show!
  11. Björk. Tonight. Toronto. I have never seen anything like it... This will sum it up: 2 MASSIVE tesla coils suspended in a cage no more than 10 feet above Björks head, fed by a midi controller that turns the electronic music into electrical currents which in turn produce REAL lightning bolts... all-in-all creating the basslines for her tracks. I have seen a lot of shows, and this was HANDS down the craziest, most incredible performance I have ever seen. She sang dry, for just over 2 hours, and didn't miss a note. http://instagram.com/p/b2bE3_QIpS/
  12. AGHHH! You skipped Vortex? Line always looks long, but ends up being a 30 minute wait or less. Definitely one of the top 3 rides at the park!
  13. I am playing now! Josephhinds is my user name!
  14. Had a headshot taken for a show I worked on! Turned out well and I haven't posted on here for a while! BOOM Headshot!
  15. This past september at our annual fair, none of the rides had a no single rider policy. Zipper, Scrambler, Matterhorn and Ferris Wheel... Canada Maybe???
  16. I remember watching the Brady Bunch as a kid. It was one of my favorite shows. I still see it when I am at my parents house (I don't have a television) on the retro channels... and I'm only 19...
  17. Theme Parks all the way. I love variety that they offer in terms of attractions. As much as I love a BIG roller coaster, I do love the smaller, less intense attractions just as much. Also, the amount of detail that is put into each ride greatly increases the overall experience for me.
  18. Ok....I have a few questions here. First, how are we "chincing out" on our sets? We have just re-issued the Scorpion. It has been vastly improved and updated. We have come out with several wooden coaster models that are PRE-BUILT and a Tumblebug ride. All of which are very high end models. We are going to be selling a working Gatekeeper model to Cedar Point for sale at the park. We have Gatekeeper Statix coming too. As far as the Comet (Commet?), what are you talking about? That kit hasnt' changed in 8 years! Contrary to what you seem to think, the sky is not falling here at CD. In fact, we continue to work on new releases on a daily basis. There is actually more going on behind the scenes than ever before. Just because we come out with molded track segments, doesn't mean we have "sold out". The goal is to take our product to the masses and sell as much as we can. In order to do this, we need to make the product cost effective. It seems like if we aren't being criticized for having expensive items, we are getting bashed for cheapening the items we do have. It can't go both ways. I made my comments based upon what I have been able to view on the website, which I have now come to understand is under a HUGE redevelopment. As for the Comet set (sorry about the misspelling of Comet in my original post (iphone autocorrect), I had only seen and been able to find the newest version of the set (Scorpion track version) leading me to believe that the Original and Wood options were discontinued. I am (personally) not a fan of the pre-moulded sections of track. I love the way that the original semi-flexible track looks and preforms, but I do understand and appreciate that for the masses it allows for a quicker construction and a more user friendly experience. I suppose that the semi-flexible track is still able to be purchased separately (though direct contact with one of the CD team?) for those who do not like the look of the pre-moulded sections? As for the comment I made regarding the chincing out on sets: I made that comment because in the picture of the Scorpion on the site it shows the number of cars on the train at 6, which is one less than when I bought my Scorpion. I'm not sure if what I am seeing is true, or if it is just the image. There is no "Product Description" on the site that I was able to find leading me to go off what I could see in the picture. Don't get me wrong, I am a BIG supporter of Coaster Dynamix, and I absolutely love my sets. I have been using them non-stop since I purchased them 6 years ago. However, the site is a bit of a mess making it very hard to navigate and find information. I am glad to hear that you are not "chincing out" on the sets, and that you guys are busier than ever before.
  19. I'm attending Bjork July 16th in Toronto!!! I could not be more excited.
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