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  1. I would love to suggest some of the Thunder Mountain photos and Space Mountain photos be wallpaper-usable - I have a 30" display and great wallpapers don't come along often, especially in theme parkdom. What camera do you use and what lenses?
  2. I can't stand up for every single Six Flags roller-coaster in the chain and neither can you. Different parks, different maintenance teams, different parts used to run different coaters. Simple as that. However, I went to the extreme effort of using the search on TPR and found this for you: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=38592&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=lift+hill+start+drop&start=20
  3. I genuinely thought Stengel changed the design because it was cheaper and more efficient maintenance-wise to just increase the speed of the lift chain as the train left the crest of the lift hill? Perhaps I am wrong, but I would be 95% percent sure that from the quote I read from B&M at one point suggested that it was simply wiser from a design stand point that as the weight decreased on the lift chain they simply sped up the motor to balance the tension?
  4. Some of my photos and a few more at: Hope you enjoy! Heaps more of these photos at my Flickr address! The Cyclone at Dreamworld. The same dose of airtime junkees. Faces = "Woot, airtime!" Runaway Reptar at Dreamworld. Warner Bros. Movie World at Christmas Time!
  5. I'd say if they were replacing trains worth several hundred thousand a piece, fabrication of new track doesn't seem like much in the scheme of things.
  6. Man, I swear I'll get banned for posting to what's ultimately spam, but hey, let's check this little bit of funk out, shall we? I think firstly, we've all got an opinion on a coaster. Hell, i'm pretty sure freedom of speech is still applicable to the realms of rides, right? Although, I dunno, I suppose you'd complain because if we all thought a ride was tame, and you thought it was extremely intense. A smell a sense of hypocracy afoot. Mate, roller-coasters are a deeply "personal opinion" sort of thing in the first place. Different styles, elements and roughness level preferences are all unique for most members at this site, and so realistically if I was to hear from 95 percent of people from TPR saying that "Ride Crapalicious was the best coaster ever because it did everything I yearn for.... just like in the ads" I'd seriously suspect something suss. Not only that, but rides change as they age, and that ride experience changes again, so even more-so you'll get an even higher degree of varied opinions over time. So there you go, hope I helped, if not, try elsehwere, I doubt you'll find a happier, more interesting and thought provoking member-base elsewhere though.
  7. Words to live by. "If there's feces on the wall, Choose another stall." -Julie Inspirational stuff. I'm in awe. Seriously, i'm surprised people haven't taken photos, as creepy as some of you are.
  8. And to think that at Six Flags that's still a confusing process. Seriously though, knowing Intamin there'd be a "despatch" button and an "e-stop" button for ride-ops to use. From there there'd be another set of over-ride controls to manually return the ride to the station if a ride-op decides to e-stop the ride. Other than that, the computers control pretty much everything else.
  9. Superman Escape at number 16! The Aussies finally own at something other than sports!!
  10. Fair enough. So you're ultimately saying that you feel sorry him, then yet you lack to mention how sorry you are for the thousands of innocent men, women and children he sent to be killed? Very interesting.
  11. I'm speechless. Shouldn't you be off writing children's books about why killing is bad? Seriously.
  12. Who knew Chuck Norris visited theme parks so regularly?
  13. Is that whole landscape of cream buildings around the ride part of its themeing or is this ride just smack in the middle of suburbia?
  14. I'm going to say "no" to the fact that most train retrofittings are not possible in the case where you're moving the heartline axis around. When you move that point higher or lower several feet in the case of going from stand-up to sit down and vice-versa, all your heartlined entries and exits for all your elements go out the window. Rolls are one thing, but what about even simple things like helixes? You could be over-banking/not banked enough and thus create alot of lateral forces which in turn create what's probably the first "Vekoma-equivalent" B&M in terms of roughness. Plus your support systems handing the extra weight and possible height addition to the train... You're going to be lucky if those two passed with flying colours. So basically - sit-down to floorless and vice-versa? Yeah. Anything else? No. And going from hyper to floorless? Unless you're putting lap bars on the train "somehow" instead of OTSR's, you're probably shooting yourself in the foot in the first place in terms of ride experience.
  15. Here's probably the most useful footage I have the under carriage while the Tower of Terror is in motion. And while I do have some footage of the control room directly under the station looking up, I can't really imagine how hard my ass would be kicked by Dreamworld, so you'll have to imagine with these photos. Best photo I could find in my five minutes off of the backside of one of these things. It's like coaster porn or something. An empty cycle - just to answer the question about the guide wheels and stuff.
  16. And I suppose they keep that bit ol' pod in the station by means of Fungshui and native Intamin tribal dances? Seriously, iZak is right though, having been fortunate enough to stand directly under one of these pods Intamin have kept things fairly well minimalised in terms of design. Apart from what's affirmentioned, it's basically a lattice of molded steel that keeps everything together. (Mmm.. interesting). I know i've got some photos of the under-carriage of the Tower of Terror, i'll dig them up soon.
  17. I really agree on the whole Hero or Zero thing with Shapiro. I remember hearing his preechings on how he would turn the brand of otherwise subpar quality parks (in particular atleast Magic Mountain) into something noteworthy atleast in the eyes of the public, and yet all we've seen is a bunch of sales and more and more of the same thing. A famous quote made by Ray Kroc states "Take care of the customer and the business will take care of itself" and it seems this should be atleast speaking volumes to Shapiro, especially in an industry where guest satisfaction is paramount along with having attractions that aren't on a several year hiatus. (Superman: The Escape anyone?)
  18. Oh, no, im not saying you. Its others on here that i saw. Its like they seriously got mad about what someone else said! lol It is funny how far this thread got. I just wanted to put in my 2cents because SFDK is my home park and i got a play pass, so i will be there quite a few times! But believe, im not getting on anyone! Bottom line, I really dont see what the big deal is. Its just a paint job! Just let those, who want to, voice their opinion! Im sure there are other threads that seem rediculous to some that got farther than this one, but was about the topic the entire way through!!! Haaa... well i'll be!!! I just put it over to page 9!!! lol Well i guess another day, another page!!! To be fair, I was so sarcastic about it because frankly it looks better then before IMO. And then it's even funnier that people can shoot down this new "colouring" before it's even done. "What if they stop painting and support column c! It'll look like a disaster!"
  19. Did anyone care this much when they changed the vertical spike? It's red now. If you still want it yellow, buy some 3D glasses and pretend..
  20. I'd say if the Dopplemayr video was to be what I was going to base my opinion on the ride off, I'd instantly say it was a winner. Psychological thriller that can pull extreme heights over large spanses of area without much visual obstruction. If they do end up pulling this off, I can definitely see this only getting bigger in other locations. It's clean, minimalistic and a crowd drawer. I'd also argue that unlike other coasters, because there isn't any true support system or track to really relate what speed the train is going at, it's definitely hard to really guage how intense or fast this coaster is really going. It's definitely going to look slow though if you're looking at objects in the horizon and you're wondering why you're not going anywhere. Although, the second video was definitely disappointing. Too much trimming, not enough out of control soaring and way too much of "dawrdling over Walibi."
  21. Very, very nice photos. Good to see such a well documented line-up of photography on Europe's utterly amazing architectural feats.
  22. could it have a ride called the Chain Dragger? How about a $1 Kiss booth? But instead of kissing a hot girl, you kiss America's Ass?
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