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The Alex

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  1. I'll be here, praying to the amusement gods that Sally gets brought in to design something new. Every park needs a solid dark ride.
  2. I wonder if taking out Boomerang makes enough room for an Intamin Mega-Lite/Chance Hyper GT-X.
  3. IIRC, Mega Zeph had a little work done during the 2004/2005 off-season that included removing the trick track. The hill preceding that element then led into a speedy straightaway before turning around to finish the run. She ran really well in 05 before Katrina. I miss that zippy little ride.
  4. I wonder if Cedar Fair has a GCI family woodie in store a few years down the pipeline. Mean Streak is looking great.
  5. Hopefully this addition has extra funding budgeted for a refurbishment of Superman. A fresh coat of paint and improved station/rolling stock would really benefit the crowds coming in!
  6. Hell, I'll take a traditional chain lift at this point.
  7. Honestly, they should've waited for Ninja's refurb to be done so they could launch it with the New Revolution name and VR experience simultaneously. It's right next to the Great American Scream Machine, anyway. That would've been a cohesive themed area for the park and a capacity win for the VR. Or is that just me?
  8. I wouldn't be surprised if the New Revolution VR experience made its' way over to Ninja Hawk once the ride was re-established. A smoother ride experience with that ride's capacity would have the potential to work much better than it does on Dare Devil Dive.
  9. I was really hoping SFOG would complete the Topper Track conversion with Cyclone and add a barrel roll on that third hill that hugs the lift without making it a huge, flashy reprofile. I guess it's either not worth the rest of the conversion or slated to become an Iron Horse. Don't really care how they rebrand Ninja as long as they don't use those giant-themed Titan/Goliath/Colossus trademarks. Hurricane would be cool since it'll be blue and over water. And please please let there be a huge custom ridiculous out-and-back piece of trash next year. For fun.
  10. Would it be possible for Dynamic Attractions to be involved? They've worked with Universal on Forbidden Journey as well as a few other projects, and they produced track for both the Space Mountain and BTMRR refurbishments. Were this true, this could still be largely a B&M project without 100% being a B&M project, y'know?
  11. What if a Six Flags park built a hotel? Not saying it's big enough to support that. One of the things that separates SF/Cedar Fair from the bigger park operators (Disney, Universal) is the lack of on-site lodging. Hey, Dollywood's doing it.
  12. It'd be nice to have a home park again. I still have my 2005 season pass in a memory box with a few other pre-Katrina items. In case you didn't know, we do refer to our lives as "Pre Katrina" or "post-Katrina" down here. It was a huge shift in our lives. As for the park, I believe SFI never received the insurance money it was owed anyway. If that's the case, I don't blame them for fighting their way out of the 50+ year lease they had negotiated with New Orleans. It's crooked that they technically stole rides and equipment from the city for use in other parks, but the city wasn't exactly interested in stopping them with more important projects on their hands. There honestly isn't a "good" spot for a park here. Way too expensive to demolish or even refurbish this place. And so, the park will sit. Until it collapses on itself, probably.
  13. Jester was actually pretty smooth, surprisingly. Apparently SFI invested a nice chunk of capital to refurbish the ride during its' move from Fiesta Texas to New Orleans. The trains didn't align with the air gates since they were turned around, but the ride was definitely unique. I'm still surprised they didn't tear out the Vekoma Boomerang and ship it to another park under the Deja Vu name.
  14. MegaZeph in New Orleans. And then I'd cheat and use my powers to tear down the rest of the park. Poor thing hasn't run for more than half a decade..
  15. ^ You're referring to drive tires, though. Most coasters (even woodies) have air-filled, regular looking tires that do nothing but move the train along the transfer/station area. Since the speed of the vehicle is only around 5-10mph, this is fine. With the Hulk, the train is being launched uphill at an ultimate speed of 40mph. A different type of tire is used due to the added stress. I'd imagine the ride would have seen many a blow-out by now if it used air tires.
  16. As a New Orleans native, I can confidently tell you all that this city will probably NEVER be able to support a theme park (or entertainment venue of any kind) in that location. The area surrounding the park lacks infrastructure and still hasn't been revitalized since the 3005 Hurricane. The park is falling apart. Google some images or videos and judge for yourself. Danny has not changed since 2007/2008.
  17. ^ I remember that we asked him once in like 07/08, and he put it on the investors that backed out. This was the reason at least one or two more times. I've met Arnie Fielkow, who is a City councilman for the area the park is located in. I asked him about Danny and he kind of chuckle and said that "there were good intentions" or something along those lines.
  18. If there's anything I got out of being an ex-Danny Rogers advocate, it's an absurd knowledge of SFNO post-Katrina. At one point he went so far as to say that the company Martin & Vleminckx was going to do a refurb on the Mega Zeph and he was interested in installing Timberliners. No one knows if these conversations ever happened, but it was crazy to release that without actually...y'know...being legitimate. Let me put it this way, I was 16 and he allowed me to be a moderator of the Southern Star Inc. message boards. Legitimacy vanquished.
  19. Dead. I have died. I leave everything to Danny & the SFNO/Big Dipper effort.
  20. The S&S Combo went to Great Escape and reopened as Sasquatch. The Gerstlauer trains that ran on MZ went to SFSTL to be used as spare part donors for Boss, and now at least one full train is rotting in their boneyard I believe. All of the shade structures built in 2003/04 were removed and transferred to other sites, such as the queue shade for Goliath @ SFFT. They may not be the same structures, but they're nearly identical so I can only assume they were moved with the ride. The Vekoma rollerskater is about to be rebuilt @ SFMM. The boats from the Spillway Splashout (Hopkins Chute the Chutes) were refurbished and moved. Various theming elements were removed and plunked down in other parks. I'm a little curious as to why they never tried to take any of the three Vekoma looping trains for all of the boomerang/Arrow coasters that could use spare parts. Or why they never touched Jester since they dumped money refurbing it in 2004 to fix the ride a bit. Whatever, the park's dead. Move along.
  21. Thank you for giving MZ credit. That ride rocked in '04 and '05, but it had a deservedly harsh reputation before that. SFI did retracking of the ride before the 2004 season started and--I think--removed the trick track along with smoothing out the double-up that caused a lot of knee jamming against the lapbars. Oh well, Katrina happened. I'm going to be hopefull about the Gerslauer rolling stock. They've produced good rides since they've stopped doing wooden trains, though not all have been quoted as smooth rides. We'll see, I guess. The ultimate test will be the trains' endurance over time.
  22. SFIs sudden reinvention post-season is pretty shocking. Timberliners not working. All of SFIs brands being built up and then trashed (Thomas Town at SFA..yikes) The Gravity Group hasn't built a woodie since Ravine Flyer II. This is too long, people!
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