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  1. I was wondering the same thing. The station is located awfully far from any area of the park that sees a lot of traffic. Guess there's just going to be a really long queue and exit like the Phantom has.
  2. So freaking awesome to finally see this in the works. The "Racer ravine coaster" has been a Kennywood rumor/dream for what feels like forever. Much like the park expansion to the other side of Kennywood Boulevard, it had begun to feel more like an urban legend that would never actually happen.
  3. A few things: 1. I don't understand why people are still worrying about the age requirement. It was pointless in the first place and it's still pointless. Someone's age is entirely irrelevant for something like this. You could be 30 years old but if you're 4 feet tall and weigh 50 pounds you're not big enough. You could be 10 years old but if you're somehow already 6 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds you're fine. People come in all shapes and sizes at different ages, it's irrelevant. 2. I just can't understand the thought process behind the netting. If there is a real possibility of a raft being launched out of the slide without interference from some crazy external factor, it's not safe and it's as simple as that. The only purpose the netting seems to serve is to keep a raft from launching out of the slide at the expense of riders' safety, which is exactly what wound up happening. Its mere existence seems to me to be less of a safety mechanism and more of an admittance of a lack of safety.
  4. It wouldn't surprise me if they change the name for that very reason. In this politically correct, "we have to make sure nobody is offended by anything" world, a name that implies death in any way after an accident like this is probably getting scrapped. But really though, how many people are really going to look into the name? I feel like there is a lot of overlap between the group of people they would be worried about offending or scaring away because of this accident, and the group of people who would just hear "Valravn" and think it's just a cool name and never look into its origin.
  5. I think this VR stuff, if true, would be better utilized on a smaller, compact, indoor coaster like Flight of Fear or RNR or something like that. Maybe it will be cool but in the end, if I'm riding a giant 200+ foot Dive Machine on Lake Erie, I think I want to actually be experiencing "real" reality on a ride like that. That said, it's just a crazy concept that, even if the technology has been around for a while now, I never thought we'd see it utilized like this on a large scale so soon. And just to throw my 2 cents in the ring, I always get a laugh out of the "B&M is forceless" nonsense. I mean yeah, there are more intense rides, but it just sounds so ridiculous and nitpicky when people complain like that about these massive B&M coasters and make it sound like they're not even worth riding.
  6. Eh, it looks like it could be a solid ride, but I absolutely hate the theme. I'd rather just ride in pitch black or outdoors with no theme than with all that "Fun House" stuff.
  7. They turn a ton of people away from MF at the test seat. If you're a fat guy (I am) they usually pull you aside and make you try it before letting you waste 2 hours in line. Although, in my experience the MF test seat is much less forgiving than the actual trains. One time I couldn't even get the test seat seatbelt within an inch of the buckle but I risked the line anyway and got on fine.
  8. I appreciate Holiday World going through all this trouble to put this together for the fans and such, awesome that they're going the extra mile for this announcement but man...this guy's interviews have me cringing.
  9. Reading this thread I think that "launched flyer" may be the new "Aquatrax" Unless, of course, it IS a launched flyer, in which case...
  10. Something I've been wondering, is it possible that any complications could arise switching Mantis to floorless trains? I mean, I'm no expert on the physics of coaster design, but Mantis was designed for stand-up trains. The track would have been designed for the rider's heartline to be in a different position than it would be with floorless trains; I know similar switches to floorless trains have been done on rides like Sheikra, but I would imagine the heartline difference between stand-up and floorless/sitdown is a lot more significant. I'm guessing that difference is negligible or the switch to floorless wouldn't really be a discussion, but couldn't the forces sustained by the rider throughout the ride be thrown off by just switching the seat orientation and therefore the rider's position relative to the track?
  11. While my initial reaction was this is incredibly stupid, I realize it's a great marketing decision, and if Cedar Fair can name and theme multiple coasters after freaking Dale Earnhardt, they can name a coaster after LeBron James.
  12. Very interesting concept, if only because I always just assumed the coaster to break the 500 ft barrier would be an intense ride like TTD or KK. Not that doing all those hairpin turns and such so high in the air won't be intense in it's own way, but...well, I think you all get what I mean.
  13. The images and description may be fake for all we know but I seriously doubt they'd bother whipping up a logo that looks that legit just to toy with people. The picture of Gatekeeper and description would take like 5 minutes to create, but somebody spent some serious time on that "Bat" logo.
  14. I don't post here a lot but you guys did kind of blow what he said way out of proportion. I've seen way stupider complaints on this board that are deserving of the response you gave him, but he just asked a simple question and even made sure to add that it wasn't a big deal in his original post, and you guys all jumped on him. Sorry to keep this off topic again but I really just felt the need to say that. EDIT: Please note I'm talking about thrillseeker4552, r3vo coming out and just calling Robb an ass was unnecessary and I'm not defending him.
  15. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Maverick was also once referred to as a "family coaster" by Cedar Point when it was announced. Of course, I don't think they ever meant it to be as family oriented" as BG does with Verbolten, but still it might not be as relaxed as people think when they glance at this ride.
  16. Arachnophobia is nothing to laugh at, I don't have a serious case of it at all but they do creep me out a lot, and I know people with extreme cases of it who can't be anywhere near anything spider-related. At the same time, I wouldn't let it outright prevent me from going to the park. I understand the logo may bring out that fear, but the ride will be tucked in the back corner of the park and can be easily avoided. On another note, I'm happy with this addition. Ideally I would have liked a replacement drop tower, but I've always liked Maxair a lot. I know some people are complaining because we already have similar rides in Cosmic Chaos, Swingshot, and Aero, but a Giant Discovery is a unique combination of the best of all those rides.
  17. ^I agree, if the whole support had it's cross beams painted like that it wouldn't look too bad, but the fact that it just randomly changes back to blue bothers me.
  18. I don't really care if the new ride is indeed a Star Flyer, but I would really like to see another drop tower at some point in the future. This park needs another huge thrill ride like that.
  19. I'm pretty sure there was one at Hersheypark recently, haven't been there in a few years so IDK if it's still there but I seem to remember it being back in the "Midway America" portion of the park.
  20. Those who rode it, how does the Giant Discovery compare to the Huss Giant Frisbee? Cedar Point's MaxAir is actually my favorite flat ride, mainly due to the airtime, do you get a similar/better experience on the Zamperla version?
  21. Pirates will make the playoffs. *Borat voice* NOT
  22. ^I would actually argue the opposite, I would say he should get Hart consideration but not Vezina. If the Vezina is best goaltender, then by all means Thomas and Price have had better seasons, Fleury had a slump at the begininng and his stats just aren't on there level. But Fleury has been by FAR our team's MVP, when all our stars were injured (yes, we had A LOT more injuries than just Crosby and Malkin), he has kept us in games and has us in contention to not only win our division but potentially have a shot at winning the Eastern conference. When nothing else has been consistent, Fleury has played at a consistently high level and put this team on his back. He has been bar none our most valuable component on our team and without him we would be fighting for a playoff spot right now after having such a pathetic offense and powerplay since the beginning of January. I think if anything, the Vezina is an award that has more to with numbers and strictly goalie play, whereas the Hart is more abstract and relies less on numbers and more on leadership and team contribution. And Fleury would definitely fit the latter category much more than the former. Not saying I think he'll win, it will almost surely be a forward, especially after the Pens (probably) blew their shot at the Eatsern Conference title tonight with their implosion against the Flyers. But I would definitely say he should get Hart consideration and I would say he deserves the HART, not the VEZINA, more than any other goalie.
  23. As somebody said earlier, I think they will go higher than Kingda Ka at some point, but I think it will be as some kind of standalone attraction at a casino or something of that nature. I wouldn't be surprised to see something where a simple coaster drops off the top of a very tall building/casino, brakes and unloads at ground level, and returns via an elevator system to a station at the top of the building (think how most water slides work but in coaster form and on a much larger scale). I can only assume it would reduce expenses in terms of maintenance (launch systems on particularly large and fast coasters seem to faulty these days), structure, and design, and would simultaneously break records and draw in large crowds. Or maybe I'm just dreaming and this belongs in that ideas thread haha...
  24. That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Also, some of the comments on that video are hilarious, there are some people really getting worked up about the whole "freshwater river into saltwater ocean" thing lol...party poopers
  25. My favorite definitely had to be the Chrysler commercial, I grew up in Detroit to that really hit home for me. I didn't even care that Eminem was in it, he made it more awesome of course but the fact he was in it wasn't the reason I liked it (I think it's the reason a lot of people liked it), I just loved how they stuck up for and defended the city now that its become a sort of laughing stock for the rest of the US with its immense economic failure (the Sports teams don't help either).
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