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  1. 1987 After the park expansion to the left of the entrance was deemed a formidable success, Mars knew that it was time to take things to the next level with a park expansion to the right...Over the next few years, several rides and the park's fourth roller coaster were put into place.... In 1985, the first of the new attractions was built, a long-overdue classic ferris wheel named Candy Wheel. This gentle ride gave great views of the entire park! 1986 brought another thrill ride to M&M's Land, a Huss Enterprise named....well, Enterprise! This ride definitely appealed to the thrill-seekers of the park with it's high amount of G-forces. 1987 brought the biggest of the new attractions, the park's fourth roller coaster, Scorpion. Scorpion is a rather interesting specimen. On the outside, the track looks similar to an Arrow Dynamics or a Vekoma roller coaster, but Scorpion was really designed by a Japanese roller coaster company named Meisho. At the time, Scorpion was considered to be a rather cutting-edge coaster featuring several elements that were very unique at the time... For example, Scorpion was the first roller coaster to ever feature a "Dive Loop", a rather commonplace coaster element today. Also, Scorpion was the first roller coaster that wasn't a Togo Ultra Twister to feature heartline rolls, another element that's commonplace today. Overall, Scorpion was considered by many to be one of the first "modern" looping roller coaster with it's unique elements and it soon became one of the most popular attractions in the park SCORPION STATS Type: Steel Twisting/Looping Coaster Height: 106 feet tall Length: 1,978 feet long Top Speed: 44 miles per hour Tallest Drop: 68 feet Ride Time: 1:19 Inversions: 4 (Loop, Dive Loop, Double Heartline Roll) Height Requirement: 54 inches tall M&Ms Land had grown from a small tourist attraction with rides in the middle of the Nevada desert to a full-blown theme park in a span of only seven years...and it has no signs of stopping growth any time soon!
  2. 1984 Four years had passed since M&Ms Land opened in Reno, Nevada....So far, the small park had become a rather popular tourist attraction among thrill seekers and candy lovers alike! By 1984, the park had received it's first major expansion to the right of it's entrance which included a themed area with a steel roller coaster and two new flat rides. The first of the flat rides was a HUSS pirate ship named The Voyager.... The second was an Eli Bridge Scrambler ride named Scizzer. Both rides proved to be a favorite among thrill seekers and families! On the right edge of the park laid the newest major addition to M&M's Land, a cowboy/western themed area named "Dodge City".... Dodge City was home to several gift shops and food stalls themed after old west style saloons and several historical reenactors, however the main attraction was a brand new Arrow Dynamics steel non-looping roller coaster named Dynamite Run! Dynamite Run, while it has a train that looks like a steam locomotive, is not considered to be a part of Arrow's "mine train" models. Instead, Arrow labeled it a "Special Coaster Systems" ride. Dynamite Run features a large first drop and several swooping and twisting helixes and turns, making it a very fun ride for adrenaline junkies and yet, gentle enough for families..... DYNAMITE RUN STATS Type: Steel Non-Looping Twister Coaster Height: 95 feet tall Length: 1,919 feet long Top Speed: 49 miles per hour Tallest Drop: 87 feet Ride Time: 1:20 Inversions: 0 Height Requirement: 44 inches tall Even after the addition of these new attractions appeared to be, Mars Incorperated has not rested on their laurels at all....I don't want to give away too much information on future updates....but let's just say that the left side of the park is due to get something new soon....
  3. Hey guys, so after having Planet Coaster for a few months and playing it to near obsessive levels, I've decided that it's time to start a long-term project with this game! Cascadia Park was mostly a method for me to get used to the mechanics of PLC, so now it's time to do a little something more... And now, without further ado...I present to you, the story of M&M's Land! Year: 1980 We all know the two major chocolate/confection companies in the United States...Hershey Foods Corperation and Mars Incorperated.....Mars may not ring a bell immediatley, but without them, we woudn't have one of the most famous and beloved chocolate candies....M&Ms...For decades, Mars and Hershey have been duking it out in a bitter rivalry to see which candy company reigns supreme...In Hershey's homeland of Hershey, Pennsylvania, there lies a sprawling amusement park themed after Hershey's candies. Hersheypark appeared to be a massive one-up against Mars.... But then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mars decided that two can play at that game.... In 1979, Mars Incorporated bought a large plot of desert land in the Reno, Nevada area to be home to their own amusement park, which they named after their most famous confection, M&Ms.... After purchasing several flat rides and two roller coasters....the newly christened M&Ms Land opened May 1st, 1980.... At first, M&Ms Land wasn't a massive thrill seeker's paradise....Rather it was a small, family oriented park...However, that was to change.... and very soon. Among the first flat rides to open at M&Ms Land was the Wave Swinger and the Whirling Dervish. From the beginning, the Dodgems were a very popular attraction! As a money saving measure, instead of building two ground-up roller coasters. Mars Incorperated decided to buy two used roller coasters from the recently closed Americana Park in Wisconsin and relocated them to Reno to be a part of M&Ms Land! The first of the two roller coasters was Americana Park's claim to fame, John Allen's "Roller Coaster"! Although when Roller Coaster was moved to M&M's Land, it's very generic moniker was dropped and was renamed Screamin' Eagle Screamin' Eagle/Roller Coaster was known for is high amount of airtime, a strange and forceful "S shaped drop", and a helix incorperated in it's layout. SCREAMIN' EAGLE STATS Type: Wooden Out and Back Coaster Height: 74 feet tall Length: 1,886 feet long Top Speed: 45 miles per hour Tallest Drop: 70 feet Ride Time: 1:30 Inversions: 0 Height Reqirement: 42 inches tall The second roller coaster from Americana Park was an Arrow-Huss Loop+Corkscrew model formerly known as "Revolution". When it was moved to M&M's Park, it became known as "Comet". From the beginning, this name has been the subject of a minor controversy, as people viewed it as a direct rip-off of Hersheypark, as their classic wooden coaster also had the same name. As a result, Mars had begun to reference their coaster as "The Comet" to avoid confusion with Hersheypark's Comet. As for the coaster itself, Comet is your standard basic Arrow Loop and Corkscrew model. Pretty much the same as the standard corkscrew model, but with a vertical loop after the first drop. Comet is the first steel coaster at M&Ms Land and the first with inversions. COMET STATS Type: Steel Looping Coaster Height: 65 feet tall Length: 1,635 feet long Top Speed: 42 miles per hour Tallest Drop: 58 feet tall Ride Time: 1:20 Inversions: 3 (Loop and Double Corkscrew) Height Requirement: 48 inches tall Located adjacent to the theme park is M&M's Market, a precursor to the modern M&Ms World stores. Basically, this place is a museum which shows patrons exactly how M&Ms are made and a superstore selling various items of M&Ms merchandise and of course, lots and lots of M&Ms Candies! Overall, M&Ms Land might not look like much now....but that definitley is subject to change!
  4. It would be interesting to see a SLC with the new vekoma track. It would probably be a good amount smoother with the new style of track.
  5. Basically, what I did was delete the station to Thunder and put in the station for Lightning, and piece by piece delete segments of Thunder and replace them with the new Lightning track. That coaster probably took the longest for me to make.
  6. My OP showed what Cascadia Park looked like in the year 2002...Obviously, in a span of fourteen years, a lot can change....And a lot did change for Cascadia Park! So much has changed in fact that I don't even know where to start! Where else can I start other than the beginning? In 2003, Cedar Fair made the decision to permanently close Python, their Intamin standing coaster. It had become too costly to maintain and was waning in popularity due to uncomfortable, rough rides. The ride was put in storage in a section of the parking lot for many years as it was put up for sale after being dismantled, but it was finally scrapped in 2010 after no one bought it. The replacement for Python was an incredibly unique B&M floorless roller coaster by the name of "Tyr", named after a diety in Norse mythology. Tyr is known for having a rather odd layout for a B&M roller coaster as it is the only B&M coaster in general to have a "butterfly" inversion, as found on certain Vekoma looping coasters. Tyr soon became known as a very forceful and fun ride! TYR STATS Type: Steel Track Floorless Year Built: 2004 Builder: B&M Designer: Werner Stengel Height: 114 feet Largest Drop: 105 feet Speed: 55 mph Length: 2,711 feet Inversions: 7 (two loops, one butterfly element, one corkscrew, one barrel roll) Then in 2005,Cascadia Screamer got a new green and red paint job to replace the fading and peeling blue one. 2006 brought an exciting flat ride package to the park! Delirium, a Huss giant frisbee ride and Kamikaze, a Fabbri "Kamikaze 2" model attraction. The addition of these two thrill rides put Cascadia Park on the map for it's selection of flat rides! By 2007, as Thunder began to get rough, old and uncomfortable, the demand for a new modern wooden roller coaster was researched...And in 2008, Lumber Run, a medium sized GCI wooden roller coaster was built at Cascadia Park! Lumber Run was designed to bridge the gap between a family coaster and a thrilling coaster, and it did bridge that gap that successfully... But due to it's high amount of headchoppers, forceful turns, and airtime moments, the x-treme thrill seekers fell in love with it! LUMBER RUN STATS Type: Wood-track twister Year Built: 2008 Builder: GCI Designer: Clair Hain and Mike Boodley Height: 84 feet Largest Drop: 72 feet Speed: 46 mph Length: 2,237 feet Inversions: 0 2010 brought Kids Cove to the park, a small area with small family-oriented flat rides, which was located next to the park's tiny EF Miler kiddie coaster, known as Little Dipper. 2012 brought the thrills back to Cascadia Park as the park got not one, but two new X-Treme attractions! The first being Gauntlet, a HUSS Jump2 model flat ride (which is only the second of it's type in the world and the only one in the U.S) and Tiamat, a large Intamin AG Blitz Coaster! Tiamat quickly became a fan favorite amongst park-goers as it effectively combined inversions and airtime with a gigantic Norwegian Loop (I should have handmade it ) and a Zero G Roll as well as four large airtime hills! TIAMAT STATS Type: Steel Track Launched Looper Year Built: 2012 Builder: Intamin AG Designer: Werner Stengel Height: 175 feet Largest Drop: 160 feet Speed: 75 mph Length: 3,695 feet Inversions: 3 (One Norwegian loop, one Zero G Roll) By 2014, it was very apparent that the popularity of Thunder, what was once considered a legendary wooden coaster, had waned quite a bit. Mostly due to it's long-standing infamy of being a very rough, rickety, trimmed and painful ride. In the beginning of the 2014 season, Cedar Fair started a viral campaign urging coaster fans to "Get your last rides on Thunder before the storm fades away in July!", sealing the coaster's fate. Thunder was left SBNO from July of 2014 to the end of that season and people thought that it was going to be scrapped by the beginning of 2015.. Until strange, yellow I-beams started to appear in the parking lot, one by one....signaling that the storm wasn't over yet.... Thunder was no more.... but in 2015, LIGHTNING struck the park! Lightning was the very first Rocky Mountain Construction project to appear in a Cedar Fair park and was opened to nothing but acclaim by critics, GP, and coaster enthusiasts alike! Gone were the rough and awkward transitions, those have been replaced with butter smooth overbanked curves and airtime hills! There were even two inversions worked into the layout! LIGHTNING STATS Type: Steel Track Hybrid Twister Year Built: 2015 Builder: Rocky Mountain Construction Designer: Alan Schilke Height: 145 feet Largest Drop: 127 feet Speed: 62 mph Length: 2,712 feet Inversions: 2 (two Zero G Rolls) You thought that Thunder was it? You thought that was "The big one"? You thought that Cascadia Park's coaster collection couldn't get any better? Well guess what....You couldn't be any more wrong.... The very next year, 2016 brought an absolute behemoth of a roller coaster...CENTURION 315, A B&M Giga Coaster! Built as an answer to the positive response that Fury 325 and Leviathan had at Carowinds and Canada's Wonderland, Centurion 315 proved to be just as X-Treme and legendary as Fury and Leviathan with a 306 foot tall drop and a top speed of 92 miles per hour! Centurion 315 is also the only B&M Hyper/Giga in the U.S to feature a Figure Eight Curve, similar to Shambhala at Port Adventura. Centurion also features multiple high-speed floater and ejector airtime hills throughout it's course, securing it's spot as a legenedary roller coaster! CENTURION 315 STATS Type: Steel-Track Giga Year Built: 2016 Builder: B&M Designer: Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard Height: 315 feet Largest Drop: 306 feet Speed: 92 mph Length: 6,648 feet Inversions: 0 = If one thing is apparent about Cascadia Park, its that a lot can change in the span of nearly fifteen years.... compare how the park used to look like in 2002.... to how the park looks like now in 2016! Cascadia Park had gone from having a nearly mediocre coaster collection to having one of the greatest coaster collections of any park in the world!
  7. I was so obsessed with Fury 325 in 2015 that I almost forgot to ride Thunder Road lol
  8. I'd like to preface this by saying that this isn't going to be a massive timeline park, it's simply a small little side project I did because when I first got my hands on PLC and started playing it...I enjoyed it THAT much that I just had to build something with it right that moment! Anyway....For this park I built in PLC, I kind of wanted to build another park in what I would consider a pretty "coaster deprived" part of the United States, like with Kings Paradise in Wyoming or Six Flags Adventure Kingdom in Nebraska. Cascadia Park is a Cedar Fair property located near Olympia, Washington, and this first post serves as a brief history and overview of how the park looked like during the 2002 season. Cascadia Park opened it's doors in July of 1970 as a small, family owned park. Among one of the few first rides to open was Falcon, a John Allen built out and back woodie! Falcon was very acclaimed by critics when it first opened and to this day, it is still regarded as a timeless classic with it's high amount of intense airtime hills and relative smoothness for a wooden coaster! FALCON STATS: Type: Wood-track Out And Back Year Built: 1970 Builder: John Allen Designer: John Allen Height: 77 feet Largest Drop: 67 feet Speed: 44 mph Length: 1,642 feet Inversions: 0 Also, one of the first rides to open at Cascadia Park was a clone of the famous Wonder Wheel at Coney Island! This clone is known as the "Star Wheel". Four years later, the park got it's first steel roller coaster. Canyon Runner is an Arrow Development built mine train roller coaster that's filled with shallow dips and tucked within an area with a lot of trees. Canyon Runner was built to be much more family-oriented than Falcon and proved to be very popular with the families! CANYON RUNNER STATS Type: Steel-track Mine Train Year Built: 1974 Builder: Arrow Development Designer: Ron Toomer Height: 45 feet Largest Drop: 36 feet Speed: 32 mph Length: 1,824 feet Inversions: 0 The 1980s brought forth a new wave of thrill rides to the park, putting Cascadia Park on the map for adrenaline junkies! Case in point, being the addition of a medium-sized Arrow-Huss looping coaster by the name of Cascadia Screamer in 1981, which was actually the first roller coaster in the state of Washington to feature inversions! One of the more unique parts of Cascadia Screamer is the fact that it's the only coaster built with consecutive "In and Out Corkscrews" facing opposite directions as opposed to a normal double corkscrew. CASCADIA SCREAMER STATS: Type: Steel-track Looper Year Built: 1981 Builder: Arrow-Huss Designer: Ron Toomer Height: 88 feet Largest Drop: 56 feet Speed: 45 mph Length: 1,842 feet Inversions: 4 (two loops, two in-and-out corkscrews) In 1988, the family that owned Cascadia Park made the decision to build a coaster that was somewhat more on the "radical and cutting edge" side. Originally, they had made plans with Togo to build a standing roller coaster, however after the original plans fell through, they made the decision to contact the famous Switzerland-based coaster company known as Intamin about their plans to build a standing coaster at their park. Intamin agreed and Python was the result! For the fledgling coaster enthusiast, it might appear that Python was built by B&M, but don't be fooled by it's outside appearance! It is indeed an Intamin! Python was positively received by most coaster fans as a smooth and exciting ride! PYTHON STATS: Type: Steel-track stand-up Year Built: 1988 Builder: Intamin AG (Subcontracted by Giovanola) Designer: Werner Stengel Height: 90 feet Largest Drop: 81 feet Speed: 48 mph Length: 2,448 feet Inversions: 1 (one loop) About two years later, the family decided to undergo another massive undertaking....This time, it was to build not only their second wooden coaster, but also the tallest and fastest coaster at the park! After getting into contact with Charles Dinn and his company, they agreed to design and build an absolutley massive wooden coaster in the leftmost corner of the park. The result was Thunder, a massive wooden mountain of a coaster! While it wasn't the tallest or fastest coaster in the world, it did break a record of having the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster at that time! When it opened, Thunder was extremely acclaimed by coaster critics, calling it one of the best modern wooden roller coasters! Unfortunatley, as it aged...it begun to get rather rough and painful. THUNDER STATS: Type: Wood-track oval/out and back Year Built: 1990 Builder: Dinn Corp. Designer: Charles Dinn Height: 140 feet Largest Drop: 125 feet Speed: 58 mph Length: 3,043 feet Inversions: 0 Thunder did prove to be a massive undertaking...unfortunatley, it turned out to be a little bit too massive for the family, as they ran into many financial issues following it's opening...Regrettably, they were forced to sell Cascadia Park at the end of the 1990 season to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.... Cedar Fair brought two much-needed rides to the park for it's inaugural season as a Cedar Fair property in 1991, a HUSS pirate ship ride and an Intamin built river rapids ride, which was the park's first water ride. And three years later, Cascadia Park got their first new roller coaster under Cedar Fair ownership. Steel Hawk was built in 1994 as one of the first "inverted roller coasters" built by Bolliger and Mabillard. Steel Hawk is considered by many to be the "sister coaster" of Raptor at Cedar Point, considering the similarities in their layouts. Steel Hawk was very positively received by the general public and coaster enthusiasts alike. STEEL HAWK STATS: Type: Steel-track Inverted Year Built: 1994 Builder: B&M Designer: Werner Stengel Height: 130 feet Largest Drop: 110 feet Speed: 55 mph Length: 2,745 feet Inversions: 6 (one loop, one zero g roll, one cobra roll, two corkscrews) Four years after the building of Steel Hawk, Cedar Fair made the decision to have Cascadia Park's next coaster be the coup-de-grace of all coasters in the park....They contacted D.H Morgan Manufacturing about the plans to build a "hyper coaster" at Cascadia park.....They agreed, and the result was Rager, the tallest and fastest roller coaster not only in the park, but in the entire Pacific Northwest! Rager has a layout very similar to Mamba at Worlds of Fun and Steel Force at Dorney Park, consisting of a massive, 200 foot tall drop and speeds up to 75 miles per hour. Also, Rager also became known for it's high amount of airtime during the ride! RAGER STATS: Type: Steel-track hypercoaster Year Built: 1999 Builder: D.H Morgan Designer: Steve Okamoto Height: 205 feet Largest Drop: 200 feet Speed: 75 mph Length: 4,258 feet Inversions: 0 Other than roller coasters, Cascadia Park soon became known for having a variety of thrilling flat rides, such as... Dominator, a 300 foot tall Intamin Gyro Drop tower.... And new for 2002, Demon Force, a HUSS top spin! Overall, by 2002, Cascadia Park was already a very well balanced park with a decent selection of different rides and a variety of roller coasters for people of all preferences and tastes....However, that was in 2002....Nobody could prepare for what the park would look like almost 13 years later..... Stay tuned....
  9. I just bought this game for myself today and what else can I say other than...This is it. This is the next gen coaster/theme park building game that I have been waiting for. Everything is just so intuitive and user friendly and building realistic looking coaster is just so unbelievably easy!
  10. Believe me, I'm looking forward to picking up my copy soon and Planet Coaster looks great, but I'm going to continue this park with RCT3 because I put so much in this already and I'm really happy with it
  11. 2000 Despite the fact that 2000 was sort of the "infancy" for the modern day forums and message boards, people on the new Coasters4U.com message board were already beginning to post trip reports! One of those early trip reports came from someone who visited Six Flags Adventure Kingdom during the 2000 season!
  12. Possibly the coolest, and the most irritating coaster sounds come from the Intamin impulse coaster, namely Possessed at Dorney. The scream of the LIMs is awesome, but the squeaking the train makes at the end of the cycle is just....ugh.
  13. I think the most annoying thing that happened to me personally is when the dispatch takes longer because people decided to fight over where they want to sit. This was a conversation that I literally heard on line for Talon at Dorney when I went a few weeks ago with my aunt, uncle and cousin... Girl 1: THATS MY SEAT! Girl 2: Just sit in that seat! Girl 1: No, I want to sit there! Girl 2: Well I'm sitting here! Girl 1: Oh my GOD get out of my seaaaattt!!! Finally, a ride op had to scold them and she ended up having to sit in that other seat anyway.
  14. 1999 At this point in the saga of Six Flags Adventure Kingdom, a news website and message board dedicated to coaster enthusiasts was founded around September of 1999, it's was called Coasters4U.com....And one of their first news reports was on this... SELECTED COMMENTS
  15. May I say that I absolutely love your logos that you made for the coasters! Very creative! Also, I love the fact that you made an entire ride guide/park map! The park itself is very good too, I mean Mammoth looks like it would be a ton of fun in real life and so would that Arrow looper. Keep it up, man!
  16. I would say this went quite well... Hmm... Never saw it happen with a full train. I remember reading somewhere that Revolution stalled on its first test run, but that was with an empty train . Seeing that video makes me wonder why Schwarzkoph never used any other elements besides loops... Seems like the trains were able to handle a little more hangtime. Well, there are those strange, misshapen "loop screws" on Thriller/Zonga/Texas Tornado.
  17. Honestly, if they really want to just tear it down, they would have done what Six Flags did to Psyclone or what CF did to Son of Beast and reduce it down to nothing but a pile of splintery rubble that doesn't even halfway resemble a coaster anymore. The fact that they appear to be taking it apart piece by piece instead of full-on scrapping it indicates to me that there is more to the story than just "RIP Mean Streak"
  18. 1999 Before anyone twisted and turned, the 1999 season rolled around not too much longer after the new attraction was announced! As expected, the season was yet another extremely successful season for Six Flags Adventure Kingdom! and the park had The Green Arrow, their newest scream machine to thank for that! At a top speed of 68mph, by a mere few miles per hour, it's technically the slowest of the other Premier shuttle coasters, however that does not stop The Green Arrow from being an absolute adrenaline-surging thrill machine! While the inversions pack a large punch, coaster enthusiasts have credited The Green Arrow as having absolutely amazing floater and ejector air time. The large helix traversed at fast speeds delivers absolutely crushing Gs! Unfortunately, one of the only drawbacks to The Green Arrow is the fact that because it's a shuttle coaster that does not have a transfer track, it can only operate a single train, causing the coaster's overall capacity to drop. This, combined with the fact that in 1999, it was the most popular attraction being brand new, queue lines for The Green Arrow easily exceeded two hours on busy days. Despite the fact that The Green Arrow was the hot new thing for 1999, Six Flags did not rest on their laurels at all! By August of 1999, land had begun to clear adjacent to The Green Arrow, signifying that construction was about to begin for the second roller coaster that Six Flags proposed and soon....Coaster enthusiasts were left wondering...what could it possibly be? could it live up to the same hype that The Green Arrow gets?
  19. First off, cool video! It's clear that you put a lot of love into it, and it makes me want to head straight to my car and drive to CP. Your description of Magnum's transitions made me laugh hard. It's very true, though I've still adored *some* rides on Magnum. It does have magic -- and not just nostalgia -- but I don't reliably know how or when it decides to show it. Even with row recommendations and seat belt tightening, I can never tell what kind of ride I'm going to get. Magnum can be boring, clunky, and sometimes painful, or unexpectedly smooth and one of my favorite coasters in the park. I haven't been to CP in many years, but I do remember Magnum fondly. It's such a wild, out of control and nearly unpredictable ride. It had a special charm that I feel that the Morgan hypers don't really have.
  20. Vild-Svinet at BonBon-Land, the first ever Gerstlauer Eurofighter probably has one of the most hideous, clashing color schemes I have ever seen. The coaster itself started out as red track and yellow supports, but over the years they started to paint random sections of the track and supports baby blue and...ugh....It looks absolutely horrid.
  21. I'd say Hydra-The Revenge gets a little too much flak. Is it as good as say, Dominator at KD? No. Not at all, but is it a bad ride? No. People always say how forceless Hydra is, but I find that if you opt for the backseat, you get some decent forces going down that first drop.
  22. 1998 For all of those who guessed a hyper coaster….ehh….almost. But not quite. For all of those who guessed a launched coaster….well….I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with what Six Flags Adventure Kingdom had announced for the 1999 season….. And as for the hint, 0,255,0 is the RGB code for “GREEN” ==========> is exactly what it looks like… an "ARROW” NEW FOR 1999 THE GREEN ARROW: An absolutely exhilarating launched shuttle roller coaster! Built by Premier Rides of Baltimore, Maryland and themed after the vigilante archer Oliver Queen aka The Green Arrow, this thrilling attraction breaks the record of the longest shuttle coaster in the world at a whopping 4,442 feet! Riders will feel as if they were an arrow shot from a bow at an acceleration rate of 0-68mph in 3 seconds into one of the largest inversions in the world, a massive 120 foot cobra roll! Then comes a hi-rise “floater airtime hill”, a high G-force turnaround into a low-rise “ejector” airtime hill. After that is a tight overbanked turn that busts immediately into a helix! Suddenly the train rises up into a massive “zero-g-roll” and up the 188 foot tall spike where the train will fall backwards and do the entire course for a second time in reverse! The Green Arrow is scheduled to open May 1st, 1999! Only at Six Flags Adventure Kingdom located in Kearney, Nebraska!
  23. 1998 By August of 1998, Six Flags had released a press release discussing possible future changes and additions for their parks in 1999, including Six Flags Adventure Kingdom. The press release didn't reveal any major details concerning what was exactly going to come to SFAK, but there was one line that caused coaster enthusiasts to go in a frenzy...."The Kearney, NE property may get one for the edge of the century, and one for the birth of the 21st."" Even before the release, rumors and sparks started to fly BIG TIME in 1998 about a new coaster coming to Six Flags Adventure Kingdom, and to have a statement come directly from Six Flags which states "one of the edge of the century and one for the birth of the 21st" not only further solidified the rumors of a new coaster, but indicate that SFAK is going to get two coasters in a span of two years...... P.S, if you want a hint on what's to come, "0,255,0, =========>"
  24. Does anyone know what's going on with Volcano? It was closed the days I went last week as well.
  25. Zierer vs Miler is actually an interesting comparison. Miler built a coaster nearly to the scale of Impulse, Verbolten, Wicked, etc. over 20 years ago. But instead of completely starting from scratch with the design, they simply scaled up their kiddy coaster design with the funky c-beam track. The result looks wonderfully terrifying and is absolutely on my coaster bucket list. But it didn't really catch on, or allow Miler to grow into a bigger company. Zierer, on the other hand, moved in the direction of more expensive, refined, sturdy designs instead of scaling up Flitzers or Tivolis. This seems to have allowed to them to grow as a company and win bigger contracts more frequently. To get back on topic, I'm surprised the consensus on Gale Force + Miler is "ugly". I think the "mess" of supports looks awesome. Can't wait for the project to finish up. I'll probably do an Atlantic City/Ocean City trip next year as I've never been. Miler would probably be much better known as a coaster manufacturer had they dropped the C-beam style track by the mid 2000s and instead done something more on the lines of a Premier-style track or an Intamin/Gerstlauer/Zierer style track. Then, they'd have a chance to be in the same ballpark as Gerstlauer, Premier, Maurer, or possibly even S&S depending on the developments.
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