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  1. I am fascinated by the what if's of history. Let's look at this one. I never made it to Geauga Lake or Seaworld. Let's suppose Busch had bought GL in 2000 instead of the other way around. Would Busch have integrated the parks into one like SF did, or would they have operated them separately? How would acquiring GL have changed what rides Busch could have installed? If they had done this, would there have been a way to install rides into both parks? Was there a possibility of retheming GL into another Busch Gardens or was the market too small? If Busch had bought GL, what would it be like today? With the sale to Blackstone, would GL have been sold and Seaworld run independently? Or would the parks be run as one? What if Cedar Fair had indeed bought GL back in the mid 90's? I assume it would have still stayed smaller. What direction would the park have taken? Would it have been built more as a waterpark? Might CF sell it though, possibly to reduce debt? I'd love to hear your speculative answers. It is too bad the park didn't take this alternate direction.
  2. Ebay. Buy a promo code. Knotts does periodically run specials on their website too. They had a 2for1 going in Feb.
  3. I 305, Volcano, and Dominator are the 3 longest lines. Volcano can be a fun ride. Just make sure you don't pull your harness down too tight or you will squish the jewels! I made this mistake the second time I rode it. Would suggest doing Volcano first.
  4. I couldn't make it this year after attending the last 2 years. Was Magic Mountains operations any better this year? Last year they had one train operating on Tatsu and Apocalypse and couldn't get some of the rides open on time in the morning ERT. I was surprised how much different operations were without Jay Thomas.
  5. I think I like swarms drop better. It looks like a more complete rotation. A wingrider would have been a better choice for Wonderland. Leviathan seems like a bad $28 million investment. Anyone think there is the possibility of X Flight becoming a true 4D, maybe 5-7 years from now? I would have to believe there was discussion about this in the design process. I can't see V2's holding brake ever getting fixed. This ride may not even be here in a couple of years.
  6. I've felt the whole track move on Maverick when it pulls into the brake run at the end, especially when the train I'm in is stopped. This is an extremely accurate description! It amazes me that Kingda Ka has SO much rattle even compared to TTD. Does 8 miles an hour really impact it that much or is there a second factor? Might just be that TTD should have been as tall as that type of ride should have been. KK is also 30'-35' taller, which means more wind to shake the tower and more sway.
  7. Millenium Force did not rattle when I rode it in 2010 and 2011. It is definitely smoother than the B&M Raging Bull at my home park. And Raging Bull is trimmed to death and MF has none, plus moves 20 mph faster. I did ride MF Memorial dayish too, so I don't know what it's like later in the year and MF does leave the station fully loaded. I forgot about Kingda Ka. That did rattle when I rode it. Good points. ^
  8. It would be interesting to find out how often wheels need to be replaced between the two manufacturers... Then again, while usually both produce smooth rides, would it be the general consensus that B&M's are usually the smoothest coasters out there? Maybe that's the difference, however small it may be. I have found B&M's that hang (flyers and inverts) to be the smoothest among the companies that make them. But sitdown Intamins are definitely smoother than B&M's and age better. Intamin does not develop a "rattle" like B&M's do. I've never felt a bad case of rattle on hanging B&M's, but I certainly have on floorless and hypers.
  9. Has there been any new info on the screamscape rumor of a giga coming to Knotts?
  10. This sucks. I was just there last August. Hopefully they can get it cleaned up quickly and that there are no more fatalities. 1 has been reported so far and by sheer luck others have been avoided. A band waited it out in their bus, and it wasn't in the same spot when they got out. The Best Western hotel is reported to have been destroyed and had guests at the time.
  11. I'm guessing a 2 train high intensity, 3000' GCI wood with millenium flyers. It would fit great if they move the entrance to Yukon Territory.
  12. For those of you that aren't sure if you've felt the B&M rattle before, you have if you have ridden a sitdown/floorless. I have yet to ride one that didn't have it. Raging Bull started rattling around 06. Before that it was glass smooth. It is really noticeable on the downward side of the turning hill over the station. (3rd hill). Batman and Superman do not have the rattle. For whatever reason the inverts are less likely to. The rattle doesn't make the ride horrible, but it certainly decreases the ride quality. I have ridden PLENTY of B&M Sit-Downs/floorless coasters. Scream at SFMM is the worst offender of this, and has (IMO) become downright rough the past few years. I'm just saying I didn't notice it on Raging Bull. Not saying it wasn't there, I just didn't notice it. And if it was there, it's NOWHERE near as bad as some other B&M's I've ridden. I've ridden Raging Bull 100's of times since it opened and to me it's ride quality clearly changed, I believe in 06'. It used to have the smoothness more along the likes of Sheikra/ Griffon, Tatsu, or Silver Bullet. It's not terrible. It's still my favorite ride there, but I can certainly tell it's not like it used to be. Scream felt pretty good when I rode it back in March at the WCB. Best ride I ever had on it.
  13. For those of you that aren't sure if you've felt the B&M rattle before, you have if you have ridden a sitdown/floorless. I have yet to ride one that didn't have it. Raging Bull started rattling around 06. Before that it was glass smooth. It is really noticeable on the downward side of the turning hill over the station. (3rd hill). Batman and Superman do not have the rattle. For whatever reason the inverts are less likely to. The rattle doesn't make the ride horrible, but it certainly decreases the ride quality.
  14. If they haven't started building Invertigo yet, they could have changed their mind and moved it somewhere else. Happened with Chang at SFGAM last year.
  15. Could they have put the thing at Dorney? With Nitro in the area and HP get a major ride next year, wouldn't this have made more sense going to Dorney? A lot of you seem to have forgotten that this is a Cedar Fair park too.
  16. There are only 4 coasters at Mt. Olympus, so you can get all of them done in a day, especially if you are not doing the waterparks. Last year I believe they were only charging for parking on Sat. so You can leave the park to do lunch or Timber Falls. Timber falls is basically a mini golf course that has an upcharge coaster. I've only seen 2-4 people on it when it cycles. So you don't need much time to ride it. You could also catch it on your way in/out. Also, Mt. O has some of the worst operations I have ever seen, so don't get your hopes up. Hades is terrifying to ride, but also in my top 3 roughest coasters, especially since we are about the same age.
  17. You missed out by not riding Jurrassic Park River adventure. IMO the best water ride there.
  18. I was wondering this myself lately. Why the heck does SFGAm insist on trimming Raging Bull on the entry to it's camelback? I thought the only logical reason could be that they were worried about losing someone. It really ticks me off.
  19. I got to ride Nitro in 80 degree weather last Oct. on a slow day and AC later in the week in 50 degree weather, also on a slow day. Given these differences, Nitro was superior in nearly every way. My front seat rides were the best I have ever had on a B&M hyper. I rode AC in the both the front and back and came away underwhelmed. Hopefully it will be warmer the next time I get to ride it. Nitro left me impressed.
  20. They are both great rides, but I give the nod to Griffon. The outside front seats are my favorite spots to sit, and you are really out there on the 10 wide. I also prefer the 2 immelmans and Griffon also has an airtime speed bump right before the station. Sheikra has better interaction with the crowd and the cavern it travels in is pretty neat.
  21. Yes, the river adventure is awesome. You get wet in the front corner, everywhere else is dry. Also Dragons Challenge, the Hulk, spiderman, and I would assume Harry Potter, but It wasn't open the last time I was there. Dragons challenge is best from the front because of the visuals. Haven't been there in summer, so I can't help you there. They do have drinking fountains in some of their que lines.
  22. I agree. I was very surprised with how much rattle it had. I also don't feel all the "air" so many claim it has.
  23. Diamondback is way overated anyway. Apollo's Chariot is a similair ride and is smoother.
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