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RandallDuell

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  1. This may only be interesting to me, but I was wondering what "some" of the Wilderness Theater meant (when they talked about having to take out some of it -- so I checked in the archives, and here you can see how they literally chopped of one end of the seating area. Again, sorry if I'm the only interested in this.... And here's an updated look at the site:
  2. Looking great - I can't fathom why anyone really cares whether it's wood or steel or hybrid. There is no sanctioning body (at least one that would be universally agreed upon) to decide the definition, so knowing that it will always be open to interpretation -- WHO CARES!?! Let them call it wood - obviously there IS a lot of wood there....this is not quite like bolting a 2x4 to the side of Raging Bull and calling it a wood rollercoaster.
  3. It's really starting to get noticeable just HOW tall this thing is going to be....can't wait for the lift. It also seems like the cam location is pretty solid, as anything mounted over toward the employee lot would have eventually resulted in an obstructed view. Looking great.
  4. I thought these backwards trains are different trains rented from B&M (don't know if that is true). If SFMM is running Batman Backwards in spring how could SFOT have Batman Backwards as well? This is a strange "rumor" on a couple levels -- first, I don't think it's ever been disclosed that they fabricated anything other than the original chassis that Great America started with. From there, the plan was to move it around the chain. Secondly, why would Magic Mountain be promoting their backwards while Six Flags Over Texas is apparently just going to do a stealth opening?
  5. Agreed about the tilt coaster - and since the thread title says "ride" not "rollercoaster", I'd like to nominate the double/triple wheels. I know Vegas is getting ready to open that gigantic wheel, and maybe those are the "new" Ferris wheels of today, but I always thought that the double/triple wheels were cool - pretty efficient use of land - and a skyline trademark.
  6. You can really see the volume of snow that has accumulated (look at the bleachers) - INCREDIBLE!
  7. Has anyone tried to mock up what the rollercoaster will eventually look like from the web cam angle? Seems like there's always some great Photoshop ninjas around, and I'd love to see it superimposed on top of what they've gotten constructed so far. What a great upgrade from Iron Wolf!
  8. http://negative-g.com/six-flags-stlouis/2013/hannibarrels/six-flags-st-louis-hannibarrels-2013-1.htm This was really fascinating - how interesting that the park wanted him to squat on the photos, at first completely, only to later come back and say it's ok to post (after the ride was finally removed)! I had wondered about this ride (don't think I ever saw it running), and it was indeed interesting to get a peak at the state of a ride that had literally been sitting idle for nearly two decades!) It's not too often that this happens at a still otherwise operating park, right? Did a simple search and didn't come across any videos of the ride actually running - anyone know of any floating around? It seems like any that are still running are indoors, and I don't see the "15 degree tilt" that is referenced in -G's writeup in any of the videos. I guess the reason I find this so interesting is that the parks usually end up parting out rides like this (when it's decided that they're done with them) even if they're not going to immediately remove it.....it seems like this one was turned off after the hydraulic system went, and they just walked away from it "as-is".
  9. Saw this on the local news last night - clicked in here and didn't see multiple new pages. Was curious, then remembered that it wasn't Carnival (who would have elicited crazed posting here). The Carnival haters here would have appreciated the static image that they used, though. As the anchor, sitting at the desk, prepares to throw it to a taped segment the graphic has a picture of the ship (RC) with the Carnival logo next to it....with TROUBLE AT SEA underneath.
  10. What a guy - DeKalb now known for Cindy Crawford, barbed wire and Marcus LeShock. Looking forward to the piece. Will it ever air on the 9 o'clock news?
  11. I think it's been concluded that the Iron Wolf (now (at least partially) Goliath) station was not the Z-Force station. Many have stated this (what you posted) over the years, but if you read back in this very thread you'll see that Z-Force's station was moved across the park to be used as Rolling Thunder's station. A couple of years after Z-Force was relocated, Iron Wolf opened on that plot with a new station. GREAT reports, everyone - and I agree with Robb that it's excellent to see just how many different angles you get from a group of people who were in the same spot. All excellent, well done! I can imagine how stunning it must be to stand in that area and realize how much coaster they were able to cram in there!
  12. If they're still out there, I'd be curious as to why they installed that section of track already? Also, be fun if the webcam stalkers were able to snag some screenshots of the group on the tour!
  13. If Texasbest2015's age is accurate, I can only assume he's typing on a mobile phone while driving an 18 wheeler or has some sort of disability (no shot intended).
  14. Is there a patent on the shuttle loop? Is there some reason we haven't seen anymore since the flywheel/weight models 30 years ago? Seems current technology could really assist in making this simple ride very reliable (and relatively cheap).
  15. Tax incentives are a big deal. The city/state is motivated to make them for somebody willing to rehab that property - not so much for someone purchasing land near that same area. Sewer/water/gas lines, in addition to other infrastructure already there, are certainly a feature - obviously they'll need work, but has been mentioned things like the parking lots etc (in addition to the utilities) already existing are an advantage over an empty parcel with no current improvements.
  16. Why? Have we seen any wok started on the water park additions, yet? As far as the incessant complaints about the park? I think it's a combination of those who visited the park during" better" times, recollecting those times fondly, and the fact that the regulars of this thread enjoy complaining. There's a lot of backseat managing going on, while everyone also admits that they're probably doing the right thing based on their current state/budget/niche. They've chosen a direction and do what they think best keeps them in that lane - easy to disagree if it ain't your thing, but I've always felt that it's easier to speak with your vacation/leisure dollars wing spent elsewhere. I like the park - it's terrain is fairly unique (similar to, but obviously not exactly like, Fiesta Texas) and I think portions are really pleasant. In other managerial hands I think it could be better, but I don't think you'd have 2/3 of the coaster count that they do (and, yes, maybe that'd be ok.
  17. Just for the record: that was the season pass processing line, not a line for Flashback. I also enjoy the Metro train cars sitting right there -- are those now up and running at Hershey (or where ever they ended up getting sold to)? Flashback was really a brutal ride. I had ridden it as Z-Force, and while I didn't love it I do remember it being unique. Years later I caught it on a day where Magic Mountain unpredictably decided to run it, and wow was it brutal. The restraints were awful, and I recall just how "heavy" the cars felt diving into every corner. It had a pretty unique sound, and even that "sounded" heavy. I don't know exactly what made it age so poorly, but it went from an interesting ride to a "why?!?!?" ride over those years inbetween. Wanted to throw in this video (I know it's Great America, but I figured it would be interesting to those who knew of this ride (mostly as a lawn ornament) only as Flashback at MM) - this was a recording of the local Chicago news piece on the brand new Z Force by RandyV (provided to TPR).
  18. I had forgotten that they actually shuttered the tower for SIX years. Incredible. Looking back, the photos of both the tower and Tatsu being FRESHLY painted certainly do strike a contrast to their states now, some 8 years later! The views from there were a bit different, as well, back then: (all images are TPRs, from this media day report in '06: http://www.themeparkreview.com/skytower/skytower1.htm ) It's always been interesting to me to picture the sky tower AS The Playboy Club in Chicago - I think it all worked out the way it needed to, as I can't imagine the City Of Chicago being too happy with that thing still sitting on a plot of land somewhere in the city! So crazy to imagine Hugh deciding to abandon the tower, and Newhall picking it up for their Magic Mountain park....I wonder if they had any idea of just how much of a landmark it would become? (photo credit to "montezooma" / Shane from this "Attic" thread post: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=534278 ) I wonder what the lifespan of the tower was designed to be? Did they ever have to do any after-the-fact earthquake retrofits, or were the steps they took with the foundation acceptable even after the state started going crazy with the regulations? In any case, I'm sure there's a decent cost to simply maintain it year-to-year (even without occupancy) so it seems strange that they would (and did!) shut it down for that long.
  19. Incredible that they're out there bright and early this morning. Lots of snow, and lots of cold (even colder temps coming soon, which is probably why they're getting out there now!)
  20. This is interesting stuff, and makes a lot of sense. I don't recall walking past the former Z-Force site and noticing the station sitting there, by itself, for those two years now that I think about it. Seeing Iron Wolf's station sitting there, as it has, does make me think that I'd have noted the empty Z-Force station sitting there.....and looking at pictures of Rolling Thunder's station, it all seems to add up. It's fascinating that you're the first guy I've seen bring this up. As far as Whirligig being over there, I did post this picture earlier in the thread (that's the rides stripped down "stalk" in the background): You'll remember that they had to not only remove Whirligig but also LITERALLY scoot the train station down a bit to make way for Z-Force's station and track! Anyway, interesting stuff.
  21. RIP Santa Claw! Would be nice to have someone corporate sponsor it each year, so we wouldn't have to wonder.
  22. Thanks for the link to IOE's Facebook page! Fascinating stuff. So cool that they thought, and are allowed, to promote their company by giving people a glance at the behind the scenes goings-on! That had to be surreal to be in the park, trying to get the ride going and then actually watch cars cycle! Curious if he's by himself, or if they have a maintenance guy with him to help clear the track/controls of weeds etc. Cool stuff.
  23. So fascinating to see a ride "grand open" and the wood be so weathered! I'd love to see how that thing drains in the rain ... it's hard to to tell, but do they have cutouts in different places for drainage? Also, and this will sound odd, but does the entire ride really smell of wood? Just looking at that POV it seems like it would smell like you're in a active lumber yard, but obviously there's not been a lot of fresh cuts made to this thing lately! What a story of persistence and determination in getting this thing running!
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