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  1. It seems to me that the manufacturer didn't take the tilt into account when determining the restraint tolerance/threshold. The victim's body type only allowed the restraint to close to what looks to be about 30 degrees shy of vertical, closely matching the tilt of the ride. There really wasn't much in way of the victim falling out, aside from the little bump molded into the front of the seat.

    While I do think that the ride operators should have erred on the side of caution upon seeing how high the restraint was, my opinion is that the manufacturer holds most of the blame here.

    My thoughts are with everyone involved. I cannot imagine how traumatic this situation was for anyone who happened to witness the accident.



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  2. Swung by for a couple hours yesterday — primarily to enjoy the weather and grab some lunch.

    Viper continues to rank high for me when it comes to Arrow loopers and Tantrum is still one of the smoothest Euro-Fighter’s I’ve ridden.

    Got a burger and fries from Potato Works and that hit the spot.

    We all need to remember that Darien is a small fish in a big pond when it comes to Six Flags. The only way to help a small fish is to feed it — spend your money there.

    Small regional parks will remain small regional parks if all we do is complain. Darien Lake isn’t perfect, but it always makes for an enjoyable day.

    Support your parks folks!

  3. If it does get a full I-Box retrack, I would love to see the debates on whether or not it's a new credit
    I mean, not to be “that guy,” but...


    If it ends up going I-Box plus a reprofiling that introduces a new element or two...? That’s pretty compelling as far as “new credit” goes.


    I suppose the threshold for “new credit” is going to be pretty subjective depending on what happens.

  4. Maybe I'm overthinking things, but don't red, orange, and yellow seem significantly shorter than blue, teal, and green? Seems like the warm color slides will always have an "advantage" over the cool colors when it comes to finishing first. (You know, if anyone actually cares about that.)


    Not necessarily. They may have accounted for the difference by making that side's helix slightly larger.


    Similar to how they account for each individual slide by ensuring that the slide that starts the helix on the outside ends on the inside, and vice versa. Does that make sense? Not sure if I'm doing a good job explaining that.


    Edit: Whitecap Racer at Hershey Park seems to have a similar layout. Curious if anyone who has ridden it can verify if one side has an advantage.


  5. Just wondering. We agree that the virus started in China and a mask may slow it down. How did South Korea, Japan, and the other Asian countries avoid getting their countries infected resulting in a bunch of deaths? They didn't shut more stuff down, they just wore masks and didn't complain about it. Brazil, India, Russia, and good chunks of the USA said screw masks and the virus is going everywhere. Japan and South Korea are closer to China and are doing a lot better than Arizona or Florida right now.


    I'm not sure you'll find an answer from a qualified epidemiologist on this forum, but I could be wrong about that.


    My hunch is that physical proximity of countries matters much less than the policies and mitigations each country has put in place to flatten the curve as well as social compliance in regards to wearing masks, keeping distant, and washing hands.


    It's likely that Japan and South Korea acted more quickly than the United States has in regards to mitigations and recommendations. I also assume that you are correct in pointing out cultural differences.


    I really wish the US in general would take mask wearing more seriously. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It really seems like a no-brainer.

  6. If I worked at Cedar Point, reading the awful, entitled, whiny comments on this Youtube Livestream would make me want to close the park forever and move to the moon.


    ^I'm right there with you. I'm really impressed at the scope of this year's investments— so many areas of the park are getting improvements and nice little touches.


    Am I about to drop a $100 on a Legacy Walk Brick, (read in a Minnasotian accent) you bet ya!

  7. Is it too early to revive this thread for the winter season? Because I had some time to throw the drone up yesterday.


    Silver Comet roller coaster in the snow at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Grand Island, NY.


    Silver Comet roller coaster in the snow at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Grand Island, NY.


    Silver Comet roller coaster in the snow at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Grand Island, NY.

  8. 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit.

    TECHNICALLY Darien Lake and Fantasy Island as I own passes for 2019... Silver Comet is a top tier coaster that gets overlooked.


    Comet has held up like a champ with regular re-tracking! It'll celebrate 20 years this season.


    4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)?

    BEHOLD! the new haunt at Fantasy Island... MIDWAY MAYHEM!




    The shade...

  9. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3.

    A: Blue Fire, Wicked Cyclone, Expedition GeForce (CURRENT T3: Steel Vengeance, Fury 325, Taron)


    2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018?

    A: 19 (18 if you don't count the one I work at)


    3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite?

    A: Toss up between Phantasialand and Europa Park


    4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)?

    A: Steel Vengeance


    5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018?

    A: Eurosat CanCan Coaster


    6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018?

    A: Dessert Waffles, Phantasialand


    7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson?

    A: IDK, Eurosat CanCan Coaster or Tantrum, probably


    8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019.

    A: Carowinds


    9. Best ride themed to a bird?

    A: Thunderbird


    10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018?

    A: Temple of the Night Hawk


    11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride)

    A: Helix


    12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to?

    A: Copperhead Strike


    13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind.

    A: Six Flags New England


    14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose...

    A: Is the point we have to drive there? Probably Fury 325 at Carowinds.


    15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme?

    A: WinterFest (but I'm biased)


    16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion?

    A: The Shed, but on fire.


    17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently?

    A: Six Flags Great Adventure


    18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one.

    A: Intamin


    19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one.

    A: Island


    20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018?

    A: Hour-Twenty for Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride


    21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other?

    A: Fury 325


    22. Best drop tower under 150 feet?

    A: StratosFear at Knoebels


    23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more)

    A: Maverick


    24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one.

    A: Hard one, I'll say Log Flumes.


    25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides?

    A: 1. Working on Special Events | 2. Creating Graphics / Marketing Materials | 3. Taking a Break, Walking the Park (I work at my "home park")


    26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why?

    A: Cedar Point. My favorite is Carowinds because I used to work there!


    27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit.

    A: Fantasy Island (Grand Island, NY) | 1. Silver Comet | 2. It's a small park with a lot of potential


    28. Launch or Lift?

    A: Lift, in general. There are amazing launches, but also bad launches. There are no amazing lifts, but no bad lifts either.


    29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018?

    A: Yes


    30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster?

    A: Hades 360


    31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult?

    A: Cult for sure. But cults can be cool sometimes... right?


    32. Best Batman themed ride?

    A: Pick your favorite B&M Clone - that one.


    33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you.

    A: Sore feet I guess? I might buy a magnet if it's a "destination" park I haven't been to.


    34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you)

    A: El Toro


    35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something?

    A: Yes, a hat/ball cap.


    36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case.

    A: Not a credit. It's always "driven."


    37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss?

    A: Sure


    38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode?

    A: Silverstar I believe.


    39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose?

    A: Corn Dogs


    40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!)


    (I'm on the right)

  10. People even criticized Rolling Thunder’s logo directly to the person who created it - which was a complete shame.


    Ah, good times! Really though, I didn’t mind any criticism. I just hope Six Flags doesn’t pull my logo and rebrand the ride around the Joker or something like that.


    If they do, I hope they’ll let me take the portal sign off their hands. [emoji7]



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  11. I've got a couple weeks until my Carowinds stop on the way to the Atlantic ocean. Unlike last year, I'm going to spend more than 2 hours at the park


    If the weather is warm enough, I'm definitely going to check out the water park. Looks great!


    For those who enjoy BBQ - check out Mac's Speed Shop not too far from Carowinds.



    Excellent beer selection, great smoked wings that don't even need sauce, and a variety of delicious fried things.



    Last year it was bumpin' on a Friday night. You know you're in for good food when there are 50+ motorcycles parked out front. Looking forward to making a stop back there after my Carowinds run!


    Charlotte honestly has so many great restaurants. I really miss living there sometimes - agree on Mac's, great place!

  12. Yes following 24 x 7 is a bit much, especially for a park like DL, but I bet someone from the park checks in about once a day or so. Ask Doug M, he was in charge of social media for the park for one year and I am pretty sure that is how we all got to know him


    I, along with a few others, would check forums and social media sites regularly to see what was being said about the park. Occasionally I would respond to posts, though there were obviously certain subjects I couldn't address here.


    I was extremely fortunate to have my start at Darien, and I cannot say enough good things about the incredibly hard working team there. They are doing everything within their means to grow and improve the park, but Rome wasn't built in a day.

  13. Did they really just name the water park after one of DL's largest water slides? I never really had a problem with the previous name "Water World"


    It seems as though the shootout will be staying from the video on the website


    I'm not seeing a new name for the water park on the website. I must be missing it, mind pointing it out?


    Big Kahuna's

    I see it now, only on mobile though. I think it is a mistake in their website content management system. They have another water park property in Florida called Big Kahuna's and it looks like the same image from their mobile site. They likely use the same Content Management System and the asset got ported over by mistake.


    All the verbiage on the site simply says "water park." I think for the time being it is unbranded.


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