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  1. I'm sure this has been said, or at the very least thought once before, but is 2012 "The Year of New Rides Dwarfing Old Rides?"
  2. Guess I was wrong about the line. Anyway, is it my imagination or does it appear they are giving Comet's station a facelift? In only makes sense, with so much being done right next to and around it, not to mention most of it's queue has been torn up.
  3. I've seen it used as the handicapped entrance (it is the way to the elevator, after all.) But I have never seen it used for a single riders line.
  4. A year ago 2010, that was a single rider line. I don't recall EVER seeing it used, and I was there a lot on '10 (Season Pass).
  5. Nope, no single riders lines*. *There is a separate line that leads to second set of stairs and the elevator on the load side at Fahrenheit; the stairs and line could have been for a single rider line, but I don't know if that was the plan or what.
  6. Well I assume they'll keep a path down the hill from the Skyride side open straight across to the bridge, so people can use the path on the other side of the creek to move across to the main pathway up to Minetown. And Comet's entrance ramp is basically close to the far end of the station, and providing if crowds aren't too heavy they wouldn't even need the outside queue, provided that's not ready yet.
  7. I'm not surprised. Besides the new trains and brakes, I have a feeling that most of the Hollow will still be a construction zone even at that point. I noticed that in the second to last update, they have pulled some of the Comet station's facade off. Does that have to do with the clearance check, or does is it appear to be getting a refresh?
  8. Well than in that case they weren't lift supports. Intamin mistakenly delivered all the parts to Hersheypark, the coaster was supposed to be built at Knott's. Intamin really screwed up. Shouldn't you be bugging the Canadians for your coaster instead?
  9. Never mind some serious chunks of the track still haven't been placed. ....I think I need to go hug my season pass.
  10. Just ask yourself, "What would Jeff Johnson do?" Count the Haunted Mansion at Funland as a credit?
  11. If that's true, why did Six Flags take it upon themselves to relocate and re-theme two Stand Up coasters in the last two years? Hell...they both replaced older rides as well!
  12. THIS!!! This is what I don't understand about when local theme park enthusiasts complain about a system like Fast Lane being unfair... WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT YOUR LOCAL PARK AT A BUSY DAY IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!? Seriously, be smart...like Chuck. Visit your local parks when you know they aren't insanely packed with people. We lived right next door to Six Flags Magic Mountain for YEARS while they either had Flash Pass tickets or Q-Bots. We never would bother buying them because we knew not to go to the park when it was insanely busy. I can't imagine why anyone would go to their local park and stand in line two hours for anything. If you spend a lot of time at a single park, you also can figure out the flow of people, and know what rides will be busy and when they are at their worst. I can always have a great day at Hershey even when crowds are at their worst, because it's easy to skip out the busiest rides knowing you will be back another day. That plus side of being a season pass holder, you're only limited by your time and desire to go to park. But if I'm spending one or two days at a place like Busch Gardens, and it will tend to be on a busy weekend, you need to maximize what you can do in much much shorter span of time. That's why I'll gladly pay for something like Quick Queue, it generally changes the tone of the experience and makes it far more relaxing, especially when you do mostly as you please, rather than worrying about budgeting time, or just the stress of a hot summer day in a long line of people.
  13. I'm sorry, but that is bonkers. They're not going to be giving up a larger ride, to replace it with it with something not only smaller, but an older version of a ride they already got rid of years ago, because that is the definition of crazy.
  14. I'm torn, mostly because of that crazy brake run. Intamin has done some odd inclined brake runs, but B&M really took the cake here. They took the cake, sat on it, and then rubbed their cake-covered butt all over everything.
  15. Can you picture how awesome the train could look, they could do the Raider "head" complete with the swooping light in the visor? And it wouldn't necessarily have to duel, you could just have the area themed as if it was making a ground attack on New Caprica City or the Fuel Depot anything of that sort. Not necessarily... Marvel Superhero Island is eventually gonna need a redesign whenever Disney decides pull the ip rights.
  16. This is more of a musing I had after seeing the pictures of Thorpe Park's Swarm trains: If Universal ever finds it within themselves to build another Battlestar Galactica coaster, it had better use B&M wingrider trains, with lights, themed as Cylon Raiders in some fashion.
  17. I can't believe that people have taken to dislike the lift hill. I personally love it; there is something very "Golden Age", maybe even industrial/steampunk about that combination of lattice and i-beams.
  18. The best answer simply is that they asked permission this time. It's actually the first coaster to cross Spring Creek that actually has footers in the creek- although just as well given it's layout and placement, it's really the first coaster that needed to do so.
  19. I've been and tasted the real thing before, and all I can say is thank god for you the show was still good. The dining however is a big part of the experience, unfortunately. Even the luau I went to at the Disney Polynesian resort many years ago was held outside. No poi!? Then it's definitely not a luau, just a Hawaiian-themed dinner show. Poi is really not that bad, not after you realize taro is in a lot of the cuisine anyway, and you should try to eat poi with a salty meat and not on it's own. (The latter was a the advice of my golf cart chauffeur on my wedding night.)
  20. I know at Hershey, from the early 90's to around when Roller Soaker was built, there seems to have been a major push to make both entrance and exit pathways handicap accessible as much as possible, because rides from that era sport extra wide queues and avoid steps all together. Given the topography and the way some rides are laid out, this makes for some CRAZY long ramps, and in most instances the near insanity is better noticed on the exit ramps. Lightning Racer, Roller Soaker, and especially Great Bear have almost tiresomely long exit ramps and switchbacks in order to stay ADA compliant. Around the time Storm Runner was built, they appear to have dropped that philosophy all together on the coasters. Queues have been narrowed noticeably, and they started using stairs again to reach ride platforms, while resorting to using elevators for handicap use to stay compliant. I imagine space was a primary concern, noting both of their newer coasters are far more squeezed in than previous rides so their queues have less room to use.
  21. Skyrush is easily the "perfect storm" for me, an insane-looking ride, close by, at a good-if-not-great park. Toss in that I'm a season pass holder and it makes it that much harder to put up with King's Dominion to ride magnificent Intamin insanity.
  22. Yeah, they really couldn't be any further away from each other.
  23. Oh, how sweet it is to be a Hersheypark Season Pass holder. When the suckers are crowding the Boardwalk on the hot days next summer, the wife and I will be splitting our time getting rides on this potential masterpiece and Lightning Racer.
  24. There's also a pretty good bed of rock not that deep under the soil. It isn't as if they are simply sunk into mud.
  25. Not to mention Skyrush's first hill is quite bit shorter than I 305's. Fahrenheit, iSpeed, Formula Rossa, Cheetah Hunt, and a number of Megalites would take umbrage at that assessment.
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