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  1. I found it interesting that they didn't really provide and detailed pictures of the train considering the big selling point with this ride is the new train design.


    Also, figuring out who sits where on this ride will never be as complicated as it is with any of the GIBs....



    I have hard time believing that too, because I've never heard of issues with B&M's staggered seat trains.

  2. I'm disappointed we haven't gotten to see some nice artwork yet. After all, it sounds like they are pretty much changing the face of Comet Hollow from the press release, there are a lot of details left unrevealed.

    And that's awesome the area is getting attention...in needs it sorely; it's been ignored since Great Bear cut a huge swath out of the midway and they painted everything blue.

  3. Killing an arguably great coaster and just adding a drop ride nearly 2 yrs after the fact is probably what stings about BGW decisions the most. I am glad I was able to ride BBW one last time in 2009, but I'm convinced what ever comes to replace it has to be spectacular in order to redeem themselves of the act in my eyes ( enough to make me want to drive the 5 hrs down there again just for a weekend at the park.)

  4. Sooperdooperlooper does have 3 trains, but I think the 3rd one is in the maintenance building being used as spare parts. I don't know when they stopped using it, but the trains do have the current paint job on them.



    Three trains on Sooperdooperlooper is overkill; generally I've seen crews able to dispatch a train as soon or before the previous one has cleared the brakes and is rolling down the transfer track.

  5. I think most parks that I've had pizza are about a Sbarro's quality. What I mean it's about average; good, but not great. I can say I have never had a slice as bad as the stuff at 7-11, but that doesn't mean it's not out there.

    As for the best, while not in nor a part of the park, The Dough Roller in Ocean City, MD next to Trimpers is probably some of the best pizza I've ever enjoyed.

  6. There are markings near the sky ride, along the games in front of the Comet, and in and around the Comet's exit area. I'm praying those are survey points and utility markings for the new attraction, not markings for support columns. If it were to go in that direction, it would have to be a tall part of the ride, like a lift. I just can't picture how you can effectively run a lift up that direction (toward the Skyride) and turn it to drop back toward the creek.




    That's exactly why I think the idea is impractical, and the rumor bogus.

  7. Rt 30 through there is pretty busy when Dutch Wonderland isn't open, for what it's worth.


    I don't know if I would say there is a lot more to do around Lancaster, I don't think either is far removed from the other arts and culture-wise. Both cities have big outlet centers. Lancaster has more local shopping, restaurants, a ballpark, and tourist traps( ), but then Hershey has access to nearby Harrisburg.


    Most people I know seem to categorize DW as place for your family if your your children are still young, perhaps 10 and under. You kind of graduate to Hershey when one of them decides they are too big for the place. I honestly don't think they compete much, not directly, they do overlap in demographics, but that's all. If Dutch Wonderland competes with anyone in the region, it's probably Sesame Place.

  8. It's rather odd the station platforms are separated the way they are... I wonder how they'll place the control booth.


    I like how the drops are intertwined, but I also wonder how that will affect timing. Different layouts are common on dueling coasters, but on a racer the tolerances are slim if you want both parts of the ride to time practically the same. (Apparently No-Limits has an issue with that too) And that section from the first turnaround to where the track runs along the lift is a dead ringer for Lightning Racer's second outbound run, just stretched out a bit and reversed (LR ending in a similar turnaround instead of beginning with the element). Not that I don't like what they have done, I just wish their [*first?] signature racer was also a little more original.



    *[Hopefully by now Holiday World is thinking they need a racer to round out their collection.]

  9. ^ Yeah I don't see Dutch Wonderland ever becoming a major competitor unless they raze the entire place and start over which would probably make enough locals angry that the park would end up caving in completely. I don't know much about Lancaster tourism but I don't think a lot of people are coming just for Dutch Wonderland.


    Even if by some miracle they absorbed the campground next door and doubled their attractions, they still wouldn't be considered in the same league.


    It's still a neat little park that has definitely carved out a niche for itself. While I doubt it is the biggest attraction around Lancaster, I know every weekend I passed by this summer, the parking lot was packed.

  10. Pricing is through the roof on everything from rooms, to food, to park admission (including season passes).


    Are you kidding me? Seriously, two park visits pays for your pass, never mind the free (preferred!) parking. I think people are too accustomed to Six Flags cut-rate pass pricing.


    Regular admission prices is otherwise easily circumvented since you can find discounts basically EVERYWHERE for admission. The food..well, I'll give you that- but, with a caveat that the park is surrounded by numerous dining establishments in short distance.

  11. The MIdway America dead end probably won't be solved anytime soon; it is a by-product of the placement of the Boardwalk, and is only really present when the Boardwalk has closed for the season. They aren't left with a practical option to route a path back toward the rest of the park.


    For what it's worth, I do not see it as much worse that the dead end in Italy at BGW.


    It wouldn't be a big issue if they moved the main gate or created a second gate where the employee entrance is presently located, though.

  12. I'm hoping for a regular hyper coaster...Hershey already has two big "gimmicky" coasters...a dive machine would be a bit repetitive with Fahrenheit and Storm Runner there.



    Having ridden Griffon, Fahrenheit and Storm Runner, I would say a +200 ft tall B&M dive machine is a substantially different experience than what is found on either of those Intamin rides.


    Not to mention it has to be said there is nothing of the sort in the area, and Hershey has a penchant for unique attractions. The standard fare hypercoaster on the other hand is well-represented in just about every neighboring competitor.

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