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  1. I'm so glad we didn't get a Dark Knight coaster. Nothings worse than knowing its going to be disappointing before its even installed. As far as how an EK clone might be, they don't look like anything too extreme, so i can understand some room for disappointment, especially for teenagers. Hopefully what we get will be another 50 feet taller and another 500 feet longer. A woodie not breaking 3,000 feet in length is just too short a ride, IMO.
  2. Whatever the ride is, I'm sure it won't disappoint. Magic Mountain and its higher ups carry great pride in offering some of the best and most unique roller coasters in the world (evidence being the love they gave to X2 this year), I have a feeling this one won't be an exception. Even with a clone or two in the park, MM typically makes a ride that's similar in the chain, and upscales it a notch or two to be in contention with the other "xtreme rides" in the park. I can't wait to see how this one measures up to Magic Mountain standards.
  3. Well it seems like Six Flags Great Adventure is the most popular among us. HHN Dylan: Just hope you don't have a day like this guy if you decide to go to there... LOL!
  4. LOL. *high five* I've been to CP and MM quite a bit, so the park I want to go to the most is Six Flags Great Adventure. Followed by any park that has a Superman Ride of Steel. But if you haven't been to CP or MM, for coasters, I'd suggest going to those.
  5. ^Thanks for that. Looks like someone was aware of these types of problems- when memos like that come out, typically mechanics/inspectors are supposed to pay special attention to the problematic areas. There might have been 2 areas on the main arm support where cracking was occurring, and apparently no mechanic saw them or bothered to repair them. Stress cracks are normal, but when rides aren't inspected every day, they don't get repaired and just get worse and things like this happen Either we're more available to information like this because of communication technology, or this kinda craps just happening way too often. I don't know if I even wanna get on carnie flats at the OC Fair anymore...
  6. Unless the video is one constant clip without all the editing and cut ins, when magic is done on video or on TV, it just doesn't do it for me. Like that Lance Burton video, it'd be much more believable if they showed the jump from a POV camera placed on the front of the train. Kinda convenient they neglected to show more than 2 clips from 2 practically identical angles. And we wonder where kids get the idea to run in front of coaster trains...
  7. Or in Colossus' case, 20+ years. Magic Mountain already has a painted wood coaster that they don't take care of, I'd much rather be able to see the grains in the wood on this one. And some terrain hugging wouldn't hurt!
  8. Wow this looks awesome! I really dig how more coasters these days have only 1 or 2 cars to them, it makes the ride more consistent on every cycle. Maybe the train will stop before the launch section, NL just couldn't display the launch that way? Because from the looks of it, that may be the biggest potential problem of this ride. That and the oddly place corkscrew right into the final break run. Its going to be exciting to see the ride AND the station when this thing is all done!
  9. Wow, you got in some great photos there. The one where half the loop is cut off, and the one right above it are my favorite. Why couldn't Knott's make their Moto Coaster bad ass like that one?! That one actually looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!
  10. Dude, what the hell WAS that spinning Mummy tunnel on the tour? I saw trams going into that building and thought it was going to be good, but once we went in, I didn't get that at all... From what I remember on the tour (from 2 weeks ago) there might have been a clip or 2 from Ron Howard, but Whoopie is pretty much the "narrator" person of the videos on the tour, unfortunately.
  11. Wow, it took me a couple looks to realize those are both the same entrance signs, but these two pictures really make it obvious! See the shed in the background? Haha, that's too funny!
  12. The link says that the train broke on the lift hill. I'm sure after the lift hill it rolled just fine down that first drop, then lost so much speed because of the breakage, it couldn't make it over the immelman. Is it possible that all that was holding these trains together was 2 pieces of pipe, 1 bolt and a locking pin? Or 1 bolt, a lock washer and nut? Eek!
  13. Sorry, up to the "head back attached" it doesn't sound like a joke to me. Guess I'm not in the "hip" group who can tell if what people are posting is a joke or not based simply off what they say.
  14. ^Not starting with me. You're the sick weirdo taking corpse photos. Let me know when some real news on this story comes out...
  15. But wasn't it stated that a couple bolts were replaced on the trains just earlier in the day before this accident happened? Wouldn't that place the responsibility of the accident on the ride mechanics who perhaps didn't replace the bolts correctly, instead of blaming the ride company itself?
  16. I don't think anyone was expecting perfection. But when the theming doesn't even cut it for a Six Flags park, I think people have every right to be disappointed. From what I've heard and seen, this ride blows. I think most Batman Inverts have better theming in their queues line then this one has on the actual ride.
  17. Top Thrill Dragster & Tatsu. TTD was because of the anticipation, sitting looking up at the tower that couple seconds before you launch. Tatsu cause I had no clue that pretzel loop would catch me so off guard.
  18. Understood. What I mean is it doesn't make SFOG look good when their safety systems are *only* what's minimally required. If the park would have took it upon themselves to simply add another fence around the low zones in case something went wrong with the perimeter fence, I think it would be more of a cut and dry case. It would have shown that they went above and beyond to protect the guests safety. I'm not standing up for the kid at all, I'm just trying to understand why the plaintiff even thinks they have a case. I'm totally siding on the park on this issue.
  19. ^Thanks for the advice, I found an even better view of the ride. Green- existing fence - Perimeter Red- existing fence - Restricted Yellow arrows - Low Zones That's a pretty good view, and it doesn't look like I'm missing an existing fence. Not having an additional gate at the low zones (Arrows 1, 2 and 3) means theres not 2 gates between guests and the danger zones in certain areas of the parking lot. And not having a restricted zone sign on the black perimeter gate because its acting as both a perimeter and restricted gate, is not a good thing for Six Flags.
  20. I think the park is screwed to an extent, simply because there are no "Warning: Restricted Area" signs anywhere along the black fence, and in areas of the parking lot, that's the only thing between the low points and the guests. You can clearly see there aren't chain linked fences surrounding the low point at the last corkscrew. According to people on here who've been to the park, these are the existing fences. The Green line is the perimeter fence, and the red line is the restricted area fence. If I owned the park, not only would the perimeter of the ride be surrounded (the green line), but so would every low point of the ride where someone could be in danger if somehow they got in there anyway (illustrated by the yellow line). The fence that's inside the perimeter now (the Red line) doesn't cut it, IMO. There should be 2 fences between guests and low points at any time, in order to keep the dumb and the rebellious out of a low zone. Not that it would have stopped this kid, but atleast the park would have a better case that they did the most they could to avoid this from happening.
  21. I find it slightly creepy that some of you are interested in checking out his Myspace. Maybe its just me, its a tick of a degree of stalker status if you know what I mean. Even worse the immediate judgement when none of you even know him. All other details aside, that b*tch on his backround is smokin'. The way I see it, anyone who's ever been a male, a stoner, or a human being would be hard to deny 2 of the 3 things listed as pretty much whats going on in a 17 year olds mind. Unfortunately when people display themselves openly and explicitly like this young man, far-off assumptions are going to be made about them. It can be easy for society to be judgemental. I'm not advocating the explicit display of vocabulary, however I know when I was around that age that was pretty much all I could think about most of the time. I was just smart enough not to tell the world about it on a page that everyone could read. In other words, linking his Myspace page adds nothing informative to the event at the park, perhaps its unneccesary? I don't see the need to ridicule a person that's already paid the ultimate price for his mistakes.
  22. Latest update: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080630/ap_on_re_us/six_flags_death "We're not clear on what happened," he (Father of the victim, Asia Ferguson III) said. "All we know is that we don't blame anybody." Sounds like the family isn't going to be pressing charges, God bless them. What a horrible disaster, I can't even begin to imagine what the parents, family, and friends are going through. Autopsy is supposed to be happening today. Maybe it'll clear up some questions.
  23. I know there's still a lot to this story to be released, but this is such a random event with so many questions, I can't help but try to create a situation to explain what the heck was going on from the time they thought about hopping the fence, right up to when the kid got hit. 1. If they were going to get something in the track area: a. Why did they both have to go? b. Why didn't they wait for the train to finish cycling before going into the areas where the track was close to the ground? Batman's ride cycle is what, 45 seconds? With a 2 minute dispatch interval, and only 2 or 3 sections of the ride that are actually close to the ground, you're chances have to be pretty lousy to be in the way of the train coming. Not to mention completely ignoring the thunderous B&M roar coming your way. If that's not it, it leads me to believe they were hanging out in the track area for more than a couple minutes, and knew what they were doing was wrong. If this is the case: 1. Did they really think they could get away with grabbing someones feet on the train? 2. If you're going to break into the park, or shortcut the entrance by hopping into restricted areas, atleast stay the hell away from the ride! Its not hard to look, see the train, and move away for a 30 seconds until it passes. This kind of reminds me of situations where people try to beat the train at railroad crossings. It doesn't seem like it when you're sitting there watching it, but that train is coming alot faster than it looks. You might think you have time to get out of the way to beat it, and by the time you've made the decision to cross, its too late to look back. I'm surprised nobody saw the dipsh*ts and pulled out their camera phones to coincidently record some video of the event. Either way, the friend that survived has A LOT of explaining to do with investigators. He's probably the only one that knows exactly what was going on from planning on hopping the fences, all the way up to the collision. It will be interesting to hear the story unfold.
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