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  1. And going off on the Disney thing, it's definitely true. Literally every key ride/show you can think of in Florida is accessible at the California locations. And then there's rides like Dinosaur that are the same layout as Indiana Jones or Everest which is the same theme as Matterhorn, etc. It's strange how many families are swindled into booking an extensive vacation to Disney World when they can attend Tower of Terror, the Muppets Show, Innoventions, Star Tours, the more expensive version of Test Track known as The Cars Ride, etc. all in California with only two ticket charges instead of four. Universal's headed down the same path of pointlessness by just replicating the same things over-and-over.


    Most of your... rant, I totally agree with. Universal is getting a tad obnoxious by just cloning their attractions at one coast or the other. I am excited (ish) about all the new stuff, but, besides being my "home" Universal park, I'd rather save up and make the trek out to Florida for most of this stuff.


    You then pulled a 180, though. Disney was doing the whole "clone" thing for a while. And still is a little, with Little Mermaid and stuff. However, they are breaking the monotony a bit. I personally have never been to Florida, but if I ever get out there, I look forward to riding Expedition Everest, Test Track, their Mansion/Tower/Space because I know from several sources that they are vastly different.


    Anyways, I'm sure we can dance the issue to death on Disney, so I'll just leave that as is


    I certainly hope USH can into its own with these new additions, but it definitely is feeling more than ever like it's trying to save a few dollars with clones from the East Coast

  2. As a piece of advise from a local to all those coming from out of state. This weekend is going to be hot. Dress lightly, especially at SFMM. My gf and I went last year right when the heat wave hit, and I just about passed out from heat exhaustion. A great place to eat inside the park to escape for a little bit is the Mooseburger Lodge, although I don't know how the crowds have been since YOLOcoaster opened up.


    See you all Sunday!

  3. What I mean by the earthquake thing is that, I feel like at least a small part of not having trackless ride vehicles is that they would obvious operate independent of anything else, meaning that if an earthquake were to occur, the brakes and other safety systems would be reliant fully on the vehicle itself. Meaning, worst comes to worst, these vehicles would be free to slide around the floor run into any other vehicle, scenery, etc. Or even flip if really bad case. That's all I meant by the earthquake codes

  4. I would love to see a Trackless Ride Vehicle system here in CA at the DL Resort. I feel like the problem will be the earthquake codes. I am aware Japan has earthquakes and they can do it. But, in the end, I feel like the govt doesn't have a giant OSHA sized stick up their butt in Japan. And they actually maintain their equipment to earthquake-fighting standards.


    But one can dream

  5. This is looking incredible. For me personally, I love how much attention Bud Hurlbut got. He really was the pioneer of the early dark ride, and deserves so very much recognition


    Large Park Wild Mouse is always fun but also a quite low capacity ride for a park this size...


    The park isn't near as big as you'd think. As long as the crew stays on the job, the line shouldn't get that bad. It's rare to have the park nearly its capacity. And mind you, the park is only a block large. Haha

  6. Thanks. I did not realize that Sky Cabin and the Sky Drop were on the same tower. Why did they take it out, just wondering.

    Also, great image of the original Corkscrew entrance.


    There were a couple reasons that float around about the Sky Jump's closure. The simplest is the fact that the technology of that ride was behind the times, and it would have cost way too much money to actually update the system to be fully computer controlled. Just like the Haunted Shack, they measured the cost of fixing it vs. the cost of just taking it out.


    We know which one won out.


    As for the other reason, there has always been a strong rumor that the ride closed due to a man committing suicide from the top because his girlfriend had recently broke up with him. I don't know how much that might have lead directly to them shutting it down, but as a park manager, I'd probably look at that, then look at making the system more modern and more dummy proof. And then weigh the above options

  7. ^^Sorry to hear that Robb. As a coaster enthusiast, I find the guts of how a coaster runs just as interesting as riding. I guess it helps that I'm an engineering student.


    This discussion about the X2 trains is rather interesting, with some interesting theories. One thing people have mentioned is the Dinoconda trains seem to do the same thing as the X2 train, whereas Eujanaika does not. I remember when it was X, and that hard rocking motion at the beginning of the ride was evident with the old trains as well. It's most likely something with the track setup that somehow was fixed in Eujanaika, but then reintroduced at Dinoconda.

  8. ^You laugh now... There's a reason Haunt sucked even more last year than previous years... More restrictions in place to really prune that which is his moneymaker. Trust me, I wish it not. But the direction he's taking will essentially kill the event on its own. As they are doing opposite of SFMM with their log ride, they are doing opposite of USH with their Haunt event, and we've already seen where people's preferences lie

  9. It's funny reading all these posts about being surprised as to what an amazing coaster Gold Striker is. It seems like all the RMC coasters doing fancy things, we seem to have forgotten what a superb wooden coaster can be. I haven't ridden this yet, but having found faith in wooden coasters in CA after Terminator-pocalypse, I knew Gold Striker would be a solid hit. There is a reason GCI has survived when all other wooden coaster companies have failed

  10. They killed someone on Big Thunder due to shoddy maintenance.


    Do tell.


    I'm not sure if you're trying to be sarcastic here or not, but the statement concerning Big Thunder is essentially correct. However, Rastuso's statements comparing the Disney situation to Bhopal and what happened in Texas yesterday are, at best, over blown.


    He was also bringing up a good point that especially here, of all places, coaster enthusiasts shouldn't fall so far under the spell that Disney is a perfect company. Just like every other corporation, they care about the bottom line, and if they can get away with the bare minimum, they will. They hide it better than most companies, but at the end of the day, their rides (and coasters especially) are Six Flags or Cedar Fair quality with ridiculous amounts more hype and money thrown in. Their rep just makes Disney seem... fancier and safer.

  11. “During the course of the inspection and prior, the employer, Disneyland Resort, failed to provide guardrails on all open sides of unenclosed elevated work locations more than 30 inches above the floor, ground, or other working areas of a building (Space Mountain) at Disneyland Resort. Employees of Disneyland Resort and HSG, Inc accessed the upper exterior platform of Space Mountain to perform routine and also non-routine maintenance and were not protected by guardrails or any other type of fall protection.”


    Quoted from Disney Blog.


    What this means is that indoors or out, maintenance needs some sort of fall protection when working on ladder or surfaces 30 in or more off the ground. Since Soarin' mainly utilizes catwalks and ladders for daily maintenance requirements, they cannot perform routine procedures. Hopefully, Disney can correct this and gets these popular attractions back open.


    And, just so we're clear, it was OSHA who slammed the company, not DOSH. OSHA is federal whereas DOSH is state. So we may see similar things happen to the other parks...

  12. No ride should have to have an Evac system


    Uh, B&M Flyers and Inverted coasters have a platform that is on the lift hill that is used to get people off in case the trains get stuff on the lift.


    Next time you ride one you can find it pretty easy if you look.


    Coulda sworn I didn't say anything about catwalks "which all coasters have" but ok.


    Hey bud, he didn't say anything about Catwalks. In fact, B&M Flyers have no catwalks directly underneath the ride vehicle on the lift. Therefore, there is a platform that can be moved along a rail that is located next to the catwalks on the side of the lift. So just calm your roll

  13. I have a question after watching the second video.


    So many times we've seen Martin and Vlemix linked with Gravity Group for wooden coasters, and both take equal credit for them. What kind of company is Martin and Vlemix? To me, it seems as though Gravity Group does the physical design via CAD and stuff, and Martin and Vlemix does the construction aspect. Is that about right?


    And thank you so much for this awesome coverage of IAAPA. Really is a unique opportunity to get such in depth coverage at a convention like this while sitting at home on the other side of the country

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