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  1. I'd love to see an Intamin gyro drop, but that'd never happen. It would be really cool to see the smoky mountains from that high up, but it would ruin the park skyline (or lack thereof).


    They could always do a themed indoor drop tower like Phantasialand's Mystery Tower.


    That would be pretty awesome, I wonder what they could theme it to? Maybe something relating to Mystery Mine...like Nemesis and its indoor drop tower counterpart.

  2. Definitely:


    King's Dominion

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg



    Six Flags Great Adventure

    Six Flags America

    Six Flags New England

    Lake Compounce

    Quassy Amusement Park


    Working On:

    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Knott's Berry Farm

    Disneyland/ California Adventure

    Beech Bend

    Dorney Park

    Islands of Adventure

    Universal Studios Orlando

    Walt Disney World

    Busch Gardens Tampa

    Six Flags St. Louis

    Worlds of Fun

    Silver Dollar City

  3. I305 cable return is not underground, it runs through an uncovered trench in the ground. The Mechanics have to be able to visibly inspect the cable, they wouldn't be able to check the cable return if it's was running through an underground trench. So an underground trench running under comet may not be happening, a system like that could raise some safety/maintenance issues.


    How would they dig a trench...in the water...? That would make it a dam, stopping the flow of water through the creek. The cable is going to being running right over the water for part of it's return back to the station.


    From RCDB

  4. As for Zippin Pippin, I think that's the best example of how few riders really makes the results unreliable. Does it really belong at #38 when the previous version of the coaster only made the top 100 once in its last 9 years? I'd tend to doubt it, even if it's significantly better that the previous version. But with only 12 riders, most of which were probably very much old school coaster fans who are likely to rank it higher than the rest of us might, we get unreliable results, especially with the majority of its matchups being very close -- and as a result, unreliable. In fact, Zippin Pippin provided one of T Express' three blemishes, with a 2-2 tie. While I can see T Express losing to #1 El Toro, and maybe even see it tying with #5 Phoenix, I think that it's safe to say that it's a better coaster than Zippin Pippin, which ranked at #38, which is probably much higher than it deserves! This is the best example of how a few riders with unusual opinions can affect much higher ranked coasters on the list. That's why Mitch doesn't count coasters with fewer than 10 riders. Luckily, there were few such coasters ranking highly this year.


    I guess that I am one of the twelve that rode Zippin Pippin this year. I really had no idea that only twelve people that filled out this poll rode it. As for the rankings, I put it at my #11 spot. According to Mitch's poll, I've been on 46 wooden coasters I believe. And I'm being completely honest when I say that it's the 11th best wooden coaster I've been on. I can understand complaints from someone who hasn't been on it, but you really have to ride this one. There are some great moments of floater and ejector airtime, and there are even handchoppers!

    When GravityGroup built this ride, they were solely going off of pictures that they took at Libertyland to build the reincarnation of the old coaster. They definitely put a bit of a GG spin on it, and the finished product doesn't disappoint. They even run two trains on it, which is more than you can say for most GG caosters.

    I guess the main point I'm getting at with this though, is don't knock it until you've tried it. It's a really really really fun ride!


    EDIT: To give you an idea of my taste in coasters, this is how I voted in my poll this year. I don't really consider myself an "old school" guy.

    My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,y,y,1

    El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,y,2

    Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,y,3

    The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,y,4

    Hades Mount Olympus WI,y,y,5

    Ravine Flyer II Waldameer PA,y,y,6

    Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure MI,y,n,7

    The Legend Holiday World IN,y,y,8

    The Beast Kings Island OH,y,y,9

    Raven Holiday World IN,y,y,10

    Zippin Pippin Bay Beach WI,y,y,11

    Viper SFGAm IL,y,n,12

  5. These older rapids rides are becoming quite curious to me. I'm really not sure what's going to be happening to them in the near future. They maybe be starting to get old and outdated, but they are very hard from a business standpoint to tear down. From information I've gathered from other parks about these rides, they are going to be extremely expensive to tear down. For what reason? I really don't know. I've also heard that they are VERY expensive to operate. Pumping that many gallons of water each day is definitely not cheap. So will they be the next to go? Again, I'm not very sure, but I'm going to keep an eye on them.

  6. If I had to choose one of those three, I would probably choose the Maurer Sohne, just because they are actually really fun rides. The Vekoma launches are fun, but the launch system is very impractical and the rides themselves aren't a whole lot of fun. I have't been on an El Loco yet so I can't judge, but I would most closely compare it to a kind of Eurofighter-y design if I were to imagine what it would be like.


    Like previously stated, I would probably choose an Intamin launched coaster if I had a choice of anything. Maybe not an LSM launch because they go down quite often, but maybe an accelerator? My ideal coaster would be a Storm Runner-esque type ride that has a couple airtime hills and is maybe 800-1000 feet longer than Storm Runner. Just thinking out loud...

  7. ^ It's an Intamin. I won't believe that it's modern engineering at it's best until it stays operational for an entire day.


    Bitter, Party of one. Your table is now available....


    Aww, c'mon! Any time anyone else in the world has said that, everyone goes "of course" or laughs about it. Just trying to make a little joke. I am quite excited for this ride and do expect it to be a little more reliable than previous models. Intimidator 305 is actually a pretty reliable coaster, so I expect Skyrush to be even better!


    The only thing I'm a little worried about is that they might have some sort of different platform for the loading of the trains, which they have never done before. That's really the only place something could go wrong.

  8. I've been on Mantis, Vortex (Carowinds), Iron Wolf, Green Lantern, and Georgia Scorcher. Of the five, I'd probably rank them:


    1. Georgia Scorcher

    2. Mantis

    3. Green Lantern

    4. Iron Wolf

    5. Vortex


    Georgia Scorcher was just an awesome ride that was the perfect length, twisted and turned all over the place, and was actually pretty smooth. All of the other standups that I've listed were just very intense rides that really hurt my legs, whereas Georgia Scorcher was pretty enjoyable all around- not too forceful, just right. The only complaint I have is that their crew is RIDICULOUSLY slow. Like almost as slow as Manta's crew.

  9. The first time I rode El Toro and Skull Mountain (in 2006) was crazy. Both were in the back row, and I had no idea about what either coaster had to offer. As far as being taken by surprise, those two are definitely in my top first drops.


    I also love the first drops on Magnum, Maverick, Hades, Manta (I don't think anyone has mentioned Manta yet), and as much as I hate to say it, Millennium Force. Of course all of these would have to be ridden in the back seat for full effect.

  10. The worst part about the expansion going to Amity is that the taint of Universal Orlando - Sinbad and Poseidon - will remain. Ew.


    Not necessarily. The way I envision all of this happening is that Amity and the rest of Lost Continent will be removed to make a "entrance" and "exit" for the monorail. Wizarding World at Islands is already a pretty small area, and Lost Continent is pretty desolate now. I feel like making the rest of Lost Continent into Diagon Alley would be pretty sweet.


    Maybe for now Lost Continent will remain, but you never know, Phase 3 could be the rest of that area going down.

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