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Everything posted by swiver

  1. I would have to say Magnum, El Toro, Maverick, Goliath (SFOG), and Intimidator stand out among others to me.
  2. I really like Apollo's Chariot's purple and yellow scheme, and I also really like the colors on the Scorpion CoasterDynamix model.
  3. My favorite coaster has been and will always be Magnum XL-200. The rest of my top 5 is as follows: 2. Maverick 3. El Toro 4. Thunderhead 5. Kumba
  4. Shockwave at SFOT is a Schwarzkopf just an FYI Kyle, I don't think I would have been able to live to see tomorrow if I hadn't read that absolutely riveting comment of yours. I had NO IDEA that Shockwave at SFOT was a Schwarzkopf, WOW! Now I can finally die a happy man with that top secret information.
  5. Yay! A new wooden coaster in Florida will be awesome. I really hope the Big Fun rumor is true!
  6. Wow, for a second there I thought by "Quadruple AquaLoop," you meant that it would be one slide doing four loops in a row haha. Still going to be awesome either way!
  7. ^Well I don't really like Griffon better than SheiKra because it's higher. I like it better because it has weird and random airtime hills, whereas SheiKra kind of just turns back into the station. But on a Canada's Wonderland related note, this first drop on Leviathan looks like it's gonna be insane. I'd even dare to say that it's probably going to have the best airtime of any hill on a B&M coaster.
  8. My first coaster (to the best of my knowledge) was Space Mountain Alpha side at Magic Kingdom.
  9. My guess is that the footprint for a Boomerang is larger than two Wild Mouse coasters, so it should fit. At least I think Chris Gray said Big Fun takes up the space of two Wild "Mice". I did a little research, and it PERFECTLY fits in the footprint of a Boomerang! A Boomerang is 289 ft by 99 ft, vs 275 ft by 90 ft for the Big Fun. My interest is piqued, I wonder who is this rumored buyer. Six Flags New England? Two boomerangs next to each other is just silly.
  10. Next year we will fine tune our skills to give you the ultimate ride of death, Robb.
  11. So this is my first time ever going to the IAAPA Expo, and after seeing it all, I have two words: mind blowing. It's really overwhelming to see literally EVERYTHING the amusement industry has to offer. I have gotten the opportunity to meet so many new people and see so many things that I had never thought I would get to. If anyone is on the fringe about going, do it. It is really an amazing experience that can't be truly understood until you go. See you next year IAAPA!
  12. Literally just about every one you can think of will be there, even some that you probably didn't know existed.
  13. Let me verify a couple of the statements that you've made in this novel. The train is stopped so early in the final set of brakes for a reason. The train needs enough momentum to carry it from those brakes back into the station in a short amount of time. You remember when you talked about how the train sometimes stopped really hard in the brakes out of the last tunnel? A lot of the time that's because the train actually HAS been bumped up in the final brake run. The train is moving too slow going back into the station, and it sets up (hard stops, whatever you want to call it). Essentially, the train being that couple feet back in the final brake run helps the interval time out A LOT. Also...the operator has no control over how the train is braking in the station. Don't know where you found that bit of information from, but the only coaster at Cedar Point that has manual station brakes is Gemini. And by the way, your review of the third hill made me pretty ticked. The third hill on Magnum XL-200 is by far the greatest experience of all time on any roller coaster ever. It is 5 seconds of pure floater/ejector airtime (depending on where you are sitting) and it's unlike any other hill on any other ride. As for the hills at the end, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Those hills are AWESOME. Triangular bunny hills FTW!
  14. Sad news-- apparently the staggering is a little worse than I previously posted. I just got off both fire and ice, and coincidentally both times I rode the trains were sent at about the same time. So the way it works is: whichever train is dispatched first goes up the lift normally, and the second train jogs up a good portion of the lift. When I rode each time my train was the first dispatched, and on both occasions my train was going around the loop by the time the other train was dropping off the lift. Sad day And yes, Rip Ride Rockit still uses the moving belt, but they have to frequently station stop due to slow guests and other things of that nature.
  15. Powder Keg launches from 0-53 mph in 2.8 seconds, and Hypersonic XLC launches from 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds. Not sure that those two can really compare other than the simple fact that they both are launched coasters. How fast are Verbolten's launches going to be again?
  16. A drop track is when the coaster train stops into a MCBR/ block type segment, comes to a complete stop, and the whole track piece drops along with the train. At the bottom of the drop, the track piece reconnects with another track piece and completes the ride. There is only one other coaster in the world that has a drop track, and that is Th13teen at Alton Towers. There are a couple videos on YouTube that have clear shots (with nightvision, of course) of what goes on in the drop track section. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJcGxM7Wb8g Skip to around 1:40 and you'll see it.
  17. I'd say my favorite is probably Dominator, followed by Kraken and Bizarro
  18. 2011 Parks: Kings Dominion (2x) Busch Gardens Williamsburg (2x) Six Flags Great Adventure (2x) Cedar Point (3289147293847x) Kings Island (2x) Carowinds Family Kingdom Dollywood Holiday World (2x) Mount Olympus Timber Falls Bay Beach Kennywood Waldameer Six Flags over Georgia Seaworld Orlando (4x) Universal Studios Orlando (5x) Busch Gardens Tampa (3x) Islands of Adventure (8x) Fun Spot USA (Kissimmee) Old Town Magic Kingdom (3x) Disney's Hollywood Studios (123687x) Epcot (2x) Disney's Animal Kingdom
  19. Coasters: Nemesis Expedition Geforce Boulder Dash Dragon Khan T-Express New Texas Giant Bizarro Black Mamba Goliath (Walibi World) bluefire Megacoaster Mountain Flyer (Now "Wooden Coaster") Tremors Twister (Gronalund) Troy Tatsu Colossos Kentucky Rumbler Parks: Alton Towers Thorpe Park Parc Asterix Toverland Gronalund Europa Park Heide Park Phantasialand Gardaland Mirabilandia Lake Compounce Six Flags New England Six Flags over Texas Knott's Berry Farm There might be more...
  20. it's a little more staggered than you are hoping. if they happen to dispatch the trains at the same time, fire usually jogs up the lift while ice goes way ahead. to give you an idea, ice probably makes it through the zero g roll before fire gets to the top of the lift
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