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  1. It's fair to say that you can't truly judge a coaster before you ride it. Animations and POV's never do a ride justice. But complaints about how it will look are totally legitimate. Especially regarding Twisted Colossus. We all know how the ride looks as it currently stands. This makes it very simple to get an idea of how it will look with lower turnarounds and whatnot. Will it still dominate? Sure, the lift hill and first turnaround will. But the last half wont quite as much as it used to. With all that said, the excitement factor is going to be off the charts with those twists right next to the parking lot. We all know what coaster people will be bolting for. Hope this takes some load off X2.
  2. Let me start out by saying that in terms of a new coaster, I LOVE what I see. And spring of 2015? Wow, that's going to be a fast conversion compared to the other Rocky Mountain projects. If this was simply a new ride, I'd have zero complaints. But then nostalgia kicks in. The last rides I had on Colossus were still rather good. It's my feeling that they could have incorporated every element of Twisted Colossus, but kept the coaster much closer to how it used to look. The structure of the old Colossus just had presence. Those massive turnarounds dominated the landscape like no other. And now so much of that is gone. I'm disappointed that they didn't keep the coaster as visually imposing as it was before. The first drop and first turn around of the modified ride are great. I wouldn't change a thing. The inversions in place of the old low hill after the second drop, also great. But that's where it ends for me. Should have kept it two tracks. After the inversions, go into a new wicked awesome double-up. Dip the middle of the second turn around like they did with the first. Maybe even a second high five? Then after the second turnaround drop, bring back the old double down. The third turnaround that used to be SO slow would have been dropped almost to the ground. And then on the return, re-profile those hills into ones that give awesome airtime. Then back into the station. And the red track Rocky Mountain used on all the other conversions would have been fitting for Twisted Colossus. A perfect nod to the red handrails of the original ride. But when all is said and done, we are getting one hell of a ride. And that I can't complain about.
  3. No damage to the roller coasters that I'm aware of. I was there the day of the earthquake and aside from them having to re-test the rides after every aftershock, it was a normal day. Park even opened on time, from what I remember. Honestly, I didn't think they'd be open at all.
  4. Ditto. Because of the Marine Base, the land under the flightpath was already zoned for other than residential. So, it's not like noise was really going to be much of an issue for homeowners. If anything, there would have been less noise because of the restrictions commercial aircraft have on sound. In comparison to the military jets and helicopters, it wouldn't have been a big deal. In addition to less noise, there would also be less homes and therefore less traffic. As soon as the airport was killed, the City of Irvine was manipulated by The Irvine Company to rezone land to allow residential buildings. This is the exact reason why Wild Rivers (and soon to be Irvine Meadows/Verizon) was demolished in favor of homes. The promise of a park was a sham. As time progresses, more and more "park" land is being concerted into land for homes. Damn shame.
  5. It's been a while since I heard anything about the new park in Irvine. The website still says that "Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2013" and "the new Wild Rivers Irvine opens in May 2014." However, with it being December and still no signs of groundbreaking or updates to the website/facebook page, I knew something was up. Every once and a while I'll look for news articles or some sort of city/county agenda. And nothing ... till now. Here is an article I came across from the OC Register explaining what's going on: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-531549-park-wild.html I really do hope that they are able to secure funding and work out a new deal with the County. South OC is really missing a local water park. The location is perfect, the timing seems right, and I know there is a demand. Crossing my fingers here for a 2015 opening date.
  6. Well, with a Panda Express in Ghost Town, I guess it would be fitting to put Korean BBQ in Fiesta Village.
  7. Just throw in a Star Flyer and most people will never know the difference.
  8. Time start making new coasters with dual stations to cut back the dispatch times ... And never staff it. It's a shame to see coasters that have been operating for years, safely, get seat belts. Seat belts don't make you safer. A properly trained crew does. One that knows when someone is properly restrained, and when they are too big or small to safely ride.
  9. My vote is for the worlds best underground waterside - Bombay Blaster's at Wild Rivers. - RIP-
  10. I hate to see the tree go, but maybe this means they can slightly shift the midway over in order to make room for some real trees to block the FullThrottle station. As it is right now, there doesn't look to be any room with all the mechanical/electrical equipment between the station and midway. I also hope they do something with the large open concrete area in front of the Golden Bear Theatre. For a park that does a better job at removing trees than adding them, here's hoping.
  11. While I'd love for something else to go in the spot of Windseeker, it would be interesting if they replaced it with a Star Flyer model and played it off like nothing happened. I wonder how many people would really notice a change, considering how many comments I've heard about Apocalypse being Psyclone and such. It really is a shame that so many mature trees had to be removed for Windseeker, only to have the ride removed after a short stint. Perhaps the park will green up the area a little more with whatever its replacement is.
  12. ^ HAHA! I love the SNL/Chris Farley reference. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  13. It's Magic Mountain ... they always find a way to stack a 2 train operation. Flash Pass doesn't help.
  14. Not exactly the same color, but close - and a totally different track style - But when looking at these Coast Rider construction pictures I can't help be reminded of Windjammer. The difference, of course - This ride will be GOOD. X-Treme Racers at Legoland Billund was a lot of fun. I look forward to having the same ride at Knott's. Also, for the one who asked, I think that building next to Coast Rider is used for the pump system.
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