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Everything posted by CrazedZooChimp

  1. Nice, thanks for the pictures! Looks further along than I would have guessed, hah.
  2. Thanks! Yeah, I just saw that Calico was down, so Saturday it is! Taking a friend who's never been, can't go when the most Knott's Knott's ride is down!
  3. Hi Knott's regulars, was hoping for some advice. Any idea how packed it might be on this Saturday? Would a fast lane be at all worth it (uhh, the park hasn't been running single train ops, has it)? And, any guess if Friday would be WAY emptier than Saturday? Chance I could Friday instead, but it would be for less of the day.
  4. Was hoping some of you might be able to give me some Magic Mountain advice. I am planning to go to the park either Friday or Saturday this week while in LA, but I'm unsure which is the better option. Saturday has much longer hours (open until 9 instead of 6), but I presume Friday will be much emptier. Anyone have any guesses how much less crowded it would be Friday, and on weekdays do they still typically run multiple trains on every coaster? Many thanks!
  5. Hasn't been mentioned, but I'd also consider Tatsu for a "ropedrop" ride. It tends to have the second longest/slowest line in my experience (behind X2). As mentioned before, other than increased chance of dueling early in the day, the TC line is never that bad since it has the best ops and three trains.
  6. I've never noticed them having to do that on RailBlazer. Maybe someone who goes to the park even more frequently would know more, but I've been on it probably a 20-30 times and never seen it.
  7. Yeah, showed up on the CGA park blog today. As far as I know there was no announcement before this. https://www.cagreatamerica.com/blog/2018/blazing-new-trails-all-around-the-park Also taking out a Planet Snoopy ride, "Snoopy’s Splash Dance". On the plus side, some bathrooms are being renovated and a bunch of midways are being redone. So...there's a lot going on at the park!
  8. In my experience (I'm not local but make it to the park a few times a year from Northern California), X2 and Tatsu have the longest lines, and tend to have reliability issues. So if you see those running, I'd start with them. At the same time, park should be pretty empty so it likely won't be a problem either way.
  9. I'm still trying to comprehend how they were even able to put VR on that ride. The season they did it was the year I didn't get a pass so I never figured out, although I don't think I would ever try VR on that ride. I have earrings now too & flashback to the day when my father got stabbed by his earrings coming off that painful ride. It actually wasn't too bad. It had been years since I'd ridden it, but they did a little reprofiling in the middle and adjusted the restraints, and those both helped. I found especially towards the front with the VR I felt fine (relatively). Back was still not great, but not a nauseating as I expected. Definitely. While it's spinning low towards the ground and moving slowly it definitely makes me feel queasy. It's kind of a problem because it takes awhile for it to slow down and stop at the end, so I'll be enjoying it in the middle of the ride, then while it's slowing down decide I'd really like to get off
  10. Woah, I never noticed that before. That does seem kind of odd, right? I wonder if it's somehow noise related or something (although RailBlazer is suppose to have the "silent" lift, and Patriot/Vortex is in the middle of the park). How odd.
  11. SFDK and Skyline Attractions showed off the lead car for Harley Quinn this morning. Not bad, hopefully the OTS restraints aren't too unpleasant (they don't look awful). Related, if any of you are interested I wrote a piece on the history of Skyline and they're development of the Skywarp for Coaster101 last week (hoping it's OK to share this since it is relevant). I'm cautiously optimistic that this'll be a pretty fun ride (way better than a Larson loop): https://www.coaster101.com/2017/11/08/how-skyline-attractions-developed-skywarp/
  12. I don't really disagree with this, but it's probably a good idea to keep in mind that earnings calls are not for fans or customers of Cedar Fair parks, they're for investors. If trying to read between the lines it's a good idea not to think like a roller coaster enthusiast, but like the head of a mutual fund...
  13. CGA teasing the new ride on Twitter! https://twitter.com/CAGreatAmerica/status/886997267709796352
  14. Thanks for reading my interview. For those of you who are interested in the whole thing, here's the link (it's pretty fascinating stuff, even beyond this): www.coaster101.com/2017/07/11/how-sally-corp-builds-top-end-dark-rides-to-regional-parks-with-john-wood-and-rich-hill/
  15. That's doubtful, it's not a new type of coaster or a renewed relationship with a manufacturer, because I don't think Vekoma has anything to do with relocating rides. Plus, this is way to much teasing for just a relocated Boomerang. Yeah, I think there's zero chance the old boomerang is coming to CGA. It would go against everything we've heard/seen about CF's plans and efforts to invest in CGA, plus everything we've seen about what new coasters are opening this year.
  16. Thought some of you guys would be interested in this, I interviewed CEO John Wood and Creative Director Rich Hill of Sally Corp all about Justice League (and a little bit about their past and future projects) for Coaster101. Lots of interesting little tidbits in here (like why there's no Aquaman), but the biggest take away is that they're both really excited about the Magic Mountain version of the ride, and said that it is always going to be a one of a kind version of the ride. Basically it makes me really excited to get down there and ride it! Sally Corp Justice League Interview
  17. Well, for CGA I'd say any new coaster is pretty big But, when they were telling us that I think it was really about the whole next 10 years or so. We know for a fact (just because it was in the MP and because Rehnborg pretty much told me) that they're going to make a hyper at some point, that could be 3-5 years down the road and be the "Big" thing. It doesn't necessarily mean this year would be it. Of course, I'd say a SR1, or a Hyper GTX, or a Blitz, or whatever would all be pretty big news, especially for a park that hasn't had a new coaster in 5 years.
  18. Yes, that means an empty Coke can or bottle. I did the Coke exclusive ride time last year and it was awesome. I got about 5-6 rides on Medusa and then a few rides on Kong (those were the only coasters open). This year is even better since the ride time is for Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Joker. Nice! Now my question is can it be a can of something else coke makes, like Fanta...
  19. I'm pretty sure we're going to see construction starting in July, at that point we should be able to make a more for sure guess. Raptor would definitely fit with what we know, though (~100ft, compact footprint, etc.). Although I'd love a coaster with more capacity... (FWIW, all the Cedar Fair announcements last year came around like August 18, and the KI tease had 816 in it, which is National roller coaster day. So, even if we can't guess, not too long before CF will confirm it). 16th is Kings Dominion, not Kings Island. Eh, close enough! I'll bet a dollar we get a KI announcement then too Sprototype Raptor 1?
  20. Hey now, with all the amazing rides coming over the next 10 years I expect the park to get much more crowded But I really should come down after work some day. Actually, I'm going to be down the Peninsula for work tomorrow afternoon, maybe I should stop by after I'm done...
  21. I'm pretty sure we're going to see construction starting in July, at that point we should be able to make a more for sure guess. Raptor would definitely fit with what we know, though (~100ft, compact footprint, etc.). Although I'd love a coaster with more capacity... (FWIW, all the Cedar Fair announcements last year came around like August 18, and the KI tease had 816 in it, which is National roller coaster day. So, even if we can't guess, not too long before CF will confirm it).
  22. So when the newsletter says "Each morning, bring in any Coca-Cola® product with you along with your admission ticket or season pass to experience exclusive ride times from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m." I assume that means an empty coke can and not like my coke branded coozie, right?
  23. It's not necessarily just in the Invertigarden area (or maybe not at all). When I was there for Red, White and Brews I talked to GM Raul Rehnborg a bit about it and he pointed out to me the spray paint marks all along the midway area between the side of the theater and White Water Falls. Basically from hometown square as far as the bridge/RC boats. It's a pretty big area that is more or less connected to the Invertigarden (through the RC boats), and especially big if the park were to remove Whitewater Falls. I wrote about it a bit at the end of my R, W, & B write up (www.coaster101.com/2017/06/02/what-you-should-eat-drink-red-white-brews/), but I think it's enough area (if combined with the grass) for a Lightning Run size coaster or a Blitz. Anyways, he said we'd see construction starting later this summer, so I'd guess we'll know where it will be in another month or two.
  24. If anyone's curious I did a brief interview with the CGA GM (Raul Rehnborg) about the background of the rezoning and how much of the plan they already have laid out. The article is over at Coaster101. http://www.coaster101.com/2017/05/10/when-will-californias-great-america-start-building-from-master-plan/ Combined with the photos from InsideCGA and what Matt Ouimet said on the earnings call, I guess it's basically confirmed we're getting a new coaster next year. Pretty exciting.
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