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  1. I think Valleyfair will be a major growth park soon, but it's not going to come around as fast as everyone wants, and too many people have "given up" on that aspect. Now that Carowinds has had it's fair share of major growth and development, the next would be CGA as is shown with their major plans for development showing a hyper coaster and other things. Once CGA is done I think is when you will start seeing more exponential growth in Valleyfair. So somewhere from 2025 to 2035 is when I would bet to see more capital expenses. Hopefully the proposal goes through to help set the foundation for that. Sent from my VS990 using Tapatalk
  2. There's eurofighters, freeflys, zacspins, boomerangs, and some custom B&M's and Intamin's can be made compact and at 150ft. if they request it. Or could be something completely out of the blue and brand new.
  3. I'm not sure where you got the information from, but as far as I know nothing has been officially announced by Lagoon. Its mostly been rumored to be two new kiddie rides of some sort. Sent from my VS990 using Tapatalk
  4. Maybe Sideshow Spin will be replaced with another addition for an SBF Visa spinner under the same name? Even though that seems excessive to replace a kiddie coaster with another, it's not unheard of. Sent from my VS990 using Tapatalk
  5. I have seen this happen before, however with perfectly conscious bodies. While in line for Wicked at Lagoon a few years ago, someone came back into the station with a fairly busted up face and some blood on the restraint. He claimed to have slammed his face onto the restraint when he hit the bottom of the drop. I remember when it first opened and I was much younger that I did the same thing, however never hit my face against the lap restraint. Only was in a very uncomfortable position after leaning forward during the drop. Definitely a GP thing to not realize you need to sit back into the seat at all times. I was just starting to get into roller coasters myself when I was 14, so I was GP at the time as well.
  6. Even though Kanonen would work extremely well at MiA, I would see Spin Rock going there before Kanonen. Although, that's if Liseberg doesn't move the ride elsewhere. I think I remember reading on these forums that they at least hinted they could be keeping Spin Rock, but moving elsewhere in the park. Sent from my VS990 using Tapatalk
  7. Still fixing that for you. Busch Gardens and Sea World are owned by the same company.
  8. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle here. I think they closed it early to save some money and to have a conservative timeline. Maybe Mean Streak wasn't costing them a ton of money but they closed Hurler for the season with very little visible work going on so closing unpopular wood coasters at least partially for budget isn't exactly foreign to them. That being said even with a conservative timeline I think (for once) it's entirely reasonable to expect a monster of a coaster here. Until now, every RMC IBox coaster in America was built by Six Flags, a company that doesn't generally spend as much on new coasters as Cedar Fair minus the ride at Kentucky Kingdom which obviously had budgetary constraints and those coasters were all awesome. The combination of Mean Streak's huge structure, a long timeline and a company that has no issue dropping 25 million dollars at a time on a coaster creates some really, really exciting scenarios. This is a very interesting point to look at. They could keep the entire structure of the ride and add extra track length throughout the structure of the ride, or use the large area in the middle of the ride for more track configurations. They could make it taller, bigger, add underground tunnels, you name it, to possibly make this a grand project that would take all season to have it open in 2018. Cedar Point would be the park to spend the extra money to make this the number one RMC project to date. This could be something we haven't seen done yet by RMC for their conversions.
  9. I rode Batman at Fiesta Texas and it was far from garbage. I realize it isn't everyone's cup of tea but Batman performed well enough to warrant Six Flags ordering 4 more. They wouldn't invest in more if people were "losing interest" in the ride. Especially considering Batman has run two seasons, more than enough data has been compiled to show proof of its success. Ignore him. The same guy appeared around Aug. 1st on a local SFGAm message board and just stirred the pot leading up to the announcement of our 4D. It's just a Troll account... Nobody asked you to respond, then don't. Just b/c your one of the people who thinks a 4D is anything more than a cheap, non-thrilling family coaster marketed as a thrill ride falsely by SF. You're the kind of sucker they are depending on to flock to the 4D garbage coasters. They are a one in done non thrill. You do it once and you don't ever have to do it again b/c it's not a thrill. It's a jazzed up carnival ride. For some reason, people still think a thrill ride has to do extreme forces to your body. Even Larson Loops are still considered thrill rides. Even family rides can be considered thrilling because they are fun to ride. If you're having fun, that's enough to be a thrill ride. If you're not having fun on a coaster that doesn't hurt you to ride, then this isn't the hobby for you. What a complete false argument that some how thrill ride means, "hurt to ride". Not even in anything written. Reread what I posted. If you still have trouble, I'll rephrase. This hobby of riding coasters isn't for you when a thrill ride doesn't provide any fun for you. Unless the ride hurts you, or is a small kiddie flat ride or kiddie coaster, you should be able to find something fun about most of the rides you find to ride, especially when the ride does in fact provide thrilling elements. I don't see you as anything serious since you think a mult-million dollar, highly engineered and designed, 120 foot coaster is a "jazzed up carnival ride" in your standards. Besides, when did a "carnival" ride like Olympia Looping become a non-thrilling coaster?
  10. I rode Batman at Fiesta Texas and it was far from garbage. I realize it isn't everyone's cup of tea but Batman performed well enough to warrant Six Flags ordering 4 more. They wouldn't invest in more if people were "losing interest" in the ride. Especially considering Batman has run two seasons, more than enough data has been compiled to show proof of its success. Ignore him. The same guy appeared around Aug. 1st on a local SFGAm message board and just stirred the pot leading up to the announcement of our 4D. It's just a Troll account... Nobody asked you to respond, then don't. Just b/c your one of the people who thinks a 4D is anything more than a cheap, non-thrilling family coaster marketed as a thrill ride falsely by SF. You're the kind of sucker they are depending on to flock to the 4D garbage coasters. They are a one in done non thrill. You do it once and you don't ever have to do it again b/c it's not a thrill. It's a jazzed up carnival ride. For some reason, people still think a thrill ride has to do extreme forces to your body. Even Larson Loops are still considered thrill rides. Even family rides can be considered thrilling because they are fun to ride. If you're having fun, that's enough to be a thrill ride. If you're not having fun on a coaster that doesn't hurt you to ride, then this isn't the hobby for you.
  11. An interesting hole has been found at Lagoon! Source: Beyond Vertical Blog via Twitter The location is at the corner of the walkway to Cannibal, kiddie corner to Samurai's backside. Does anyone know what would need a hole that big for it? Cannibal never required any excavation like this except for the tunnel, but was never that big.
  12. I don't mind small talk while they work. I only have a problem when the small talk becomes more important than working. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  13. Some type of vertical ride with a splash effect... Somehow. That is all I can think of for it being a first if water is involved. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  14. Costco. Right across the freeway from Lagoon. I was just there yesterday. There's no Costco across the freeway from Lagoon. However, I bet the Harmon's across the freeway could possibly have some discounts. Don't quote me on that. Costco definitely will have discounts. They can be found in many place around the area.
  15. I don't, and will never consider any roller coaster with (an) inversion(s) to be a family coaster. The intimidation factor just shoots up. Cheetah Hunt? To be perfectly honest, I've never understood why there's a heart line roll on Cheetah Hunt. It is considered a family thrill coaster, but the inversion feels so out of place for the ride.
  16. The entire Lagoon-A-Beach just needs to be redone and moved elsewhere for future expansion. The water park is landlocked and doesn't have any room to add another waterslide. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  17. I think it would be a GCI re-track if anything. It proved successful at Kentucky Kingdom with Thunder Run, even if Kings Dominion "deserves" better than every park in Cedar Fair that's better than it. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  18. Now what they needed, but it's still good to have. Now I just wait for Enterprise to come back. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  19. With my planned Pennsylvania trip, I took out DelGrosso's for Lakemont just because of the coaster collections. I am now reconsidering before I go. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  20. They bought the Paramount parks for $1.25 billion dollars, then financed the principal amounts of debt to be due years down the road... ..We are now getting close to the years down the road. I feel that if this is now becoming a problem, they definitely helped secure the payments with all of the additions added to every paramount park except CGA, which has been stated to get a huge renovation in the coming years. Let's look at the huge additions (besides the Windseekers) for all of the paramount parks since 2006 first. Canada's Wonderland got Behemoth, Leviathan, Wonder Mountain's Guardian, and Skyhawk. Carowinds received Intimidator and Fury 325, with next year's flat ride additions, (the Mondial Topscan being a highlight of the additions and should be looked at with enthusiasm. These rides are extremely fun and insane.) King's Island added Diamondback, Banshee, and now Mystic Timbers for next year. King's Dominion only had one major coaster, I305, and Delirium. California's Great America almost became an abandoned park from the forever dispute with the now neighboring football team, losing Invertigo in the process. However, they did receive Gold Striker, and will be getting some major expansions in the coming future. This also includes what would be beneficial additions all the other seasons from general improvements to the Planet Snoopy's scattered around the parks. With this, I presume the financed debt should be taken care of pretty well, as well as presumed help from the sister parks. Every park did get at least one major addition since 2006, whether that's a relocated coaster or not. In a whole, Cedar Fair has done extremely well to make sure that they didn't sink themselves with the purchase. This is why I still hold hope for the idea that Valleyfair will be getting the next major additions coinciding with CGA in the next few years. They do have to look at paying off the financed debt first, which could be the reason for the purchase of older rides, and the only major coaster in any Cedar Fair park for next season is Mystic Timbers. I don't think we will see a huge multi-million dollar thrill coaster from any Cedar Fair park this year, but I wouldn't rule out another family coaster going somewhere. What would it be and where? I have no idea. What other parks have been clearing land recently?
  21. Just know that after Cannibal, not everything will stack up to it, but definitely as a game plan, it's best to hit that up first. After that, you can head to the other side and ride the coasters over there, (Wicked, Fire Dragon, Spider, Roller Coaster, Wild Mouse if you're into those rides,) then work your way back to the other side. Just make sure you hit the classic dark rides as well. Terroride is easy to find, but Dracula's Castle is a bit harder to find. Just go near the entrance again and the stairs on the north side go right up to the ride. Then while on the other side you can hit up all the other rides, like Jet Star 2 if you're not going alone, Samurai, Rocket, and Flying Aces as snapping is encouraged. If you're into water rides, definitely hit the back end with Rattlesnake Rapids, but head to the back anyway for the BBQ and Pioneer Village. To be perfectly honest, after hitting Cannibal first, then heading to the other side (via Skyride or walking) it's mostly free game after that. Just avoid Rattlesnake Rapids between 3-5. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  22. What is the company that provided the launch system again? I tried looking back in the posts, but I think they are buried now. Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
  23. Because the three rides that the policy is in place for wasn't made a policy because of the way the coaster is designed. It was a policy placed solely by Lagoon themselves, which isn't a big deal at all when you can still ride all three rides. For Tig'rr, the cars on that ride are smaller and seat less people, so for that ride, it probably doesn't need a single rider policy for that reason. Jet Star 2, however, does. It's the same for all Jet Star 2 models that haven't been modified.
  24. You forgot to modify Jet Star to allow single riders. Jet Star 2 would be better off scrapped. With the minimum envelope with the current seats, you can't raise your hands at all. So modifying it to allow single riders is almost impractical. Sure, it's a great classic ride, but it's been in the park for fifty years now. It's had a good run.
  25. I'll take a jab at this with Lagoon 2017: Hopkins Superflume replacing old Log Flume ride, with relocated entrance on Rattlesnake Rapid's Plaza. 2018: Spider is sold, replaced with a new spinning coaster model from Maurer Sohne of the same name. Dracula's Castle closes. 2019: The entire building holding the arcade and the old Dracula's Castle is rebuilt with a new, modern dark ride with Garner Holt Animatronics and a dark ride system from ART. 2020: A small kiddie ride or two in Kiddieland. Most Likely from Zamperla 2021: New front entrance near Cannibal and the grass field is paved with parking lot and new entrance to parking lot on the north side. Roller Coaster celebrates 100 year birthday with new trains and rename to Pippin Dips. Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk
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