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  1. Looks like her first ride won't be her last. Only ride I took with a grandparent was with my grandpa on the Phoenix. Let's just say he was not laughing the whole time.
  2. Banshee's so big you'll feel like it's trying to puncture your bladder. Gotta love that stabby feeling. En garde!
  3. Wildfire does look a bit similar to El Toro in this way. A slow turn around at elevation before a near vertical drop followed by two ejector hills, except with Wildfire you're not right side up at the top of the ejector hills. New and improved Toro ... but with more twistyness, more elements, terrain and inversions. The only way this won't be the World's #1 coaster is if RMC builds something better for 2015. Watching the video with the interview of Fred Grubb there seemed to be a hint that this is their next topper track coaster (as in, no topper track for 2015). Perhaps that means 2015 will just be Iron track refurbishments (Colossus? Boss? Riverside Cyclone?). Perhaps I misunderstood and they will have a topper track ride for 2015. The most important question - will it have seat belts? (just kidding) I think you might misunderstand me. I'm not saying Wildfire is all that similar to El Toro, I'm just pointing out a particular element that this coaster lacks, that I think it should have. Because it's one of the most exciting coaster elements I've ever experienced and with all this track length it seems like an obvious thing to put in. Just playing coaster designer, I like doing that.
  4. Lucky me, the only ride I've ridden that's really terribly rough is Wildcat at Hershey (I love it anyway). Rolling Thunder wasn't that rough when I rode it, the very last day of its operation. I didn't think Meanstreak was too bad at all either, the roughest coaster at Cedar Point is easily Corkscrew.
  5. That's my name for giant hills with extremely steep drops that feel like they're going to kill you.
  6. Thanks for the answer, this makes a lot of sense. So they really are two different things, because the way they're experienced is completely different. Your body in a heartline twist is actually trying to go in two directions at once... that's kind of crazy to think about. For the record, it doesn't bother me if people want to call it "lateral force", but I do think it's important that people are aware there's a difference. Knowledge rocks.
  7. I don't think there's much point in analyzing the layout at least until we have a better POV, but I do have one thought... If I were to picture my perfect roller coaster, and it seems like RMC really is trying to build "perfect roller coasters", there's one thing this ride is missing, as awesome as it looks. And that's El Toro's suicide hills, two big ones, back to back. They're special not just because of the speed you maintain going over the top, but their sheer size means that in the back you get that face-ripping airtime practically all the way down to the bottom. This ride looks like it keeps with RMC's tendencies to have lots of little pops of extreme airtime, but I'm missing the one giant hill, one singular moment of extended ejector airtime. It's something I'd really like to see RMC attempt at some point. Bunny hops are fun and all, but you need that height to get airtime that lasts. This is having not ridden Outlaw Run though, maybe if I did I'd forget all about this minor quibble. Does anyone know why with both this and Outlaw Run they have that little hill right before the first drop? Seems like it would be more intense without it, if you hit the first drop at a faster speed. EDIT: One thing I do love is it looks like you hit that last inversion with a ton of speed, which is kind of new for RMC. Ok yes I'm totally analyzing the layout now, sorry.
  8. Some people might think this is a nitpicky question, and I suppose it is, but still it's kind of a gray area I've never seen discussed. A lot of people refer to the force you feel during lightning-quick twists like on Maverick and I305 as "lateral force", but is that really what it is? Lateral force is the force that pushes you side to side, like on the switchbacks of a wild mouse. Coasters like the Voyage are designed with some of the turns intentionally under-banked so you feel a combination of lateral and positive Gs. But on Maverick, all of the turns are fully banked so you're not really feeling laterals at all, it's all positive. Is the force of the transitions between the turns really lateral force, or is it something else? Pretend for a moment that you weren't strapped in, during the transitions you wouldn't be pushed to the side of the car, you'd be totally ejected out away from the train, right? So it seems to me like it must be something different. Is it worth making a distinction between the two? A question for physics nerds and overly analytical people like me, I guess.
  9. ^I actually really enjoyed Cedar Fair's post, it had this sort of dadaist quality to it.
  10. I really don't agree with this at all (and I usually agree with your posts). The parks usually have a similar feel to them, but the coaster and ride collections vary greatly. If you compare a park like Great Adventure to a park like Great Escape or Six Flags DIscovery Kingdom you can't tell me there isn't an enormous difference in the quality of the coasters. I think the main point is just that the whole debate over which park is better is kind of dumb because they all have their various strengths and weaknesses, and many of those strengths and weaknesses line up because they're all Six Flags, and are nowhere near each other so there's not much point in comparing them to begin with. It all just leads to pointless feather-ruffling and crazy statements about El Toro's ending.
  11. I'm putting my faith in Hershey or SFGAdv, I think one of them will get an RMC, it's really only a matter of when. In other news, now this is not in any way a complaint or criticism, I'm sure it's going to be amazing, but I was wondering if anyone else thinks the pacing on this looks looser and more drawn out than any other RMC we've seen thus far. EDIT: The difference is not as big as what I thought when I first watched the POV, the ride is still very action-packed. I think if they tried to keep up the insane energy level of Outlaw Run for the entirety of a ride this long they'd end up killing people.
  12. Then you picked the wrong hobby buddy! No I know it's hard and expensive but you just have to save every extra penny you can and you'd be surprised how much you can come up with! Everybody on this forum is at a different point in their life. As it happens, I graduated from college last year with a degree in music, of all things. This may be news to some people but the economy ain't so great and the cost of living is pretty high in the city. In fact, I have yet to even move out of my parents' because as luck would have it, they were both music majors as well and most of the money I've been making at my dead-end factory job has been going to help support them until my mother finishes her teaching certification and can find a job of her own. The money I've scrimped and saved this winter (that isn't going towards a down-payment on an apartment) is just enough to cover a four-hour trip to King's Dominion this coming weekend. And after I move out of my folks'? Between perpetually entry-level work, college loan payments, and any extra money going towards my music career, do you think I'm going to be able to afford a fabulous trip to Scandinavia any time soon? Without racking up a mountain of credit card debt, which I would never do? Maybe some day, but not any time in the foreseeable future. This is the life I've chosen and I'm not complaining, and I know you didn't ask for my life's story, but this is all to say that it's definitely a little presumptuous to imply that everybody would be able to do these trips if only they were a little more frugal and cared about coasters more. I'm sure many others on this forum are in similar situations. And besides, even if I could go, I don't think it's unreasonable to wish that one were built closer so you could ride it multiple times a year rather than once or twice in a lifetime.
  13. Or maybe you just need to traaaaaaaaaaaavel! I have no moneeeeeeeyyyyy
  14. Looks pretty sweet! Now they just need to build one this big and awesome in Americaaaaaaa........ preferably in Pennsylvaniaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...........
  15. I hope it ends up justifying 47 pages about a teaser trailer. I mean my god.
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