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  1. The only retirement community that puts Gam Gam to work. Maybe something has changed since I've been to dollywood, but I don't remember many of their employees being of the sort of age to live in a workers dorm. Man I miss dollywood
  2. In the minority? Yeah, probably. Does that make me wrong? Meh Also.... I'm not trashing the place. Just saying I'm in no rush to go back. I like BGT, if that eases your mind. On the other hand, the park I want to revisit most is Knotts.
  3. Overhyped park man. I get that the scenary is nice, but there are hundreds of hiking trails near me I could go to for free if I wanted to see a nice tree. I think we went on a bad day-operations were terrible and there was a lot of downtime. We spent most of our time running around trying to get on something. I'd much rather go to KD than BGW if I was making the trip...
  4. I would be willing to go back, but the closest for me is BGW. Too much walking and not enough to do. Went.. 5 years ago? It isn't very far from us but we've had no desire to go back.
  5. Still miss the ticket machine style fast passes. First come first serve, walk up and come back later. If you wanted to ride the hottest ride in the park, you could do it. I get the "everyone else charges for these passes why shouldn't Disney" argument. It's just a shame to see them do it.. Getting a few chances/day to skip the line for free has been a Disney perk for a very long time.
  6. I don't know if it *has* to be up charge but the article pitches it as $10/rider. As far as gokarts... I've seen plenty of empties in theme parks. Not so much at your average mini golf place or fun spot where you can buy a band and ride as much as you want. I'd argue that this is quite different and appeals to a wider crowd, regardless. I guess we will see. Maybe people will be more willing to try given the seating arrangement feels more secure. Something like a slingshot may be more popular than a sky coaster for the same reason.
  7. I've never seen an up charge attraction with a line. They're expecting full capacity at $10 a seat.... Where? This won't work in any park I can think of. Maybe some random outdoor mall in Myrtle Beach? Even then... 24 seats to fill per cycle at $10 a pop? I think their 220,000 riders/year sounds... Optimistic.
  8. I love the jungle cruise, but it *definitely* needs some sprucing up. Not just because of the problematic depictions, but because the scenes are just so dated. It sounds like they have a good plan in place, but I worry about the "we aren't changing the whole thing" statement. I hope they do change the whole thing. Doesn't need a movie-retheming, but it needs attention. Timber mountain log ride-style retheme would be great. Replace every scene and animatronic to bring it up to modern standards.
  9. Ideal: Carowinds spring & summer, WDW fall, KD Halloween. Realistic: Planet Coaster & Youtube. I'll be happy if it's safe enough to visit *any park* at least once before 2022. Fingers crossed.
  10. This is an interesting topic. I don't have the answer, but -2 seems awfully painfull and I really don't know if that could be true. I'd also like to know what counts as floater VS ejecter. I would say 0-1g would be floater and anything stronger than 0g is ejecter. But I really don't know. We could really use design specs from B&M, rmc and intamin, maybe their engineers are browsing TPR
  11. Let's rethink the theming here. We have a "fast and thrilling" spinning coaster--for epcot. It's themed to an action/superhero movie (I think). How do we retheme this to make it "educational". What other Disney IP makes more sense for this ride? Or do you just want a non-thrill ride teaching you about the benefits of LED light bulbs and low-flow toilets? I think Disney wants something to draw people into the park. I'm pretty sure this will do it. Curious about your ideas, though.
  12. You're free to think about whatever you want, man. What do you think about when you're on frozen? Test track? The Mexico boat ride? I'm sure you'll find something to think about. Never saw the movie, zero interest in it. I'm just happy they aren't retheming ToT (yet). This theme makes more sense as a new coaster than it does a drop ride IMO. I'm sure it'll be fun. Epcot really needed a new ride, and a spinning coaster sounds great for the park.
  13. Liking the new mobile look! Honestly haven't used a pc for web browsing in years... I'll have to try out the main site some day Feels strange though.. I've been following this site since 06 or 07? Jeez, I know I was in middle school. The old design was nastalgic for sure!
  14. Frankly, there are many offensive/racist rides and characters at WDW (small world, peter pan, hall of presidents). If this had anything to do with removing offensive characters from the parks, they wouldn't have stopped with splash. And if they had stated publicly that they wished to do so, they would have no choice but to renovate many more attractions. Disney doesn't give a shit in the slightest about twitter outrage. The ride was due for an update. It's an old attraction, and disney has a newer movie which fits the original theming pretty perfectly. SOTS wasn't a great movie to use for a ride from the get-go. It glorified slavery and made jokes of racial stereotypes and slurs. Some animated parts of the film play back more like an episode of south park than a disney movie. However, disney did a good job bringing the characters and songs to life. Keep in mind that these characters came from folklore, not from hate. The ride didn't really portray anything or anyone in a negative light... It was about singing animals. If the movie never existed, would the ride be offensive? And to those who say the dialect of the robots was offensive, Princess and the Frog wont be much better. Southern people sound southern, and if that offends you, stay away from the new ride I'm still pretty bitter about it, but I'm excited to see how they make do with the retheme. Hopefully they stay away from screens. They can do some really impressive work with animatronics these days.
  15. I'd also like to say I've had a lot of fun trying out the new game. You guys might remember the live parks project for theme park studio. This takes the same concept into unreal (a much prettier world than tps ever offered) and adds many new features. I've had a great time with some old friends in your world. Of course I'm partial to the coasters and theme park aspect. But the go karts, hang gliders etc add a fun competitive aspect. Invite some friends and you've got a really great party game. I'm not sure if testing is open to the public (I know tps backers are getting invites). But if you're invited to try it, you should come hang out with us!
  16. I would argue that Woodstock express is already the parks only thrilling wood coaster.
  17. To compare it to something sort of similar that I've been on- I liked copperhead more than maverick. But I'm going to be in the minority on that one for people who've tried both. Maverick is much more rowdy, it throws you side to side and is overall more rough and forceful. If that is your ideal ride, copperhead does't fit that bill. Copperhead is a little softer. Airtime hits very hard on the hills, but the transitions are easy to take without having to brace for them. The launches are not very forceful, I do kind of wish they hit harder. The inversions offer a different experience than anything else for sure. I would say it's more intense than cheetah hunt- for another comparison. I overheard a lot of people at the park calling it "more like a nice family coaster". I could see the adventurous kids riding it just fine (just as they would on anything else they were tall enough for). But this isn't a ride my grandmother would enjoy. This isn't big thunder mountain. Also.... What's wrong with family coasters? Are those not allowed to be fun? I've found plenty of those to be great. Maybe I'm just not cool. Just my 2 cents.
  18. Thunder road had an entire retracking just two years before it was demolished. I see no reason to assume they have long term plans to keep hurler as it sits. On another note, rode copperhead twice today. Really loved the ride. Top 2 or 3 in the park IMO. Crazy airtime, fast twisties, lots of hang time moments, surprisingly nice theming... What more can you want? Carowinds and mack did a great job on this one. Hopefully the next addition will be a water ride.
  19. I rode LR last summer (June or July) and I could clearly feel the train slowing down at the top (I was expecting some ejector airtime at the top of the launch, but there wasn't much). The launch is only there for the rush of the acceleration... It's not there to throw you over the top. A lot of the time, you wont notice little things like this until someone tells you to. It never bugged you until someone here said the slowdown was new, now you're letting it bum you out of enjoying a great ride. Maybe I'm wrong, I haven't ridden it this year. But unless it damn-near stalls over the hill (according to videos, it doesn't) you're imagining it. Also, I'm one of the few who really like splash battles. I had a blast last summer running up to the guns on the sidewalk to soak the riders. Shame to see it go but I'm sure they have something great planned.
  20. This looks truly incredible. Hats off to cedar fair for making this happen! The days of, "looks good for a b&m" seem to finally be over. RMC is on fire, and it's good to see innovation in the industry again.
  21. It is a little difficult but once you find where your gun is shooting it's not bad.I might do it two or three times a visit just to get away from the heat. I haven't been since October but the last time I rode it the paint was looking pretty much awful on the guns and seats. Makes me wonder how long they were planning on keeping it around.
  22. Can't wait to ride this. What a beautiful layout, there is just something about this style I love- it has that classic/boardwalk look and feel to it... With modern engineering and elements. I'm sure it will ride even better than it looks
  23. ^^My guess is a vaguely mine-cart looking train theme. I would be surprised to see the theming go beyond that. Something like white lightning... but more miney. The name is sort of a lame play on words... but that's ok. Hope to see more construction photos popping up, can't wait for my next trip to orlando!
  24. Unfortunately not. I seem to be the only person in the world who likes the stuff- I've tried my best to find it with no luck. They'll serve you a large one (they didn't even charge me, they felt bad that I wanted to drink it ) but no bottles or cans.
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