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Everything posted by TrippinBillie

  1. I wonder if they'd take on a mine train? LOL I'm sure whatever they would do to it, would be phenomenal. Final lift hill (world's first) mini-launch, uphill barrel roll!!
  2. Scream, the parking lot coaster, in MM is shipped over to us for the plot where Tidal Wave was. At this point, an old B&M would be a jackpot add. That, or we hear the Boss is getting redone (either RMC or Titan). Also, that HITP isn't scratched. I love going there with my family.
  3. Clarifying that I do not have insider knowledge. This was my assumption based on the inside detail the folks behind the article gave.
  4. Based on insider knowledge, it appears the DS idea or pitch is very well still alive. Maybe they cut a deal with Intamin to have this DarkCoaster be a “filler” and the DS project is a 2025 delivery. Either way, I’m pretty jazzed to see the park make good use of an empty plot in this sense. I wish their sister in Tampa would follow the same suit! They’re in desperate need of some “troubled weather” type rides when the FL fronts come thru.
  5. I’m not sure of the policies on this site, but another BGW well-informed site dropped a bomb about DarKastle’s replacement. Anyone heard/know more? From what they report, it’s going to be a very unique indoor Intamin family launched ride with an ending that…..”doesn’t end” (don’t want to give spoilers). If allowed, I’d be happy to link. Otherwise do some searching or check twitter. Sounds like a wonderful addition and a really great concept! If done right, could be a real winner and something some other parks would want to jump on. Cheers
  6. I agree that is doesn't make sense. I'm just relaying what I heard and what the ride ops said. She couldn't have been nicer and knew I wasn't attacking, but just notifying. And she seemed to deliver it as it might be more the norm. WHich, as I said, is sad to hear.
  7. Took my 4 year old to the park on Sunday. He's RIGHT at 42", so we can really only do JL, BBNP, and Mine Train-type stuff. Not sure if it's due to the new corporate cuts or what, but after JL I was talking to a ride ops and just saying the Joker wasn't moving, shooting "gas" and the fire didn't explode (all things my kid looks forward to and is "magical" in his eyes). The ride ops apologized and said due to new corporate cost savings at the end of the year, they've turned that down/off - which was really sad to explain to my kiddo. I'm a 35 year old who has lived local to STL all my life. It's really sad to sift thru some of these comments and see the above type of cuts trickling down. I remember the good ole days of the park as a youngster that fueled my passion for coasters, parks and such. My son asks me to watch rollercoaster videos and such, which is so fun. I hope they realize that the little things matter to the next generations. I know they're not CF, Herschend, Disney, or Universal....but if little things were working and in place, it makes a world of difference. Stepping off soap box
  8. With respect to your post about "not minding if they were to wait 5 years for another attraction", I believe they're putting in a new attraction next year in the form of a re-make/re-vamp of Fire in the Hole. There should have been a pretty large land clearing you saw while there. That's where it's going - from what I understand. I'm not certain what they're doing with the plot/area the current FITH is at. I agree with the charm, I think Dollywood suffers from that now, too. Could be staffing and supply chain issues, if I were a betting man.
  9. I went the opening weekend when it was 60+ degrees. I was shocked that Batman had one train, no Ninja, Mine Train and Spinsanity. As a parent with a 43" kid, there wasn't a ton for him to do. Wait 90 mins for Justice? No thanks. Force him to ride Bug Bunny Nat'l Park rides? He didn't want to. So I left rather frustrated when my kid was so jazzed. Took the "magic" away from the pretty lights, atmosphere and so forth when so much wasn't available and the weather drew big crowds. Glad to hear MT and Spin are up. Batman with 1 train this time of year is literally laughable. Guessing staff issues?
  10. Wondering if it's one of the newer launched Vekoma Bikes or something like Formula with a couple launches and smaller/less intense inversions or 2? Perhaps a package deal was made with them when they bought the Family Invert from Vekoma for WG.
  11. It seems like the old TW spot would be ideal for a Raptor. Haven't ridden one yet, but we've been shafted for so long on a coaster, I'd love to see the Boss RMC'd or Titan'd. THAT would be a huge bang!
  12. Anyone know what's cookin over at the former Tidal Wave site? I hear there are markers on the ground.
  13. Do they plan to just leave the extra MM track as "broken theming" or are there plans to remove it and spruce up that a little? Could use a little TLC with some flowers or make it not so rigid looking being next to a busy walkway. Assuming they opened it to get butts in seats for the ride. Didn't know if anyone knew more. With respect to LR, I'm also VERY interested in the problems now. Is it a train and launch software/hardware not marrying correctly? I don't recall reports of SO many rollbacks. Lucky I got to ride it the opening month of its original debut years ago.....it was mind blowing.
  14. Yes, there's been testing going on and videos of it. I think the point earlier is that we haven't even seen this thing in action or confirmed riders (IG has had lots of humans riding). EDIT: Same for Ice Breaker at SWO.
  15. I'm now 34, but back in the day those rides were critical to the middle school field trip with your crush! Castaway Kids you two HAD to get a boat alone and hold hands. And then on the Rush Street, how great was it to have your crush smash into you when you sat on the outside
  16. I don't think quite that. Taron is much more aggressive and fast; this is not. Check out some footage of the first half....very floaty.
  17. Not sure if serious. To add to the discussion, I'm also a little perplexed at how it does seem to be crawling....compared to, say, Taron and watching it go through that scenery. Just my two cents. And maybe because the course is a bit more "aggressive" they slowed it down?
  18. Looks like this is outside of the park boundaries. Wonder if it's the city of Eureka doing something? I know there are a lot of traffic problems/issues. I wouldn't think it's a SF investment out there by the outer road....? I could be wrong.
  19. Maybe.....because Dollywood and RMC came to an agreement that RMC would pay for the I-Box due to their mishap of engineering, which caused significant downtime. I'm not sure the Herschend Family Entertainment would want to dump money into Outlaw Run when it's not even 10 years old, yet. I doubt RMC would agree to shelling out for that, either. But, maybe they came to an agreement on both?
  20. Always loved those chaser lights, too! Not sure why they can't do them again......there's not much of a cost there.
  21. I think I asked this in the forum before, but does anyone know if there's a "pre lift" section through the tunnel that used to be there on the original Gwazi? I always thought it was so cool how they came out of the station and crossed each other before the lift. Wondering if RMC did anything similar as a nod? Or something funky like before the lift on some of the newer RMCs.
  22. Anyone know why they cut down so many trees for this? The removal of trees was getting me excited for a track/layout change or added element. Seems strange to clear so much land to just ibox it.
  23. I thought maybe they'd add a barrel roll diving into that main drop and surprise us all. Coulda been cool to launch, small dip, up hill barrel roll, big drop. What a start to a coaster!
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