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  1. You don't actually get wet on TMLR. Since Knott's is limited on space, it's easy to pick on the rapids ride because it takes up a lot of land, but I think it's a valuable ride to have in the summer. I don't have any idea how long of a line it normally has, but with my cousin not really liking heights (roller coasters) it's one of his favorite rides there. I'm sure there are other people out there that feel the same way. That location also probably has the biggest concerns to height and noise with the houses right there. Having said that, I don't think Knott's past problems with Intamin would have any effect on them working with Intamin in the future. They are owned by Cedar Fair now after all.
  2. Right, that's what I meant to say. Red Bull will probably win the constructors again. For drivers instead of Seb, Alonso, Kimi... it will be Alosno, Seb, Kimi.
  3. Sorry. The only non variable in this is the park ticket cost. Disney World tickets are basically double the cost of Cedar Point Tickets, Universal tickets are close to that as well.
  4. (Almost) All of the 2013 f1 cars have been launched, and this one right here is my bet for 2013 constructors champion. The lotus is also a car to watch, as one of the newer technologies on it is one of the more interesting ideas of the season, and nobody else seems to have it (which could be good or bad, they have been the only ones to run with an idea in the past and it didn't work out so well).
  5. Yup, no drops. The whole ride goes the same speed the whole time just like other omnimovers. It would be perfect for a ride like IASW, or other rides where there aren't really separated or triggered scenes. This wouldn't really work on pirates as we know it (not talking about the drops) because while it is pretty continuous, there are a couple effects that need resetting. While it's kinda nice on those types of boat rides to have space between the boats and feel more secluded, they usually group up at some point anyways. What I thought was interesting was that it says the movement of the boats is done by the movement of the water (which is pretty much the whole idea of the patent) and that if a portion of the ride were to exit the water, those boats would be pushed along by the boats that are still in the water. Would be interesting to know if that is actually more efficient power consumption wise than just submerging a normal omnimover style system underwater.
  6. ^^Looking at that image I have no clue either. I did a quick search to try and find the whole thing, but could't find it. I don't see how drops similar to Splash Mountain would be possible, and the image shows no change in elevation at all.
  7. Aww, man someone brought that up again!?! When this ride opens Knott's will have 10 coasters... how many more do they need? That is more per acre than Magic Mountain and only 5 less than Cedar Point, which is over double the size... I think what they are doing with Timber Mountain is a hint at what we can expect from this park in the future, and hopefully the other parks in the chain will be able to learn something from it.
  8. Now that I see there are arches near the bottom of the drop, I'm going to assume that it will be at-least partially covered. Really though in terms of noise, no amount of sound protection is going to make it better for the business right next to the park. The rumbling of the coaster will be heard regardless. Walls to block screaming will only block the sound from carrying long distances, people right next door will still be able hear the screams just fine, and none of the other attractions seems concerned with that. I think the arches near the station will remain uncovered.
  9. Surprising to see that I posted in here back in 2006. Probably fairly shortly after that I got pretty into dubstep (before it became really popular and turned into crap). Back then most releases came out on vinyl only, so if you wanted to own some stuff buying vinyl (online and having it mailed overseas) was the only legit way of getting anything. Now most releases are digital, and many of the old releases have since been re-released digitally. I spent a significant amount of money on vinyl, and my collection really isn't all that big. I have about 60 dubstep releases and a handful of other stuff (Ratatat, Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, Streetlight Manifesto, etc.), but many of the ones I have are actually considered classics and have gone up in value. Just as an example a copy of DMZ013 recently sold on ebay for over $25, while that's not a ton of money that is over double what I payed. That's $12.50 per song!
  10. No idea. Going along with what I said before, maybe they could add these trains to Disneyland's Space Mountain. That would give the riders a more comfortable position in which to fall asleep while going up it's 3 lift hills.
  11. The reclining coaster as it's presented looks like some dumb gimmick. Usually these things are explained in the most direct way possible and often don't explain the real intention for whatever is being shown though. One thing to note is that while reclined and going up a lift hill, the riders could end up laying perfectly flat on their back. With a space themed ride that alone provides some possibilities, as that could be used to simulate a vertical shuttle launch without the track having to be vertical. Imagine getting into the coaster in the normal seating position, the train the leaves the station and parks itself on a slope. The chairs then recline (with a countdown spiel and whatever) and it takes off with a mild launch.
  12. I think that them putting Iron Man into Disneyland is much more likely than them building a Marvel specific theme park. The original plans for the Fantasyland upgrade for MK was changed because it was too girly, so why would an entire theme park based around something targeted mainly at boys be a better idea? Tomorrowland is in pretty dire need of an overhaul, and this could be exactly it. The whole Stark Expo thing is pretty fitting and a decent area of Tomorrowland, not just the attraction (Chevron's sponsorship of Autopia ended in 2012, it's time for that thing to go) could be modified to go along with that theme. The only thing that concerns me about this idea, is that it could end up mocking the ideas that Tomorrowland was supposed to represent but never happened. Like, here is the first ever monorail in North America that was supposed to signal the future of public transportation, and now is an aspect of Stark Expo that is sort of a comical tribute to that type of stuff.
  13. I hadn't hard of them doing this, but after some research it seems to be a decently cemented rumor. Without knowing what the attraction will be, basic idea and the location is pretty fitting. Hopefully they don't make fun of themselves too much with the whole Stark Expo thing.
  14. I don't remember having to use the pass thing to ride Mission Space last time I was there, I thought they had the lines separated and you just got in the one you wanted. Whats the reason for the pass?
  15. I don't see the harm in asking these questions. Some of the answers are pretty obvious, this just seems precautionary. Since the laws are so open when it comes to storing personal data it doesn't hurt to ask, and I wouldn't expect any further action to be taken on their answers. I know nothing about what the guy has done in the past, but this itself seems pretty standard.
  16. Handing out the glasses and then trying to get them all back would be a pretty logistical nightmare, not impossible, but that's a crazy number of glasses. It would be a much easier process in the stadium at the Hollywood studios park, than having to wheel out carts and bins and whatever else into the middle of the park for World of Color. Having water get on the lenses isn't a huge deal, I mean I wear glasses and I would have to put up with that anyways. also I'm pretty sure water gets on them all the time in the 3D shows, as well as them still being wet a lot of the time from being cleaned. I would imagine wind would have a huge effect on the quality of the image though, even more so than it does now, as it would cause the light from the projectors to refract around. 3D images have to be pretty exact to work right and the image 'doubling' from showing up in the mist would mess that all up. Seems like it would only work really well with a perfect 'waterfall' screen instead of a mist screen. Universal might actually be able to incorporate it into their nighttime show a lot easier.
  17. World of Color or Fantasmic in 3D would be lame. I think it would take some of the 'realism' out of the experience. 3d has been in such a huge decline anyways, I don't see why they would want to do that. If it were to be a single effect within an attraction (a dark ride of some sort), then maybe it could be neat if used in the right way. I suppose they could also do it on a 'smoke screen' as well, like the effects on pirates and Indy.
  18. Aww man Disney is going to throttle Disney World just like how AT&T throttles my internet. "You have ridden the maximum number of rides allowed on this visit. If you wish to ride Space Mountain you will be charged an additional $15, do you accept?"
  19. Your forgot the references. I think people are freaking out too much about this. Who cares if Disney knows your name and birthday (they already do) and know your purchases so they can send you emails that you will likely unsubscribe from (if you checked the box in the first place)? I mean if them knowing what you do and but is the issue then you better cut up your credit card, disconnect from the internet and toss your cell phone in the fireplace right now! The only way this could suck is if they end up being able to limit the number of attractions people can ride in a day (probably not likely). There is no way the stand by line could ever go away, not yet anyways. There is probably till a large portion of single visit people that don't understand or use fast pass at all. Getting rid of standby would mean everyone would be using fastpass, and at that point people would have to be returning at the exact minute of their ride rather than some hour window in order for there to not be a massive lime a render the whole thing pointless. You cant expect people to do that.
  20. I spent a full day at Knotts once... The ride op at Xcelerator was wondering why we were still there.
  21. I think the crisscrossing lines are distracting and it looks like spot lights or something. Also it kinda bugs me that the darker blues of the water and text are so close, but not the same exact color. More like this...
  22. More stuff. For Friday we decided to take it easy (not drive anywhere) and go to Breck again. Breckenridge actually has an alpine coaster. It looked fun, but I didn't care to ride it. I have never seen one of those up close and I was surprised at how quiet it was. It hardly made any noise at all. Here is a bridge where it goes over part of a run. This is actually just a little portion between two trails. Not quite as impressive as the Park City one. Some people going through one of the helixes. On our last full day in Colorado we went to the final of the 4 Vail resorts in Colorado, Keystone. Keystone was a pretty nice resort, but the conditions on this day were the worst of any of the other days. Every run was basically solid ice, and it took a lot of the enjoyment out of it. What i liked about this place was its simplicity. This place was super easy to navigate and had a gondola within the resort that connected two of the peaks together to make getting around even easier. That mountain in the center of the photo is Breckenridge. Not only was this day a Saturday, but it was also a holiday weekend. This place was packed beyond belief. This photo doesn't do the crowd justice as it was later in the day. While on a chair some locals told us that Keystone is the only resort that wasn't blacked out for pass holders that weekend. If we had known that we may have gone on Friday instead of Breck and saved Breck for the last day. While we got many less runs in, our vertical feet was actually not that much less than previous days, as Keystone has very little flat areas. Once you get down the steeper portion of the mountain, the chair is right there, where as at the other paces (especially Breckenridge) you you went along a significantly long flat area before getting the the chair. The front portion of the mountain is actually open most nights until 8pm for night skiing. Since we had been out 4 days in a row, making it until it was dark, especially having rode on ice all day long, was pretty much impossible. This is just a small portion of the crowd coming down to leave shortly after 4pm. Another ice carving at Keystone. Most places still had holiday decorations all over also. On the way back to Denver before flying out we decided to stop at the Coors brewery. When i read about it, it said it was a self guided tour that took around 30 mins, but it ended up being a guided tour that took a bit longer than that. There was evidence that it was self guided at one point though. On a Sunday the place opens at 12, and there was already a large line for the bus from the parking lot, we ended up having to wait maybe 20 mins and 5 or so buses. One cool fact about the brewery is that it is the largest single site brewery in the world, and that all original Coors in the world is produced there. The area is also a really nice historic town and on the way into the brewery on the bus, they take you on a short tour of the town. This is called Table Top Mountain or something like that. It's just above the parking lot. I actually thought the tour was pretty well done. The only other large brewery tour I've done was the Budweiser plant in Fairfield CA, and it doesn't come close to this one. Quality control area. Somewhat candid photo of myself after the tour. After the tour you could get 3 samples. I tried Batch 19 which is some new beer with some ridiculous advertising but was actually alright, Colorado Native which is only sold in Colorado and reminded me quite a lot of Sierra Nevada, and Blue Moon. We had actually planned to go to another brewery, Great Divide, before heading to the airport, but since the experience at Coors ended up taking a bit longer than expected we had no time to do that. Even though I'm not a fan of Coors it was still a good time. After arriving back at Sac, one of my bags (the one with all my clothes) came out of the baggage claim half way open with my clothes hanging out. Luckily only one of my shirts was messed up and they gave me $16 for it. A $30 shirt I bought at Vail was right on top in a plastic bag and thankfully it was fine. They ended up giving me another duffel bag which is virtually the same exact thing. My clothes were pretty nicely packed in there to get everything to fit, and since I didn't care to take 15mins to cram everything in this new bag they gave me another "emergency" bag as well, which is basically a small water proof duffel. While it sucked this happened the whole thing was pretty painless, especially since the bag I had was the same thing they gave me to replace it. My Epic Mix for the 5 days on the mountain.
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