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  1. Thanks for the descriptive TR @satchboogie3, I'm really looking forward to riding Kondaa somewhere this or next year. I do have to mention the fact, that I'm a little disappointed by you mentioning the lack of ejector air during the last 3rd of the ride. Although some enthousiasts complaint about Untamed's airtime being too strong and abrupt during its second half, so maybe most people will prefer this kind off ending (you're in for something this summer that ride has impeccable pacing!).
  2. Can't wait for the review, curious if Intamin is able to snatch the best coaster in Europe title back from RMC.
  3. So besides the past track issues the ride also has (had) issues with the trains? Jeez Dollywood can't seem to catch a break with this one. Such a shame since it's one of the best rides in the world...
  4. They're not, they're Intamin's newest setup, which, at least on Hyperion, are decently comfortable. I actually think they're great! Sure the old T-bars are the best in the industry but this isn't that far off. I much prefer them over Mack's new lapbars and everyone goes bat sh*t over those.
  5. Honestly looks more like their I-box/Iron Horse track to me since the entire beam/rail is made out of steel. I really look forward to see where this takes GCI, the more competition for RMC the better. Intamin, B&M and Vekoma are already taking design elements from Alan Schilke, curious to see if GCI will follow the lead also. I always though Alan Schilke stole elements from Intamin lol. They all kinda just steal from each other lol Alan pretty much 'invented' outwark banked turns on the S&S launch coasters over in China. I suppose, however, that inspiration always has to come from somewhere. Intamin inspired Alan, Alan Inspires Intamin designers. In the end, it benefits the industry as a whole. Especially us enthusiasts; the more, the merrier when it comes to extreme rides.
  6. Oh I though Flying Aces drop gave amazing floater, just not the ejector I was hoping for. Ah I see how Skyrush's restraint are found to be more uncomfortable. Looks like Intamin however, has fixed that problem with their latest train design. Although, I still prefer the old school T-bar.
  7. Honestly looks more like their I-box/Iron Horse track to me since the entire beam/rail is made out of steel. I really look forward to see where this takes GCI, the more competition for RMC the better. Intamin, B&M and Vekoma are already taking design elements from Alan Schilke, curious to see if GCI will follow the lead also.
  8. Completely agree, but even as a land, it would feel out of place in Port Aventura park. It would make much more sense in the Ferrari Park. Not only to increase it's size but also just the modern vibe the land will bring with it. From a business standpoint, I kinda get the idea. Same logic why Ferrari Land, and Walt Disney Studios in Paris, were built. Just to enhance the 'size' of the resort, making it feel guests need more days simply because they're advertising multiple parks. Timing wise... yea, that really doesn't make much sense. Especially since PA resort has some pretty major liquidity & debt issues.
  9. Another amazing TR and as always, a great read. I had plans to visit hersheypark this summer but, you know, corona... Skyrush has been near the top of my bucketlist for so long and I'm so curious to know whether I'll love it. I really liked Flying Aces and while normally, restraints that tighten during the ride hamper my experience, I didn't really mind them on FA. I loved the insane positive G's and the laterals but found the airtime to be quite lacking. Also, was kinda dissapointed with the first drop, so wondering if Skyrush's drop is any better since they look basically the same. Herhseypark probably has the best top 5 of any park (besides Cedar Point) in the world, but often heard their operations are quite meh. I guess I'll have to wait (another couple of) year(s) to find out. Can't wait to read your next TR. Keep 'm coming!
  10. I say "amen" to this. Get RMC to redo Bandit, and the park will be worth visiting. I think the the Star Trek coaster was a step in the right direction, too. A park representative actually stated that they don't have any plans to RMC Bandit. According to him, it is actually the most popular ride of the park and they believe re-tracking the ride is better investment, as they have been doing so for the past couple of off seasons.
  11. Fast Passes are amazing and the way to go when visiting a park. I'm just saying that Europa doesn't necessarily need it. Sometimes operations are just so bad at some parks, that you're just obliged to buy a fast pass. Port Aventura for example leaves cars empty on trains when lines get 'too short'... smh Also, when Fast Pass lines overflow and even those lines are an hour+ wait is also a bit problematic imo However, in general, fast pass is awesome and often significantly improves your day!
  12. Europa is in a totally different league than Holiday World. Holiday World is still great though As for the new virtual queuing, I think after the corona crisis, they might take the system they have on Voletarium and expand it to other rides, which is great! Skipping a few major lines, controlling guest flow and increasing overal park satisfaction are just some of the benefits that, enhancing their skip the line service would bring. Europa prides themelves for not having a paid fast pass system and honestly I think they are the only park in the world were they can get away with it (apart from Disney), that's how good their operations are!
  13. That could definitely be as sign. However, it could also just a test run, not indicating an opening. If the trains have already been assembled on the track, they would need to run the tracks every now and then to prevent wheels from becoming square. However, I honestly don't see hersheypark not opening this year. I do wonder how abysmal the operations are gonna ve.
  14. Problem with masks is that you would have to switch theme every couple of hours. Because of your breath, the mask becomes moist and doesn't stop the virus from entering your nose or mouth anymore. That's why doctors and nurses need multiple masks a day and why a lot of countries barely have enough for jus the healthcare. Water rides (and most definitely parks) would be out of the question, if masks are deemed as an appropriate measure. I see the masks more as a savior for the airline industry, if research shows that they do really help *enough*, it could be the reason to start flying again. I'm wondering how parks (especially in the Orlando/southern California area) are going to enforce the 6 feet measure. 50% capacity still means over 10,000s of people and hour long lines. Even if they all adapt a virtual queue system, you'd just be moving the crowds to the pathways, with not as much for them to do (no parades, shows or live entertainment).
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