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  1. ^^More houses, maybe a hotel? Will be really interesting to see how the White Water Canyon/Skyrider area has changed. We could end up seeing a coaster that works its way from skyrider's old spot over to Behemoth and back; the flags near wonderland drive could also be to move/change the road in order to accommodate the coaster (however unlikely). Does anyone remember flags like this near the bus loop/dragon fire back when leviathan was being built?
  2. The sad part is... They used to... I feel pretty lucky to have one of the last BTR clones that were made (was built about 15 years ago) just a few hours drive from me. That's the newest forceful coaster I can think of off the top of my head. Makes you wonder why they stopped making their coasters run balls-to-the-walls like they used to. My guess is it's to reduce wear and tear on the coaster, but I could be completely wrong about that.
  3. The sad part is... They used to... I feel pretty lucky to have one of the last BTR clones that were made (was built about 15 years ago) just a few hours drive from me. That's the newest forceful coaster I can think of off the top of my head. Makes you wonder why they stopped making their coasters run balls-to-the-walls like they used to. My guess is it's to reduce wear and tear on the coaster, but I could be completely wrong about that.
  4. ...It would be too much for most GP to handle, unfortunately... Every GP I've talked to thinks that the B&M hyper at my home park (which has many trim, along with an MCBR), is the most intense ride ever. Well, I've personally worked on a B&M, spoken to Claude several times, and spoken at length with many of the install team members at B&M several times, and I don't know what to tell you other than you're wrong. First and foremost, B&M coasters often haul A$$ in their opening year and get tuned down later, and I'll post a video example in a minute. Many changes made to coasters are done in consultation of the manufacture, but I promise adjusting various things about the rides not only is within the capabilities of the parks, but I've seen it in person. As you stated, these are multi million dollar machines. You better believe the manufacture is going to do whatever the park asks them to do to the product. You better believe the park that owns it has completely control over what they do to it. What, you think if they want something changes, they have to go ask permission first? Do you call Honda up before adding after market parts to your car? Yes, in many cases they consult with the manufacture before making changes, but it's something they can and will do. Also, you better believe the maintenance workers on these rides can do just about anything to them, just the same way a third party mechanic that isn't your car dealer can change things about your car for you. These kinds of changes happen at parks all the time. For example, Loch Ness Monster had it's first lift chain speed tuned down to help with loading times of disabled guests. Alpengeist trims a lot more now than it used to, both at the crown and on the MCBR. (Here's a video of Alpengeist opening year to prove it ... God I miss going on the ride at this pacing) Drachen Fire had the anti-rollback device modified in 1993 to be completely silent due to guest complaints. Just about every single Arrow coaster ever built trims more now than it did at opening. One last note, as many others have said, you can hear the brakes firing in the video. They aren't off. You can LITERALLY hear them. I'm not sure why you've convinced yourself they are completely off, when there's video evidence they are on. Is that also why B&M stopped making forceful coasters? Every time I go to a park with a BTR clone, none of the GP I'm with will ride or more than once.
  5. Hopefully this ride turns out ok. Heard some not to favorable reviews about similar models: http://thedod3.com/ride-reviews/maverick/
  6. ...To further fuel the competitive fire... The 41 flip record is held by a CoasterForce member... I think that's enough said.
  7. Guilty. Stayed up until 4am to watch the WildFire Kolmarden announcement a few years back.
  8. Looks like a great time. Hopefully we'll see that Skyhawk footage sooner than later.
  9. Yup! Photo credits to Cameron Mazzei from the CWmania Facebook Page Awesome!
  10. Sorry to be the barer of bad news, but as far as I know, the turbo you mentioned was deemed a lost cause, and hasn't been redone yet Fortunately, chance is still making zippers (one of my favourite flats). Will be really interesting to see how the new open air seats hold up (let's hope they're worth the wait... Larson switched to open air cars on super loops nearly 20 years ago. Wonder why chance took 2 decades to catch up and do the same with their zippers?). If the zipper 2.0 project goes well, I'm really hoping we'll see a park model zipper down the line (would be better than the park model super loops, that's for sure ). Maybe we'll even see a brand new turbo be built?... Seems like chance is really on a roll lately between their new coasters and their re-entry into the flat ride market.
  11. Depending on the park, I'll definitely check it out. ^^Edmonton's park is great If the water park's inside a dry park, I usually won't have time to do both, but with that being said, there's a lot of great standalone waterparks in my area with checking out and even spending a full day at. Calypso park in Ottawa is the first big one that comes to mind. It opened just a few years ago, and has a massive collection of rides (some of which, i.e. Aqualoop, speed slides, can be just as thrilling as many of the dry rides I've done). The Toronto area also has quite a few parks: -Great Wolf Lodge Niagara: Familt focused indoor waterpark; highlights include proslide bowl and proslide watercoaster, similar to Zip Coaster at the Kalahari indoor park) -Fallsview Waterpark (Another indoor waterpark in Niagara, more thrill focused, with highlights that include a mat racing slide, bowl and speed slides). -WildWater Kingdom (Just outside of Toronto. Nothing spectacular when I last visited, however, the park's getting a major overhaul, and should re-open this season with some great new attractions). -Bingeman's Big Splash (The closest park to me, about an hour outside of Toronto. I haven't been, but plan to check it out this year. From what I know, the park has a boomerang slide, racing slide and bowl, all manufactured by whitewater).
  12. It looks beautiful... Can't wait to ride! Hope we see a testing video soon.
  13. After watching this video ( ), I'll actually give them some credit. If you swap out the airtime hill for a zero g roll, I can see how a GP could possibly mistake it for adaptor clone.
  14. ***UPTDATE*** NEW SKYHAWK FOOTAGE! FINALLY, a Testing Video:
  15. This actually wasn't a rollback, the train didn't have enough speed to reach the first hill. We were luckily only there for about 20 minutes and all the lights were turned on. Could've been worse...
  16. Inspired by this video: The rules are simple: -I start by stating something in correct -Someone corrects me ('must start with phrase "um, actually") -Person who guesses correct answer makes the next statement I'll start: Leviathan is Canada's tallest coaster, standing at 307' tall. It is also known in the enthusiast community for being the first giga coaster (coaster over 300') by acclaimed coaster manufacturer B&M.
  17. ^Ive occasionally had thoughts like this too. With how cheap six flags can be, I'm shocked they were the first chain to start buying B&Ms when they first came out, when they knew just as many people would come to ride arrow and Vekoma coasters.
  18. Lagoon's Mondial Top Scan and Splashover ran a little slow for a week or so to break them in, then ran at full speed. Sounds like this may be the case here, but just extending the Cycle. If it's anything like Psychlone at Wonderland (same make/model of ride), the cycle will most likely stay short. It's a real shame, but guess it's easier for the park to only run one program. Probably puts less wear and tear on the ride too. It really makes no sense in my opinion. The park has 3 other rides by the same manufacturer (Mondial) that all run cycles that are 2-3x longer. It's really too bad... The short cycle ruins what would otherwise be an amazing ride.
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