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  1. The first permits were filed for Carowind's 2019 project last week - "Project Alpha":
  2. He explicitly said it was a Hulk support in a previous post before he added the image... That being said, as previously mentioned, this 'support' doesn't really look like any other B&M supports, so he could be just having some fun with the internet... Plus, why would they be manufacturing coaster supports in Clearwater? It's also possible this is some sort of scenic support or part of the theming for the queue...
  3. Yes, I think you're absolutely right... there's definitely more to it than just the attraction, because this complex is much more than just a massive coaster. Universal hasn't strongly opposed the attractions you mentioned because, with the exception of I-Drive 360, they're mostly one-off attractions and not full-blown entertainment/shopping/dining complexes. We know that Universal is closing Wet-n-Wild at the end of next year, and rumors point to them developing the space into another CityWalk type venue, with hotels/shopping/dining. Looking even farther into the future, there's also the large plot of land on Universal Blvd. behind the convention center that's being auctioned off on Nov. 18th, so if Universal wants to buy any of that land, they could also expand into that area as well. This giant 700' tower with several attractions and a dining/shopping complex below it would be direct competition to those projects, as well as the current CityWalk, whether Universal wants to publicly admit it or not. They're going with the light pollution/traffic/do more study argument to try and shut it down, but it's very likely they have ulterior motives.
  4. It's likely just a lack of internal communication. When ThemeParkInsider (or any website/entity that is considered a media outlet by Universal) reaches out to Universal, they e-mail a member of the Public Relations department, who are authorized to give answers on behalf of the company. When you ask a question on Twitter, you're just talking to a member of the social media team, so their response is going to be a bit more limited. So I definitely wouldn't read too much into a twitter reply.
  5. I'd assume it's to get the most "bang-for-your-buck" out of the second near-vertical drop. The train will just keep loosing momentum while maneuvering more track/elements, so placing the MCBR early on in the circuit allows that second drop to be taller than it would be if the train had to traverse a lot of track. It's also for capacity reasons, as the additional block will allow the operation of more trains, but that's a standard practice on coasters, so I'd imagine the first point is much more valid.
  6. Oh god no, I just don't buy into that crappy logo. I feel like everything about this ride has been uncovered and they threw up a quick, fake logo to make people second guess the leak kind of like what Kings Island did. That's the same logo that was on the VR Goggles that CP sent out earlier this month, which matches the crown on the Raven's head in the leaked logo. It was likely added to that page as teaser and not supposed to look "quick" or "fake", as I'd imagine it's officially part of the overall branding of the new ride... http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28853&start=24470
  7. Looks like a new filing with the FAA confirms the coaster will top off at 230ft: The coordinates from the filing also line up with the location of the current construction, not that that should come as any surprise: https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/searchAction.jsp?action=displayOECase&oeCaseID=262145972&row=9
  8. Just curious where you found this...I can't find it under The Dollywood Company's filings nor by searching the serial 86690811 on any trademark databases. http://tmsearch.uspto.gov
  9. Yeah, that's the brake run... and that's what the brake/station/transfer track looks like on nearly all b&m's...
  10. A launched dive coaster totally defeats the purpose, no?
  11. Unfortunately, the application for Centurion was suspended in Feb. of 2014 due to a pending application with the same mark. This is likely why Cedar Fair filed Fury 325 a couple of months later. The pending application that prevented Cedar Fair from using the mark was officially registered on May 5th, 2015, so it looks using Centurion is out of the question at this point. You can read the full letter of suspension here: https://tsdrsec.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casedoc/sn86094874/SUL20140204122218/download.pdf
  12. Looks like the page on their website for Mako is live! http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/attractions/rides/mako/?from=Home_promo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4pFi1awh3o
  13. Sorry for yet another trademark post, but this new one is my favorite name so far, Reptitan. It's likely far too early for them to be trademarking names for projects beyond 2016, but of all the recent Sea World trademark filings (Mako, Cobra's Curse, Reef Hunter, Strikewinder, Silver Strike) I think this one would be a pretty awesome name for a dueling RMC or a giga coaster.
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