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  1. I agree and was thinking the same thing on my visit in June. This seems to echo that emotion as well. But if Ripcord does wind up going in that spot, I figure there are 2 other locations that could work too (Mine Ride or the area next to MF/Thunder Canyon).. Badlands - Cedar Point GCI Wooden Coaster (YT User: OpticalKiwi | https://www.noahroth.com ) This coaster is a concept of a GCI coaster that is in the place of where Shoot the Rapids previously was. This video is simply a prediction of what may come to be of the site of Shoot the Rapids. No information is provided nor verified by Cedar Point. Height: 121 ft Speed: 54 mph Length: 3193 ft
  2. Type #rmcmeanstreak, #meanstreak, #cedarpoint in the search on IG and the station construction pic should come up.. Here's the link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BKt9Lh7DRAI/?tagged=meanstreak
  3. I've been thinking/wishing for the same! Couldn't help but think a mini "Lightning Rod" section might come in to play (especially for the 2nd half of the ride). Maybe even a vertical loop (Son of Beast)? Initially conceived as a bigger, faster, longer answer to Texas Giant, I feel it's re-birth will do exactly the same re: current hybrid record holders. Like Texas Giant, there's so much (layout) to work with. I'm really looking forward to the renderings. From the looks of the pic below, it looks like they're wasting no time with deconstruction. This summer I made my first trip ever to Cedar Point. I rode Mean Streak and I actually enjoyed 1 out of my 2 total rides. It's just such an imposing epic structure with a very traditional wooden coaster feel (including PTC's). It was no Ghostrider by any means (re: spleen damage & spine shanking, but also not a marathon candidate especially in the rear of the train. Looking forward to the updates, can't wait for next spring! Mean Streak RMC - Predictions (No Limits) 1. 2. 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGQAKQdfVGA 4.
  4. GhostRider testing: The new GCI trains are really moving through the course.. (Day) (Night: 1st Run)
  5. The promotional artwork looks great! Very imaginative and original. I like that this attraction will be unique and hence a good fit for Knott's. I hope it falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between Transformers: The Ride and Alice in Wonderland. Very promising that practical effects will be used in conjunction with the digital ones. BTW: Does anyone know the track length of "Alice" at Disneyland (For camparison's sake)... Thanks*
  6. I really like the idea of an expanded "DC Universe/Joker's Carnival" theme as opposed to the "ScreamPunk/Back Alley". I believe that the Steampunk genre is WAY out of the Six Flags wheelhouse to execute properly. Joker (Colossus) & Bizarro (Scream!) are great fits and would be solid anchors for that area. Plus, throw in an awesome flat ride, eatery, with new trees/shade/cooling stations. I think that would definitely be something SFMM could handle with minimum effort, dollars, up-keep (aka: the Six Flags way). Surprising that they even gave enough of a f*%@ to see what their clientele thought of the new area, esp. this far along. Maybe the feedback among the internal team wasn't so positive either... Joker + Bizarro + DC = Theming they can actually handle* This "Twisted" version (circa: 2004) of The Joker would be very cool
  7. Holy #@!* That is truly AMAZING!!! Love it so far, please keep us updated on the progress. Thanks for the share/reply!
  8. Been searching various sites lately for Iron/Twisted Colossus NoLimits 2 videos or concept art (specifically pre-announcement versions). I would love to see what other possibilities Colossus fans imagined for the ride. Maybe one day we'll get to see the various layouts RMC proposed for the park. I just saw a "Helix" video yesterday from Liseberg that did exactly that. It was really cool to see the evolution of the ride's design and made me think of Colossus' story. Below is what I've been able to find thus far via Google, Instagram, & NoLimits. Anyone else care to share their findings or even their own vids/pics?
  9. Even with Apocalypse's current "ash wood" state, it at least has a pvc pipe sprinkler system coupled to the ride's entire right-side hand rail. Though not installed at it's inception it was added later. You can see it online in more recent images of the coaster (after the name change). Maybe TC and KBF's Ghostrider will both have such preventative safeguards installed/added also. It's weird that in addition to all the aforementioned RMC project related fires, all the three major SoCal parks have also had fires this year while building new projects. Bright side is that again, no one was injured.
  10. I love Silver Bullet. Definitely a great ride & I always ride twice. It would be a major loss for Knott's but I'm simply speculating. Hopefully VF will indeed receive another great coaster in the near future. Didn't know about the Autos/Dinos swap, thanks for the heads up
  11. Please excuse if this has been addressed before: What if the hypothetical B&M Invert was a "pre-owned" transplant from a Cedar Fair sister park? Namely Silver Bullet at KBF. The area where Antique Autos currently resides might work perfectly. It could be placed in a similar orientation to it's present West Coast layout or they could flip it and place the cobra roll towards High Roller's turnaround. In theory this installment and a refreshed entrance could justify the expense at a much lower cost than a brand new coaster. VF Entrance/Antique Autos KBF Silver Bullet (Orientation 1) KBF Silver Bullet (Orientation 2)
  12. Agreed. They had the "Back Street" from 1987-1993 under Joe Schillaci's management only to swap it out for Gotham. Funny that they're sort of returning to that rather than expanding on the psuedo-mythological theme of Goliath.
  13. That's what I mean. The vid shows two trains at least near each other when on the lift hills, and the likelihood we'll see that occurring ever again is once in a blue moon (if the things I've heard about operations is true). Granted, I'm still excited to see the West Coast finally getting an RMC! I agree, "racing" for the first year. I'm impressed that they are actually going to keep the "Original Colossus" aesthetic. 2 lifts though, damn. That NoLimits YouTube video from earlier this year was dead on. Should be an impressive ride nonetheless. Admittedly, I do have severe Wicked Cyclone envy after watching that video... I like that Jim cut his monologue short this year. The Chicago Bulls intro was a nice touch too.
  14. It's a long shot but is there ANY chance SFMM will finally install a construction webcam? I can't recall them doing so in the past but I really enjoyed watching RMC Goliath take shape at SFGAm. The RCDB Drone flyovers and YouTube updates were really great. Hopefully they could place a cam at the top of our Goliath (for the best overview). This would be awesome but my better judgement tells me image updates (of any kind) will probably remain up to the enthusiast community...
  15. Thanks SFMMGeek77 for the update/reply! I'm so thirsty for any new "_____ Colossus" news it's ridiculous, lol.
  16. Are there any other construction pics from this weekend/week? Been wondering whether or not the current lift hill will be modified (ie: NTG at SFOT) or completely replaced (ie: Goliath at SFGAm). I'm guessing a steel structure would easily allow the height to reach probably close to 200 feet? Also curious as to the final speed and color scheme of the new structure. This is exciting stuff and I'm definitely pumped for Thursday.
  17. Looks like the name was in plain sight the whole time... https://www.sixflags.com/newengland/special-events/other-events/cyclones-wicked-80s-sendoff
  18. Anyone happen to spot Six Flags CEO Jim Anderson at any of the parks recently??? Last year's announcement video had him doing 2 "live" segments for both SFGAdv & SFSL while the rest were on a soundstage of sorts. Maybe someone within earshot might get the inside track. Then again they might have already wrapped and could be in post..
  19. It could be a two-word combo name, "Titan Xtreme"??? I guess we'll all see soon enough....
  20. Ninja trees & hillside at SFMM: 2 months after opening (1988) (2:22 - 7:25) Photo © Ric Turner + RCDB Photo © Ric Turner + RCDB Photo © Ric Turner + RCDB Photo © Ric Turner + RCDB
  21. They sure did... MINI-Trip Report: Today I made my way up to the mountain to get one last ride on Backwards Colossus. I had no idea about the promotion going on and mistakenly figured folks would be MIA for Father's Day. Oh well. I arrived shortly after 1P and parking was only available in the gravel overflow lot. Since I was pretty far away from the main entrance I opted to take the shuttle bus for the first time. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting but they do pack 'em in there like sardines. The automated audio spiel was surprisingly audible and informative. After purchasing my ticket, I headed to the main gate. Unfortunately, everyone got held up for approximately 15mins due the scanners malfunctioning. Once we were finally was able to enter, I decided to buck the trend and get my funnel cake first. I asked them to add bacon (like Knott's) because bacon.. but that ish was straight boof. They literally semi-cooked a few strips and laid them on top of the mushy uh, dessert? I ate about a third of it before I tossed it. On a scale of 1 to 3 I would definitely rank Universal's Funnel Cake #1 (Light, tasty AND crispy), Knott's #2, and SFMM #5. While finishing up my snack I could see that the line for FoOl 7hr0ttl3 was all the way through the switchbacks and out to the sign in the plaza. Thankfully, they had 2 emcee's from the stage giving away front of the line passes to the winners of their water balloon toss game. Nice touch. The new stage looks unfinished (to me) but I'm pretty sure that's all she wrote on FoOl 7hr0ttl3 Plaza. I skipped it altogether and headed towards Colossus. On the way I spotted Speedy Gonzales: Hot Rod Racers but can't tell if it's finished. The track circuit & lift hill are complete but the construction fencing around the perimeter remains. There's no permanent wall around the attraction either. I'm not sure what the exact opening date is but lately I've been hearing it promoted on local radio ads along with Bugs Bunny World's "Family Fun". When I finally made it to Colossus it had a pretty long wait of about 40mins. I definitely enjoyed it and the reverse airtime. While on the lift I made an attempt to search for any signs of life re: construction. There was none, only the 1 or 2 pallets of lumber below the first turnaround. FYI: there was no signs of life near Apocalypse or north of the main lot (where they normally store new track or supports). All those areas (including the Boneyard) looked surprisingly clean. Next up was Apocalypse. The ride is still relentless in it's speed and fun overall but it is definitely getting rougher every year. It doesn't appear to have any new track anywhere. It's all been bleached, faded, & dry rotted by the San Fernando Valley sun. I waiting in line for this ride about an hour and it sucked. They weren't letting anyone in the "pre-show" areas leaving guests to cook outside in the sun. It was so slow I thought they only had 1 train running but discovered they were actually were running both. Since all the other rides were pretty much an hour plus wait I decided to call it a day & wrap it up. I came to ride Colossus backwards one last time and that happened so, yay. Operational Notes: 1. A crew member of Colossus neglected to check the height of 2 different riders on 2 separate trains. The other crew member audibly called him out for this fail re: the 54" height requirement. Both kids were unlocked & excused from the ride. The ride op's response both times was, "I forgot" as he laughed. 2. Six Flags TV "Trivia" is nice. Cool to hear other guests engaged in the game. 3. All the outdoor speakers seemed to be working. Energetic music playing throughout the park. Samurai Summit's "Theme" music was playing on hillside behind the Fool Thr0ttl3 launch tunnel. 4. Security was present and highly visible on active bike patrol. 5. Park grounds, line queues, and restrooms were visibly clean. 6. Water balloon games & front of the line passes, thumbs up. 7. Water running from Hurricane Harbor into sidewalk. 8. Water dripping from Jet Stream onto mid/walk-way where there is now a "Wet Floor" yellow cone. 9. The shuttle bus driver on my return trip gave guests no warning that the exit doors open inward and not out as two people got pwned pretty good on their way out. 10. The majority of the park staff was pleasant and friendly today.
  22. Here's some retro/vintage Colossus footage (circa 1982). It features the Colossus' 2nd generation rolling stock (3 bench PTC's). I don't know if there were six or only four trains total at the time, maybe someone else can confirm. I believe Side A ran the black trains and the red trains ran on Side B? All were outfitted with headrests, buzz bars, & skid brakes. Six Flags Magic Mountain's Colossus with (3 bench) PTC Trains - "Wild Rides" (1982) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_G1ONJets4
  23. Yup, The video is definitely gone. No telling though if it was requested, demanded, or simply just because. On a side note: Back in March I finally got to ride Backwards Colossus for the first time and loved it! After boarding for the 2nd time in the "back" of the train (closest to the ride-op booth) I casually asked the young female attendant (who was checking the lap bars) when the last expected day of backwards operation was. She spaced and in her confusion looked to the two male ride-ops in the booth (both of whom overheard my question). They both responded that Colossus was expected to run backwards until the end of June. With a nod I simply replied, "Thanks!" as we were dispatched. FYI: Six Flags' 2014 2nd Quarter ends June 30th. 3rd Quarter begins July 1st...
  24. I am completely guilty of the opposite.. Just today I had to come to a sudden stop at a traffic light. While applying my brakes (both quickly and smoothly to prevent nose dive/lift) I audibly made the Intamin magnetic brake run deceleration noise, "WOOOO-OOO-OOooooooo". This thread is Hilarious!
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