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  1. In case anyone didn't hear, SWSD passes will be extended one year from their original expiration date. This is honestly a huge relief for me after spending an entire summer in San Diego and not being able to go to the park once with my season pass. I'm not sure if other Seaworld parks are doing this or not. Here's what the email said:
  2. So I just got back from a trip to Vegas this past weekend. I wasn't there for very long but I decided to hit up Adventuredome for a few hours. Here's my review! The park itself is very quaint. Although it's a very impressive size for an indoor theme park, it doesn't feel all that big. That being said, I think the fact that it's indoors is perfect for its location in Las Vegas; I believe it was about 110*F outside the day I was there. The red rock canyon theming feels very well done, and the arcade games throughout the park made it feel like, well, a giant arcade, which I thought was cool. Mask compliance was pretty good, I was never too concerned for myself. I went on a Monday, so the crowds were super light. That not only made every single ride a walk-on, but it also made it very easy to socially distance. Canyon blaster was only loading every other row, which was not a problem for operations at all as I got one or two zen rides. El Loco was filling up trains when they could. I was never paired with anyone to sit next to, but I wasn't alone on every single ride. I wasn't too concerned, however, since the seats are very large and act as a barrier between the two rows. On the flats they were doing a good job of leaving an open seat between different groups, although I think the op on slingshot got confused and put me next to someone I wasn't with. As for rides, I got 7 rides in on Canyon Blaster, 8 on El Loco, 2 on Slingshot, and then 1 each on Inverter and Disko-O. I passed up Chaos because flats like that can do me in sometimes. I'd heard good reviews of Canyon Blaster, but since it doesn't have any nostalgic value for me I wasn't overly impressed. It's good for what it is; definitely the biggest indoor coaster I've ridden. It's setting really makes you feel like you're flying through the course of the ride, and the interaction with the theming is well done. The whip over the drop is overhyped; I tried several different rows and wasn't terribly impressed with that moment. It's smooth for a 27-year-old arrow but definitely has its jerky moments. Some people say it's forceful; I wasn't too overwhelmed at all. Nothing like Vortex or Viper. One good surprise was the bunny hop after the loops; it actually gives really good airtime, especially in the third car (I tried just about every car on this coaster). Overall I gave it a 7/10; it's not a ride I would make a trip to go back to but it fits well in the park its in. I was at an ACE event as a young enthusiast where some of the guys from Indiana Beach hyped up their new El Loco roller coaster. Ever since then I've wanted to try one but never had the chance until now. I'd say El Loco met my expectations; it didn't fall short but it didn't exceed them. The one disappointing thing is that it's not a smooth ride; I heard a couple of guests say they didn't want to ride again because it hurt their head. It's not terrible but it does have a couple of jerky moments. The first drop is very well done, in my opinion, it's perfect given its size. It feels just like Maverick's drop: really strong ejector airtime for a couple of seconds. That was by far my favorite moment out of any ride in the park and had me coming back for more. The rest of the ride does what it does well; the outer-banked turn and dive loops felt exactly like I expected them too. The first drop was really the only airtime of the ride, but there was amazing hangtime on both loops. Overall it felt like a mini Cannibal. I gave it an 8.5/10; it does what it does well, but doesn't really do anything too mind-blowing. I'd build one in my backyard if I had the money I also had the chance a few weeks back to ride whatever the New York, New York hotel's roller coaster is called these days (Big Apple Coaster--thanks rcdb; the casino mostly just refers to it as "The Roller Coaster"). As someone who has a notoriously high tolerance for rough rides, I have to say this ride gets too much crap. It's got some fun elements and is BIG! Yes, it's rough and the restraints are uncomfortable, but if you can get past that, it has a fun second drop, gives cool hangtime on its weird togo dive loop, gives a couple of good pops of airtime, and has an impressively forceful helix. The setting is cool too; with Desperado closed there's nothing quite like it. You start the ride inside a nicely decorated Vegas casino, go through the elements in the Nevada heat, and then come back inside and get off like you never left the building. It's a neat experience. I give it an 8/10; if you get past the roughness, it's a well-rounded, well-paced roller coaster. I live in Utah and make the drive to SoCal several times every year, passing through Las Vegas every time and usually stopping for gas and food. I'm surprised it took me this long to get the three Vegas credits. Unfortunately, I was by myself on all these rides. I didn't bother visiting the stratosphere tower or doing the zipline down Fremont street as I figured those would be more fun with friends, so I still have some things to go back to. Also, here's to hoping Desperado opens back up sometime. I actually have tried to ride that one a couple of times but it's always been down. Its future looks bleak but it looks like a really cool ride so I hope I get on it someday. Vegas is a cool city, and if you're in the area and willing to spend a few bucks I would recommend trying out the coasters!
  3. The park did say in their instagram comments that Iron Gwazi will not be opening with the park, but to keep your eye out for further updates. This is the post I'm referring to.
  4. Imagine being an entitled enthusiast and getting called out like this...by Don Helbig himself For context, Kings Island posted an article entitled Roller Coaster Terminology 101 written by Don Helbig on their website. It’s kinda cringy but this callout made me laugh.
  5. Also, keep in mind that deals are relatively easy to come by. I've never paid full price to get into Lagoon. Like a lot of other parks, the standard admission rate is higher than what you should be paying to get into the park. I keep my eye out for things like "date night" deals that get you 2 for 1 admission, corporate deals through friends, or deals available in local grocery stores. I know for sure that Costco sells tickets for something like $45, and I think some of the local grocery stores like Smith's and Macey's carry discounted tickets as well. I'm not sure whether or not they're available right now during the pandemic, and I just left Utah for the summer, so maybe someone that's currently living locally can confirm whether or not that's currently an option.
  6. That's a really cool article! I always seem to forget that FoF was the first magnetically launched coaster (along with its sister at KD). It's a wonder that it was so successful--I mean, the ride's still running nowadays and it's almost on its 25th season.
  7. I honestly forgot that I most likely would have ridden a coaster by now. I actually get pretty distracted during the off-season with school and other hobbies and always surprise myself when I do get to a park with how much I actually like coasters. I'm at home in Ohio right now and if things weren't like they are I probably would have ridden Orion by now . But here we are. Last coaster: Electric Eel, SWSD, Jan 3rd (or something like that).
  8. I haven't ridden too many hypers, but they are definitely my favorite ride type! (gigas are letters) A. Fury 325 1. Diamondback B. Millennium Force 2. Magnum XL-200 3. Nitro 4. Intimidator Carowinds 5. Goliath (SFMM) 6. Fujiyama 7. Son of Beast (I'm assuming rides such as Steel Vengeance, Cannibal, Eejanaika, X2, Valravn, Kingda Ka, TTD, and other 200+ ft rides aren't being counted since they're not really the "hyper" type)
  9. I'm so excited for this! I'm planning on heading out to Florida later this year to get the BGT/SWO credits.
  10. Looks like a fun ride! It looks a little bare themeing-wise right now, but I assume that's going to change?
  11. Completely agree here. Wicked is rough and the restraints are uncomfortable. It's not a bad ride; it has its moments. But, yeah, definitely not even top 3 in the park.
  12. Yeah, and I think I've said it before, but if I had the chance to do Afterburn again with these things in mind I think I'd enjoy it a lot more. I went in with virtually no expectation other than it being several TPR users' favorite invert. My impression was that it was a watered-down Raptor; just about equally as rough (I don't mind a slightly janky B&M, mind you) but with slightly less exciting elements and a slightly shorter ride. I didn't think it was a bad ride, but it definitely didn't blow my mind.
  13. I'm usually pretty good at finding the good in every coaster; I'd rather be on a coaster than not. That being said, if someone could please explain the hype around Afterburn I would very much appreciate it. It was my 6th and most recent B&M invert and falls nicely into place as my 6th favorite B&M invert.
  14. Yes, exactly. Whoever runs the instagram account said the same thing yesterday in a post, for what it's worth.
  15. IIRC the park has responded to instagram comments saying it'll open in the summer. Whether that means it'll be open by summer or it'll open in summer is up to question; I was personally expecting an April-ish opening.
  16. This thing's looking awesome! I love the look of that last turn into the break run, I think that'll add a lot to the ride.
  17. While it's true that Steel Dragon 2000 cost twice as much as Millennium Force, that was because of the supposedly earthquake-proof support structure and the added length. Based on that case alone, I'd agree with your assumption, but as has already been pointed out, this new investment has the exact same price tag as Eejanaika. Adjusting for inflation, yes, we're probably going to see something a little bit more cost-efficient. But it's not like we're looking at the equivalent of a $20 million USA coaster or anything; it'll be pretty true to its (as has been pointed out, ~$36M) price tag even if it costs a little bit more than an American coaster would.
  18. 1. How many parks did you visit in 2019? 7 2. Best new-for-2019 (or new-to-you-in-2019) ride? Fury 325 3. Name the first 3 coasters that come to mind. Fury 325 Steel Vengeance Son of Beast 4. What was the best flat ride you rode in 2019? Wow...thinking through this and I skip a lot of flats. Gotta be Drop Tower at KI...I love that thing! 5. What is your favorite RMC under 130 feet? (cheat sheet) I've only ridden 2 RMCs ever so...Twisted Colossus? 6. What was the last Premier coaster that you rode? Flight of Fear at KI EDIT: Cause I'm an idiot and literally the last roller coaster I rode period was Electric Eel (not sure how I missed that the first time through #fakeenthusiast) 7. Name a park you've been to that you're already planning to revisit. Seaworld San Diego (gotta get on Emperor) 8. What is your home park and how many times did you visit in 2019? "School home" park is Lagoon, went once. "Home home" park is Kings Island (not counting the Columbus zoo lol) and I went twice. 9. What park are you most looking forward to visiting in 2020? No solid plans yet but I have a SEAS pass so I'm most likely gonna hit up BGT. Never been, and with Iron Gwazi opening I figured it would be a good one to add to my list. 10. Kennywood or Dollywood? Pick one Never been to either but from what I've read Dollywood. 11. What ride/coaster disappointed you the most in 2019? I'm a generally positive person, or at least I've learned to be. The only new big credit that I was severely let down by was Hurler at Carowinds, but it wasn't a bad ride. 12. You're at Great Adventure. You play that racist-ish gong game and win a one hour ERT session for you and your friends on ONE coaster of your choice. But damn! El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro are all down! So you ride... I feel like Superman is marathon-able enough but I also think I'm in the minority for picking it. 13. What is the last coaster that changed your top 10? Steel Vengeance. Yep. 14. Most recent park food you ate. Mama Stella's pizza at SWSD. 15. What park do you wish was your home park? Picking solely from the parks I've been to I'd say SFMM. 365 day operations--if I could hit that thing up on off-days I'd be out of my mind living the dream. I would say CP except it's seasonal and usually crowded. 16. What 2020 attraction do you have the biggest boner for? F.L.Y. except with my current financial status I seriously doubt I'll be riding it anytime soon. 17. What park will you visit next? Oof I don't know. Probably SWSD tbh since my grandparents live 5 minutes away and I travel down there frequently. 18. Favorite breakfast before a day at a park? Clif bar. I only say this because it happens way more often than I'd like to admit...I leave my house super early to drive and don't bring food but don't feel like ordering from a restaurant so I just grab one while I'm filling up gas. 19. Cedar Fair park you visited most recently? Cedar Point. 20. Was it awesome? Oh you know it! 21. Skyrush or Candymonium? Imma say Candymonium, mostly cause of that crazy airtime snap thing that I keep seeing in pictures. Looks to be one of the most insane B&M Hypers out there. 22. What 2 overseas parks do you want to visit the most? Nagashima Spaland and Phantasialand 23. The best B&M coaster you rode in 2019 was? Fury 325 no contest 24. What is the saddest/dirtiest credit whore thing you've ever done? Somehow convinced all my friends to ride Puff at Lagoon with me. I owned it super hard, hands up, shouting, having a good time. It ended up being a fun experience for everyone at the expense of my slightly dying inside from embarrassment. But hey, gotta make stories somehow! 25. Last time you bought fast pass? Cedar Point because that place is Ridiculous (it was a TUESDAY and my brother literally skipped school to come with me!!!!) 26. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2019? Waited 2 hours for my first ride on Steel Vengeance. It actually kinda ruined the experience...I was dehydrated by the time I got to the ride platform and it was kinda running slow anyway. I came back a couple weeks later and got a flash pass and got 3 redemptive laps on it; the ride now sits comfortably as my #3. 27. What season passes/membership do you currently have? Seaworld parks. Got it in anticipation of taking a trip down to Florida. 28. If you could go to a park with anyone on this forum for a day who would it be and to what park? I only know a couple people here in person. My day at KI with DILinator and RAWKIN was fun...let's do it again but this time at Dollywood? 29. Battle of the Busch 2020: Iron Gwazi or Pantheon - which would you rather ride? Yes. Probably Pantheon tbh...thing looks IN SANE. 30. Most times you've ridden one coaster (rough estimate or exact if you're a super nerd) Diamondback no contest. Rode at least 50 times the first year; I'm sure I'm well over 100 at this point. Actually now that I think about it Racer may have DB by a ride or two... oof. 31. Congrats! You just won passes to spend A WEEK at the park of your choice! Dorney Park or Valley Fair? Pick one and why. Dorney. Isn't Dorney better? I've never been to either tbh. But I am kinda a B&M fanboy so I'm sure I'd have plenty of fun on Hydra and Talon. 32. Talk about a park food that knocked your socks off Oooooohhh the turkey leg at SWSD was pretty dang good. 33. Pick one: Kumba or Montu Never ridden either (hopefully that'll change this year). Kumba looks more fun tbh. 34. What are your three least favorite woodies? Excluding kiddie coasters it would be 3)Colossus at SFMM 2)Hurler at Carowinds and 3)Mean Streak at CP. I do have to say RMC and the parks have done a pretty good job weeding out the bad ones. 35. Best sweet snack at a park (degree of difficulty: not Dollywoods cinnamon bread) Gimme a quarter for some gumball machine runts and I'll be perfectly content. (jk, lol, although that's another guilty pleasure of mine) Sea salt ice cream at Disneysea is my favorite to date. 36. Kings Island is on the phone and they want you to decide what is going in the old Vortex spot. What do you add? B&M 4D coaster. My ultimate pipe dream. 37. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2020 ride) Shoot I have a few. But the one ride I've really wanted to try for years but never got around to it (and this is super lame so don't @ me) but SWO's Manta. 38. Name 3 parks you want to visit in the next 3 years. All of them! The most ambitious being Nagashima Spaland, Universal Japan, and Phantasialand. 39. Name 3 other forum members you hope fill this out. Oh gosh is anyone actually reading my answers... 40. Show us how cool you are by posting a picture of yourself on a coaster or in front of coaster. Bonus points if you're holding a sign with a number on it like the nerd you are. No sign but I'm actually pretty proud of this selfie...aaaaannnnnddddd now my face is on here for you all to see.
  19. At 180 feet I consider Hakugei close enough to be in the "mega-RMC" category with Steel Vengeance, Zadra, and Iron Gwazi. My point was that they all look like very different rides (I've only ridden Steel Vengeance so I can't say for sure), so comparing them is useless. And iirc Iron Gwazi has a really sick looking outward bank turn.
  20. I think you nailed it. And saying Iron Gwazi is anything like Steel Vengeance or even Zadra or Hakugei is, in my opinion, a terrible assumption to make. From the looks of it, Iron Gwazi has a lot less of a focus on airtime and more of a focus on speed and quick transitions. Also, both Iron Gwazi and Zadra are significantly shorter rides than Steel Vengeance. While I have no doubt that they deliver the crazy insane RMC ejector airtime at moments, they're clearly not going for the "most airtime" record like Steel Vengeance did. Personally I think Iron Gwazi looks sigificantly different than any RMC we've seen so far, with big swooping turns and many more low-to-the-ground fast sections.
  21. I'll be heading down to SD once school gets out in a bit. I'm excited to see the progress on this thing! Not sure if I'll make it to the park this time around or not (I'd like to go and try Tidal Twister if I can), but I'll definitely be going when Emperor opens up! It's interesting to me, though, how much perspective affects ride experience. When a ride is big for the park it's in, it tends to be a lot more fun simply by being the biggest thing around. That's what I felt when I rode Hangtime, which is a ride that would be considered boring or bad at a park like Cedar Point but easily makes it into my top 3 at Knott's. Emperor is going to be an amazing hit for this park!
  22. Agree. I'm not a fan of these "triple launches". I mean, it's fun to be launched backwards but they usually end up being quite forceless. I also prefer a single intense launch. I honestly completely missed this coaster being built but it looks really great. How are the restraints? I'm surprised that this coaster doesn't have a triple launch, and I completely agree that single launches are way more fun. From a practical standpoint, though, if I'm not mistaken triple launches require significantly less power than normal launches, which is why they're becoming so common. It takes a lot to move a coaster train, and launches aren't free for the parks.
  23. It's sad that this thread is so dead. Mods haven't even posted the announcement yet. Love the not-Mako theme though! Should be awesome! Seaworld always keeps it classy with their rides!
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