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Posts posted by Derek_Zoolander

  1. As far as the two Vortex coasters go, I definitely could see Carowinds converting their coaster but I think it would be unlikely for CGA to do the same. With Medusa only an hour and a half away, I just don't think CGA would generate much interest from a Vortex conversion. Carowinds, on the other hand, could promote it as the only floorless coaster in the Southeast and their Vortex is a slightly better ride as well (CGA's is shorter and rougher).


    Very good points on the coasters Vortex. ^I also hope CP has a few things up their sleeves before 2020 after having lain dormant for so long between Maverick and Gatekeeper.

  2. It seems like the consensus here is relatively the same across the board. As much as I do love B&M, I am also pulling for Hyper GT-X models for the lower profile Cedar Fair parks because it just seems like a great solution for maximum ROI. I don't know that I see the Vortex stand-ups going floorless, as Mantis' conversion has demonstrated it's more of a process than a simple train swap and I'd rather those coasters be sold and replaced.


    B&M will continue to be the main supplier for Cedar Fair, and I hope to see more gigas and launches down the pipeline. I also hope we'll see some diversification with Chance and RMC, though I'd largely rather see new topper track woodies over conversions (or at least conversions using topper track so that the coasters remain wooden, I think this may be the fate of Mean Streak).

  3. From my experience at the park this weekend, it's no wonder I often don't go for long periods of time. Does anyone know just what is up with dispatch times? Often there would be a half dozen or more employees just standing around as a station full of people look on, and apparently a phone call needs to be made or received before dispatching each and every train. The only team that was somewhat on point was Shockwave, and I think I enjoyed my ride on it the most partly for that reason. For Titan and Texas Giant it seemed like 3 mins was the absolute best interval one could hope for, with 5-7+ being more likely. Titan's station is an exceptional farce as there's a large digital timer that counts down from 60 seconds...most of the time they don't even open the gates until this timer has expired. It hasn't always been this way, but it seems the park doesn't need to be incredibly busy for exorbitant waits.

  4. Honestly I've always thought Apollo's Chariot is one of the ugliest rides I've ever seen, all due to the purple track and yellow supports.


    Objectively color science would disagree with you. One look at a color wheel, and some of the schemes chosen for the more vibrant/striking coasters start to make more sense. I think the fact that AC is faded and has simple supports and Tempesto is vibrant/new and has a more dense structure is where the visual complaints come from. Also, as has been mentioned - it's about context. I'd have no criticisms to offer if this were being installed at a Six Flags park!

  5. I would be nice to have that extra row, but I'm confident B&M have their reasons (like extra speed creating more chassis vibration or some such thing). Assigned seating tends to be a thing with newer Cedar Fair coasters, but you won't catch me dead in those 'mine train' rows, lmao.


    My current plan is to be at Carowinds during E3 so I can just binge on game content the day I get back.

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