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  1. Griffon is one of the most beautiful coasters at BGW in my opinion, but I never saw the France section before it was built. The first thing that took me by surprise when I visited BGW was seeing Griffon from Scotland and how much it dominates it’s plot of land. InvadR is the only coaster that I think needs more trees. I was underwhelmed by how few trees BGW put back and I’ve never been fan of how much of it you can see from Alpengeist’s bridge. Count me as one who’s not crazy about a 355 ft anything at BGW ... the idea of it feels out of place.
  2. I was going to end my season pass this year for the first time in years, but Catwoman’s announcement has me wanting to keep it.
  3. 1. Steel Vengeance - honestly, pound for pound, Storm Chaser is BETTER. I give this one the one-up though for its sheer scale and the fact that something this insane was actually built. 2. Storm Chaser - If we are talking element to element, this is the best RMC I've ridden. It has a different, more intense feel than all the others; the airtime is more akin to Intamin with truely sustained ejector vs. quick pops. 3. NTaG 4. Outlaw Run - honestly, I've ridden this multiple times over two separate visits, and it just doesn't do much for me. It's too short. I've also found that this is a "back seat only" ride and is not as diverse as the other RMC (wherein the front and middle are equally good for other reasons), and to add to this, the back seat nowadays is a little rough. 5. Goliath - still an awesome ride despite it's length.
  4. Six Flags doesn’t spend money to teach people about characters. They’re only interested in making money off characters that are already known!
  5. This is Six Flags St. Louis, so be surprised if they remove more of the go carts track than they at minimum need to.
  6. SFSTL is the same way. This ride is replacing the up-charge go-carts. I’m really, really eager to ride this at my home park SFSTL. I think this is honestly the best attraction either this park or SFSTL has received in several years.
  7. I swear, they never fail to make these announcement videos more corny every year. I love it. That ending was out of ****ing nowhere (see what I did there?) This is definitely all-around one of the best years for the chain. Each park seems to be getting something unique or well deserved (like VIpere for La Ronde ). Two of my dreams came true too - SFOG's Axis Arena and SFA's Dare Devil Dive are both getting axed. I have long thought that their removal would significantly improve the Gotham sections of each park, and what better fit than a Giant Discovery for the Dare Devil Dive plot? I'll be damned, SFA might be one of the worst parks in the chain, but it's the only one I can think of that doesn't have it's DC-themed rides inappropriately spread out all over the park. Really, the only bad thing that happened this year is that the awful CraZanity name got another lease on life.
  8. YESSS!!! Air Races coming to the Six Flags chain! I had a sneaking suspicion 2020 could finally be the year (with all the Zamperla additions, you had to think this was only a matter of time). As a person who’s home park gets flats every year, this is exciting news! Hopefully one will now come our way in the next few years. This looks like a really solid, well-themed addition.
  9. They actually announced it at 12 AM on Facebook after all ... odd.
  10. I prefer KK as it feels more intense. The “roughness” didn't take anything away from the ride; on the contrary, it added to it by making it feel that much more intense.
  11. A water coaster is an awesome addition to any park, honestly something I personally would appreciate as much as a coaster. I really like how’s there’s been a “resurgence” of these in the United States. Also, get off the high horse: you guys already have an RMC, American Eagle isn’t getting the treatment. Meanwhile, other parks have NOTHING. Goliath might be the weakest RMC but it’s still one of the best coasters in the entire chain.
  12. I find the staggered seating trains generally have more sustained airtime.
  13. The go-carts will indeed be leaving for the new ride, but I’m also told the new ride will use a very minimal portion of the land cleared. Word is that the park is wanting to expand the area into a new DC section. I’ve also heard that the park would like to move the Moon Cars back there but I don’t put much stock in that ever actually happening, unless I’m wrong and they refurb the go-carts track into the new Moon Car track.
  14. Our drop tower (Superman) is fantastic. Don’t pass it by as just another Intamin drop tower. It sots high on a hill so it feels really tall, and the drop is pretty good
  15. I didn’t believe it either, but I’ve now heard from a park employee friend that the go carts are leaving and it’s going to be a ride that’s unique to the park, so most of our guesses so far are pretty much void. Apparently word is management wants to turn Britannia into a new DC area.
  16. What do you mean? Can you seriously not see that Fury 325's brake run is even longer than this? It also comes in with less speed. They probably could've crammed in another hill on Fury 325 and kept the same brake run design by ridding the flat transfer section immediately after the incline, but I don't see any space on Orion where they could've done the same. It's incline then immediately turn into station here. The brake runs are high like this because they are very efficient, which is a huge factor for the park. In fact, I wouldn't at all be surprised if they're the ones who asked for this design again. Starting the brake run high means you'll have less kinetic energy entering the brakes, and having a flat section first means the brakes won't be working against gravity to slow the train initially. And then of course, the inclined transfer section eliminates the need for drive wheels which are a considerable running cost. Fury 325's brake run is lower but it also has an extra 1300 feet of track to dissipate speed. This thing would come blazing into the brake run if it wasn't elevated. When you are going to be operating hundreds of cycles every day, using gravity (which is free, btw) instead of extreme braking force and electricity is extremely attractive to a park. Less cost to run also means higher ROI, just the same as how someone possibly did the market research and saw that Fury 325 was too intense and wanted to increase the appeal of this ride by turning down the intensity. It's all about money. Good lord, I'm glad this thing actually has a 300ft drop so we don't have to have THAT discussion.
  17. A ride this short for the height is going to be coming in hot to the brake run. It makes sense to have the brake run start high so that the kinetic energy of the train can be reduced before hitting the brake. Pacing on this thing should hopefully be insane. I’m excited to visit KI again soon
  18. I’m glad I didn’t have to be the first to say this. These were my EXACT thoughts today. I envisioned more of a “cave exploration/adventure theme like the original vs. a cave mining company. There is only one enclosed section and it’s very small. I am incredibly excited for the ride, do not get me wrong! I just find the thematic choice odd. Also, while the lake is smaller, this time you’ll be right in the middle of it and so it’ll feel more immersive - at least that’s how I felt after standing where the station will be today. You’re going to really feel surrounded by water this time.
  19. Wicked Twister is one of my all time favorite rides. It’s miles better than the other Intamin impulses just for the double twisted spike. I’ve been waiting for years now to see it relocated to WoF seeing as Dorney and Valleyfair, the next two closest-sized parks in the chain, got Impulse coasters years ago and it would fill the launch coaster void at the park. If it goes to WoF, I’d be ecstatic. However, it’s probably more likely to end up at CGA, especially since the 20 year plan highlights an impulse coming. It’s a really under-appreciated ride that feels odd at Cedar Point, but at a regional park it’d be fantastic.
  20. I was told today that nobody is really sure, since Intamin wouldn’t release details of what they’re doing in China, but supposedly there is a rapids ride being built there as well that may very well be taller.
  21. I was at the announcement. It is not an Intamin; it’s being manufactured by a company called RES out of Switzerland.
  22. Got word last night that our club at school was granted a few media day passes for Tuesday!!! I’m very excited for the announcement! There will be a hard-hat tour, so I’ll try to bring back some pictures to post of the construction site inside the fence.
  23. That coaster wouldn't fit with Cheetah Chase there, at least not the helix around Kima Bay. I'm guessing those blueprints were an old ride proposal leaked for fun, or just an enthusiast with too much time on their hands trying to stir up some rumors. I'm still very confused as to why Pilgrim Plunge's spot is still sitting there being an eyesore, but I'm sure HW has plans for it at some point. I’m guessing those were Intamin’s actual proposal for this same RFP asking for a “launched water coaster”, but Proslide got the bid and so they leaked those plans just for fun. I don’t imagine they’ll be built - after this, I think we will be waiting a little while for the next major addition anyway. Pilgrim’s Plunge spot will have it’s time someday. I couldn’t love this new addition more. It looks awesome flying over the path and fits perfectly into that empty corner. Excited to try it out. Three water coasters in one park is ridiculous, but I love them so I’m not complaining!
  24. I certainly would (not that I care about cohesive theming - the Britannia has been long dead). Xcalibur is one of the few good looking rides at the park. Leave it to Six Flags to mess with something.
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