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  1. I think he's stating that because coaster track has shown up onsite, RCDB is finally acknowledging that Cedar Point is getting a coaster for 2016.

    Ooooohhhhh! Sorry, I don't consider RCDB's word the "end-all be-all" of roller coaster information.

    Not a lot of people do, but its still a pretty creditable source. Except when they said Cu Chulainn was supposed to have a corkscrew...

  2. Found this on a tumblr page about people complaining about the announcement date being moved. Sometimes we're Squidward, sometimes we're SpongeBob!


    Wow, those are pretty stupid.


    Just as stupid as an entire ride layout being leaked from a countdown on a free VR app no one fully understood the purpose of just yet. Could you imagine?

    Have they announced a new date yet or are we still waiting to learn what we already know






    ...oh wait...

  3. This is a little delayed but yep it was JRice yesterday at MF. Took my chances at Plinko and scored a one time fast lane. The standby wait time was 1.5 hrs, the longest in the park that I seen for the day. They were moving trains quickly though! It was a very pleasant front ride seat! Greyed out a bit on the first turnaround but was a little dehydrated.


    Rode in the front on Rougarou, a much better and intense ride than when it was Mantis. I heard a few headbanging complaints from people behind me. They even put up some remove earrings signage. At 6'4 I'm unaffected.


    Front seat on Gatekeeper, greyed out a bit on the Immelman. Really think it was the beer and lack of water. They were stacking trains and the line moved slowly. True wait time of about 45 minutes. I do think it is a great ride though.


    TTD was great as always, and had a good crew. Got on in 30 minutes.


    Maverick was a hour wait at 10:30 am. MF was down in the am so I think that pushed people to Maverick. Front row, great ride still. Not too sure how I feel about the soft restraints. They are a little snug (though I'm tall).


    Great day at the park and my cheapest yet! Free entry thanks to mycokerewards and packed a lunch. Bought one round of beers inside the park, $5 for my winning game of Plinko, and $15 to park. Grand total of $37!


    They've got the field next to Breakers Express fenced off. I wonder if they'll stage for 2016 there.

    Rode Fahrenheit at HP the other day, and the random mid-ride ejector airtime pop brought back fond memories of Maverick.

  4. ^Don't forget, if things stand true to the "leaked plans", it will also feature a "Worlds First". World's first Vertical Loop on a Dive Coaster. And wouldn't longest drop on a Dive Coaster count as a record too?


    Anyway, exciting times ahead. Tis the season!

    Speaking of which, am I the only one who's laughing because loops have been on diving machines on RCT for YEARS? I mean, RCT2 was in development when loops first started on wooden coasters, so they put them in everything.

  5. I'm surprised nobody has commented about the lift being over 200ft tall. New era of the hyper woodie? Great job, Dollywood, and I'm hoping to make the trip there next year to ride that beast and experience that crazy quadruple down!


    No one, including the park, is classifying this as a hyper. It never actually makes it 200' off the ground, so...

    Neither does Apollo's Chariot, yet it is usually referred to as a hyper. Should mention that Wildfire at Kolmarden won't reach over 160 off the ground, yet its still gonna get the height record for having a bottom-to-top lift of about 187 ft. Given that they referred to the lift as "over 20 stories tall", I fully believe that, from bottom to top, the lift is well over 200'.

  6. This isn't a prediction this is just me finding some facts...


    For it to be the Longest wooden it would have to be longer than 7,359 ft.

    For it to be the Steepest wooden it would have to be steeper than 85°

    For it to be the Tallest wooden it would have to be taller than 196.8 ft.

    For it to have the Longest wooden coaster drop it would have to be longer than 180 ft.

    For it to have the Most inversions on a wooden it would have to have more than 3.


    I am by no means saying that all of these records will be broken but I figure that at least one of these will be broken!


    The only two I could possibly see are steepness and inversions.

    There's actually dispute as to whether Colossos should get the height record. Sure, the lift hill, bottom to top, is 196 ft., but it heavily uses the terrain to an advantage, as it only reaches a peak of about 155 ft. above ground. The tallest flat-ground woodie is El Toro, at 181 ft.

  7. ^Great analysis! Love hearing that kind of perspective. Let's hope so! Here's to Intamin making a splash in the United States with some awesome unique coasters! Enough of this 300 foot boring B&M forceless floater air bullshit! I want an Intamin to kick my A$$ like RMC has done with Twisted Colossus!


    Looks fantastic so far! My only question is, why all white paint again like Formula Rossa?


    I'd imagine it really comes down to cost more than anything. Being in a desert climate, any other color would rapidly fade with the relentless sunlight/dust storms etc and add a considerable amount of maintenance if they want it to look good.


    Ahh, that's what I thought. If Tatsu over in California looks bad, anything with a decent paint job in the UAE's heat would fade very quickly


    Well let's not jump to conclusions. After repainting X2 with a different mix of paint, I'd have to say that rides paint job has held up pretty well over the years.

    You're calling such rides as Monty, Katun, Banshee, Diamondback, Rougarou, Nitro, Apollos Chariot, and the Batman clones "forceless"?

  8. I'm okay with this as long as it is OPTIONAL. I can already feel the random advertisements displaying on the HUD, "brought to you by GameFly!"


    I'll give Cedar Fair credit, they're not overbearing with ads. Fun TV is a perfect example of this, it actually entertains people in line. Does it have an ad every now and then? Yes. But for the most part they have trivia, music videos and things that are there to keep the guests entertained.


    Six Flags TV on the other hand is getting absolutely unbearable. I'd much rather wait in line for a ride at Six Flags that doesn't have it and listen to music than endless commercials turned up to the max.



    Unlike Chance the gardener, I don't like to watch.


    It's part of the spread of giant tv's everywhere. Even my bank has them in case someone waiting in line for three minutes is unable to cope without seeing advertisements and flashy fluff.

    Topic change: I wonder if CP will do a live stream of the announcement, sorta like KI did for Banshee, Carowinds did for F325, and Dollywood is about to do for Shot Rod/Lightning Rod.

  9. Six Flags TV on the other hand is getting absolutely unbearable. I'd much rather wait in line for a ride at Six Flags that doesn't have it and listen to music than endless commercials turned up to the max.


    Fun TV was a big surprise. I noticed at both KD and CP that the majority of the queues were fully engaged in the trivia, and the music videos did make the crowds more lively. I find Fun TV to be quite enjoyable myself, minus Taylor Swift.

    Sometimes, they'll throw Black Keys, Rob Zombie, or Evanescence

  10. A countdown has been added to the Cedar Point website and we have an announcement time: 9:00 PM.


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    This is exciting as one of Cedar Fair's best announcements was the nighttime announcement of Banshee. I think all of this "darkness" going around just further backs up Valravn.

    The font does look very Valravn-y. You know, it has that Viking/Medieval vibe to it.

  11. I love how suddenly everyone is all "OMG! I can't wait for the Dive Machine at Cedar Point. It is going to be such a great ride. It's going to be such a great fit for the park. I love the colors." When... earlier everyone was "Omg, I can't believe Cedar Point is getting a Dive Machine... Dive Machines suck. They are so boring, so forceless, not record breaking enough. The colors are ugly. It's not going to stand out. " I spent pages trying to convince people that Dive Machines are actually really good coasters, and everyone fought me on it, and now everyone is all for the Dive Machine.


    Hey, it got the Alvey seal of approval. Everyone has to be on-board now.

    Now hang on a second here... Just because I said I have liked *ONE* B&M Dive Machine (and it's clones), isn't necessarily the "Alvey seal of approval." I will say that I have much better hope for a B&M Dive Machine to be something cool versus my initial thoughts on Gatekeeper. That being said, would I rather it be some sort of crazy RMC re-do of Mean Streak or a "WTF is that crazy thing" Intamin that we knew nothing about? You bet.


    But the way things are lining up, I'd be "ok" to "pleasantly happy" with a Dive Machine if it's on par or better than SheiKra.


    That's all I said.

    How do we know if we've gotten the "Alvey seal of approval"?

  12. Agreeing with everyone who likes dive coasters. Sheikra is a really great ride and Cedar Point will obviously just make one better.


    On a side note, I finally got home from my impromptu CP trip Saturday and bought the Nanocoaster from the Pagoda Gift Shop. It looks really great on a desktop! [attachment=0]image.jpeg[/attachment]





    Im definitely buying Gatekeeper and Dragster!

    So, and this is probably a dumbass question, but how much building/assembly goes into it?

  13. In terms of a giga, I personally consider it unlikely. You need a lot of room for a giga, and while KI has ALOT of unoccupied land, not much of it is level enough for a giga (name one terrain gigacoaster you've ever seen). I'm not saying impossible, I'm just saying a wing coaster is probably next.


    Every roller coaster, including clones, are custom built for their customers. If they want a terrain Giga-coaster, they'll get terrain Giga-coaster. There is literally no reason why this couldn't happen.

    Why y'all jumping on me? All I said was that, IMHO, I don't see it likely. I would love it, but seeing as the park's last two coasters cost a combined $46 million, I just don't see it.


    Coasters cost a lot of money. KI is the second most attended seasonal park in the country only behind Cedar Point (and the two are very close anyway) so I'm sure they pull in a ton of money to go with it. Considering Diamondback's popularity, I would not rule a Giga out for a second.


    There is alot more to profits then guest through a gate. There is hotels (CP), merchandise sold, fast passes, season passes, all season dining, parking, food, games. Profit margins, which CP usually dominates


    Absolutely those things matter. But getting people through the gate is priority #1. Seeing what kind of rides people ride the most, therefore attracting them to the park, also matters. Hence why I feel a Giga makes sense.

    Let's look at time, though. Banshee, a $20+ million investment, was added 5 years after Diamondback, a $20+ million investment. If its a giga we're getting, I wouldn't expect it until 2018 or 2019, especially considering the usual price for a giga is around $30 million.

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