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Posts posted by ricklap77

  1. Yes losing a flavor for sure.  I understand the economics behind this merge and I believe it makes sense but in the end the customer will probably lose in one way or another.  Whether it be membership pricing or perks, possible park closures, etc, I doubt having less competition will do anything good for the enthusiasts and customers.  I have to admit that I find it sad to see the Cedar Fair name dissapear.  I've always enjoyed the Cedar Fair experience over the Six Flags experience!  But again I understand the move and everything.  The pandemic was really bad for the amusement industry and others.  We are slowly starting to see the aftermath.  And we have to add the looming recession and wars going on.  I have been an enthusiast for 30 plus years and it's been interesting to see how parks developped and added attractions over those years.  We can all blame Six Flags for many reasons, but we can't forget how much they spoiled us enthusiasts with so many major rides or roller coasters in the span of a few years (and sometimes several the same year!), especially at the turn of the new millenium.

  2. On 7/20/2023 at 10:05 PM, AmyUD06 said:

    When you push the envelope, sometimes it gets broken.  Enjoy your uninspired B&Ms.

    I rode WR at the end of June and WOW that coaster is awesome!  But it is quite intense and it made me question myself; when  will they reach the limits?  I mean as intense as it is and with the structure swaying like crazy, some parts must be getting loose after a short while.  I know it has to sway but maybe not so much.  It must be a maintenance nightmare, and the ride is new.  The elements, the pacing, etc, is perfect on that ride but I just can't see some RMCs standing very long (20 plus years) because they might become too problematic.  I hope I am wrong because I think it is right now one of the best if not the best coaster manufacturer-designer on the market.  I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing more and more RMCs with a steel frame like Arie Force One.

  3. Sad story.  Obviously Schwarzkopf trains seem to have issues after time.  Mindbender at WEM, the one in Mexico that they are rebuilding at IB, and now this one all had wheel assembly failure.  I wonder if this accident will make parks that own Schwarzkopf coasters put their coasters or trains out of service.  Reportedly the Mindbenbder at WEM at many tiny cracks all over the tracks.  I guess they probably think now that they made the good decision of retiring it for good.  Indiana Beach must be wondering what to do now. I think the best option is to have new trains built by an other manufacturer.

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