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  1. No, they are dumb. They can obviously see bright new steel track on what was a wood coaster. What thinking person would think new track means it's being torn down? There is also the fact that you don't need to be precise and exacting if it's being completely torn down. They can tear down a wood coaster really quick if you have no need to save parts or relocate it. They could just wrecking ball it over the off season.

     

    People like you make me cringe, to the point I hate considering myself an enthusiast. To take a hobby to the point where you're calling people dumb because they don't notice something so obvious to you or me; is taking it too far in my opinion.

     

    I now keep this gif on my desktop as I feel it's use just sums up my feelings perfectly.

     

     

    It's obvious to people with eyes and able to think.

  2. Or instead of calling them dumb, they just don't care like we do and/or don't look at it and notice every single change going on. They see a coaster that was announced that it was being torn down, so they see the cranes and they think nothing of it other than its being dismantled.

     

    No, they are dumb. They can obviously see bright new steel track on what was a wood coaster. What thinking person would think new track means it's being torn down? There is also the fact that you don't need to be precise and exacting if it's being completely torn down. They can tear down a wood coaster really quick if you have no need to save parts or relocate it. They could just wrecking ball it over the off season.

  3. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2017/07/news-profile-points-to-busy-2018-for.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

     

    The known projects are RMC Mean Streak and RMC Hurler. 5 other projects unknown on what parks are getting them. 1 of the projects is known to be going to Japan, hopefully the rest are US based.

     

    Local Video on RMC - pretty good local story.

    http://www.kxly.com/features/made-in-the-northwest/made-in-the-northwest-rocky-mountain-construction/586841280

  4. Starflyers/Skyscreamers are a cheaply made ride. They are same essentially as the standard 50fy swinging chair ride, they just are taller. They are not a solidly built/design ride like a Windseeker. The light arrays on Windseekers are also far better. Funtime Starflyers are about 1/2 the cost of a Mondial Windseeker and it's obvious why in comparing the craftsmanship, design, etc.. of the rides.

     

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    Anybody with eyes knows they are a cheap ride, ie..a SF ride. It's the same crappy seats you get on a standard swing ride. uncomfortable and cheap. The quality level of any popup carnival swing ride. The restraint is the same as standard swing rides for 50 years, a cross pole slides down the chain and a button seat belt clasp. It's held by chains, again just like a standard 50ft swing ride have done forever. It's a cheap made ride, that's a fact. It's hardly the craftsmanship of a Windseeker.

  5. ^ The small chair with the dinky-ass chains is the main reason the ride is so popular. The thought that you could plummet 400' to your death at any minute is what the ride manufacturer is counting on.

     

    Starflyers/Skyscreamers are a cheaply made ride. They are same essentially as the standard 50fy swinging chair ride, they just are taller. They are not a solidly built/design ride like a Windseeker. The light arrays on Windseekers are also far better. Funtime Starflyers are about 1/2 the cost of a Mondial Windseeker and it's obvious why in comparing the craftsmanship, design, etc.. of the rides.

  6. Cedar Fair's pattern has been to do the floorless conversion and then a new coaster the next year. Happened at Cedar Point and CGA. Vortex Conversion 2019 and 2020 ground up coaster.

    That's considered a "pattern"? Seems just a coincidence to me. But ok . . .

     

     

    Cedar Point getting a Rougarou and then Valravyn was expected. Floorless conversions are pretty cheap and CP is the flagship park. CGA getting Patriot and then whatever in 2018 to me means whatever coaster order for parks CF has, a floorless conversion doesn't change your place in it. It's treated like getting a flat. The only park that got back to back coasters before was CP before CGA (the 7th or 8th best park in the chain) in 2017, 2018. One would expect the same for Carowinds 2019, 2020.

  7. Can you compare the ride to Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef or DCA's Toy Story Midway Mania?

     

    The ride is definitely better than Knott's Voyage, and on par with DCA's Toy Story ride.

     

    But this type of ride makes more sense for a younger crowd, which works at a Disney park, but seems kind of random at a park like Magic Mountain. I'm not saying people won't ride it once they're at the park, but to think this is going to attract a crowd over 15 years old *to come out and actually visit the park for it* is stretching it a bit.

     

    And guess who spends the most money at parks? Families....

     

    Magic Mountain will make more money off the 15 year kid whose whole family tags along than they will a teenager who shows up and doesn't spend a penny besides their initial pass purchase (or monthly payment)...

     

     

     

    Except SFMM has neglected family stuff for over a decade. That's how SF Corporate thinks about all the parks except MM and Gadv. Both neglect family rides in general and have not gotten family friendly flats. I believe the last flats for both were 450 and 400 ft drop towers. not family friendly at all

     

    It's never too late to balance out the park. And with Six Flag's limited spending the past few years, that's probably what's about the happen anyway. I'm guessing next year will be another non coaster year as the park adds flats or kids rides instead.

     

    Six Flags limited spending is not a few years, it's been since bankruptcy. It's all based on a formula since bankruptcy. It's here to stay and their EBIDTA is great. There is no way they are changing and said so in their investor presentation. People just didn't notice the limited spending b/c 2011-2016 b/c they were adding RMC's, YOLOcoaster, Xflight. Now that it's 4D's and superloops everywhere people seem to notice and think this is pull back. They are actually spending slightly more money each year since bankruptcy they are just spending on cloned garbage to a large extent.

     

    Oh no, we've noticed, trust me. It's still a far cry from that Thomas Town, Wiggles nonsense from the Shapiro years. The limited spending now is yielding things their parks have needed since forever. Dark rides, family rides, waterpark additions, flat rides., breathing new life into old, beat up coasters.

     

    This is a GOOD thing. Well.. except for enthusiasts that miss 25 million dollar mediocre B&Ms every other year.

     

     

    The thing is they have a done horrible job. The parks are literally becoming all the same. They have to gimmick rides as their supposed "flagship rides" that are not going to hold up to time. JL's are a video game, people and kids lose interest in video games quickly. I an tell you know 1 year after JL's in some parks the line is nothing, it's a virtual walk on at some parks. 4D's lines are just b/c the capacity stinks, the thing gets less than 500/hr in reality though spec is 720/hr Finally, the parks that need flat rides the most SFFMM and GAdv haven't gotten them and the parks that need coasters badly Stl. LaRonde, SFA haven't gotten nothing. SF is essentially banking on the people in these areas will keep buying passes and allowing themselves to be "abused" and neglected by SF, by getting year after year of poor additions

  8. God I hate these loose article policies. I will be very sad if they catch on to more parks. I am okay with having to check a bag, but when parks start turning me away even if everything in my pockets is buttoned, zipped, or safety pinned, I get annoyed. (BTW, safety pins are awesome if you have no zipper pockets and are concerned about loose articles).

     

    Loose articles kill operations, SF operations already are poor b/c of their poor staffing. I would have no problem with banning all loose articles on every ride. People don't need all the crap they carry and then take their leisurely time putting away their stuff. Get a locker or leave the crap in the car.

  9. Can you compare the ride to Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef or DCA's Toy Story Midway Mania?

     

    The ride is definitely better than Knott's Voyage, and on par with DCA's Toy Story ride.

     

    But this type of ride makes more sense for a younger crowd, which works at a Disney park, but seems kind of random at a park like Magic Mountain. I'm not saying people won't ride it once they're at the park, but to think this is going to attract a crowd over 15 years old *to come out and actually visit the park for it* is stretching it a bit.

     

    And guess who spends the most money at parks? Families....

     

    Magic Mountain will make more money off the 15 year kid whose whole family tags along than they will a teenager who shows up and doesn't spend a penny besides their initial pass purchase (or monthly payment)...

     

     

     

    Except SFMM has neglected family stuff for over a decade. That's how SF Corporate thinks about all the parks except MM and Gadv. Both neglect family rides in general and have not gotten family friendly flats. I believe the last flats for both were 450 and 400 ft drop towers. not family friendly at all

     

    It's never too late to balance out the park. And with Six Flag's limited spending the past few years, that's probably what's about the happen anyway. I'm guessing next year will be another non coaster year as the park adds flats or kids rides instead.

     

    Six Flags limited spending is not a few years, it's been since bankruptcy. It's all based on a formula since bankruptcy. It's here to stay and their EBIDTA is great. There is no way they are changing and said so in their investor presentation. People just didn't notice the limited spending b/c 2011-2016 b/c they were adding RMC's, Full Throttle, Xflight. Now that it's 4D's and superloops everywhere people seem to notice and think this is pull back. They are actually spending slightly more money each year since bankruptcy they are just spending on cloned garbage to a large extent.

  10. So in reading Screamscape today. They seem to be hearing a rumor of a 2019 Iron Hurler, which I don't doubt would happen in the future. However, I really expected to see a Rougarou treatment of Vortex next. Anyone think we could see two conversions in two years? Honestly, if there was an RMC next to Fury I would never leave that junction of the park...

     

     

    Cedar Fair's pattern has been to do the floorless conversion and then a new coaster the next year. Happened at Cedar Point and CGA. Vortex Conversion 2019 and 2020 ground up coaster. Couple of things working against RMC Hurler at Carowinds are they are doing Hurler at KD. Second, the park needs to add to their coaster count. I could actually see them getting a launch coaster or a B&M wing coaster, maybe a GCI, but less likely.

  11. Can you compare the ride to Knott's Voyage to the Iron Reef or DCA's Toy Story Midway Mania?

     

    The ride is definitely better than Knott's Voyage, and on par with DCA's Toy Story ride.

     

    But this type of ride makes more sense for a younger crowd, which works at a Disney park, but seems kind of random at a park like Magic Mountain. I'm not saying people won't ride it once they're at the park, but to think this is going to attract a crowd over 15 years old *to come out and actually visit the park for it* is stretching it a bit.

     

    And guess who spends the most money at parks? Families....

     

    Magic Mountain will make more money off the 15 year kid whose whole family tags along than they will a teenager who shows up and doesn't spend a penny besides their initial pass purchase (or monthly payment)...

     

     

    Except SFMM has neglected family stuff for over a decade. That's how SF Corporate thinks about all the parks except MM and Gadv. Both neglect family rides in general and have not gotten family friendly flats. I believe the last flats for both were 450 and 400 ft drop towers. not family friendly at all

  12. Middle of the month, so now I get cranking....lol..

     

    1. Just like last year, I believe we are getting a water coaster next year.

    2. From one discussion that I had with this lady (VP), that was walking with Rick (Pres.), the Mind Eraser trains. Of course, these will be in addition to the new ride.

    3. V2 between SM and BW.

    4. Justice League. ONLY because the arena has no scheduled events, and have seen extra cars and equipment there. Never have seen before.

    5. A stinkin Spinsanity.

    6. 4D...yeah right.

    7. Wouldn't be surprised if they upgrade the two kid areas, which are actually in OK shape, but might want to compete with KD's kid's area.

    8. A modern Enterprise.

     

    I'll add one more,only because a friend of mine has been saying it. He says he keeps seeing big equipment in the woods by Mind Eraser that can be seen from the SM hills. I've never seen crap, but will look again tomorrow.

     

     

    There are no JL's in 2018 according to Sally Corp, so that's off the list. Put your money on the water coaster, SF is going to make it the next thing that's at every park.

  13. Hello all,

    I am posting this in multiple threads so I apologize if you read this more than once.

    Anyways, August 5th-15th we are doing our yearly coaster trip. This year will include visits to SFSL, WoF, SDC, SFSL again (gotta love season passes), Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kings Island.

    We will be at KK sunday the 13th for most of the day, about noon-closing We've been to the park a couple times in the last couple years so we know the park well. Mainly just curious about the crowds.

    Thank you so much in advance

     

    KY Kingdom crowds were okay. I went this saturday on way back from a few days at KI. The water park was packed. Lightning Run max wait was 25 minutes. Stormchaser was a walk on most of the day, couple of busy moments had to wait like 4 trains. People don't go to the back of the park and thus neglect the best ride in the park. The crappy Vekoma invert has a much longer line then Stormchaser.

  14. Thought some of you guys would be interested in this, I interviewed CEO John Wood and Creative Director Rich Hill of Sally Corp all about Justice League (and a little bit about their past and future projects) for Coaster101. Lots of interesting little tidbits in here (like why there's no Aquaman), but the biggest take away is that they're both really excited about the Magic Mountain version of the ride, and said that it is always going to be a one of a kind version of the ride.

     

    Basically it makes me really excited to get down there and ride it!

     

    Sally Corp Justice League Interview

     

    The Big take away for me was there will be a pause, ie..NO JL's in 2018.

     

    JW: I think that Six Flags is going to pause. I’m hoping it’s just a pause, but after three good hard years of rolling these out I think they’re going to step back and see how the results are. But, we’re very hopeful that there’s more in the future.

  15. Don't know if anybody saw this but it sounds like there will be no Justice Leagues in 2018. Interview with Sally Corp CEO by Coaster101

     

    Coaster101: Are you able to tell me if there are any more Justice League rides coming for Six Flags, or any other projects for Sally coming up?

     

    John Wood - CEO Sally Corp: I think that Six Flags is going to pause. I’m hoping it’s just a pause, but after three good hard years of rolling these out I think they’re going to step back and see how the results are. But, we’re very hopeful that there’s more in the future.

     

    That frees up money as JL's were the most expensive ride SF bought in 2017. 3 JL's in 2017 at 10-12M each, total coast 30-36M. What will SF buy? This could mean potentially some coasters besides 4D's. Instead of 30M+ on JL's like 2017, they could buy 2 coasters at 15M or 3 around 10M They could also buy a boat load of flats.

  16. I find it interesting that people don't think Cedar Fairisn't just filing for trademarks for things later or just pulling a head fake to play with enthusiasts. All I can say is how is "Ziz"? You know the mythical creature representing air, that fits perfectly with Behemoth(land) and Leviathian(water).

     

    Filing Trademarks for later things, sure. Filing Trademarks to pull a head fake on enthusiasts? Not a chance... it's not a cheap process.

     

     

    Actually filing a Federal Trademark is cheap! Look it up.

  17. Cedar Fair has trademarked the name "Railblazer". Some people think that this is the name for the RMC Mean Streak conversion. I don't see how they are even getting at all. In all honestly it sounds more like a perfect name for an RMC single rail coaster. To me this pretty much confirms that the "new type of ride" hinted at by Matt Ouimet is a in fact an RMC Raptor/T-Rex. Now where is it going is the big question now before us. Knott's or CGA? Personally I think 'Railblazer' sounds like 'trailblazer' and that fits with the western theme of Knott's. And if that's the case then I bet CGA is getting an Intamin half pipe because that fits with the trademark "Hang Time". So then where does the name "The Ledge" come into play?

     

    I find it interesting that people don't think Cedar Fairisn't just filing for trademarks for things later or just pulling a head fake to play with enthusiasts. All I can say is how is "Ziz"? You know the mythical creature representing air, that fits perfectly with Behemoth(land) and Leviathian(water).

  18. When GK is running well, it's a nice change of pace from the other coasters in the park. It's more of a nice ride than an aggressive thrill ride.

     

    Is it ever not running well? It's possibly the smoothest ride I've ever ridden and I've never once had a bad ride on it.

     

    Neither had I but this year has been pretty bad. The first 2 rows are still wonderful but the rest of the train is pretty bouncy especially if the train isn't full

     

    OMG. This is the most insane thing ever calling GK bouncy.

     

    not sure why it's insane.

     

    having ridden on the back left about 1 month ago? yep, "bouncy" is pretty accurate.

     

    tho the front was always smooth.

     

    Having ridden it 38 times on a trip just 3 weeks ago, the notion it's bouncy is insane. GK is the smoothest or one of the smoothest coasters around. I go to a ton of parks, 8 this year already.

     

    which means absolutely NOTHING.

     

    several people report the same "bouncy" experience.

     

    you didn't have that experience (and you got to ride it 38 times!!). Whoopie-do. (I rode it 6 times over 3 days, once in fog! so I win!!)

     

    others have.

     

    so to call someone referring to it as "bouncy" as "insane" ?

     

    let's just say your experience does not match what others have experienced, and leave it at that.

     

    Insane people hear the same voices once one insane person puts the notion in the ether. GK is in no way bouncy. The group think insanity is hilarious. Btw, you lose in more than one way.

  19. When GK is running well, it's a nice change of pace from the other coasters in the park. It's more of a nice ride than an aggressive thrill ride.

     

    Is it ever not running well? It's possibly the smoothest ride I've ever ridden and I've never once had a bad ride on it.

     

    Neither had I but this year has been pretty bad. The first 2 rows are still wonderful but the rest of the train is pretty bouncy especially if the train isn't full

     

    OMG. This is the most insane thing ever calling GK bouncy.

     

    not sure why it's insane.

     

    having ridden on the back left about 1 month ago? yep, "bouncy" is pretty accurate.

     

    tho the front was always smooth.

     

    Having ridden it 38 times on a trip just 3 weeks ago, the notion it's bouncy is insane. GK is the smoothest or one of the smoothest coasters around. I go to a ton of parks, 8 this year already.

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