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  1. Well, welcome to the coaster desert!! Really glad to help! Silverwood (family owned, smaller/less-frequent major investments, no rides over 200 ft tall,) is no Carowinds (Cedar Fair, Fury, lots of investment, need I say more?) by most standards, but I think it's the best the PNW has as far as the whole package goes (Good wooden coasters, unique/rare steel coasters, descent water park, good entertainment, and great landscaping/atmosphere). Wild Waves is a Six Flags wannabe (except the budget is like a 10th of Six Flags'), and Enchanted Forest is too small to get much. Oaks Park has been m
  2. Well the woodies run one train all the time...and the ops are hit or miss so those lines can range from 45 minutes to an hour and half, although they tend to change throughout the day. The park counts their busy season as the 4th of July through Labor Day, but some days are better than others. Days to definitely stay away from are Opening Weekend, 4th of July, Toyota Tuesdays, or pretty much any day the waterpark is closed. Boulder Beach (the attached waterpark) is the "people eater" for the park, so not having it open really puts too much of a burden on the theme park. I think the Canadian bo
  3. I haven't had experience with Fridays in July, but I think you might be ok. I know that Saturdays tend to be the worst, and that July is technically part of their busy season. However, if you get to the park before opening and spend the whole day there than you should be ok. I know Idaho is one of the few states in America that doesn't have laws specifically governing amusement rides, only requiring an electrical inspection upon completion. This probably makes it so that they only have to test till RMC give the "Ok" and then they are good to go. They mentioned somewhere I thought that som
  4. Welcome to the forums @OrbitalObject! Thanks for the report and the photos! Yeah, I've had generally negative experiences on opening day in the past. I don't know if its the $19.88 admission or what, but it seems to attract a more...errr..."rougher" crowd than the park normally does. There wasn't really a problem with line jumping, but other rules were not being adhered too like smoking where your not supposed too, not respecting the landscaping, breaking rules on rides, etc. Couple that with the notorious one train ops plus the "it's the start of the season and it's everyone's first day"
  5. WHOO YEAH!!! Track work on Stunt Pilot is officially done!!! (As of yesterday according to the park's socials) Couple interesting bits: The reprofiling has continued, as it seems that they "mostly" eliminated the "pre-drop" off the lift. This is probably to accommodate the longer trains, but I find it to be an interesting change. It also seems that they mostly got rid of the straight section exiting the the s-bend and the drop into the second half. This too me has to be the biggest plus of the profile changes because I always thought that that was the weakest part of the layout
  6. Thanks! The new track goes from the end of the first section of Topper Track (out of the second tunnel), all the way through to the end of the warped helix, before you drop into the first set of airtime hills. There is a picture a couple posts back where you can see the track that was removed, and I guess I am assuming that all of the track is being replaced with Topper/I-Box. It kinda looks to me like it's a I-Box 2.0. I mean it looks pretty similar to normal I-Box, but it just seems slightly different, like it's a bit smaller or something although the angle isn't very good to tell.
  7. Sorry again for the double post...but the interesting developments keep coming in! This photo has been circulating on a couple sites, with people claiming it's from Silverwood's Instagram story. I couldn't find on their Instagram page (although I currently hold an F- in "How to use Instagram") but it looks real and consistent with what some of the parks previous posts have been. It appears to show that Tremors was retrofitted with RMC I-Box rather than Topper Track. Unfortunately, the angle isn't that great so it's hard tot tell if it's actually I-Box or if it's some sort of To
  8. Who wants to be the first to ride Stunt Pilot? The park will be hosting an auction for the first train (10 riders)! The proceeds for the auction will benefit the local Children's Village, which provides care and support to children who have been abused, neglected, or have family crisis going on. It's also the same organization that the donations from the train ride and the tips jars in the park go to, which the Norton family matches every year. Bids are starting at $40. Here is the link to the auction for anyone intereted: https://one.bidpal.net/stuntpilot/welcome Quick note that I got th
  9. Any guesses where this is going? I think it's an Infinity Coaster for Cedar Point, that will break the inversion record, but honestly it could be going anywhere. The way they comment on the location intrigues me, and seems to indicate that it's a park that doesn't have a lot of open room (Sorry Worlds of Fun and Darien Lake, not this time...). We know it won't be a Six Flags park, and it's in the US so not Canada's Wonderland. A number of smaller independent parks like Silverwood and Adventureland are getting coasters this year, so probably not them, and not Knott's because they have
  10. Sorry in advance for the double post but... STUNT PILOT OPENS MAY 29!!!! WHOO YEAH!!!! So hopefully with no delays will all be riding it by then! I am really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, I can't be there for opening day but I can't wait to ride it later this summer! Let's see if SeaWorld/Busch Gardens and Six Flags Great Adventure were taking notes... Sorry for the bad image, I screenshotted it from the new commercial they debuted during today's episode of the Silverwood Show. Here's the full episode where they talk about their flower wall and do the "Riptide Ra
  11. BREAKING NEWS!! Busch Gardens and Six Flags Great Adventure better be taking notes cause... Silverwood has announced that they will reveal Stunt Pilot's opening date TOMORROW!!! They will also debut Stunt Pilot's commercial tomorrow along with the opening date, as part of their new "all-access" YouTube series "The Silverwood Show". (AND I finally figured out how to embed Twitter!!) The first episode came out 2 weeks ago, and I thought it was pretty good. Part of it featured an interview with Fred Gubb and Jake Kilcup from RMC about Stunt Pilot as well as a mini-tour around the RMC fa
  12. I think the writing was on the wall for this one. Not sure what took them so long to remove it (or at least make it SBNO). I have not visited SFNE personally, but I shutter every time I here of the "legendary for all the wrong reasons" Premier trains. What causes them to be so bad? Is it Premier's design, or just a Six Flags thing? Since Aftershock is now seemingly the only one of it's kind in the US, I wonder if Goliath will become a parts donor? Aftershock runs pretty consistently (when the weather is good), but it doesn't seem that popular at SW. At least the uniqueness, now makes it f
  13. Well folks...RMC must have given Silverwood a package deal!! Tremors is getting more Topper Track! The park posted this photo on social media, and it looks like they are doing the rest of the warped helix. They said it will be ready for opening day. I think this is great! The helix in general, but particularly the last 1/3 (the part in the foreground and to the right just out of sight), always seemed to be the roughest part of the ride for me and even when the park retracked it, it never seemed to really help. The Topper Track parts of Tremors were always the smoothest parts, s
  14. I haven't had the pleasure of riding any other rides that actually have Topper Track on them, so I don't know how it compares. It is the noticeably smoothest part of the ride though, not that the rest of the ride is that rough it's just noticeably a little smoother. Word on the street though is that the park doesn't want to add any more, so I'm guessing that either it's more trouble than its worth, or they don't think it helped that much. Silverwood does a pretty good job on retracking their wooden coasters, so I'm not too worried about it, but it's interesting how such a seemingly really
  15. Yeah, unfortunately I'm not that familiar with the details of Railblazer or Wonder Woman, but I think it's plausible that there could be some changes. My guess is either their to accommodate the longer trains, or RMC learned from the first two Raptors so Stunt Pilot and Jersey Devil are kinda a Raptor 2.0, with the longer trains, moving loading stations, and a slight overall redesign. Plus there had to be some changes to accommodate the terrain of Stunt Pilot's location.
  16. The park got out a drone and shot some really neat areal footage of Stunt Pilot! I just screenshotted the highlights but you can see the whole thing on the parks socials here: https://www.facebook.com/silverwoodthemepark/videos/786719738613646/ I can swear that ferris wheel looks red...and if it is... (I really hope they didn't paint it that color...) RMC was working on the dive loop while they were filming. Oh...and the park is copying CGA and calling it a "Raven Turn"... It looks like they have almost all the lower track in pl
  17. Isn't Greezed Lightnin' (or whatever their Schwarzkopf shuttle loop was called) in storage at Wonderland as well? I thought Cliff's owned it but for some reason it's still in Texas.
  18. Well...I wouldn't travel across the country for that log flume...I would for Stunt Pilot, but maybe not the flume... Although I'm glad it was noticed! What's also funny is that now Silverwood has two rides originally for Kentucky Kingdom, right next each other, and both came to Silverwood because of financial issues at Kentucky Kingdom. I'm not sure if that's something to be proud of, or something to worry about for KK's sake?
  19. I'm in the camp that none of this is actually gonna happen. I think its part of a chess match with the City of Anaheim to get planning changes, or tax breaks, or something. They really seem to focus on the "Resort Plan" or whatever they call it, that was passed in the 90's. My guess is Disney is trying to get the City of Anaheim to change the "Resort Plan" from what it is to something that they think is more accommodating to Disney's future plans, or it's just an attempt to get back on good terms with the city after the hotel and gateway project fiascos. ....Or its just a bunch of WD
  20. We got more Stunt Pilot updates! Park Journey got an up close construction tour of Stunt Pilot yesterday, and they have a pretty well done report on it. I'm not gonna repost all their photos so here's the link (https://www.parkjourney.com/other-parks/silverwood-stunt-pilot-construction-update-2), and I'll try and summarize. Plus, here's an overall shot the park took form the top of Corkscrew! Edit: the Twitter embed didn't work for me (1000% user error) do here's the park's photo just copied and pasted from their social media. Looks like they are really cruising now! Highl
  21. Well folks we got quite the update! The park has not received any more approvals for their permits, but hopefully they'll have some progress on that next week. Construction is still ongoing as track piece number 3 was in a couple of days ago. I do like how they are incorporating some of the terain there, which should make Stunt Pilot stand out from the other raptors. It also looks like the park is really getting ready to ramp it up on construction and marketing, based on the following social media bits... I'm really excited that the park looks to be produ
  22. This is definitely my main concern. Looking at some video of Wonder Woman and Railblazer, they both look pretty dirty after only a couple years. Plus you have to consider that Silverwood doesn't have the best track record on repainting their steel coasters... They installed more track today, looks like they are moving right along! They got approval for the station's permit, so maybe we might get a look at that soon? Jordan Carter (the park's marketing director) commented on one of the park's facebook that while they don't have an official opening date yet, but they are shooting for
  23. I totally forgot that ride existed (thanks for the reminder!). In other news...WE GOT THE FIRST PIECE OF TRACK INTSALLED!!!!! WHOAH YEAH!!! (Ok, sorry just...really excited...) Looks like the bottom of the "S" bend after the off- axis airtime hill. Plus, I officially think the colors look amazing!! If this is where they are at in construction, I'd expect more track to be installed in the next week or two. I can't quite make out if all the supports are up, but that might be because it's easier to install some of the track before finishing the rest of th
  24. Well, I'm grateful that at least RMC seems to have tried... I have not had the pleasure of riding the other two raptors, but based on the descriptions form others, I hope that RMC at least minimized the issue. I think the stipes also look great. Infinitely better than what they had in the concept art a few months ago! In other news...the park filed some another permit today! Again, they are from the Kootenai County Building Department's public records, so no insider info, just what's publicly available. It's labeled as "New structure that roller coaster travels through" and "Silverwo
  25. More train pics! Sadly, it looks like we are getting harnesses... They don't quite look the same as the ones on Wonder Woman or Railblazer, so that could be a good sign? I think the striping on the front looks better than in the concept art.
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