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Everything posted by jamesdillaman

  1. ^ Want a flow chart? Geauga Lake builds Big Dipper -> Six Flags buys the park and builds a bunch of unnecessary coasters to try to compete with Cedar Point -> Six flags gets into trouble and Cedar Fair buys Geauga Lake -> Now GL is way too big for its target market, so CF liquidates it -> A dumb girl tries this elaborate, childish effort to save a coaster that was, at best, a so-so ride -> The Big Dipper is still sitting there going into disrepair until at some point it will be torn down and after 3 years, nobody will care anymore. Hope that helps.
  2. When I was trained on The Beast at Kings Island, as well as the Racer, we were told and it was printed in the handbook: "Occasionally an individual lapbar restraint may come up during the ride. If someone reports this to you, tie off the seat and let maintenance know right away so they can look at it. The guest is in no real danger as the physical design of the ride will keep them in their seat as long as they remain in a seated position." That said, I've had my lapbar come up on a couple different PTC rides. My wife and I also rode the Galaxi at Indiana Beach with the lapbars fully up, but that was because the ride op was an idiot and didn't put them down, even after I yelled at him, he said "They'll come down." Of course they didn't because you have to manually put them up and down on that ride. We just held on. It was sorta fun.
  3. ^ I found it interesting...so I'm doing a little investigating. Is your sister connected with Al Qaeda... or tropical depressions?
  4. So charge people for lost keys... Most guests would rather get their stuff back and have to pay $5-$10 for a replacement key fee than just abandon their stuff at a park. Many places charge you only when you don't return keys, like hotels or with rental cars. As for the "game" of taking all the keys, I don't see it happening with a halfway decent ride staff on the platform. Remember these aren't lock.ers out in the park, these are only for while you are on the ride. There's staff all the time on the dispatch platform, and I don't think people will take the risk of being expelled from the park directly in front of the entire ride staff.
  5. I'm shocked nobody has mentioned how well Holiday World handles things. They have free lock.ers in the station, and you put your stuff in one and take the key, which has a bungee, much like the keys in waterparks. You put the key around your wrist and hold onto it during the ride, then when you get off, you can get your camera/purse/wallet/car keys etc. out of the locked lock.er. Why don't more parks do this, as it cuts way down on theft, increases guest happiness, and allows more purchases of souvenirs?
  6. This thread offends me. I'm going to boycott TPR until it is removed. You'll hear from my lawyers!
  7. I still think many big corporate parks could use a real good darkride. It seems to be a lost artform in the states.
  8. The dark lord kathulu is not pleased and will strike down the new ark park...
  9. I refuse to think on this any further until I get a clue from Rockapella...
  10. ^ Most marketing materials are released before the rides are built. It's hard to have pictures of a ride before it exists.
  11. Jeff, I would take a page from the Son of Beast playbook and steer clear of any inversions. Silly tricks like that are fun and all, but they seem to take away from the wooden coaster experience as a whole. I really like the idea of dueling tracks with one being more family and one for more thrillseekers. Any time you can involve other rides it makes both of them more exciting. (See: Kennywood's Thunderbolt and Phantom's Revenge). You don't have to race them, but occupying the same footprint would be pretty awesome, and as far as I can tell, truly unique.
  12. Tried to upload it to Coastertube, as I like that better, but a debug message came up and it didn't seem to work, Oh well. YouTube horribleness it needs to be for now...
  13. Finally figured out how to get footage off my digital camcorder into iMovie with iMovie 11, so here's my first attempt ever at creating a movie. I thought I'd choose some theme park footage for my first go around, and I thought Dollywood would be one of the best. Hope you enjoy!
  14. If it means anything to you, I'd travel to Louisiana to ride an Intamin Woodie. There's only one other one in the country, so you would definitely draw most of the south and middle of the country's coaster enthusiasts to your doorstep. One thing I'll add, though, is a great coaster doesn't necessarily make the park. Kentucky Rumbler is a great coaster, for sure, but it doesn't necessarily make Beech Bend Park a destination in and of itself. Many people just stop there to ride rumbler on their way to Holiday World or Kings Island. A great idea in my opinion is to have a solid top ten woodie, (which doesn't need to be the biggest, fastest, longest, etc.) and back it up with some decent flat rides and some atmosphere to the park. A big reason people love Dollywood is they really create an atmosphere to their park. Not a ton of money was spent on theming the general public areas, but enough time and thought were put into it that it really shines through. Good luck with your venture and I hope to visit someday!
  15. ^^ Love it. You've already put more thought into this than the planners have. That's the truly sad thing...
  16. Ok. I'll say it. I've been on the ride. It wasn't that good. Sure it was old and a "classic" but no where NEAR my top ten woodies. It just doesn't seem worth it to me...
  17. The Cincinnati Zoo's two manatees, Slip and Lil' Joe, are to be released back into the wild in Florida. Cincinnati has a very strong Manatee exhibit, and received replacements which are there now. Link: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/09/21/Cincinnati-Zoos-manatees-soon-to-depart/UPI-33991253553117/
  18. My absolute favorite part is neither of them has even been on the coaster! HA!! I'm emailing them to talk to them about saving Son of Beast right now. "It's the tallest and fastest wooden coaster on the planet, and it's just sitting there!!! Can't someone in New Zealand do SOMETHING!!!"
  19. Great job, Rob! (I also from now on will refuse to recognize the false 'b'!!!)
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