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Posts 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. Are all of you that claim you've had a restraint come loose absolutely certain that it didn't just get pushed downard by positive Gs and then back up against the ratcheting mechanism by negative Gs, or you pushing/pulling on it? Perhaps you confused that as the restraint loosening? I have never in my life had a restraint end up looser than where it started. Tighter, yes, but looser, no. I'm not calling anyone a liar, I just really find this difficult to believe due to my lack of personal experience with anything of the sort. I mean, I could see a seatbelt coming undone (or more likely not having been fully fastened to begin with) but a mechanically held restraint? Just call me skeptical I guess.


    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. while that would be the way to go, replacement keys cost money


    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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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