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I actually really like the view in Drop of doom. The setting may be a little dull as it's in the desert, but once you rise over the hills and mountains it makes for a seemingly higher altitude and with the view of a continuous rolling landscape which I personally think is beautiful.

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Totally off topic of the current subject, but still somewhat awesome.

 

Have any of you guys heard of the Full Throttle VIP tour contest for high school students? I entered it a while back in August and last night, I actually got an email saying that I won! I'm pretty stoked. One hour of ERT on Full Throttle and a back stage tour, also get to get into the park before opening, which is pretty cool. I'm excited as this is my first theme park event that I will ever go to. I just hope its "better then nothing."

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Totally off topic of the current subject, but still somewhat awesome.

 

Have any of you guys heard of the YOLOcoaster VIP tour contest for high school students? I entered it a while back in August and last night, I actually got an email saying that I won! I'm pretty stoked. One hour of ERT on YOLOcoaster and a back stage tour, also get to get into the park before opening, which is pretty cool. I'm excited as this is my first theme park event that I will ever go to. I just hope its "better then nothing."

 

We actually did see some signage in Riddler's queue during WCB. I thought it sounded like a neat idea and should be a pretty neat event. Now I wonder how many winners were chosen, or how many ERT riders will be present.

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Totally off topic of the current subject, but still somewhat awesome.

 

Have any of you guys heard of the YOLOcoaster VIP tour contest for high school students? I entered it a while back in August and last night, I actually got an email saying that I won! I'm pretty stoked. One hour of ERT on YOLOcoaster and a back stage tour, also get to get into the park before opening, which is pretty cool. I'm excited as this is my first theme park event that I will ever go to. I just hope its "better then nothing."

Yeah I got the same email! I'm pretty excited!

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Just to go back to the conversation on the previous page... I'm curious: What makes some freefall drop tower's "freefall" sensation better than others'? Obviously some mechanically pull you downwards faster than gravity, but as far as the Intamin towers go, don't they all just mechanically detach the gondola from the tower and let gravity take care of the rest? If that's the case, how is it even possible for any of them to have measurably different sensations? Its just all 0G, right? (Obviously there is friction due to the ride rails, but I doubt there is much difference there between the towers...)

 

I'm just curious because there seems to be so many opinions based on what's better when, mathematically, at lest, they should all be pretty much the exact same....

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For anyone that went to SFMM during fright night last year: what was the best haunted house/maze/wooden hallway with smoke machines in your opinion and why?

 

To be honest, I was very disappointed with almost every maze there, with the exception of Aftermath. That one was a step in the right direction, and from what they said at WCB, it sounds like they want to move more in that direction with their new mazes. It just felt like the most "complete" maze between the scenery and the acting. Most of the other ones felt like an afterthought (i.e., throwing camouflage netting over a ride's queue and calling it a maze).

 

Willoughby's was interesting, although I didn't really find it intense. The gag right at the beginning of the maze was the best scare in it.

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^^ My personal favorite was Blackout. I just loved the execution of it. It was simple, no thrills, but it delivered on something that all mazes should deliver on ... being freaky.

 

Aftermath was also good. I really wanted to like Willoughby's and while the maze itself looks great, I didn't think the talent had a hold on the entire new maze yet. Hopefully this year will be different.

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^ That would be my guess too, the cars on Demon Drop are pretty hefty, definitely more bulky and heavier than the new gens like LL:DOD.

 

 

Weight (mass) has nothing to do with the rate or speed at which an object falls. I'd say the sensation is different on DoD because of the lapbar restraints. The old horse-collar restraints on older generations allowed your body to move vertically at bit more relative to the gondola so you felt that initial plunge a bit more.

 

Also if you compare to the S&S towers the reason those rides feel so much more tame is because they are not true freefall drops. On those rides the gondolas are permanently attached to the cables which creats a lot more drag and a totally different and more "controlled" free-fall sensation.

 

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