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^ The inverted coasters are turned backwards by mounting the current seats onto a new chassi that was built specifically for going backwards.

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I can't believe that they would spend all this money on a new chassis just to turn the seats around for a period of time...

 

Great America said it at

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Here it is at the specific time they mention ordering a chassis for those who don't want to skim through the video trying to find it

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Here are a few photos that ran in a variety of Japanese newspapers last month.  The new Opening Date is Spring 2021

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I kind of liked the ride going forward but I would give it a shot running backwards. I don't think it is something that I would want all the time. There is something to sitting in the front and watching where you are going that beats out the backwards thing.

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I think if there's one type this would work out for it's the hypers, or at least the mini-hypers. These B&Ms are the closest thing you'll get to something like Rebel Yell, and I always did love the backwards side more than the forwards! There's something about watching the track just fall away from you that's so cool.

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I also tend not to like going backwards, but I've never gone backwards on something this big, so it could be interesting.

 

I thought this ride still brought in the crowds, it seems odd that they are doing this gimmick.

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I thought this ride still brought in the crowds, it seems odd that they are doing this gimmick.

 

I think with how the three coasters doing this right now are three popular types of B&Ms, this is less of a gimmick that the park is doing and more something that B&M might be interested in testing out and wants to use their smallest hyper rather than one of the 250-footers.

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According to screamscape you can ride it either forwards or backwards:

 

According to the press release, they say you can still ride Hollywood Dream both Forwards and Backwards during this time period. The regular Purple train will run forwards while a special Red and Gold train will run backwards.
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According to screamscape you can ride it either forwards or backwards:

 

According to the press release, they say you can still ride Hollywood Dream both Forwards and Backwards during this time period. The regular Purple train will run forwards while a special Red and Gold train will run backwards.

 

That's excellent news! I wouldn't mind trying out the original version of it as well as the backwards one when we visit.

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Hollywood Dream is a good ride (interesting layout and lighting package). Looking forward to seeing what it's like backwards.

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Just give it time; I'm pretty sure that within months every Six Flags park will have had their Batman coasters "remodled", given a new name, and claimed to be a new coaster.

 

In unrelated-to-SF-news, I'm actually a bit excited to see that B&Ms are getting on this bandwagen. Which ones do you think will work?

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Doesn't Hollywood Dream have a dual station? Makes it a bit easier to offer the option so long as you're running an even number of trains. Or an odd number and just favoring one station.

 

Yes it does have a dual station, when i was there they were mostly using it to get people ready for the next train then walk across, only occasionally putting a train into the other station at the busier points of the day.

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So Thorpe and Universal Japan have both announced that you'll have the option to sit forwards or backwards...wonder what the deal at SFGAm will be?

 

I only see the orderly Japanese being able to pull this off without the station becoming a complete mess.

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