RCjunkie Posted May 16, 2015 Share Posted May 16, 2015 (edited) Went to VF today from 10:30 to 2:30 pm to check out the park. It was about 55 degrees when I got there and 65 and muggy when I left but it was still overcast as you will see in the pictures below. Met garyman6 out there for a couple hours and hit some coasters with him too. A few observations: - High Roller’s re-tracking turned out really nice. - The two big hills were redone and tightened up - The trim at the turn around and the one where you turn left back to the station were both turned down which is nice - Like ACES commented, all the work really smoothed out and improved the ride. - Renegade also had re-tracking work done in 5 new area’s. - The first area is after the horse shoe turn around, after the low hill when you take a right it starts there and goes until the left turn under the lift hill. - The second place is right after that turn going up the hill under the lift hill up until you take the left down the S turn. - The Third area is at the bottom of the S turn until you are about to go back under the lift hill again. - The fourth place in the turn you can see from the station. - The fifth is after the drive bye station hill to a little past the camera. - As with last years work it improves the ride even more. YEAH BABY! - Kudos to the VF maintenance crew for the work done on both woodies this year, a very nice job. - Wild Things’s lift hill is moving a little faster which is nice. It needed some work. - New wheels on all the cars made for a very smooth ride today. - The new water towers are impressive looking. - The slides change the look and feel of the entire corner….for the better obviously. - The slides are a great new reference point for people who don’t know the park because they can be seen from all over the park. - With the slides, the removed games island and the paving of the path by the new slides also changes the whole feel and look of that area of the park which everyone is going to really like it. - Both sides of the Extreme Swings were operating unlike the last two opening days which was nice. - More speakers were added to the park all over so the sound is fuller and reaches even more area’s now. - On FUN TV while waiting in line on High Roller we saw a POV video of Fury 325. While waiting in line for Cork Screw I we saw a POV of Cork Screw actually. I liked watching coaster POV’s while waiting to ride one. Yes, I am a coaster geek. - Just lots of new paint on buildings, railings, etc. You’ll notice it when you go. Interesting story. On my Steel Venom ride on the way headed to go back up the first spike for the 2nd time I felt the trims kick in (which they never do at that point) so I knew something was wrong. Sure enough due to that we only go about half way up the spike and rolled back to be completely stopped right after the bend in the track but before the train was back in the station. The reason they did that was some kid was leaning over the rail next to the launch both and he dropped a lamented card bigger than a license and it was flying around in the ride area from the wind of the the train as it went by so thankfully for safety they did stop the ride so no one got hit by it. Since it was not a complete ride cycle they let us do it over again. I have never been stopped on SV. And yes ACES I saw the Red/Green lights that are by the operator doors. Looks like an added safety feature to make sure the ride area is clear before launch by the crew who all have to hit the one in their corner. It was good to get in some rides. Here are pictures below of some of the new stuff for this year. The new water slides. Another slide shot. The stairs. A closer shot of the slides. Another angle from the Wild Thing loading station. The end run of one of the slides. A shot of the new shade are next to the new water slides. garmany6 gets the credit for calling this one. The new splash pad. Sorry, the park was not open and had to shoot through the fence. It looks a lot better in person than on the construction cam. The remodeled corner. The new gate in the same place at the corner. The other view of the remodeled corner. garyman6 striking a pose in the new High Roller entrance queue. Another shot of the remodeled High Roller queue. The touched up the old sign on all of the High Roller cars along with repainting the front and back 'High Roller' name on the cars. Looking out into the employee area that you can see from the High Roller queue. It looks like Monster cars. Either they have not been painted black yet or Monster is getting some new colored cars. The newly repainted cars and new logo for the Yellow train on Corkscrew. I have more pictures of Cork Screw but that is plenty for now. Just wanted everyone to be able to see some of the new things for 2015. Edited May 16, 2015 by RCjunkie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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