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P. 2017: Top Thrill Dragster RETIRED!?!?!?

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The pictures are awesome and some of them looks exactly like the promotionnal rendering ! However, the keyholes would have been much better without the disapointing gap (even if it has a great effect on the entrance). I guess nothing can be perfect, altough Gatekeeper is close to it !

 

Oh brother...

 

Oh no, the gap has totally ruined the ride, tear it down it's no good now!

 

 

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Drove by the park earlier today because I wanted to take a closer look at GateKeeper in person, and I gotta say WOW it looks MASSIVE in person. Pictures don't do this thing justice. The expanse of it is awesome. I snapped a couple pics on my iPhone. When the season pass center opens I'll try to get over there and get even closer pics!

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The "broken" keyholes won't make any difference. In fact, unless you're in front row you can't even tell you're flying through them until you're in them. - At least on X-Flight.

 

You're in and out in less than a second.

 

Also, with this type of drop ...back left is crazy. It really does whip you over the top on X-Flight!

 

That said, it's really a beautful ride that adds a nice bit to the skyline.

 

Once again - Nicely done CP.

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The pictures are awesome and some of them looks exactly like the promotionnal rendering ! However, the keyholes would have been much better without the disapointing gap (even if it has a great effect on the entrance). I guess nothing can be perfect, altough Gatekeeper is close to it !

 

Oh brother...

 

Oh no, the gap has totally ruined the ride, tear it down it's no good now!

 

 

 

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General Manager John H. posted on twitter today "Millennium Force getting a little touch up before the big day on May 11."

 

I just wonder if the track is finally finished? It looked terrible last season - partially painted. Towards the end of the season the newly painted track was already loosing the blue paint job.

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Lots of work going on...

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^Hopefully its finished!

Is it just me or do Intamin coasters seem to lose their paint quick? Now when i say quick i mean like 5 or 6 years

 

Eh, it varies like exposure and weather, but If I remember correctly, I believe they powdercoat their track and supports at the factory. The stuff they use must not be very UV resistant as it does have tendency to fade and break down after a few seasons, especially when exposed like Wicked Twister and Top Thrill Dragster. Comes off as a powdery substance if touched. Also could be a factor is that they only coat the track in a thin coat with an air gun, whereas using a paint roller, it goes on thicker. The heavy duty paint that they painted Raptor and Mantis back in 2005 has held up pretty well. Usually repaints last much longer than the original factory paint.

 

I do like the fact that they went with white supports on Gatekeeper. Makes the coaster look much nicer on the beach and the paint fade won't be noticeable.

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^ Nasty birds, I hate what they do to Raptor (one really stupid one built its nest up there once), I can see why Cedar Point goes with white now because the poop on Maverick isn't as noticeable as Raptors. Also I'm I correct in saying that Gatekeeper has no trims, if it is true then Gatekeeper will probably be one of the better newer B&Ms.

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I know your pain Tony. Want to shoot outside for a photography project, but all I'm seeing is rain in the forecast for the rest of the week. Hoping with the couple more weeks I have before its due, the weather will clear up!

 

Man, a little over a month before the park opens. Can't believe it's almost time for the season to start back up yet! Looking forward to quite a few things this summer, with Gatekeeper being the big one!

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