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Just had an awesome morning riding Gatekeeper!

 

Here's my take...(Obviously, all my own opinions of course!)

 

The ride looks fantastic! It really makes an amazing front gate, and it fits in perfectly where they placed the ride. The entrance sign/plaza looks wonderful, and leaves little to complain about. (Other than the damn seagulls crapping all over it). The trains are beautiful as well, and as soon as they get all the lights working on them, it will look killer at night.

 

The public is going to LOVE it. It was definitely my favorite of the 3 U.S. wing coasters. Now with that being said, it did not crack my top ten list. Not that it is bad by any means, its really, really good in fact. I just, personally like a lot of non-loopers better.

 

The restraints get a little tight if you are really the type of person that looks for tiny things like that. I didn't notice it at all the first couple of rides, but after I heard a couple weirdos complaining about it, I can mildly see what they are talking about. It by no means takes away from the experience, however.

 

It is super quiet for a B&M. The clicking noise is quite noticeable from the train, especially the second time over the gate (when you are side keyholing). Once again, if you really let something like that take away from the experience, then you are too picky, and need a new hobby. That is really the only time you feel the ride slow down, but I think it works in the ride's favor, as it produces some nice hangtime.

 

The front outside seats are the place to be. The right gave me more head/hand chopping experiences, while the front left gave some good whipping feelings (especially coming off the lift and into the first dive.) So basically, win, win.

 

Once again, I think it was the perfect addition. It really is unique, makes the park look awesome from the entrance, technically gives the park a baddass, sitdown looper, and broke some records while they were at it. It's going to be reliable, it will have amazing throughput, and will definitely boost attendance and revenue.

 

Now go enjoy the rest of your day America's one and only rockin' roller coast. Ride on.

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The restraints get a little tight if you are really the type of person that looks for tiny things like that. I didn't notice it at all the first couple of rides, but after I heard a couple weirdos complaining about it, I can mildly see what they are talking about. It by no means takes away from the experience, however.

 

Sorry I don't like the feeling of not being able to take a breath while I ride a coaster.

 

This is my number one complaint about the B&M Wingriders and I'm sad to see they still haven't fixed it.

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^I'm sure it has to do a lot with different body sizes. For me personally, it just didn't bother me that much. The flyers (especially the Vekomas) are way tighter on me. You're also talking to someone whose favorite coaster growing up was Shockwave at SF Great America, so I can't be trusted.

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^^Oh, I totally get that it's a random people are different sizes issue. For me the Vekoma restraints are much more comfortable (and trust me, it pains me to say that!) I just wish there was a way they could make them not quite as tight, or lock in like the flyers and not get constantly tighter as the ride progresses.

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^^Oh, I totally get that it's a random people are different sizes issue. For me the Vekoma restraints are much more comfortable (and trust me, it pains me to say that!) I just wish there was a way they could make them not quite as tight, or lock in like the flyers and not get constantly tighter as the ride progresses.

Do B&M Wingcoasters use hydraulic locking systems? Not sure since i haven't been on one just yet

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^^Oh, I totally get that it's a random people are different sizes issue. For me the Vekoma restraints are much more comfortable (and trust me, it pains me to say that!) I just wish there was a way they could make them not quite as tight, or lock in like the flyers and not get constantly tighter as the ride progresses.

I had that thought too, but I then I considered maybe flyer restraints don't tighten as much because you're laying on them most of the time.

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Sorry if it was mentioned since my last post, (on my cell phone.) but the queue opened around 4:15 - 4:30. I was on the 3rd train of the day.

 

I posted while in line for ride number 2.

 

Got 30 rides on Gatekeeper, and one each on Raptor and MF.

 

The diving loop by Blue Streak packs a punch!

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For those who rode it today, was there any airtime to be had on the camel back? It looks like it could give some floater but it's hard to tell because of the restraints.

 

 

Yes, floater.

 

The coaster is spread out, and looks slower that it is.

 

Great mixture of forces.

 

Row 8, right wing is amazing.

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^^Oh, I totally get that it's a random people are different sizes issue. For me the Vekoma restraints are much more comfortable (and trust me, it pains me to say that!) I just wish there was a way they could make them not quite as tight, or lock in like the flyers and not get constantly tighter as the ride progresses.

Do B&M Wingcoasters use hydraulic locking systems? Not sure since i haven't been on one just yet

Yes

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^^Oh, I totally get that it's a random people are different sizes issue. For me the Vekoma restraints are much more comfortable (and trust me, it pains me to say that!) I just wish there was a way they could make them not quite as tight, or lock in like the flyers and not get constantly tighter as the ride progresses.

Do B&M Wingcoasters use hydraulic locking systems? Not sure since i haven't been on one just yet

Yes

Those all seem to tighten down over the course of the ride. Hopefully they can fix that issue some how. I actually perfer it since it adjusts specifically to your liking

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Just got back from Sandusky.

 

Totaled 6 laps on GK today. That is on the low end, as some report they got upwards of 30.

 

Overall, a wonderful addition to the park's collection. Since its all still new to me, I am not sure yet where I rank it overall among CP coasters. Maggie and MF are my #1 and 2, so probably somewhere after that, in a battle between it and TTD and Maverick.

 

Left 7th row was my favorite of the seats I had a spin on today. Going into that twist and first drop from the back is amazing. Some of the other drops and rolls are great, especially the keyholes. And as b&m mentioned, you get floater air on the camelback.

 

In regards to the restraints (and I am on the big and tall side), during the ride itself I have no problems with them. However, after going through the final brake run, and returning to the station, the vest part of the restraint is always pushed so far down that it starts to push hard against my collarbone. Not agonizing pain, but not super pleasant either. Since its only when returning to the station at the end of the ride, I can live with it. Perhaps this type of vest restraint pressing down against you is what sharktums was referring to. I should also mention that I noticed virtually no difference between row 4 (the big boy seats) and the other rows. Maybe you have to be larger than me to notice.

 

I love the new entrance to the park. All modern and refreshed. It actually looks a lot like entering a sports arena rather than an amusement park.

 

Also.... we got stuck on MF's lift hill for 30 minutes today! But we got a bonus ride out of it. Crazy times!

 

Ride counts:

 

Gatekeeper - 6 (3 each right and left, IIRC).

Raptor - 2.

Millennium Force - 3.

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The restraints get a little tight if you are really the type of person that looks for tiny things like that. I didn't notice it at all the first couple of rides, but after I heard a couple weirdos complaining about it, I can mildly see what they are talking about. It by no means takes away from the experience, however.

 

Sorry I don't like the feeling of not being able to take a breath while I ride a coaster.

 

This is my number one complaint about the B&M Wingriders and I'm sad to see they still haven't fixed it.

 

Agreed. I didn't even think about that when they were building this ride. The tightness of the restraints were the only part of the wing coaster I didn't like. It didn't make Wild Eagle terrible or not fun; but personally it was just too tight. I wasn't a big fan of Firehawk or BORG Asimilator though either..

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I've never been on a B&M wing coaster so I wouldn't know, but I love the B&M Flyer restraights, and the Vekoma ones aren't bad either. Something about the tightness makes me feel more secure (even though I'd rather ride with them loose ) but it kind of feels like the ride is giving me a hug and saying "Don't leave me" to which I respond "I wouldn't except rules"

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