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P. 1989: Wicked Twister's permanent closure announced!

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Shouldn't be too bad. The park is only open from 10-8 in anticipation of lower crowds. This last week has been pretty great with minimal lines.

 

 

Nice! May have to go tomorrow!

 

Also I notice you were a sup at Thunder Canyon, how is it working rides at CP?

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What is the drive like from Detroit to the Point? Toll road etc? We land at 3:00 on Friday and are going to grab a car and head to the point, hopefully be there for 6pm opening. Does that sound doable? I looked on Google Earth and it says 1:50 drive from the airport and I see the airport is SW of the city so I am hoping for no/light traffic? I don't know this part of the world at all, so any tips would be great.

 

I know this is a little bit of a late response, but if you're flying into Detroit Metro, take 275 down to 75 and then DON'T take the Ohio Turnpike. I've been on that turnpike three times this summer, and I've hit massive construction traffic each time. The two hour drive took closer to three hours each time. The one time I didn't take the turnpike this summer we got to Cedar Point ahead of schedule, but... I speed, so take that as you will. The drive is not bad at all. Just don't expect Michigan's roads to be as smooth as whatever you're used to.

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^^Thanks for the tip, if we can make the trip in 2.5 hours we will be good, so I will use your suggested route. And don't worry I never expect smooth roads when I visit the states Luckily I am almost always driving a rental car.

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^^Thanks for the tip, if we can make the trip in 2.5 hours we will be good, so I will use your suggested route. And don't worry I never expect smooth roads when I visit the states Luckily I am almost always driving a rental car.

 

Michigan roads are crappy especially 75 right by the ohio state border. I'd get off at Exit 6 from the 280 and then you'd connect to OH-2.

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How are dispatch times on Mantis? Would Floorless trains increase capacity? I know that floorless coasters have to have the floor go down, but I am pretty sure that some people would require operator assistance on a stand-up because they aren't used to the restraining system. Could floorless trains mean shorter lines?

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How are dispatch times on Mantis? Would Floorless trains increase capacity? I know that floorless coasters have to have the floor go down, but I am pretty sure that some people would require operator assistance on a stand-up because they aren't used to the restraining system. Could floorless trains mean shorter lines?

 

Mantis was designed to run 3 trains, but only runs 2. So yes, adding a 3rd train would increase capacity.

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^A little informal survey via the live cams shows Mantis dispatching fairly quickly for a stand-up but not fast enough to warrant three trains in 2014. Typically, a train hits the lift as the second hits the final brakes before the station. Running three trains would only result in double stacking behind the station. With floorless trains, they could probably have one on the lift, one in the post-midcourse track and one loading.

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IF they decided to change Mantis' trains, I think the cheaper option would be to just go as a sit-down, since I'm pretty sure they would have to redesign the station floor and track in the station since it would need to be wider for all the moving parts.

 

Does that sound feasible?

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If Mantis is changed to a sit-down the station can stay the same besides the changes that CF would want to make. If Mantis is changed to a floorless, I'd like the current station to be taken down to have a bigger station (^), that can have more capacity for train loading / people (if possible), and can fit the new additions specifically for a floorless.

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I've been thinking if the next floorless/sitting B&M coaster will feature these new restraints given that they were already applied to inverts. I also wonder if the two dive machines for Europe next year will have them.

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