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I have been to a few Midwest parks, during early fall openings.

 

But by then, all the leaves have fallen, or most of them, and I really

wonder that maybe I should change my seasonal visits? To early spring?

 

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I really wish they would have went with a different location in the park. I don't like how exposed Thunderation is now, and the road. It takes away from the seclusion. But oh well. It will be an awesome and welcomed addition none the less (as long as its not a spinner )

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Possibly stalkerish question but is not meant that way: Does anyone know the name of a Thunderation ride op: the older gentleman with the white mustache & goatee? Occasionally dances on the ride platform? I ask because my 9 year old daughter is a fan of his, especially when he's on ride announcement, nobody else pronounces Thunderation the way he does, and she wanted to send him a Christmas card. I suppose I could ask the park but again it feels like it might be a little weird of a question.

 

I think I may know who you are talking about. My friend, Lair Parent. I never saw him dancing before. He is a skinny, old man with a white mustache and beard. He does say Thuunnnnnderationnnnn in the coolest way I have heard. I always say hi each time I go. He is usually found sitting in the box.

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Possibly stalkerish question but is not meant that way: Does anyone know the name of a Thunderation ride op: the older gentleman with the white mustache & goatee? Occasionally dances on the ride platform? I ask because my 9 year old daughter is a fan of his, especially when he's on ride announcement, nobody else pronounces Thunderation the way he does, and she wanted to send him a Christmas card. I suppose I could ask the park but again it feels like it might be a little weird of a question.

 

I think I may know who you are talking about. My friend, Lair Parent. I never saw him dancing before. He is a skinny, old man with a white mustache and beard. He does say Thuunnnnnderationnnnn in the coolest way I have heard. I always say hi each time I go. He is usually found sitting in the box.

Yes, I think that's the person. He wasn't at Thunderation yesterday. I had wanted to get a short video of him saying that. It's really special.

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Possibly stalkerish question but is not meant that way: Does anyone know the name of a Thunderation ride op: the older gentleman with the white mustache & goatee? Occasionally dances on the ride platform? I ask because my 9 year old daughter is a fan of his, especially when he's on ride announcement, nobody else pronounces Thunderation the way he does, and she wanted to send him a Christmas card. I suppose I could ask the park but again it feels like it might be a little weird of a question.

 

I think I may know who you are talking about. My friend, Lair Parent. I never saw him dancing before. He is a skinny, old man with a white mustache and beard. He does say Thuunnnnnderationnnnn in the coolest way I have heard. I always say hi each time I go. He is usually found sitting in the box.

 

 

Thank you so much! My daughter already has a card made up, it should get there before they close up for the season. Greatly appreciated and she'll be ecstatic.

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Well, the park is claiming to open at 1pm today, with turnstiles, and shopping opening an hour before the park. Even though it's 5 degrees outside, we are going to swing by the park to finish up some Christmas shopping before we head out of town! Depending on conditions I might try to get some photos for one last TR this season.

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Looks like footers are continuing to show up on the construction site for the new coaster

http://tinyurl.com/SDC2018-dec2016

 

Discussion around the interweb pretty much has this being a Mack launched spinner coaster. Not sure how I feel about that, but I think it will be a quality addition to the park's line up. Wish the park would give us some details.

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^ I love how two of those rides involve water lol!

 

I love how those two are the oldest rides in the park of which nothing similar has been built since. I still wonder, why not add more enclosed rides? And not just at SDC, why not every park? It surely doesn't add on that much cost to the initial expense for some of these big rides, and it saves money on wear and tear while also making them more popular and the park more marketable for questionable weather days.

 

But anyway, as for the new coaster it seems like nothing has really been done in the last month. They have been going in short spurts since August. I wonder what next year's schedule will look like construction wise? Get it all done early or drag it out? probably the latter.

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I still wonder, why not add more enclosed rides? And not just at SDC, why not every park? It surely doesn't add on that much cost to the initial expense for some of these big rides, and it saves money on wear and tear while also making them more popular and the park more marketable for questionable weather days.

 

For every benefit created by having an indoor ride, there are negatives. For example, enclosed buildings are subject to much stricter and costly fire and safety code regulations. Major repairs to enclosed rides could make rehab difficult (replacing big parts in a tiny workspace).

 

If it was a no brainer more parks would do it, however I do foresee more on the way as parks look to extend their seasons.

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^Perhaps, but I've worked as a structural EIT before, and it seems like simple metal structures are so easy to order and throw together these days. Fireproofing and scaling for routine work shouldn't be terribly difficult either. For SDC there would be lots of theming involved which might be the cost breaker, but the building itself should in theory be pretty easy and save/generate money in other ways. But then again I know nothing about business, and there's definitely some missing link that makes the whole idea unpalatable otherwise everyone would be doing it. Still, FITH and Flooded Mine have been at it for 50 seasons now...

 

I think it's one of those things where there will be that first park that breaks the ice by going through the process of figuring out all the hurdles and getting it done. Then all the parks will jump on the fad again.

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Metal structures are great for coasters the size of a Wild Mouse, but I'd be surprised if it'd be cheap and easy to build a building around a 100ft+ coaster, especially one that winds down the side of a giant hill.

 

Disaster Transport was probably one of the better examples of this, but it didn't really catch on. Disney does it to an extent, but only for their highly themed portions of rides.

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From SDC's Facebook:

 

Congratulations Thunderation!

This classic wooden roller coaster recently just hit 1 million riders for the year!

 

I feel like that's a pretty high number for SDC!!

That is quite high! Gotta give it to Thunderation's steller ride ops who are always getting the trains out as quick as humanly possible. In all my visits, i have maybe seen the train stack once, and that was because someone didnt want to give up their purse.

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That is very good. It's also a very high capacity ride. Being SDC's first major roller coaster, it was designed to carry the park's roller coaster demand single handedly, and did so for 6 years. If it's dispatched quickly enough, it could do well over a million--and they've had an all-star crew on it this year.

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ThuNderaTion I believe the most intense arrow mine train in existence. That should say something in itself for being one of the best of its kind.

 

I just wish you could still ride it backwards!!

 

Regardless, you are correct it's a very intense mine train!! And so much fun!!

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