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This change has been in the works for a while in an attempt to increase rider comfort. Keep in mind that it is a prototype train, lessons are being learned and will be applied to not only this, but new builds alike. One of those lessons was that the shin guard was not very comfortable to park guests.

 

The park is responsible for setting the lab bar position sensors on the trains. As long as they meet minimum spec, they can be set anywhere the park desires.

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This change has been in the works for a while in an attempt to increase rider comfort. Keep in mind that it is a prototype train, lessons are being learned and will be applied to not only this, but new builds alike. One of those lessons was that the shin guard was not very comfortable to park guests.

 

The park is responsible for setting the lab bar position sensors on the trains. As long as they meet minimum spec, they can be set anywhere the park desires.

 

So the goal is to increase rider comfort by decreasing the percentage of the GP able to ride it? There's a first hand account on SDCfans. I didn't get to ride it yesterday as it went down around 5 and wasn't open as of 8:15 as we checked before we left .

 

But lots of folks that enjoyed their rides previously were not happy. They had near 24,00o on Sat and many that had rode it before waited hours to be turned away.

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This change has been in the works for a while in an attempt to increase rider comfort. Keep in mind that it is a prototype train, lessons are being learned and will be applied to not only this, but new builds alike. One of those lessons was that the shin guard was not very comfortable to park guests.

 

The park is responsible for setting the lab bar position sensors on the trains. As long as they meet minimum spec, they can be set anywhere the park desires.

 

So the goal is to increase rider comfort by decreasing the percentage of the GP able to ride it? There's a first hand account on SDCfans. I didn't get to ride it yesterday as it went down around 5 and wasn't open as of 8:15 as we checked before we left .

 

But lots of folks that enjoyed their rides previously were not happy. They had near 24,00o on Sat and many that had rode it before waited hours to be turned away.

 

Again, the position sensors are at the parks discretion. When the bars were changed out, the sensors would have been re-calibrated. The shin guards were redesigned for rider comfort in the shin area.

 

It's also plausible that those who were able to ride before gained a little weight after eating all those SDC Skillets.

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The poster's father was able to ride if on Fri but not on Sat. Had nothing to do with skillet meals but length. Anyhoo, lots of locals that go are complaining about it's down time and now this isn't making a great opening for a teriffic ride if you can find it open and able to ride. The weather seems to be hurting the City' numbers this year as well.

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The problem is making locals and the GP mad in general is never good boding for a park in any ways. Just keep in mind the guest you piss off could be the concierge at a hotel with large number of rooms that steers a guest to some other attraction. To be honest Outlaw Run is the ONLY and I mean ONLY reason I purchased season passes this year.

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The problem is making locals and the GP mad in general is never good boding for a park in any ways. Just keep in mind the guest you piss off could be the concierge at a hotel with large number of rooms that steers a guest to some other attraction. To be honest Outlaw Run is the ONLY and I mean ONLY reason I purchased season passes this year.

 

You hit that right on the button. Locals, folks within 3 hours or less helped make Sat so crowded with the perfect weather. They hadn't had a day like that all summer. It's the folks that filled it last season during wonderful weather during spring break. Those locals are Arkansans, Okies, Missourians, and Kansans. They all like to eat. Lots of them are just big ol' boys. It can not be understated how much SDC is benefitting from growth in the region especially Northwest Arkansas. It's a whole lot easier to get there than just 5 years ago with slow but steady improvement to the area highways. SDC's sister water park is woefully behind it's regional competition and needs major love. For all the moaning over the Grand Exposition area from purist it was the busiest part of the park at 2:30. The longest wait in the area was for the kiddie coaster.

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Say, isn't the S&S tower at Shuttered City down the road about 85ft. tall? SDC is sending out surveys via email and shared at SDCfans

 

A rework of Geyser Gulch themed to a fireworks factory

 

 

 

Two more concepts to come.

one to feature the old balloon ride and firefighters(hmmmmm, a rework of FITH?)

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The Fireworks Factory concept looks interesting. I also wouldn't mind seeing a revamp of Fire in the Hole. Updated animatronics and effects could do the ride wonders.

 

 

I've suggested that it would a perfect candidate for a drop track element.

 

Keep story line and soundtrack just re-record them in digital

update tech used in animatronics, sound and special effects

Put drop element at burning bridge

 

As you start to cross the bridge, a timber in flames drops across the track ahead stopping you on the bridge and then you drop i and launched into the dark finale and save the splash somehow and the oncoming train.

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It sounds like they're evaluating various ways of throwing a few more Zamperla rides into the park. That's cool with me, but as I've rambled about on my forums I hope they do a better job than they did with GE. I know a lot of us here have experienced the special atmosphere that SDC has, and I feel like this is the first of a number of projects aimed at refurbishing areas of the park with modern amenities such as off-the-shelf rides. What they do here will possibly have a major impact on the feel on the rest of the park and how they approach additions in the future.

 

To understand my thoughts on the matter, you have to know that I have always viewed SDC as an experience in and of itself from the moment you step into the park, rather than a collection of experiences (ie: rides) like how most SF and CF parks are setup. The SDC "purists" always bitch and moan about developments like these because we worry the park will loose the charm that made it so successful from the beginning. Of course, the park and chain isn't run by idiots and they fully well know the power that the SDC brand and atmosphere has, and they've done a pretty good job at sustaining it into the many new areas of the park that have been built over the last decade.

 

It's always interesting year after year to watch the park negotiate around the minefield of expanding to meet modern tastes and demands while also staying true to what has always made them successful - that's why I've always followed the park so closely.

 

Anyway, all that to say that if they end up going forward with something like this I hope they continue to improve their thematics this time around if they're going to be renovating an area. The Geyser Gulch area has always been a bit off from the rest of the park already, but it at least had a lot of influence from the original storylines of the park. Rube Dugan was originally going to be re-introduced as a character in the area with a little stage show and everything. A firework factory would just be completely out of left field.

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It sounds like they're evaluating various ways of throwing a few more Zamperla rides into the park. That's cool with me, but as I've rambled about on my forums I hope they do a better job than they did with GE. I know a lot of us here have experienced the special atmosphere that SDC has, and I feel like this is the first of a number of projects aimed at refurbishing areas of the park with modern amenities such as off-the-shelf rides. What they do here will possibly have a major impact on the feel on the rest of the park and how they approach additions in the future.

 

To understand my thoughts on the matter, you have to know that I have always viewed SDC as an experience in and of itself from the moment you step into the park, rather than a collection of experiences (ie: rides) like how most SF and CF parks are setup. The SDC "purists" always bitch and moan about developments like these because we worry the park will loose the charm that made it so successful from the beginning. Of course, the park and chain isn't run by idiots and they fully well know the power that the SDC brand and atmosphere has, and they've done a pretty good job at sustaining it into the many new areas of the park that have been built over the last decade.

 

It's always interesting year after year to watch the park negotiate around the minefield of expanding to meet modern tastes and demands while also staying true to what has always made them successful - that's why I've always followed the park so closely.

 

Anyway, all that to say that if they end up going forward with something like this I hope they continue to improve their thematics this time around if they're going to be renovating an area. The Geyser Gulch area has always been a bit off from the rest of the park already, but it at least had a lot of influence from the original storylines of the park. Rube Dugan was originally going to be re-introduced as a character in the area with a little stage show and everything. A firework factory would just be completely out of left field.

 

Before the very light rain started this past Sun. GE was the most crowded place(sans outlaw run) in the park with the line for the kiddie coaster past the check station at the entrance to the queue. They were only doing two trips around the track instead of three. All the cycle times seemed shorter. The GE area's trees and shurbs are really starting to fill out and taking away the feel of an asphalt travelling carnival. The Dog show was playing to full houses at the 2 and 4 pm shows at Red Gold. I think the Suits sees this popularity with families with young children and realize that Half Dollar was a bit too small of an addition as well . When they shut down Outlaw Run the giant swing's line went all the way across to the fruit stand. They only had one of the high low silo towers going and the line was slow for them.

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The poster's father was able to ride if on Fri but not on Sat.

Is he still alive? Yes? GREAT! That means the ride will be open.

 

Sorry, but I just have no patience for people who bitch about when a park makes a change like this. You people think they are doing it to spite you and there isn't any reason behind it.

 

NEWS FLASH! They are doing this for a reason. I'd much rather see a ride with a different restraint than have a ride closed, trimmed, or modified due to an accident where someone points fingers at the train.

 

--Robb "This is another reason why I simply cannot stand 'park-centric' fan sites." Alvey

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More info about how restrictive the new restraints for Outlaw Run got at Screamscape. Think it is more than tinkering with the prototype. Men being turned away in droves it says, waist sizes past 36 very iffy.

*facepalm* This post is a joke. Please stop posting here if you're going to post garbage like this. Thanks.

 

--Robb "Men being turned away in doves. Seriously? Just stop..." Alvey

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More info about how restrictive the new restraints for Outlaw Run got at Screamscape. Think it is more than tinkering with the prototype. Men being turned away in droves it says, waist sizes past 36 very iffy.

*facepalm* This post is a joke. Please stop posting here if you're going to post garbage like this. Thanks.

 

--Robb "Men being turned away in doves. Seriously? Just stop..." Alvey

 

 

Hey Robb, what happens if they turn you away Saturday??? Just askin....

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More info about how restrictive the new restraints for Outlaw Run got at Screamscape. Think it is more than tinkering with the prototype. Men being turned away in droves it says, waist sizes past 36 very iffy.

*facepalm* This post is a joke. Please stop posting here if you're going to post garbage like this. Thanks.

 

--Robb "Men being turned away in doves. Seriously? Just stop..." Alvey

 

 

Hey Robb, what happens if they turn you away Saturday??? Just askin....

I would Not throw an immature sh1t fit, be respectful of what the park had to do, and most importantly lose 25 pounds.

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More info about how restrictive the new restraints for Outlaw Run got at Screamscape. Think it is more than tinkering with the prototype. Men being turned away in droves it says, waist sizes past 36 very iffy.

*facepalm* This post is a joke. Please stop posting here if you're going to post garbage like this. Thanks.

 

--Robb "Men being turned away in doves. Seriously? Just stop..." Alvey

 

 

Hey Robb, what happens if they turn you away Saturday??? Just askin....

Not throw an immature sh1t fit, be respectful of what the park had to do, and most importantly lose 25 pounds.

 

I like your answer Robb. If I ever got denied on a ride (besides kiddy ones) due to my size, that would be a great inspiration for me to diet and exercise vigorously to lose weight. But as long as I don't gain weight, I am fine on any non-kiddy ride.

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