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^Also Carowinds wouldn't have any other thrilling wood coasters if Hurler was converted. Atm, of the two Cedar Fair parks that have received conversions, Kings Dominion still has Rebel Yell and Grizzly, & Cedar Point still has Blue Streak

 

Parks don’t care about this sh*t, only enthusiasts do.

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Lmfao! Copperhead Strike has only been open a few days and people are already talking about a RMC coaster. Wow.

 

Meanwhile in the SFSTL thread: Enthusiasts are talking about the new painted rails and safety lines in Boss' station and how much of an improvement it is. Can we get one of these 'family coasters?'

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Went to the park for the first time on Opening day and had a great time. Fury was mind-blowing and is definitely my favorite giga coaster. Copperhead was awesome and had great hang-time, airtime, and had some intensity. Very fun ride and a great fit for the park. Got two rides in with FL, both front row. Did see a few breakdowns and they did go down to one train at one point, so we weren't able to get a ton of rides. The normal line was enormous, at least 2-3 hours. Had a great time!

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Wait. Stop the presses. No other "thrilling" wood coasters? Have you forgotten about Woodstock Express (née Scooby Doo)?

 

I would argue that Woodstock express is already the parks only thrilling wood coaster.

You would also win with that argument...lol

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^Also Carowinds wouldn't have any other thrilling wood coasters if Hurler was converted. Atm, of the two Cedar Fair parks that have received conversions, Kings Dominion still has Rebel Yell and Grizzly, & Cedar Point still has Blue Streak

 

Parks don’t care about this sh*t, only enthusiasts do.

 

But if the steel to wood ratio is off the "GP" will stop going to Carowinds!

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Is there a tactful way for a Carowinds employee to suggest that larger people use the test seat at Intimidator? There was a walk of shame on the train before us, our train, and the one leaving the station as we pulled in. In every case, the ride op spent way too much time trying to make the person fit, even coaching them on posture. Three fails in a row. I've seen more walks of shame on Intimidator in the last year and a half than all the other coasters I've ridden combined.

 

Some overheard quotes from Saturday:

 

"I ain't going on Fury 325. It goes upside down."

 

"I was on the first train this morning on Copperhead Strike, so technically I was on the first GP train ever."

 

(to cashier): "I know it's not my dining plan, my mom is letting me use hers."

 

"It's actually taller than 325 feet, that's just the height of the first drop."

 

"Fury is fun but that trim brake ruins it."

 

"You guys can ride Vortex without me. I might want to have children one day." I actually agree with this one.

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It's so easy to pick out the quotes of an entitled coaster enthusiast from that list.

 

I almost made a game out of it when I posted this! It was interesting to see so many enthusiasts in one spot. Although I did talk to a family from Ohio for a bit in Harmony Hall, I mostly just observed. It was also fun to try to evaluate the 'nerd' level of the enthusiasts based on their conversations in the queue. It would be interesting to know the number of platinum pass holders there opening weekend. I think there were actually more people there Friday night than Saturday, or the full day just handled the ebb and flow of people better.

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I have always found the comments from entitled enthusiasts to be much more annoying than those from your average “GP” park guest. I have way more fun spending a day at a park with my “GP” family/friends than I do with a group of extreme enthusiasts. #tea

 

Nothing worse than the "coaster hipsters" who have been popping up:

 

1. Thinks its so uncool to keep track of credits, lost count at 600, and thumbs their nose at anybody who still keeps count.

2. Was an enthusiast "before it was cool."

3. Hates any conversion about a roller coaster that they didn't start or sanction. Deeming it "pointless" and "just ride the damn ride."

4. Has a pathological hatred of the word "GP" for no apparently reason.

5. Thinks that you should rate a new coaster over a classic.

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Is there a tactful way for a Carowinds employee to suggest that larger people use the test seat at Intimidator? There was a walk of shame on the train before us, our train, and the one leaving the station as we pulled in. In every case, the ride op spent way too much time trying to make the person fit, even coaching them on posture. Three fails in a row. I've seen more walks of shame on Intimidator in the last year and a half than all the other coasters I've ridden combined.

 

I was at Carowinds on Saturday and Dollywood on Sunday. This was pretty much the case at both parks, but definitely worse at Carowinds. Operations were terrible, and the #1 cause of this was larger guests attempting to ride and getting booted after 5 minutes of trying to get the harness tight enough. I’d say about 75% of all dispatches on all coasters the entire day had people being taken off, and this is a problem. No point in having 2 or 3 trains on when it takes 10 minutes to send one after unlocking the restraints 12 times. I literally almost fell asleep on the brake run on Nighthawk. Use the test seats, people! I can’t imagine going to these parks without buying the Fast Lane Plus / Unlimited Time Saver.

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It would be interesting to know the number of platinum pass holders there opening weekend. I think there were actually more people there Friday night than Saturday, or the full day just handled the ebb and flow of people better.

It had to be a lot. With the number of Cedar Point and Kings Island t-shirts and hoodies, as well as people holding platinum passes with non-Carowinds logos, I think there were more of them than Carowinds people.

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3. Hates any conversion about a roller coaster that they didn't start or sanction. Deeming it "pointless" and "just ride the damn ride."

This is why I don't talk to them. That, and because I don't talk to anyone who isn't my wife or one of our friends when we're at a park. Talking with strangers during recreation time is borderline worthless.

 

Also, yes. Coaster fans aren't cool, by any means. Not now, not then. Or, at least we're not cool on the basis of being involved in this hobby. This is pretty nerdy. But, I don't care.

 

Is there a tactful way for a Carowinds employee to suggest that larger people use the test seat at Intimidator? There was a walk of shame on the train before us, our train, and the one leaving the station as we pulled in. In every case, the ride op spent way too much time trying to make the person fit, even coaching them on posture. Three fails in a row. I've seen more walks of shame on Intimidator in the last year and a half than all the other coasters I've ridden combined.

 

I was at Carowinds on Saturday and Dollywood on Sunday. This was pretty much the case at both parks, but definitely worse at Carowinds. Operations were terrible, and the #1 cause of this was larger guests attempting to ride and getting booted after 5 minutes of trying to get the harness tight enough. I’d say about 75% of all dispatches on all coasters the entire day had people being taken off, and this is a problem. No point in having 2 or 3 trains on when it takes 10 minutes to send one after unlocking the restraints 12 times. I literally almost fell asleep on the brake run on Nighthawk. Use the test seats, people! I can’t imagine going to these parks without buying the Fast Lane Plus / Unlimited Time Saver.

 

2/3rds of Americans are considered obese, with 1/3 of those obese people considered morbidly obese. A lot of these 2/3rds have no idea they're overweight, because compared to the norm they're not any heavier than most other people. I'm not trying to be a smartass, but do you think in such a modern PC world parks are going to put a notice up that says, "Hey fatties, make sure to check the test seat?" The test seats are at the front of the rides and people still ignore them.

 

Just get used to it, man. It's 2019 and you have to drastically accommodate for everyone's feelings. I can imagine the number of complaints guest services has to field because of this and I'm sure they have some canned lawsuit safe answer.

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3. Hates any conversion about a roller coaster that they didn't start or sanction. Deeming it "pointless" and "just ride the damn ride."

This is why I don't talk to them. That, and because I don't talk to anyone who isn't my wife or one of our friends when we're at a park. Talking with strangers during recreation time is borderline worthless.

 

Also, yes. Coaster fans aren't cool, by any means. Not now, not then. Or, at least we're not cool on the basis of being involved in this hobby. This is pretty nerdy. But, I don't care.

 

Is there a tactful way for a Carowinds employee to suggest that larger people use the test seat at Intimidator? There was a walk of shame on the train before us, our train, and the one leaving the station as we pulled in. In every case, the ride op spent way too much time trying to make the person fit, even coaching them on posture. Three fails in a row. I've seen more walks of shame on Intimidator in the last year and a half than all the other coasters I've ridden combined.

 

I was at Carowinds on Saturday and Dollywood on Sunday. This was pretty much the case at both parks, but definitely worse at Carowinds. Operations were terrible, and the #1 cause of this was larger guests attempting to ride and getting booted after 5 minutes of trying to get the harness tight enough. I’d say about 75% of all dispatches on all coasters the entire day had people being taken off, and this is a problem. No point in having 2 or 3 trains on when it takes 10 minutes to send one after unlocking the restraints 12 times. I literally almost fell asleep on the brake run on Nighthawk. Use the test seats, people! I can’t imagine going to these parks without buying the Fast Lane Plus / Unlimited Time Saver.

 

2/3rds of Americans are considered obese, with 1/3 of those obese people considered morbidly obese. A lot of these 2/3rds have no idea they're overweight, because compared to the norm they're not any heavier than most other people. I'm not trying to be a smartass, but do you think in such a modern PC world parks are going to put a notice up that says, "Hey fatties, make sure to check the test seat?" The test seats are at the front of the rides and people still ignore them.

 

Just get used to it, man. It's 2019 and you have to drastically accommodate for everyone's feelings. I can imagine the number of complaints guest services has to field because of this and I'm sure they have some canned lawsuit safe answer.

 

One solution (that would still piss a lot of people off I guess) would be an absolute zero tolerance policy for not being able to close the restraint. From my observations, less than 5% of the people who can't get the restraint closed on the first ever eventually get the restraint closed, but the restraint checker has always held up the line, and made the trains double stack to get the train out. Just post that your policy is to escort guests off the ride if the restraint won't close on the first try. They're welcome to try again if they go around the exit and wait in line again. But eventually they'll get the picture and learn to use the test seats.

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Just got a chance to watch the multi-angle video for the first time... you can really see people lift out of their seats against the restraint during the inversions! And then again during the airtime hills. Looks like a ton of fun.

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The Web cam is not completely clear due to the sun in Charlotte but I'm enjoying watching Copperhead Strike while working. Three train operation, great dispatch times. It just stopped on the second launch but within 5 minutes it was launching back home and a new train full of guests dispatched.

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I will say this though, Intimidator is a lot more restrictive on people with big hips than Fury. Fury in my experience, required two clicks, while Intimidator required three for some reason. I always had problems with that coaster, but I was able to squeeze on.

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