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Wildcat at Hershey has a pop just like that, just going down instead of up, and it's my favorite part of the ride. One of the more violent elements on GCIs to date, and I'm glad they're doing it again. I don't see how it's going to get painful, or be painful in the first place...the guys at GCI aren't stupid.

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Wow, to have a POV up this fast is awesome! I'll certainly be watching it for a while...

I'm not exactly sure why they didn't release it in HD...but oh, well, it's better than not having it, right?

 

I really am surprised the POV wasn't in HD. I was watching it on my phone and thought I just had a bad connection. Then I got home and saw it wasn't in HD. How can you not have an HD version in this day and age. But honestly, I am really really glad they released a POV of the ride. I'll be honest, it seems a bit slower than I was expecting but still looks like it will be a really fun ride and a great addition to the park! It does look like there will be some nice pops of airtime and some nice quick transitions! It looks like a perfect addition to the park. I really can't wait for it to open!

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I'll be honest, it seems a bit slower than I was expecting but still looks like it will be a really fun ride and a great addition to the park! It does look like there will be some nice pops of airtime and some nice quick transitions!

 

It's the very first test run. It's going to break itself in, warm up and run a bit faster than this. The way it runs in the rendering should be very, very close to how it runs in real life, and it hits the brakes quite a bit faster in that video than it does in this first test one.

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Eh, some people still aren't tech savvy yet so maybe there was a slip up and it was uploaded in a low quality. But honestly there isn't an excuse to have it in 360p. It looks like an old crappy video. I wish there was a GCI closer to Cincinnati!

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We watched the pov on the big screen at our motel last night and definitely fuzzy but I can care less, I was just happy to see it up so quick! Good timing too as I had to shower myself off after watching

 

The tunnel with the lights on and open below definitely doesn't do much but can be completely different once its done.

Tunnels are fun as shown as riding Ghost Rider today ( sounded like the voices were saying Gold Striker in the station )

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Personally, I'm not a fan of the tunnel on the first drop. I think the coaster would look a lot more nice without it, but that's just me! Does anyone know exactly why it is there? Just for effects?

 

As mentioned before the theme is gold mining and the tunnel is to simulate a mine shaft.

 

...Which is just the PR excuse for noise abatement.

 

It was also already explained the tunnel has nothing to do with noise abatement and was added as an after thought for themeing.... still having nothing to do with suppressing noise.

 

Claiming it's purely themeing and not noise-related is PR 101 to my eyes.

 

Totally agree. Also, the tunnel isn't some cheap thing to add as an afterthought. If it were purely for theme, there are SEVERAL other points on the ride that a tunnel would have made more sense. Adding to that, the park has always fought the noise issues with the neighbors, so this makes sense for noise. And finally, there are several other roller coasters with noise barriers on their drops, so maybe they decided to enclose it fully as a theme decision since they were going to have to put a wall in anyways to block noise. But in no way was this put in because they wanted a mine theme on the tallest part of the ride and is not noise related...

 

If the tunnel was purely for noise then why on the drop only which turns away from the neighbors? There are a few other places that seem to come closer where a tunnel makes more sense.

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If the tunnel was purely for noise then why on the drop only which turns away from the neighbors? There are a few other places that seem to come closer where a tunnel makes more sense.

 

I think it has more to do with elevation rather than location. At the lower elevations the surrounding rides/trees/buildings will block the noise, whereas the first drop is above the treeline and therefor needs a sound shield.

 

If covering the first drop was indeed purely a theming choice it was a bad one in my opinion.

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Ok, so I was out stalking the ride today for a good three hours. I was waiting around at the edge of the parking lot when I noticed Star Tower start going up and down a few times. At first I thought it was training or to see if it still works. But then I saw about 5 people in the carriage go up, could see them wearing bright orange and green vests. I start to see people getting out on top of the carriage and go into the tower. As soon as they started appearing at the top, I skated my a$$ to the Prudential turn. I waited at least 5 minutes before I hear a magical sound, the chain lift started up. I whipped my phone out and waited for them to send a train. I can tell you all now, that in the POV it may look slow, but its not. Going through the last turns, its still got a lot of speed. Just thought I'd do an update to keep everyone in the circle.

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Can't believe it's finally testing! Despite the VHS EP quality videos, hello, it was a nice surprise to see a POV up so fast. Seeing the off-ride pov, it definitely hauls ass! Can't wait to come back to CGA to finally see it alive in person! AngryGumball, myself and a few friends have been enjoying a nice week hitting up the SoCal parks and we will be riding Apocalypse tomorrow at SFMM thinking of Goldy the whole way..

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I suspect the video quality has something to do with safety: I bet that there are only so many people approved to touch the ride at this time, so they probably just had to make do with what was available. I'm sure an HD POV will be coming soon. I applaud the park for trying, since I can't recall POV videos for first test runs being posted before?

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I just rode Apocalypse at SFMM and could only think of Gold Striker. Apoc was a great ride and way better than Roar. I can now only be more juiced to ride Gold Striker!

Yeah, Apocalypse is definitely the one that I'm reminded of most when seeing Gold Rusher and vice versa..I'm anxious to be able to compare them. I've only ridden Apocalypse once, I enjoyed it quite a bit, probably my second favorite woodie behind Giant Dipper.

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I just rode Apocalypse at SFMM and could only think of Gold Striker. Apoc was a great ride and way better than Roar. I can now only be more juiced to ride Gold Striker!

 

I bet the anticipation is killing you and you can't wait to ride it!

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