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Cedar Fair is fixing quite a few of the KECO/Paramount-built wooden coasters with GCI. Good to see that they're willing to put work into wooden coasters that haven't exactly been in great shape the past few years. I know with what they're doing with Hurler at Carowinds, the trim brake at the bottom of the 1st drop is being removed since GCI re-profiled the turn after the drop.

 

Now all we need is new trains. If Six Flags is willing to spend the money on replacing Morgan trains (even if Le Monstre had a crap job of the PTC trains being installed) then I can't imagine why CF wouldn't since that's the only wooden coaster in the chain that has those Morgan trains. Unless they're planning on bringing the Gerstlauer trains from Son of Beast out west, I can't see why they wouldn't buy a new set of PTC trains, especially with the weird seat belt config going on with it now.

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The problem is that Grizzly, smooth or not, is just kind of boring. Now that Goldstriker is there, they could use the space that Grizzly and Demon occupies for something MUCH better. Demon will always hold a special place in my heart (first ride I ever went on that goes upside down), but I sure wouldn't mind it being replaced with something state of the art.

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The thing with Grizzly is that even though the height requirement is 48" it's still great for families. When I was there last, it was pretty busy with younger kids and parents. They all seemed to love having a 'big ride' that wasn't extreme in any way. While it's nothing close to amazing, it's a great easy ride for kids and parents.

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The thing with Grizzly is that even though the height requirement is 48" it's still great for families. When I was there last, it was pretty busy with younger kids and parents. They all seemed to love having a 'big ride' that wasn't extreme in any way. While it's nothing close to amazing, it's a great easy ride for kids and parents.

 

Woodstock Express? Psycho Mouse?

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Ready for some Haunt news in February? CGA applied for a permit yesterday to build a new 4,500-square-foot structure for Haunt:

 

Construct new 4,500 sq.ft. metal building for Haunt event. During non-event dates, bldg would be used for storage. 3rd party structural engineering services requested. New building # of 366 requested.

 

http://smartpermit.santaclaraca.gov/tm_bin/tmw_cmd.pl?tmw_cmd=StatusViewCase&shl_caseno=BLD2014-34147

 

Good to see that they're getting a head start. Hopefully this new maze (if that's what it is) will be in a more finished state by opening night (Zombie High, anyone?).

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wow...looks like a completely different coaster! wow...I'm not sure I'm liking the new scheme...gonna miss the old one. They should give it a new name. Doesn't fit with the color scheme now. Wonder if they're gonna paint the trains a different color now.

 

I think the new color scheme looks good. It just will take some time to get used to since out of the many visits to the park, you get used to the old color scheme. Once you return to the park and see it with your eyes, I think it'll look good and you won't miss the old color scheme that you are so accustomed to.

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wow...looks like a completely different coaster!

Yeah, this.

 

Do the wheel covers still have the sharks and birds? Hope they keep 'em, assuming they stay with the current theme.

 

Here is a picture from AngryGumBall (date on the FaceBook picture post is from Nov 2013)

 

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No sharks or birds on the train.

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