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Now I really gotta go down to California. Problem is, it's across the continent from me.

Fortunately, airplanes exist.

Unfortunately, you have to deal with the TSA to get to them.

Absolutely agreed, but I'll leave that part of this discussion at that.

 

I do love the Impulse coasters, probably more than most. The holding brake on the one at Valleyfair is a great asset to that ride. With the number of changes planned for CGA, an Impulse is a very good way to start. It's compact, relatively low cost, and they always seem to be popular.

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If people would say , “The capital originally intended for CGA was repurposed for KI instead”, that makes more sense. But saying a coaster went to park A instead of park B... there’s absolutely no way

So as an update to this...it turns out it's true. In the new book "Kings Island A Ride Through Time"  there are multiple quotes from several CF execs that confirm it. CGA was going to get a B&M hy

Oh yeah, no complaints alright. I just hope all this virus crap doesn't affect our 2021.

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I don't see the park getting a clone of SFDK's impulse. There would have to be some tweak to the layout of the track, or, something else to make it stand out. Imagine if it was indoors with minimal lighting or special effects...

 

They could make it stand out by having a normal one. The one at SFDK is already tweaked, so normal by comparison would be different.

 

That said, personally, I feel even the regular model would not be too terribly different enough, and they could do better in terms of having something more of their own. But they are about as different as those models do get.

 

You're aware they can further "tweak" an already tweaked ride, right?

 

I am fully aware. But there really doesn't seem to be any reason for them to do so.

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It would be cool to see an Impulse with a duel station, along the lines of Mr. Freeze. Increased capacity is always a good thing.

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It would be cool to see an Impulse with a duel station, along the lines of Mr. Freeze. Increased capacity is always a good thing.

 

*Dual means two of something, duel means things are fighting each other.

 

But yeah, I agree, I think any shuttle coaster at a major theme park should have the option of a dual loading station!

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^ Crap! I was trying to be so conscious of using the correct word when I made that post! I was so sure I got it right lol! Thanks for correcting it though!

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I don't see the park getting a clone of SFDK's impulse. There would have to be some tweak to the layout of the track, or, something else to make it stand out. Imagine if it was indoors with minimal lighting or special effects...

 

They could make it stand out by having a normal one. The one at SFDK is already tweaked, so normal by comparison would be different.

 

That said, personally, I feel even the regular model would not be too terribly different enough, and they could do better in terms of having something more of their own. But they are about as different as those models do get.

 

You're aware they can further "tweak" an already tweaked ride, right?

 

I am fully aware. But there really doesn't seem to be any reason for them to do so.

 

You're right, because screw having anything unique.

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^I'm all for unique. If something of that nature happened, I'd be thrilled.

 

That said, I haven't heard any sort of evidence whatsoever that any R&D has gone into spicing up Impluse coasters. If I'm wrong (and I may be), let me know. But if not, then why waste time speculating about something where no work is being done?

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Is it really a waste of time? Is it really?

 

Given the noise issues the park has dealt with (Goldstriker), getting a tunnel around some part of the proposed Impulse coaster like this would be awesome

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I know I don't have a lot of pictures, but that's because I was having such a great time at this event. But I can say that this is a huge hit for the park and if you can make it out, do it.

 

P.S. if you want to see more of the event, it's on my snapchat. Feel free to add me, lol. jamesbaker538

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They had a great beer selection for the Red White & Brews event.

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At the park again getting more pictures of the RW&B event.

 

I'm back and I got the pictures, this time I got to try out some more of the food as well as more beer. They also had a deal goin on where when you get your tasting card fully punched, you get a free ride on the brew bike.

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I should've waited for this instead of going on the 17th. A ton of students were there and a bunch of rides(Grizzly, Endeavor, Woodstock, Rapids, WWF, etc.) were closed. A major bummer.

 

Gold Striker was killer. I had to ride that multiple times. I took my mom who has never been to an amusement park and last year she told me she wanted to ride at least one roller coaster before she dies(she's 61). She rode Patriot first (we were 2nd row)and she screamed bloody murder the whole ride. I didn't record anything but would love to see that ride pop up on someones video.

 

She almost had a panic attack when we were in line for Gold Striker due to hearing it shake as it passes near the queue. She also rode Psycho Mouse, screamed a few times, and she said she wasn't riding anymore roller coasters and had her fill. She initially wanted to ride Flight Deck and I wish I had took her on that first. The line was long so we went to Patriot instead.

 

I plan on going again later this year. I chickened out on Revolution/Endeavor in my youth and I really wanted to ride that but of course it was closed. I also didn't ride Flight Deck but I had rode that eons ago when it was Top Gun.

 

I was in shock that bottles of Coke in vending machines were 5 bucks. I should've bought those bottles but we didn't want to carry them around since we were gonna be on rides and I wasn't gonna risk leaving those unattended. I spent 60 bucks just on Coke. I bet parks love people like me. All she wanted was pretzels and those were reasonable and I don't eat at fairs/parks if I'm riding any rides. Been a lifelong tradition since getting sick once as a kid.

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If the impulse is going to be a thing, it's worth remembering that not all Intamin Impulse coasters are shuttles.

 

Not that anyone *would* ever re-attempt the mechanical nightmare that Kings Dominion brought to life, but it's worth thinking about. It would be quite different to V2, and certainly something to visit for.

 

Probably wrong, but it's something that came to mind.

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Or what about that weird intamin shuttle type in China or Japan? Forward launch, backwards, and then forwards into the non-inverting loop.

 

Found it:

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Not that anyone *would* ever re-attempt the mechanical nightmare that Kings Dominion brought to life, but it's worth thinking about.

 

I hope you're talking about Hypersonic because Volcano is not a mechanical nightmare. Does it have its downtime? Yes, but usually for 20 minutes and then it's up and running again.

 

Now Mean Streak and RMC's launch on the other hand...

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I know that in one of the Masterplan documents, the description for the launched coaster sounds like an Impulse coaster, but I might be the only one that hopes that it isn't that type of ride. Not to say I don't like Impulses (I have been on V2 and Wicked Twister), I just find them to be okay as launched coasters. IMO, I'm hoping for something different and unique for CGA, especially since SFDK already has an Impulse with a unique design.

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Callout! I'm at CGA for the day today! Visiting Cali for work and randomly got the day off at the last minute, so I'm here all by myself! Def not sad to be here alone, but if there are any locals who are free to meetup, give me a shout! IG is the best way to reach me, @jazzimm

 

My story will tell you where I am lol but you can DM me too!

 

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I said this on the cedar fair discussion page and I will happily say it here. A hyper Lite GTX or Mega lite would be awesome. Anyone who complains about one of those can just leave now Maverick and Lighting Run are my number 1 and 2 favorite coasters

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