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I actually love the mix of Orange and Yellow.. . too bad they aren't gonna leave it that way.

 

the orange looks great, but the "fire" effect you get from both colors is really pretty

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Do we know they are only painting the track one color? I assumed they were going for a two-tone yellow/red thing.

 

the yellow looked like the "old" paint.

 

It'd be fantastic looking if they end up keeping it two color!

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The old paint is orange (the entire top of the first photo), looks like the red and yellow are new. Maybe I'm wrong, this is the first I heard it was getting painted at all, but a mix of yellow/red is what it looks like from the photos.

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^ Interesting. At first glance, I also assumed the "yellow" track was just some of the unpainted orange reflecting in the sunlight, but now that you mention it, it does seem as if there's now true yellow track. That would look really cool!

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Thinking about heading to the park next weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. Anyone have any insight as to what crowds to expect? I’m thinking Sunday will be lighter, but what’s the average wait on Saturday? I may do the Preview night (2.5 hours), and then come back all day Sunday.

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Sunday will be much less crowded than Saturday. Saturday's can get so crowded that even smaller coasters like Trailblazer can have an hour wait with no water park open to spread out the crowds. Sunday wait times can vary. I have been there on a Sunday in October when it was 70 and sunny and mostly walk ons and last year it was cloudy and in the 50s and the major coasters can had up to 30 minute waits.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I see what you mean, its probably a panorama. Its on the parks FB page, and that outward bank was included in the rendering if you look closely (around :30 seconds in, again around 1:38)

 

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Edit: is "outward bank" and "outerbank" the same thing? Im not that much of a nerd.

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I had noticed that in the original rendering as well, and had hoped it would be an actuality. Looks like it is, so that's great!

 

I've said this before, and I'll say it again... B&M has really been doing a great job in recent years of adding new, and exciting elements to their various coaster designs, keeping them both fresh, and also running counter to the old stereotype of B&M as cookie cutter, safe, and to some, boring (not to me at all, but...) You can tell their designers are not content to rest on their laurels, and watch RMC, Intamin, and MACK be the only manufacturers adding forceful and unique new elements. I see this with Orion, as well as this coaster, as that first element, which is a giant "wave turn" basically, definitely seems to draw inspiration from RMC. So while they are still delivering that reliable, and for the most part predictable B&M experience, it's nice to see them adding some new touches in, and providing unique thrills to each individual coaster!

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I just got back from the park, it was a good night for an enthusiast, not so great for anyone who was looking forward to the flat rides and for kids going to the kiddie rides.

 

There were 33 rides closed (I counted while waiting in line for Storm Runner). I'm not posting this to complain, just to warn anyone planning on going to the park the next 2 weekends that there are more closed rides than usual (last weekend even on a Saturday more rides were closed than normal too). Fahrenheit, Ferris Wheel, Frontier Flyers, Kisses and Reese's Triple Towers, Pirate, Sidewinder, Skyview, The Claw, The Howler, Tilt A Whirl, Wave Swinger, Whip, Twin Turnpike Speedway, Scrambler, Wild Mouse and the Thunder side of Lightning Racer were all closed. The rest of the rides closed were kiddie rides and I saw in some sections of the park that 1 ride operator would operate 2 of the kiddie rides going back and forth between the rides.

 

The good news was other than Comet earlier in the evening and Laff Trakk, the coasters had under 15 minute waits for the most part. The longest line in the park was for trick or treating. The line had to go at least 100 feet past the entrance arch.

 

The Triple Towers also had seatbelts added sometime in the last 6 weeks.

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