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P. 431: Jolly Rancher Remix & Mix'd family ride to debut this summer

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Maybe Knoebels will have RMC convert Phoenix just to get people's heads to totally explode.

I like Wildcat a lot more than Lightning Racer but neither one has a very inspired layout. Nor do many GCIs, IMO. Maybe RMC could do both at once :p

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I really enjoy Lightning Racer when it's actually racing. That's the whole point of the coaster. The twister layout is perfect for that IMO, not every ride needs to be an airtime fest to be fun and enjoyable.

OTOH, Wildcat is absolutely irredeemable trash. Bring on the conversion, if that's what's actually happening. That being said, I never saw the pictures of the blue footers, and when I searched for it, I found this comment on another forum from about a month ago. Is it legit? Hard to tell, anyone can claim anything with a throwaway account, but it sounds like an equally plausible possibility.

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I wouldn't be shocked either way, though that does seem a bit too "enthusiasty" for me to not be a bit skeptical. Points 1 and 2 make sound plausible but I refuse to believe that the park cares if it was the first GCI (99.99% of park guests on any given day don't know that or care about that) or that a former employee liked it or that it's some kind of landmark.

I'm optimistic. I'm not confidently-optimistic but I'm still optimistic.

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For the record, I was using this as an opportunity to make Hershey candy brand puns...and that's about as high as my opinion of Wildcat goes...:lol:

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Most wooden coasters are trash. I’d say 60-75% of parks do not take appropriate care of their woodies and take the “as long as riders aren’t coming off with concussions it’s smooth enough” approach. Save for some *true* classics, I’m all for just about every park RMCing or Titan-tracking their woodies, because I’d rather have a smooth ride than a garbage “real” wooden coaster. 

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They will never redo wildcat because it sits in a crucial part of HP's lineup. LR will also never be redone because it too sits in a crucial part of HP's lineup. 

If Wildcat does get replaced it will be for a Zeirer launched family or similar. Certainly not an RMC. 

That area of the park has been themed to an old timey boardwalk since it's inception - wildcat literally perfectly captures that energy. LR does as well. 

HP treats WC like it's a historic woodie - and if they keep doing that - WC will eventually be a historic woodie .

Best one could hope for is replacement of Storm Runner with an RMC launcher. 

Now that HP has popped their top on very similar rides in the same park Im expecting a B&M wing and B&M dive up next. 

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On 5/13/2022 at 10:50 PM, rachelmadcow said:

Best one could hope for is replacement of Storm Runner with an RMC launcher. 

What's wrong with you?

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Yeah, Storm Runner is open.

This is a good year to go to Hershey. The coasters aren’t all open obviously because it’s Hershey and that would throw the universe out of whack, but this year’s customary “Hersheypark coaster that’s closed for way longer than it should be just because that’s how Hersheypark rolls” is Trailblazer and nobody cares about Trailblazer. 

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Looking forward to seeing what they do with this layout. I last rode it back in 2015, and actually enjoyed it...but I'm sure whatever they have in store for it will be an improvement, and another feather in the cap for their already great collection of coasters. 

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Cool, something else to make Skyrush's line shorter!

In all seriousness, I think a park with an RMC, the most batshit insane Intamin ever built, and a host of other fantastic coasters might be in the running for best coaster park in the country once this is up and running.

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