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SkyRush is 50 degrees which caused the lap bar tightening modification had to be made.

What does the steepness of the lift hill have to do with that?

I think the idea was that, once the entire train reaches the lift and as there is a small yet sudden acceleration the lap bars would lower a bit although I felt they only got really tight after the first drop, because of the Gs.

 

While we're on the topic of lifts, what are average chain and cable speeds? If I remember correctly, MF and El toro are 13-15, I-305 is a little faster, around 17. What are most chains on wooden coasters and steel coasters, like Banshee, which seems faster than most B&M lifts.

I think Leviathan has the fastest B&M lift although I'm not sure about its speed.

 

Back to topic, that shot of the dive loop looks really cool. I like the look of it!

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On the topic of restraints and coaster seats, don't touch your restraint after you leave the station on Millie at CP. Please. It might go this way for other coasters to. Idk. I made that mistake once, I kept tightening the restraint on the way up the lift, and it was the most painful ride of my life. I pulled like every muscle in my legs and thighs. Literally it hurt SO bad.

 

Back on topic now.

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[attachment=0]1398153764916479.jpg[/attachment] First drop track is going in! At the exit of the drop/entrance of the tunnel.

 

Are you sure that's the first drop? Correct if I'm wrong, but could that be for the section of track coming out of the zero-g roll?

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Is this going to be ready by May 24 when the rumored opening date is?

I doubt it, not even all of the track work is complete, and several sections of track need to go in, chain needs to be installed, electrical work has to be completed, state has to inspect the ride, about 3 weeks of testing has to go in, and once then it will be ready for opening. I see this coaster opening in early June.

Have trains even arrived on site?

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I doubt it to, but I have spoken with reps from the park as lately as 3 weeks ago who said "hopefully may 24" and in more recent conversations this date was never adjusted. I highly doubt it though, unless they test the ride 24 hours a day for 1 week instead of here and there over the course of three weeks. There was a month between the nod of approval from the zoning board, which gave Great America confidence that the project would get legal approval to build, but was actually not, and led immediately to an announcement of the ride. They still had to secure proper building permits. They couldn't start construction until a month or two after the zoning meeting. Meanwhile, they had a social media campaign running for two months before the initial zoning meeting. They should make an effort to start seeking building permits in July rather than in the fall, and if they want, keep the announcement day and social media schedule the same; the time that goes by between the village board meetings and an official announcement is prime suspense-building time for us geeks and a great way to get the excitement stirring. They have had rides open by opening day in the past; I attended Superman's opening. But it is rare around here and it is risky due to our unpredictable weather conditions.

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So i'm sure this has probably been asked before.....but is it just the angle of the camera that makes the first turn look really weird? I mean it looks like it's slanting inwards and ridiculously skinny.

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On a different note, I used a capacity calculator (on the games forum) to approximate Goliath's capacity. If the total ride duration (dispatch and circuit) is 3 minutes the capacity will be 960 pph, if it is 2:30 the capacity will be 1152 pph, and at 2:15 it will be 1280 pph. What do you guys think the total ride time will be counting dispatch time?

 

Less than 960, that's a given.

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If there still working on it opening day I assume that corner of the park will be closed and that will make it more crowded than it normally is.

 

I don't really get why it would have to be? Maybe the train station or parts of Camp Cartoon would be closed, but besides that the ride doesn't really go over the path or anything, so I don't see why they wouldn't just put some barricades around the ride entrance and leave it at that.

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If there still working on it opening day I assume that corner of the park will be closed and that will make it more crowded than it normally is.

 

The pathway is suppose to be open still. They will probably just have barriers of some sort in front of the whole entrance and where they are building the little gift shop. They actually promoted opening weekend in their latest news letter by saying you can swing by to get a sneak peek of the construction going, probably meaning from the pathway in front of the ride.

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HOLY CRAP! Finally someone gets out there who knows how to use a CAMERA. Looks so amazing and Im glad people can finally see it in this level of detail. And now we can see how theyve extended the station. Made the existing structure a roof over a portion of a wider platform. Ill take it!

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