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While you may have lost Iron Wolf and Ragin Cajun to SFA, you in turn received Goliath and Joker, both of which are significant improvements (especially Goliath). Even if V2 does end up coming east, you have still made out pretty well on your end of things overall.

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Is anyone else getting a little worried that the two screamscape rumors of SFA getting a launched coaster from another SF park and of SFGAm removing V2 later this season are lining up a little too conveniently?

 

It'd be a shame to lose V2 in my opinion, even if it is the weakest of the impulse coasters with its deactivated holding brake.

 

Are we really gonna lose yet another coaster to SFA? What else might SFGAm ship off to maryland in the future?

 

 

SFA people are thinking "are we really getting another relocate over a new coaster. " I think the V2 relocate is really possible. SFA needs a new coaster and I don't think they are getting a 4D, SF's favorite new clone. Predicting in 2018 4D's for Stl, Mexico and OG. SF appears to be in the mode of you get a justice league you get a matching 4D and vice versa. So, justice leagues in 2018 for FT and NE

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While you may have lost Iron Wolf and Ragin Cajun to SFA, you in turn received Goliath and Joker, both of which are significant improvements (especially Goliath). Even if V2 does end up coming east, you have still made out pretty well on your end of things overall.

For sure.

 

Goliath all on its own makes up for iron wolf and ragin cajun. I've not ridden a 4D free spin yet, so however good joker ends up being will be pure gravy.

 

And if the loss of V2 leads to something better in '18 or '19, then by all means ship it off to SFA, I just hope that it's replacement features a launch of some sort because I have a special fetish for launched coasters and the loss of V2 would leave my home park without any.

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While you may have lost Iron Wolf and Ragin Cajun to SFA, you in turn received Goliath and Joker, both of which are significant improvements (especially Goliath). Even if V2 does end up coming east, you have still made out pretty well on your end of things overall.

For sure.

 

Goliath all on its own makes up for iron wolf and ragin cajun. I've not ridden a 4D free spin yet, so however good joker ends up being will be pure gravy.

 

And if the loss of V2 leads to something better in '18 or '19, then by all means ship it off to SFA, I just hope that it's replacement features a launch of some sort because I have a special fetish for launched coasters and the loss of V2 would leave my home park without any.

 

Inexpensive launch coasters as a replacement ie....Premier Rides Sky Rocket II(Superman at SFDK), Mack Xtreme Spin(new at IAAPA 2-16), S&S Triple Launch El Loco, etc...

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Inexpensive launch coasters as a replacement ie....Premier Rides Sky Rocket II(Superman at SFDK), Mack Xtreme Spin(new at IAAPA 2-16), S&S Triple Launch El Loco, etc...

 

 

Those all look really fun, but capacity could be an issue at a park like SFGAm.

 

Can anyone who has ridden both an intamin impulse like V2 and a premier skyrocket II compare/contrast the two ride experiences?

 

And are there any S&S triple launches operational yet, or is Gale Force gonna be the first one?

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Without thinking too much into it, I felt that the Impulse Coaster focuses more on speed and forces where as the Sky Rocket 2 focuses on smooth swooping transitions and anticipation. Both are fun, but I prefer the Impulse Coaster 2-1 over the Sky Rocket 2. The reverse spike in the rear was truly an exciting experience the first time I ever rode V2, over ten years ago. Yes, it was better with the holding brake, but it's certainly not ruined without it.

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I have a feeling that V2 isn't going anywhere... But hey, let's all dream that we'll lose V2 then drop 1 or both flumes and replace them with a Giga.

 

 

All could happen but a Giga.. V2 and 1 of the flumes could go. In fact 1 of the flumes should go!

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I have a feeling that V2 isn't going anywhere... But hey, let's all dream that we'll lose V2 then drop 1 or both flumes and replace them with a Giga.

 

 

All could happen but a Giga.. V2 and 1 of the flumes could go. In fact 1 of the flumes should go!

Yea... Enthusiasts keep saying the same stuff year after year after year, they're bound to eventually guess something right...

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Can anyone who has ridden both an intamin impulse like V2 and a premier skyrocket II compare/contrast the two ride experiences?

 

And are there any S&S triple launches operational yet, or is Gale Force gonna be the first one?

 

I don't find them similar at all. I was a little underwhelmed by Tempesto but love impulse coasters. Not to mention the obvious differences like inverted vs not etc

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Can anyone who has ridden both an intamin impulse like V2 and a premier skyrocket II compare/contrast the two ride experiences?

 

And are there any S&S triple launches operational yet, or is Gale Force gonna be the first one?

 

I don't find them similar at all. I was a little underwhelmed by Tempesto but love impulse coasters. Not to mention the obvious differences like inverted vs not etc

Forward and backward launch. I see where someone can see the similarities, but overall I agree with you. They deliver very different experiences, with V2 feeling more intense and in my opinion more fun. I rode Tempesto twice during our two day trip to BGW, two years ago. Like you, I was underwhelmed. It was fun, but if it hadn't been a station wait, I would have passed on the second lap. Emily didn't even feel the need to ride it twice, but she was a good sport about it.

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I think a good replacement for V2 if it's removed would be a Zamperla Giant Discovery. Decent capacity, impressive stats, and overall seems like it would be a great fit for the park. (You could argue that we already have Revolution but the ride experience is quite different and SFDK and La Ronde also had Frisbees and still got a GD) Given the location relevance to Batman and Joker, a DC theme would probably be likely as well.

 

Currently placing my bets on a water coaster for 2018, though

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I've been on a Sky Rocket III if that counts....

 

But I love those Intamin Impulse coasters. It's such a rush to fly to over 70 mph and then shoot straight for the sky. Wicked Twister is the best of the bunch, and it's only overlooked because of how much other awesomeness there is at Cedar Point.

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I prefer the Sky Rocket II models, the launches feel more intense (the 2nd and 3rd to be exact) and overall feels more forceful. Not to mention that pop of ejector you get in the first few rows and hangtime on the in-line twist.

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I prefer the Sky Rocket II models, the launches feel more intense (the 2nd and 3rd to be exact) and overall feels more forceful. Not to mention that pop if ejector you get in the first few rows and hangtime on the in-line twist.

 

I'm assuming the Sky Rocket is the Premier launch coaster model at SFDK and Busch Gardens Williamsburg? What is the difference between Sky Rocket I/II/III?

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X-Flight

 

NEVER!

 

It's still a little surprising to me that SFGAm has the only new-build B&M in the SF chain over the past 11 seasons.

 

I was surprised as well that the wing riders didn't multiply like the Joker clones have, of course B&M's are a little more expensive but I thought on would have popped up at either Magic Mountain or Great adventure.

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X-Flight

 

NEVER!

 

It's still a little surprising to me that SFGAm has the only new-build B&M in the SF chain over the past 11 seasons.

 

I was surprised as well that the wing riders didn't multiply like the Joker clones have, of course B&M's are a little more expensive but I thought on would have popped up at either Magic Mountain or Great adventure.

 

X Flight costs twice a much as a 4D spin, that's why there aren't more. SF ride budget is highly limited by their cap exp formula.

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I think a good replacement for V2 if it's removed would be a Zamperla Giant Discovery. Decent capacity, impressive stats, and overall seems like it would be a great fit for the park. (You could argue that we already have Revolution but the ride experience is quite different and SFDK and La Ronde also had Frisbees and still got a GD) Given the location relevance to Batman and Joker, a DC theme would probably be likely as well.

 

Currently placing my bets on a water coaster for 2018, though

 

Besides the inexpensive launch coasters already mentioned another possibility that comes to mind is the Skyline Skywarp. Supposedly SFGAm nixed a super loop addition, this is in the same genre. The base model is just 2M, they also have a launch model with unknown price tag. The ride is 62 feet tall with a track length of 360 feet and fits on a site just 30 feet wide and 120 feet long. That could fit in the same spot as V2.

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