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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.

 

Yeah Im not really sure what it was with Tempesto. It absolutely was not a bad ride by any means. I was just very indifferent about the whole experience afterwards. No desire to ride again. I would like to try another installation somewhere else to see if I feel differently.

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I was hoping for the classic Lobster Orange cars, but these do look good! I wonder if they will return the giant Lobster mural on the ground under the ride?

 

update: Well lookie here, it seems the original Lobster cars were in fact black! I remember the cars being orange in the 80s. Kudos to Great America for going even further back than my memories!

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Given the compactness of this coaster, as well as the pre-manufactured steel pieces, I find it ironic that it is not expected to be open no earlier than Memorial Day weekend when King's Island's "Mystic Timbers", a much bigger coaster, actually began testing today and is expected to be open by mid-April.

 

Both had track that was topped off around the same time, and both regions had a very mild winter with minimal delays due to weather. In fact, the winter was mild enough at both parks that they almost could have stayed open all winter long, though I certainly would not have suggested that gamble. LOL

 

But it is strange that a compact steel coaster would open later than a long, wooden coaster where weather conditions have been equally nice.

 

But at least they will both be opening this year. Can't say the same about Cedar Point's upgraded Mean Streak. The secrecy and lack of announcement from Cedar Point is driving various enthusiasts nuts. They're desperate to find a definitive opening date and I can't help but find the CP thread a little comical right now.

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Given the compactness of this coaster, as well as the pre-manufactured steel pieces, I find it ironic that it is not expected to be open no earlier than Memorial Day weekend when King's Island's "Mystic Timbers", a much bigger coaster, actually began testing today and is expected to be open by mid-April.

 

Both had track that was topped off around the same time, and both regions had a very mild winter with minimal delays due to weather. In fact, the winter was mild enough at both parks that they almost could have stayed open all winter long, though I certainly would not have suggested that gamble. LOL

 

But it is strange that a compact steel coaster would open later than a long, wooden coaster where weather conditions have been equally nice.

 

But at least they will both be opening this year. Can't say the same about Cedar Point's upgraded Mean Streak. The secrecy and lack of announcement from Cedar Point is driving various enthusiasts nuts. They're desperate to find a definitive opening date and I can't help but find the CP thread a little comical right now.

That is so because of Six Flag's marketing strategy. Memorial Day or later openings have been standard for as many years as I can remeber. Hell, they even waited till a couple DAYS before opening day to start vertical construction on the SuperLoops, even though they had all off-season to complete a one-day process (YES! It literally took only a matter of hours to complete installation of the loops themselves.)

 

Also, S&S was busy with three 4D's - GCI was not busy with three Mystic Timbers. Vertical construction started later for SFGAm than it did SFOT, and while SFOT's was topped off a while ago, they don't plan on opening it early.

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Also, S&S was busy with three 4D's - GCI was not busy with three Mystic Timbers. Vertical construction started later for SFGAm than it did SFOT, and while SFOT's was topped off a while ago, they don't plan on opening it early.

 

To be fair GCI is building 4 woodies at the same time too. Invadr, Desert Rally, Mystic Timbers and The Happy Valley Chongqing ride have all been under vertical construction around about the same time.

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GURNEE, IL. — March 22, 2017 — Six Flags Great America today announced an all-new virtual reality attraction. Six Flags Great America in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official

Technology Partner of Six Flags,” is debuting an all-new virtual reality experience, Drop of Doom VR. This VR attraction is a thrilling, immersive encounter with giant, mutant spiders and makes its debut on April 29, headlining the park’s opening weekend. “Each season we push to be on the cutting edge of innovation and our latest virtual reality experience brings together two fears innate in most people – heights and spiders,” said Hank Salemi, park president. “Guests willascend the tower of Giant Drop immersed in an unfamiliar world as they are bombarded by spiders and then abruptly plunge down what feels to be a 100 story free fall. Our thrill-seeking guests will not want to miss thisexciting new attraction.”Riders, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, will become the pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:  A high speed virtual vertical ascent up 100 stories, while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;  A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous

spiders;  A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;  A thrilling 100-story fiery plunge straight down between towering skyscrapers; and  The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode. The Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction is free with park admission and available for through Memorial Day.Season Passes and All Season Dining Passes are available online now at sixflags.com.

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Given the compactness of this coaster, as well as the pre-manufactured steel pieces, I find it ironic that it is not expected to be open no earlier than Memorial Day weekend when King's Island's "Mystic Timbers", a much bigger coaster, actually began testing today and is expected to be open by mid-April.

Congratulations! You are today's winner of the Alanis Morissette Not Actually Irony Award!

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Also, S&S was busy with three 4D's - GCI was not busy with three Mystic Timbers. Vertical construction started later for SFGAm than it did SFOT, and while SFOT's was topped off a while ago, they don't plan on opening it early.

 

To be fair GCI is building 4 woodies at the same time too. Invadr, Desert Rally, Mystic Timbers and The Happy Valley Chongqing ride have all been under vertical construction around about the same time.

Yes, true, but I meant that S&S is working on three 4D projects in the US alone. If we are looking at at their entire 2017 itenerary, then we should consider this list:

 

S&S-Sansei Technologies - (2/24/17) S&S Worldwide released a list of 17 new rides they will be opening in 2017 this week, many known, but the list also includes some others we didn't know about. Check it out below.

Dutch Wonderland - Family Inverted Coaster

Fuji-Q Highland, Japan - Dodonpa Loop (ride enhancement)

Happy Valley Chongqing, China - Space Shot and Turbo Drop

Hersheypark - Triple Tower Complex

Huayi Brothers Movie World, Suzhou, China - Combo Tower

Nagashima Spa Land, Japan - 4D Free Spin Coaster

Playland's Castaway Cove - Triple-Launch Coaster (delayed opening)

PortAventura, Ferrari Land - Combo Tower

Six Flags Great America - 4D Free Spin Coaster

Six Flags New England - 4D Free Spin Coaster

Six Flags Over Texas - 4D Free Spin Coaster

Sun Tzu Cultural Park, Shandong, China - Air-Launch Coaster

Sun Tzu Cultural Park, Shandong, China - Space Shot and Turbo Drop

Wanda Harbin Amusement Park, Harbin, China - Space Shot and Turbo Drop

Weihai Rio Carnival, Weihai, China - Space Shot and Turbo Drop

TBA Park in Middle East - Combo Tower

TBA Park in Southeast Asia - Combo Tower

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Given the compactness of this coaster, as well as the pre-manufactured steel pieces, I find it ironic that it is not expected to be open no earlier than Memorial Day weekend when King's Island's "Mystic Timbers", a much bigger coaster, actually began testing today and is expected to be open by mid-April.

Congratulations! You are today's winner of the Alanis Morissette Not Actually Irony Award!

 

LOL I had writers block when I was writing that. My mind went blank as I was searching for the perfect word. Time was lacking and my gut instinct was to use the word "funny". But I decided to try and find something different thus coming up with "ironic" at the last moment. Bad choice of words, my bad. I'm 40 years old and therefore resting up on the knowledge I once gained from the english classes I learned in school. Secondly, hearing all these Trump speeches doesn't help either.

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Hooray 10 minute dispatches on a 25 second ride!

 

What are you people complaining about. Nobody hardy rides Giant Drop. It's a walk on most of the time or max 10 minute wait. They are putting VR on it b/c it;s not used, just like they put it on Demon another low ridership attraction. VR is best used as they are doing it, to try to revitalize the ridership of low use rides.

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Demon does have times where you can re-ride it as much as you want, but don't let that fool you. Demon gets plenty of passengers. It's a relatively high capacity ride; one of the easiest rides to load and dispatch without extra restraints/seatbelts to check.

 

When Shockwave came out, then the series of B&M coasters, I got to a point (being a cool 20-something) where I wouldn't even bother with Demon.

 

But in the last few years, I've really come back around to love Demon. Plus, I've learned "how to ride it." 2nd to back for best drop, 4th from back for smoothest ride. I'm glad they returned the original logos to the train fronts (in 2d, better than nothing) and the super-dated Demon soundtrack.

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^ There's a reason Demon is celebrating its 41st birthday (or 37th, depending on how you're counting), while Shockwave never even made it to 15.

 

I too remember being one of those "cool kids" in the 90s who thought that Shockwave and the B&M's had relegated Demon to obsolete status, but I'm glad it has managed to hang around. That first drop in the back of the train is still a damn fine roller coaster moment. The super-70s disco tunnel is excellent. The loops and corkscrews are fun. The theming, while not extravagant, adds a nice extra touch. All in all, if you're gonna ride a '70s/'80s Arrow multi-looper, you can do a lot worse than Demon.

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