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I wouldn't say that it's because of Kings Dominion. InvadR is supposed to be a family-oriented ride, so Kings Dominion is still more of a thrill park/traditional amusement park. A lot of enthusiasts go to both, a lot of locals go to both, and everyone else would go to one of the other, because they're completely different. One new attraction (or lack thereof) won't make a difference to families wanting a more Disney-style theme park for vacation or a family wanting large flat rides and more coasters.

 

Take a look at the backlash the park is getting.

Yeah, people are mad at the park for this one thing, but that doesn't mean that everyone will boycott them like you are. People can criticize some negative aspects about a park while still loving it. Think about this: if people didn't still care about and love Kings Dominion, do you really think people would be this concerned about their lack of new additions?

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Yeah, people are mad at the park for this one thing, but that doesn't mean that everyone will boycott them like you are. People can criticize some negative aspects about a park while still loving it. Think about this: if people didn't still care about and love Kings Dominion, do you really think people would be this concerned about their lack of new additions?

 

This. All of this and ten times more.

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Yeah, people are mad at the park for this one thing, but that doesn't mean that everyone will boycott them like you are. People can criticize some negative aspects about a park while still loving it. Think about this: if people didn't still care about and love Kings Dominion, do you really think people would be this concerned about their lack of new additions?

 

This. All of this and ten times more.

 

And the thing is, he will not boycott the park, he has no means to get to any other parks.

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Thank the Larry he is gone. He has been polluting the boards for the past week or so. The entire forum has been crazy for the past week or so. Anyway, since the red shield has been chosen for the logo I wonder what will be up next for the fan voting for InvadR.

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Obviously, the combination of a great-looking and family and non-family friendly new coaster coming to BGW, and the underwhelming (to those without kids) new additions to KD, portends well for BGW to do better than KD at the gate next year. But here's the thing... BGW is already head and shoulders above KD in overall park experience anyway, and I don't think KD really thinks they can compete toe to toe with them in that regard. So KD is doing their thing, and BGW is doing their thing, and both parks are doing just fine being what they are, and appealing to the people they intend to appeal to.

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After riding Wooden Warrior I can only hope and pray that InvadR gives a ride like that.

 

If that happens to be the case many of the skeptics will be singing a different tune about this addition.

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I, for one, don't get what's not to like about Invadr... It looks a little short, but other than that, looks like a fun little coaster! I look forward to riding it, whenever I get back to my beloved BGW!

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I think this ride looks like it will be a lot of fun. It just seems to mostly be about small airtime hills, very unlike other GCIs. I'm actually kinda stoked for it.

 

I learned from Maverick bigger does NOT mean better.

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I mean, Thunderhead (especially near the front) is loaded with floater airtime on hills that are so small you don't even realize they're airtime hills until you're floating out of your seat on something you assumed was just going to be a strong lateral. GCI's rarely feature ejector air but they're usually loaded with fun floater hills that you barely even notice. Watching a POV of a ride like that is useless for trying to gauge the ride experience. This is true of all coasters but especially GCI's.

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Watching a POV of a ride like that is useless for trying to gauge the ride experience. This is true of all coasters but especially GCI's.

 

Especially when that coaster hasn't even been built yet.

 

And I would imagine part of the fun of the ride will be the effect the trees (existing or planted) will have on it. It could create a fun sense of speed, even if the roller coaster is not necessarily fast. Which is something a video (real or CG) can't ever really capture.

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Looks like the park added an update on their website. Apologies if its been mentioned here but update says the first drop has been increased from 74 feet to 81 feet and they are adding a second tunnel somewhere along the course.

 

Photos of construction there as well.

 

We didn't get to vote on this. I call shenanigans! so much for #decidetheride... #we'rebuschgardensandwedowhatwewant

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Looks like the park added an update on their website. Apologies if its been mentioned here but update says the first drop has been increased from 74 feet to 81 feet and they are adding a second tunnel somewhere along the course.

 

Photos of construction there as well.

 

 

Looks like the park added an update on their website. Apologies if its been mentioned here but update says the first drop has been increased from 74 feet to 81 feet and they are adding a second tunnel somewhere along the course.

 

Photos of construction there as well.

 

We didn't get to vote on this. I call shenanigans! so much for #decidetheride... #we'rebuschgardensandwedowhatwewant

 

 

I will say, I just realized that the logo was decided, and I'm glad they went with the Dragon Crest. I don't remember if I voted for the Red or Blue now (don't get old, kids...), but I think the red sets it apart from Griffon more, at least.

 

Also, I know people have been generally lukewarm on this coaster's stats, but I think it looks, and sounds, awesome! I love tunnels, interaction with other rides, and utilizing natural terrain, so just based on those things I dig it. I also think it'll have plenty of airtime, which is always a plus. I REALLY want to make my first trip back to BGW since 14 years ago next year, and get on this thing! I guess we'll see how things go...

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Hmm. Looking at the post, it mentions they want us to guess where the second tunnel is. Looking at the old POV (hopefully they do a new one soon), nothing clear stands out. The only thing that I could think of was the helix at the end. That would be cool, I guess. Though, since Loch Ness Monster also has that, I'm not so sure that's it.

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Now that nothing else has been announced, my thoughts on this coaster have improved! If it indeed uses terrain and forest setting well, this little coaster will be a ton of fun! Who wouldv'e thought an 80ft GCI would be the second largest coaster built in the US for 2017, behind a slightly larger GCI

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Speaking of InvadR . . . how about another construction update? With a bit of Howl-o-Scream thrown in for good measure?

 

I went over to the park this morning, and they're definitely making progress. Nothing you could call "vertical" construction, but a lot more concrete has been poured, holes dug, and rebar put in place.

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We're looking at you, Pokemon Go players!

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Let's start with a train ride.

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Entering Invadr's war zone.

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"We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig it's what we like to do."

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I think this is going to be a "tunnel"--or "shed."

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But I doubt that it's a "mystery shed" like at Kings Island.

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Let's take a peek at this footer. Be careful not to impale yourself on the stockade.

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What's happening over by the train station and the path to LeScoot?

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Remember to follow the concrete, for it will always lead you to rebar--and glory! And the possibility of more concrete to come.

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Yep--lots more concrete.

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I think this is where the queue and station are going to be, but don't quote me on that. I don't have a set of blueprints. It does look like they're putting up a wall, though.

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Here's a line of "Sonotubes." If I'm interpreting the BGW blog correctly, these are round footers for the run to the lift hill.

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All I do is follow the concrete.

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Chains. I guess the invading Vikings are a bit kinky. The stick says something about a "c bent" and "20 feet."

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More rebar--or perhaps contemporary art.

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Here's a look at that mess of rebar from a different angle.

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Meanwhile, over by LeScoot . . .

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Lots of grading and digging have been going on between the flume and the railroad tracks.

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Here's a closer look.

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That's about all for Invadr, so . . .

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. . . how about a nice light lunch?

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Sorry, Europe in the Air fans. I imagine there's one or two of you, at least.

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The ride is all boarded up for Howl-o-Scream's "Unearthed--Scarlett's Revenge" maze.

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Here's a look at the "Circo Sinistro" site. This maze is replacing "Cutthroat Cove," and will feature "Room Roulette," in which you choose your own way through a room. It's located in Festa Italia.

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Looks like they're getting "Lumberhacks" ready.

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Hmm--this could be where they are assembling bents for InvadR. The Verbolten show building is in the background.

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Vampires will be on the loose in "Bitten" again. This is the oldest maze at Howl-o-Scream. It's in the old Drachen Fire station not far from the Festhaus.

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I think's there's nothing creepier than ventriloquist dummies.

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I imagine they'll be part of the new "Sideshow Square" zone, which I assume is in Italy.

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Hard to believe that Howl-o-Scream is less than a month away.

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And, hey, Bierfest is just around the corner!

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Oktoberfest is gearing up.

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Hmm--speaking of beer, . . .

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. . . I think this is good time to get one. Thanks for reading.

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