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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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That entire Congo area is a huge mess. I LOVE the park, don't get me wrong, but it just always annoyed me how there is so much disarray with the theming of that area.

 

Also, I still can't believe how many people are so quick to say how bad Shockwave is. I rode it a few times and it really is NOT that bad. It ain't smooth in the least amount, but I found it to be at least tolerable.

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That entire Congo area is a huge mess. I LOVE the park, don't get me wrong, but it just always annoyed me how there is so much disarray with the theming of that area.

 

When it was first designed and opened I think it was all coherent, but as old attractions left and new ones were built it kinda ended up how it is today.

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i really don't think the congo theme mishmash is a big deal. it's Paramount's fault mostly -- Outer Limits, Itallian Job, etc, but who cares? "Congo" is just a name of a section of the park at this point -- the area is not actively promoted as being African-themed as far as i know. Anyway, what is Cedar Fair supposed to do about it? spend $100 million to move a bunch of roller coasters to elsewhere in the same park? Re-theme a half-dozen aging attractions? Pointing out the theming incongruity is a fun conversation piece for theme park enthusiasts but it doesn't actually bother a significant number of people or impact park enjoyment or attendance.

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About the only time the Congo's "African theming" is played up is during Haunt, when they use the area in front of Volcano as a "cannibal jungle" scare zone.

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And speaking of theme, I am still bewildered as to why the hell is I-305, BLSC, Flight of Fear, and Avalanche are in the Congo/safari village section.

 

The only anomaly, ride wise, from the KECO years of ownership, was the installation of Avalanche in Safari Village. That was in 1988. I'm not sure what management's thinking was back then when they placed the ride in its current location. They could have thought: "Hey, we already have a mountain in Safari Village. Let's place our new Mack Bobsled ride next to it and call it Avalanche!". Come to think of it, what does the original "Lost World" mountain have to do with Africa? None of the ride themes inside were African based.

 

The Safari Village theme was originally centered around the Wild Animal Safari Monorail. As time went by, the area evolved to represent those mysterious places in the equatorial areas of the world that were still unexplored in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The area still had a cohesive theme up until Paramount took over.

 

Course, the FOF and BLSC installations were the big "sore thumbs" that broke the theme cohesiveness in what was now called the "Congo" area; thanks to Paramount and the installation of "Volcano: The Blast Coaster". [Which Paramount's movie, based on author Micheal Crichton's book "Congo", was a total bomb].

 

Fast forward and in comes Mr. Kinzel and gang and places the "cherry" on top of the patchwork quilt of ride attractions in that area, with I-305.

 

Now that Mr. Quimet is in charge and 3/4 of the Cedar Fair BOD is new. The company is trying to replace some of the charm, atmosphere, and theme elements back into Kings Dominion. As others have stated, there is no way to get Safari Village back to the way it was pre-Paramount without spending over 100 million dollars to do so. Cedar Fair is showing some love to KD; but, not to that extent. Maybe the park should just settle for naming the former Safari Village "The Bermuda Triangle".

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Never got a chance to ride one of these, but it looks kind of cool.

 

I highly doubt it would be their final announcement because of it's past checkered history at their (then) sister park in Ohio, but I have to admit that it would be nice if they could get some unique, crazy flat ride like this.

 

I found it interesting that Intamin never made any more of these...anyone know if it was because the death at KI scared off other parks from purchasing one, the ride was a total maintenance nightmare, too many G-forces, or all of the above?

 

CGA had one as well called Skyhawk. It was terrible. It was so incredibly slow, and uncomfortable. I have no idea why it was removed, but it wasn't a very fun ride for me.

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^Your guess is as good as mine, but whatever it is that they're doing I hope it speeds up the waiting time!

 

I'm still buzzing with honey about the return of the Singing Mushrooms and the Flora Clock, but I just remembered something - Besides of having the Flora Clock I do remember of seeing gardens planted at the park's entrance and the colorful flowers arranged in such a way that they resembled cartoon characters. Now these were from the old Hanna-Barbera Days that featured Yogi Bear, Fred Flintstone, and Scooby Doo. I wonder if they will doing that again, but with Peanuts characters?

 

kINGS dOMINION - BETCHA YOU CAN'T DO IT ALL!!!

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The sky pilot ride was removed because it was a maintenance nightmare, and there were several safety concerns with the restraint setup. Here is a picture of the safety inspectors showing how easy it was to slide out from the restraint system. I thought that I heard that it would have been very costly to fix the problem, so a combination of that and the accident at kings island, it's fate was sealed.

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it was a really boring ride anyway. you could make it do a slowwwww barrel roll with a joystick mounted in the cockpit (and also raise and lower the arm it was attached to) but it wasn't thrilling. i doubt anyone ever felt the need to ride it again once they'd done it.

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After seeing the picture of Volcano The Blast Coaster Queue under construction does anyone has any idea what they are doing from the look of that pic?

Or anyone have any ideas how they are going to update the Queue

 

I'll be happy if they just clean up the dust and grime. This is the filthiest queue I know of.

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The sky pilot ride was removed because it was a maintenance nightmare, and there were several safety concerns with the restraint setup. Here is a picture of the safety inspectors showing how easy it was to slide out from the restraint system. I thought that I heard that it would have been very costly to fix the problem, so a combination of that and the accident at kings island, it's fate was sealed.

 

I figured as such...too bad because the concept certainly appeared to look pretty cool. Sounds like they just didn't execute the design or safety features properly before they launched it out at multiple parks.

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The sky pilot ride was removed because it was a maintenance nightmare, and there were several safety concerns with the restraint setup. Here is a picture of the safety inspectors showing how easy it was to slide out from the restraint system. I thought that I heard that it would have been very costly to fix the problem, so a combination of that and the accident at kings island, it's fate was sealed.

 

I figured as such...too bad because the concept certainly appeared to look pretty cool. Sounds like they just didn't execute the design or safety features properly before they launched it out at multiple parks.

 

Also, on a thrill scale of 1 - 10 I would've given it maybe a 2, just because you could roll upside down.

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^I believe you are correct. When Volcano first opened, they actually had every other row of seats removed leading to only eight riders per train (if I remember correctly) to ensure the ride would make it over the top of the highest inversion (the ride hadn't yet had much time to be "broken in").

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Volcano was a prototype and pretty "buggy" from the start; still, it's a shame that the Intamin launched inverted coaster (shuttles aside) never really "took off" (pun intended ) Volcano is a short, intense, and fun ride.

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