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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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And I-305 has very loose theming--a car and billboard hardly qualifies as "theming."

 

It's like the difference between SFFT's Batman: The Ride theming (random signs and blueprint stuff scattered everywhere) vs. SFOT's Batman: The Ride theming (providing a dark atmosphere and immersive stuff)

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The best themed ride anywhere is Dominator. It's loudly themed as a giant roller coaster. They ought to be advertising coasters on NASCAR cars, not the other way around.

 

As to Intimidator, it really seems like who pays who in these theming deals. I guess as long as they sell more merch, everyone wins, but they still pay something if they don't.

 

I think the rate of coaster work at KD will increase compared to the last few simply because they have to start removing some old stuff. Sometimes just because it looks bad. I can only hope they don't want to drop their coaster count (much) long term.

 

A chart released by Cedar Fair for the next five years. So it looks like there will be a TrioTech at some park in 2016. KD maybe in the off chance?

[chart shows "coaster re-work" in each of the next 3 years] Is that just maintenance or something interesting? I didn't talk about in my improve Hurler posts that they actually did just that (but not the best way) at Carowinds, but then, it's now their only woodie. That was an unprecedented amount of coaster rework for CF until the Rougarou conversion.

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Whatever Kings Dominion gets next, it needs to have high capacity, as in at least 64 instead of 48. Shockwave's horrible operations could have been the cause of those ridiculously long lines at Volcano and Intimidator. Would love to see up to 3x32 in the next coaster, especially if it's a B&M.

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Shockwave's horrible operations could have been the cause of those ridiculously long lines at Volcano and Intimidator.

...or maybe because Volcano has shit capacity and is a popular ride. And wait... how does having excess people queuing for Shockwave instead of riding other coasters make Volcano's line longer?

 

"Ridiculously long lines at Intimidator."

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Shockwave's horrible operations could have been the cause of those ridiculously long lines at Volcano and Intimidator.

...or maybe because Volcano has poo-poo capacity and is a popular ride. And wait... how does having excess people queuing for Shockwave instead of riding other coasters make Volcano's line longer?

 

"Ridiculously long lines at Intimidator."

 

No I mean people would avoid Shockwave and populate the other rides in the park.

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^ I mean, I get where you're coming from, but they have 11 adult coasters, and 13 total. Volcano has always had long lines since it was built. When Hyper Sonic XLC came out, it was a 2 hour wait almost every day. Volcano still had a long line. Same for i305. Dominator, i305, hsxlc, blsc, each came, and even when their lines were huge, so was volcano.

 

While mathematically speaking another huge new coaster would put people in its line, it will be more of the same. Long lines at all the big ones, longest line at the new one and volcano.

 

Just be glad they added 4 more rows to volcano. Waiting in the line when it had 4 rows SUCKED.

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^ I mean, I get where you're coming from, but they have 11 adult coasters, and 13 total. Volcano has always had long lines since it was built. When Hyper Sonic XLC came out, it was a 2 hour wait almost every day. Volcano still had a long line. Same for i305. Dominator, i305, hsxlc, blsc, each came, and even when their lines were huge, so was volcano.

 

While mathematically speaking another huge new coaster would put people in its line, it will be more of the same. Long lines at all the big ones, longest line at the new one and volcano.

 

Just be glad they added 4 more rows to volcano. Waiting in the line when it had 4 rows SUCKED.

 

But a people eating B&M invert would sure make things easier vs. a mideval-device TOGO standup.

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An hour+ wait is always a normal thing with the eight rows. How long were the lines originally, without the extra rows? Triple the time?

 

In 1998 I waited 4.5 hours for volcano, on a weekday. That was my second attempt. The first day I tried, we waited about 2 hours and just got to the covered quee before you go into the mountain before the ride went down for the rest of the day.

 

But a people eating B&M invert would sure make things easier vs. a mideval-device TOGO standup.

 

Yes, but what you were saying is that a new ride would shorten the line at rides like volcano. Clearly that isn't true because they built 4 new crowd pleasers since then, and volcano still has long lines. Yes, any normal coaster relaplacing shockwave will have higher capacity than shockwave, but if they were going to make volcano have short lines, it would have happened with Dominator, or i305, or hyper sonic, and quite frankly, that didn't happen.

 

Volcano is just a very popular ride with very crappy capacity.

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An hour+ wait is always a normal thing with the eight rows. How long were the lines originally, without the extra rows? Triple the time?

 

In 1998 I waited 4.5 hours for volcano, on a weekday. That was my second attempt. The first day I tried, we waited about 2 hours and just got to the covered quee before you go into the mountain before the ride went down for the rest of the day.

 

But a people eating B&M invert would sure make things easier vs. a mideval-device TOGO standup.

 

Yes, but what you were saying is that a new ride would shorten the line at rides like volcano. Clearly that isn't true because they built 4 new crowd pleasers since then, and volcano still has long lines. Yes, any normal coaster relaplacing shockwave will have higher capacity than shockwave, but if they were going to make volcano have short lines, it would have happened with Dominator, or i305, or hyper sonic, and quite frankly, that didn't happen.

 

Volcano is just a very popular ride with very crappy capacity.

 

Or maybe Volcano needs a dual loading station.

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