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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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I've heard that Drop Tower might get repainted for 2016. If they do they should go with red and green stripes; would look cool with the Candy Apple theme.

 

 

GURLLLLLL you've heard a lot of things from what I've seen on this thread lol. If we go off of things you've heard, Kings Dominion is the new Cedar Point

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I've heard that Drop Tower might get repainted for 2016. If they do they should go with red and green stripes; would look cool with the Candy Apple theme.

 

 

GURLLLLLL you've heard a lot of things from what I've seen on this thread lol. If we go off of things you've heard, Kings Dominion is the new Cedar Point

 

Fanboy logic

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I've heard that Drop Tower might get repainted for 2016. If they do they should go with red and green stripes; would look cool with the Candy Apple theme.

 

 

GURLLLLLL you've heard a lot of things from what I've seen on this thread lol. If we go off of things you've heard, Kings Dominion is the new Cedar Point

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If you ride something like I305 in the rain, be prepared for 2-3 minutes of little to no oxygen

 

The rain is so insane you almost don't even get a chance to breathe.

 

Speaking of coasters in inclement weather, could you imagine how cool it would be to ride a coaster in heavy fog? The lift hill would practically invisible, and you wouldn't even be able to see the elements more than 5 feet ahead of you haha

 

Surprisingly Shockwave in the rain was intense as well.

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I do NOT want it at Dorney Park. The fewer stand-up coasters there are in the world, the better off the world is.

You may not want it, but the GP absolutely LOVED Shockwave. Most of the visitors attended the park in their earlier life, and Shockwave was a part of it. Just because most coaster enthusiasts don't like standups, doesn't mean that other people do not.

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I'll chime in here, I've never seen someone get off shockwave and say anything to the effect of "That was fun!"

 

No one liked it really except for a select few on this board *ahem*. Its only redeeming quality was weird standup ejector over the hill before the helix. Then it was the equivalent of crashing in an airplane.

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I overheard a surprising number of positive or probably positive comments on Shockwave this year, many of them before the announcement it was going to close. Of course, I've heard many things, including kids saying Anaconda is the best coaster in the park.

 

I don't necessarily think Shockwave should be kept by the park, its time has come or at least was coming. I think it served the park very well during its time and was an excellent feat of engineering and construction when it was built. Those who say it sucked or was horrible surely fit in one of these categories:

1. not fitting the restraints

2. exaggerators

3. comparison to new rides + #2

4. expecting coasters to be smooth -- the current state of the art would have never happened without earlier steel coaster

5. trolls

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^^-- they removed the TVs (didn't they just put them there?) and the trains so far. It seems like they could have waited to close it, although they start tapering things down by that part of the summer and saved a few bucks. That and the day they closed it was actually quite crowded and clearly an "event"! They also could have been looking at maintenance issues. One thing I've heard about is parks can use X-rays to look for weakening metal long before it would break.

 

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Went twice this weekend. Friday, pretty large crowd considering rain forecast and happening, although it never got very heavy.

 

They've tinkered with The Overlord show again, staging changed due to the bike event. The Overlord's voice now isn't even scary and the actor wears a mask, what??!? Of course, the important part of the show at the end is always good. The new maze, Lockdown, is OK, haven't decided how it compares with before. It adds sentry towers on the asphalt in front of the building. I noticed a lot of new shed-like large temporary structures scattered around the park, but other than creating choke-points in scarezones not much seems to happen in conjunction with them.

 

Sunday, Fall Bonus Day, was insane for riding. There were probably more people crammed into SFA last Sunday than came to KD the last 2 open Sundays combined.

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I overheard a surprising number of positive or probably positive comments on Shockwave this year, many of them before the announcement it was going to close. Of course, I've heard many things, including kids saying Anaconda is the best coaster in the park.

 

I don't necessarily think Shockwave should be kept by the park, its time has come or at least was coming. I think it served the park very well during its time and was an excellent feat of engineering and construction when it was built. Those who say it sucked or was horrible surely fit in one of these categories:

1. not fitting the restraints

2. exaggerators

3. comparison to new rides + #2

4. expecting coasters to be smooth -- the current state of the art would have never happened without earlier steel coaster

5. trolls

 

I disliked it because it was a lousy, clunky, uncomfortable ride. Period.

 

That being said, I don't care for the B&M stand-up coasters, either, and I've ridden some Togo stand-ups in Japan that were pretty good.

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I'll chime in here, I've never seen someone get off shockwave and say anything to the effect of "That was fun!"

 

No one liked it really except for a select few on this board *ahem*. Its only redeeming quality was weird standup ejector over the hill before the helix. Then it was the equivalent of crashing in an airplane.

Never rode KD's Shockwave, but I did ride two of the others that were at the Paramount parks. There wasn't anything particularly bad about them, but there was nothing especially memorable. The restraints weren't as uncomfortable to me as they were just awkward. The characteristic that most appeals to me about B&M's take on this type- the snappy transitions/directional changes in compressed layout taken at a good clip- just wasn't incorporated into TOGO's design (at least stateside- no idea about overseas).

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I overheard a surprising number of positive or probably positive comments on Shockwave this year, many of them before the announcement it was going to close. Of course, I've heard many things, including kids saying Anaconda is the best coaster in the park.

 

I don't necessarily think Shockwave should be kept by the park, its time has come or at least was coming. I think it served the park very well during its time and was an excellent feat of engineering and construction when it was built. Those who say it sucked or was horrible surely fit in one of these categories:

1. not fitting the restraints

2. exaggerators

3. comparison to new rides + #2

4. expecting coasters to be smooth -- the current state of the art would have never happened without earlier steel coaster

5. trolls

This is exactly what I think. Glad to see someone else sees it the way I do.

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I'm new here, but a long time lurker.

 

I'm going to Kings Dominion tomorrow, but it's supposed to be raining on and off all day. I was wondering if anyone could enlighten me on their rain policy with their rides? It's going to be my first time there, and I don't want to miss anything because of the rain.

If it does rain, be sure to get a ride on Dominator either during or immediately after any precipitation. I swear it hauls ass when the tracks are wet. I got serious ejector airtime on the MCBR drop even!

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