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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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I had a wacky idea for Hurler: turn it into another Volcano or similar fake geology, put some holes in it and run a nice coaster through and around it (not launch out of it or load in it). The flatness of the KD property is a weakness as far as how it looks and some possibilities for coasters (good for walking though).

 

I was agitating for them to fix Hurler ever since the trim brake (before which I had no real complaints, but every year expected it to reach unridable even to me) but a lot of that had to do with the idea that something relatively cheap could be done to make it a lot better. I still believe it's just as valid and good yet different a wood coaster style as their others. I just now see they don't need 3 different variations on classic PTC-train'd classic woodies. If reopened, it needs to look different, ride more different. I could see keeping the layout, attacking the roughness with RMC and new trains to the point it could be called "neutering" the ride to turn it into the family coaster they most recently billed it as. As far as major changes, it doesn't *seem* like a good candidate but one thing I can think of is replacing the first curve with something like overbanked 90 degree turn(s) and an inversion or wave turn (simply replacing it with an elevated overbank style turn would call for a smaller curve radius and not match up).

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Is Hurler becoming an RMC

 

I'm prepared to be wrong but I'm starting to get more excited than I probably should because these look just like Mean Streak's markers and once again... they've done no visible work on Hurler. None. The thought of adding even a small RMC to that already amazing lineup is tremendously exciting, so while it's far from a certainty I find myself getting more excited about this than I probably should.

 

It's all in my own head though, so if I turn out to be wrong I won't be one of the people blaming the park for hyping it up too much. The hype train exists entirely in my own head for this thing.

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Is Hurler becoming an RMC

 

I'm prepared to be wrong but I'm starting to get more excited than I probably should because these look just like Mean Streak's markers and once again... they've done no visible work on Hurler. None. The thought of adding even a small RMC to that already amazing lineup is tremendously exciting, so while it's far from a certainty I find myself getting more excited about this than I probably should.

 

It's all in my own head though, so if I turn out to be wrong I won't be one of the people blaming the park for hyping it up too much. The hype train exists entirely in my own head for this thing.

 

 

Hurler RMC is coming IMO. They did the announcement with the phrase "'There's Really More Coming", which was as subtle as their "Richard Michael Crosby" with Mean Streak. They might be trying to get a big jump on Mean Streak b/c of winter weather in Ohio and they can start Hurler later on b/c VA winter is nothing. Alternatively, since Hurler is SBNO they could finish up Mean Streak for 2017, than work on Hurler during the operating year. Finish Hurler RMC in fall 2017, open it 2018. IMO, Cedar Fair might go through a stretch of a bunch of RMC conversions like Six Flags did.

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^ As with Cedar Point's addition I'm on the 2018 bandwagon, but if I'm wrong that theory is plausible, plus it's a smaller ride. And if it's a 2018 ride they probably just closed Hurler because there's no reason to pay to run and staff a ride that's tremendously unpopular, draws no gate and generates absolutely zero in park spending. They made money by having Hurler closed this year. I don't know that it had to be closed but it was a smart decision.

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The most important thing here for me is that this means the launched flying coaster replacing SDL rumor is officially, 100% bull*** and I can keep on flumin'

 

But yeah this park's ride lineup is already stacked and with an RMC it might be one of the best in the country.

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Well, none of us are in the room when negotiations happen and contracts are signed, so we don't know what proposals are brought up, what companies are in the mix, and what factors are involved when it comes to new rides and what a park believes would be the most beneficial to everyone. It's very possible Six Flags just doesn't see a need for those types of rides at the moment. There may be nothing wrong with Intamin and their relationships with theme parks. It could just be about what a park needs and who best fills that need which isn't always Intamin.

 

Anyway, onto Hurler, I'm curious to see what happens to the ride, and if it is RMC converting it, I have no doubt it'll be an amazing and kick ass ride.

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Just as it seemed like we finally put this conversion topic to bed for a while it popped back up like some sort of jacked up Frankenstein. Whatever it is they're doing, I'm definitely losing interest with the various teaser pics and vids KD's putting out on the topic. CP's done similar teasers but not to the lengths KD's gone and at least there's exciting and interesting things happening with Mean Streak. Creating a stupid video and beating a SBNO Hurler to a pulp is old news.

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Just as it seemed like we finally put this conversion topic to bed for a while it popped back up like some sort of jacked up Frankenstein. Whatever it is they're doing, I'm definitely losing interest with the various teaser pics and vids KD's putting out on the topic. CP's done similar teasers but not to the lengths KD's gone and at least there's exciting and interesting things happening with Mean Streak. Creating a stupid video and beating a SBNO Hurler to a pulp is old news.

I think what's actually credible and interesting here is that the video said "2018" at the end. Before it was just an indefinite closure until further notice... this is that further notice. And I don't think there's any reasonable argument for this not being an iron horse project.

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!!!!

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is this the hip thing to do nowadays

 

not sure if you're trying to be funny or just a smart ass so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. The forum system doesn't allow for a full on date quote w/photo attachment. Considering some assholes on the internet want proof of what was said, easiest way to do is screenshot. If one is blind, they make software and corrective products for that.

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!!!!

[attachment=0]TPR 14.png[/attachment]

is this the hip thing to do nowadays

 

not sure if you're trying to be funny or just a smart A$$ so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. The forum system doesn't allow for a full on date quote w/photo attachment. Considering some assholes on the internet want proof of what was said, easiest way to do is screenshot. If one is blind, they make software and corrective products for that.

 

I just saw a picture with four dots as context.

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