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P. 765: Jungle X-Pedition area & Tumbili 4D Spin Coaster announced!

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Man those are the best pics I've seen so far. How do you all think the pacing will be on TT? All the elements seem pretty low to the ground and they extended the lift but some of RMCS coasters seems to drag a little towards the end of the course. Either way this ride will be amazing!

 

To me "Pacing" is more a matter of design. Most coasters do slow down as they go through the course, so good pacing has to allow slower speeds towards the end there just needs to be appropriate things to do and they have to meet specs. I'm still interested in how much RMCs slow down compared to their original versions, I haven't done both versions of one yet, only rode WC. The plastic wheels slow it down but the smoothing should compensate some. Still, this will be long for its height for steel coaster. I'm guessing it will finish at a speed no faster than the original's best even with the increased height, but no slower than its last year. That's a big range.

 

The later elements just don't look high speed to me. The overbank is fast, but by the time you get to the cutback, where did the Big Curve go? The actual curve has been reduced to a fraction. I saw the ledgers in person at Haunt for some of those sections and the trick track and they looked severe with my assumptions at the time. I think it has to be slow enough the reverse bank, for example, slows down a good bit, but I think it's a bigger one than on WC and more elevated compared to what follows. The stats are similar though.

 

It will be a very cool coaster but I think the RMCs differ from what I first expected. They're not "biggest baddest meanest" , more a detailed, complex, long for their size type of coaster. The steel conversion means they have to make them at least somewhat more intense element-wise just to match the original, and then take that another step.

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https://www.kingsdominion.com/blog/breaking-news-the-first-train-for-twisted-timbers-has-arrived

 

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BREAKING NEWS: The first train for Twisted Timbers has arrived!

 

As you may recall, when you climb aboard Twisted Timbers, you’re taking a tour through the once thriving Hanover Hill Orchard. No one knows what happened that fateful day in 1950… some unknown force left the Orchard ta⊥Tered and torn, but now you have the opportunity to take a ride through the previously forbidden grounds and see evidence preserved from that fateful day!

 

So, it’s only fitting that you climb aboard one of Hanover Hill’s own vehicles circa 1950.

 

Remember, this isn’t a traditional wooden coaster. You’ll go up, down, left, right, upside down and inside out…kidding on that last one. The restraints go over your lap, as well as a leg bar to keep you tightly in place.

 

And lastly, look at the beautiful, shiny new wheels.

 

Stay tuned for more updates! Now that the moving pieces are here, exciting things will be happening soon…

 

And from their twitter:

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The trains look great! It's cool to finally see the new restraint design. Looks like the old U shaped bar has been changed to a V. Other than that the seats look pretty similar to LR which were acceptably comfortable. Hopefully the new restraint design makes pulling down/pushing up easier.

 

I can't believe this thing opens in two months! Soon we will be getting some testing going on

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My kids and I will be going to the park on June 22. Any recs on a hotel nearby the park? I was hoping to stay at La Quinta but that week they jack the price up. We will be headed in on I 64 East to Richmond. So I was thinking just north of the 295 and 95 intersection. I would like something close so I can leave my wife and 3 year old in hotel after dinner while I knock out some 54" rides on June 21 with my older kids. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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My kids and I will be going to the park on June 22. Any recs on a hotel nearby the park? I was hoping to stay at La Quinta but that week they jack the price up. We will be headed in on I 64 East to Richmond. So I was thinking just north of the 295 and 95 intersection. I would like something close so I can leave my wife and 3 year old in hotel after dinner while I knock out some 54" rides on June 21 with my older kids. Any thoughts? Thanks.

 

I'm a big airbnb fan. I see some whole houses available about 15mins south of the park, right at that intersection, for ~$150 a night. Little bit cheaper than that La Quinta, and waay better quality.

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I'm really happy they ditched the U bar restraint setup for a V shape. Foot room has always been a problem in RMC trains for me, so this should help. I'm pleased with how this conversion turned out. I was skeptical that the Hurler layout could make a good i-box, but it looks great!

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Looks like Ricochet is being painted green! I would post a picture but it's a drone shot, not sure if it's allowed. Also, there's a lot of heavy landscaping going on near Twisted Timbers. Lots of asphalt being replaced with concrete from Twisted Timbers all the way to windseeker and even beyond that.

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Looks like Ricochet is being painted green! I would post a picture but it's a drone shot, not sure if it's allowed.

 

There shouldn't be any confusion. Drones are not allowed to be flown over Cedar Fair properties. If the shot was taken from a drone over CF property the picture should not be posted. If the drone was outside the perimeter of the park, photos are allowed. Camera magnification is getting better all the time and some good pictures can be taken from the perimeter.

 

If the photo and footage is not yours and you are not sure of the drone location, err on the side of caution and don't post it. The TPR community will survive without the photo.

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