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^You and I both know that's not even "in a way" having an RMC.

 

As anybody who's ridden LL:DOD can tell you, the ascent is actually much scarier than the descent. I finally got to ride it when Superman launched and it really does add a whole other element to the ride. I kept waiting for it to stop shaking and before I could think we were already dropping. And all of the people riding on the same side as me were talking about the shaking more than the drop. I can imagine that the shaking will be even more on this drop tower.

 

I'd say it'll shake way less. The Ka tower doesn't sway, it's much, much bulkier and the triangle tower adds a lot of stability. I'd be surprised if this one sways noticeably at all, really.

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Was never a huge Rolling Thunder fan. It is a shame when those older coasters go by the wayside, but other than nostalgia, it really was not a coaster worth saving, IMHO. This ride seems like a decent replacement, especially since I would actually ride this regularly.

 

I only wish it was a design more akin to Falcon's Fury - the seats should tip forward at least 45 degrees once they ascend to the top. Not sure when I'll ever make it to Tampa and get on that one.

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Also, Some Sad News:

 

To make room for the newest addition to Six Flags Great Adventure, we must bid farewell to a classic. Rolling Thunder, our classic wooden coaster, will close to the public on September 8 to help make way for construction of the new ride. New technological advances and preferences have created a new generation of thrill rides, and Rolling Thunder’s popularity has decreased over the years. Be sure to tackle this coaster’s 85-foot drop and 10 dipping hills before it slips into history.

 

At least you guys still have El Toro

 

A little verklummt over this, having riddent it a few times with my late DF before moving here to FL. But when I first detoured Rolling Thunder for El Toro on my last trip to Great Adventure in 2011 (I'm former New Jerseyan and I still call Six Flags Great Adventure, well, Great Adventure.) and found that it kicked its rear and it became my go-to woodie.

 

Anyway, that ride makes Great Adventure a future destination for a near-future vacation. This would spur even a move when I become a millionaire through a - *ahem* - legit entrepreneurship venture...

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I always disliked Rolling Thunder, but this year it was running much better than usual. I enjoyed it a lot this year actually. Although it sucks to see it go, the amount of potential they have with this removal is huge and I really hope they don't block themselves in by adding a dead end coaster station and queue somewhere.

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Cedar Point should consider this on Dragster.

 

They already have a Power Tower so I can't see why they would do this.

Power Tower is a completely different ride than Lex Luthor, I've been on both multiple times, but Dragster uses the space in between the tower as the queue for the ride, so it would be very hard for them to build a drop tower off the side.

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I find it crazy how one of their excuses for removing a classic ride was that there was "a new generation of rides" was now being built... Intamin has had the ability to build a drop tower onto a coaster tower for the past 13 years (built giant drop attached to ToT at dreamworlds in 1998)

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I find it crazy how one of their excuses for removing a classic ride was that there was "a new generation of rides" was now being built... Intamin has had the ability to build a drop tower onto a coaster tower for the past 13 years (built giant drop attached to ToT at dreamworlds in 1998)

 

The point is that Rolling Thunder is much older and outdated compared to the new generation of coasters and rides that we have now. In 1979 there were no 415ft drop towers mounted on 456ft tall roller coasters. Rolling Thunder was a top notch ride when it opened and now its time for it to retire so that the new generation of rides can take over.

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While I like these drop rides in theory, the business side of me says...

 

Take out more family friendly ride (even if it is painful) with HUGE capacity. Install non-family friendly ride with small capacity. Profit?

 

Reminds me a LOT of Six Flags circa 2001.

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Hm... Had an interesting look at the satellite view of Kingda Ka. Noticed there's not much room there between the tower and the hydraulic motor room. From what it looks, it's kind of cramped unless they're planning on flipping the hydraulic motor room around for some more space, hence the removal of Rolling Thunder. If there "wasn't enough room" as SF states, then how were they able to install Kingda Ka in the first place, and why would they need to remove it now if the drop towers are going inside of Kingda Ka. I don't know, something about the way they worded the Rolling Thunder removal seems like a PR reason to remove it, versus the real reason of them poorly taking care of it.

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I'm going to SFGADV for the first time, a week from Sunday with a couple friends. Can anyone give me a good plan of attack, I want to ride as many of the rides as possible. What should we ride first, etc etc. Thanks for the help.

 

RIDE ROLLING THUNDER AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!!

 

But if it is too late by then, I suggest going on the Safari Off-Road Adventure first because the lines for that were absolutely crazy when I went to the park last week. Afterwards, go to Bizarro and Kingda Ka because they're generally close to one another. El Toro is most likely still going to be down for a while, so don't bother with it.

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While I like these drop rides in theory, the business side of me says...

 

Take out more family friendly ride (even if it is painful) with HUGE capacity. Install non-family friendly ride with small capacity. Profit?

 

Reminds me a LOT of Six Flags circa 2001.

 

Rolling Thunder HAD huge capacity, years ago (before the seatbelts). During my year working it, the standard throughput was between 400-500 riders per side an hour. To ride it with a 1 train wait could take 15 minutes if you add in the time spent sitting on the brake run... It's time had come. Hopefully they soon add another coaster for the smaller set, but there's still Blackbeard, Runaway Train, Skull Mountain and the Dark Knight Coaster

 

Really excited for the drop tower, and the return of the ferocious baboons. It would be awesome if they put a car in their exhibit for them to destroy!

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Think positively, with the leaving of Rolling Thunder, SFGAd might get another RMC! (Does El Toro count as a RMC?) Plus, they are getting a drop tower finally!

 

I'm going to say no to this one. It appears they did none of the design work with Intamin on this and just did the physical construction. On their website it's listed as "Roller Coaster Construction" (along with 6 others). Interestingly, they don't have a section for the only current ride they designed from top to bottom (Outlaw Run), or rides they massively overhauled (Iron Rattler and New Texas Giant), however they do have a section of "Roller Coaster Repairs." I would say they should put these newer rides on, but I think everyone already knows who they are at this point and the rides are speaking for themselves!

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