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I was referring to the Myrtle Beach, Nashville, and the TBD SkySpire Project location mentioned in the ThrillCorp preliminary offering circular, forgot the video/discussion was in the Skyplex Orlando thread haha.

 

If I was wanting a primo location with little competition and high visibility spot on a Iconic American Waterway with two of the busiest travel interstates in America with a major entertainment district right there as well, I'd look at Memphis, specifically Mud Island.

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While I'm not a fan of the monumental scale and I'm not sure that the PolerCoaster / SkySpire / etc is the absolute future of thrills and entertainment, it is certainly nice to see something different pop up in an area dominated by gated resorts.

 

I'm a bit skeptical and / or curious as to how one of these would work in an area that isn't as much of an entertainment mecha. That Atlantic City one is just the coaster, right? That's not a whole lot for potential guests to do...

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I'm a bit skeptical and / or curious as to how one of these would work in an area that isn't as much of an entertainment mecha. That Atlantic City one is just the coaster, right? That's not a whole lot for potential guests to do...

I think that's the beauty of what ThrillCorp is on about. They're not trying to become an amusement destination that requires the time commitment of a full day (or even multiple days) to enjoy. They're trying to target retail developments in populated areas that can become a fun destination for locals to spend an afternoon or even just a few hours for some quick thrills while out and about around town. From their site:

 

As brick-and-mortar retail centers work to adapt to the negative impact online shopping has had on in-store foot traffic, innovative real estate operators are quickly realizing that coupling their retail offering with an unmatchable, exciting attraction can pay huge dividends. This shift toward mixed retail, dining and entertainment complexes has been dubbed, “retail-tainment” by industry experts.

 

ThrillCorp is positioned uniquely to deliver the focal point of such centers with its Polercoaster™ and SkySpire™ attractions. ThrillCorp’s distinctive and unparalleled solution creates new, exciting and repeatable draw for developers looking to ensure their retail complexes stand out in a crowded and competitive industry.

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So where, in relation to the Orlando Eye, is this going? I can look at the maps, but am having trouble placing it in my mind.

 

I'm looking forward to watching this go up (like I did with the Eye) and can't wait to give it a spin.

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Watching that latest POV was really awesome, and got me psyched for this project!

 

Having said that, however, I am having serious doubts about a vertical launch system of that height being anything remotely resembling reliable! On the plus side though, rollbacks should be much more frequent than on TTD, and would be pretty fun!

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The vertical launch lift thingy did seem a little like something that would be a maintenance nightmare, but hey, who knows.

A vertical lift of that height and speed would also be awesome. The lack of OTSRs in the POV also makes me excited to see how it turns out

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Having said that, however, I am having serious doubts about a vertical launch system of that height being anything remotely resembling reliable! On the plus side though, rollbacks should be much more frequent than on TTD, and would be pretty fun!

 

I really don't get this statement though. . . What makes you think that this launch won't be reliable?? (Aside from the height as you mentioned.) I really don't see how height alone is going to cause the launch to be unreliable. . . And what makes you think this coaster is going to have frequent roll backs?? Aside from the height, and hope??

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Having said that, however, I am having serious doubts about a vertical launch system of that height being anything remotely resembling reliable! On the plus side though, rollbacks should be much more frequent than on TTD, and would be pretty fun!

 

I really don't get this statement though. . . What makes you think that this launch won't be reliable?? (Aside from the height as you mentioned.) I really don't see how height alone is going to cause the launch to be unreliable. . . And what makes you think this coaster is going to have frequent roll backs?? Aside from the height, and hope??

My best guess would be that it's a vertical launch. Only one other coaster does that, (Wicked at Lagoon,) and even then it launches horizontally first before going up the launch on the tower.

 

Unless I'm mistaken that there is another vertical launch coaster out there.

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Having said that, however, I am having serious doubts about a vertical launch system of that height being anything remotely resembling reliable! On the plus side though, rollbacks should be much more frequent than on TTD, and would be pretty fun!

 

I really don't get this statement though. . . What makes you think that this launch won't be reliable?? (Aside from the height as you mentioned.) I really don't see how height alone is going to cause the launch to be unreliable. . . And what makes you think this coaster is going to have frequent roll backs?? Aside from the height, and hope??

 

I'm not 100% sure who they settled on building this thing (or even if they have), but I know at one point Intamin was talked about. If that's still the case, no need to explain further!

 

However, regardless of manufacturer, launched coasters do experience more than typical downtime usually, and as I was watching the POV, I was just struck by the fact that if the ENTIRE launch doesn't go off without a hitch, every time, going completely vertical no less, there's going to be rollbacks - plenty of them! Besides that, there are just other things about this project that seem a little... I don't know... Off? Sketchy? Hard to pin down, but watching that video, the fact that it's a huge vertical launch (has that ever been done, even on a smaller scale), struck me as a definite potential problem spot, right off the bat. Hopefully not, but it's a reasonable thought, at the very least...

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Having said that, however, I am having serious doubts about a vertical launch system of that height being anything remotely resembling reliable! On the plus side though, rollbacks should be much more frequent than on TTD, and would be pretty fun!

 

I really don't get this statement though. . . What makes you think that this launch won't be reliable?? (Aside from the height as you mentioned.) I really don't see how height alone is going to cause the launch to be unreliable. . . And what makes you think this coaster is going to have frequent roll backs?? Aside from the height, and hope??

 

I'm not 100% sure who they settled on building this thing (or even if they have), but I know at one point Intamin was talked about. If that's still the case, no need to explain further! [emoji38]

 

However, regardless of manufacturer, launched coasters do experience more than typical downtime usually, and as I was watching the POV, I was just struck by the fact that if the ENTIRE launch doesn't go off without a hitch, every time, going completely vertical no less, there's going to be rollbacks - plenty of them! Besides that, there are just other things about this project that seem a little... I don't know... Off? Sketchy? Hard to pin down, but watching that video, the fact that it's a huge vertical launch (has that ever been done, even on a smaller scale), struck me as a definite potential problem spot, right off the bat. Hopefully not, but it's a reasonable thought, at the very least...

The only coaster that comes to mind with a vertical launch is Wicked at Lagoon

 

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For whatever it's worth it's really looks more like a LIM powered vertical lift than a "launch", not that it changes the discussion any.

 

I had tried to avoid any actual designation as to what kind of launch it was, though I agree with your assessment, because I'm not sure I've seen it described anywhere, and this project still feels SO fluid at this point.

 

^I'm right there with you! If they can pull this off, it will be pretty awesome!

 

Regarding Wicked at Lagoon, that is an example of a vertical launch, but on a much smaller scale than what it appears will be on this... Still, valid question for our Lagoon aficionados... What is the reliability/downtime like on Wicked?

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Just imagine a rollback on that thing.

 

I think it would be a lot less exciting than you are thinking. I'm thinking something like this:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhDxuKuhL-s

This is off-topic but I just have to point out how dumb this is:

646848259_ScreenShot2016-07-06at03_47_15.thumb.png.a40f3958ab3eef0f6c4b20f408edb701.pngIt annoys me when people don't understand how things like YouTube work. Your views count toward your channel regardless if it's watched on YouTube or embedded into another page, so why would anyone turn this option on? Ugh...

 

I'm pointing this out just to help educate people a bit more... Don't be this guy! lol

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^Even weirder that the owner would turn it on when they have this in the comments section.

 

As long as the right people are watching and share it. I leave embedding turned on my vids. It counts as a view on YT.
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A lot of people in this thread don't seem to understand the difference between how LIM's and LSM's work when they aren't on....

 

It's simple:

LIM's allow fins to pass through freely while powered off...

LSM's don't allow fins to pass through freely while powered off...

 

LSM coasters don't need complicated anti-rollback mechanisms like the pneumatics on TTD/Ka or rows of skid brakes on the spaghetti bowls.

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