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P.. 420: Pirates of Speelunker Cave announced for 2022!

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Holy Eff! This looks freaking insane! I will definitely have to make a trip back to Arlington and check this baby out once it opens up.

 

Jimmy "Hopefully this ride won't suck as much as the Rangers in the World Series" Bo

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While I hope this re-fab (not a re-furb) is a success, I reserve opinion on future wood coaster modifications.

 

I am a wood coaster enthusiast first and foremost, but not necessarily a purist. I appreciate what Intamin accomplished with the "plug and play" design (my true definition of "hybrid coaster") but what if Texas Giant was re-tracked by what I opine as the best in the business: Martin & Vleminckx?

 

I will patiently wait to see what happens when NTG opens up. In the meantime I will gladly accept wagers now on how long it takes before Six Flags starts to half-ass the theming.

 

Ultimately I may not like the redesign decision, but I truly do hope it succeeds (no Rush Limbaugh am I.)

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I will patiently wait to see what happens when NTG opens up. In the meantime I will gladly accept wagers now on how long it takes before Six Flags starts to half-A$$ the theming.

 

In all fairness, theming is condsiderably better at SFoT versus the average SF park.

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OMG.....that first picture looks so unreal and SCREAMS airtime. I'll be completely amazed if this thing doesn't get a huge re-profile job shortly after it opens.

 

By the way, is it just me or does it look like that track isn't even connected to the ledgers? Maybe its just the way the picture was taken but it sure looks like it ain't touching.

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You've gotta remember, that photo was taken straight on with the bottom of the drop, but there is a slight twist on the drop (look at the top of the lift and the track goes off at an angle......

 

I think that is just the perspective, No Engineering firm would have design a multi-million dollar tracked ride with a kink like that!

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^ If you look carefully at the pics taken from other angles, you can still see the warp. Keep in mind, though, that the other end of that piece of track hadn't been connected to anything, so it could've been fixed by the time they attached it to the next segment.

 

^^ That's why they run a gage meter around the entire layout before sending out the first train.

That's why the ride goes through extensive accelerometer testing before the first people get on board.

That's why they have to cycle the trains for however many hours with consistent results before the public is allowed on.

 

I'm sure there is some tweaking that will be done in between (and possibly before) all of those steps.

 

I still imagine that the ride will open late, probably just barely in time for CoasterCon in June. I can't imagine, with the amount of money, advertising, and hype they've given this ride, that SFOT will allow it to open until it's what they're expecting it to be: smoother, faster, and better than the original in its heyday.

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I still imagine that the ride will open late, probably just barely in time for CoasterCon in June. I can't imagine, with the amount of money, advertising, and hype they've given this ride, that SFOT will allow it to open until it's what they're expecting it to be: smoother, faster, and better than the original in its heyday.

 

Why do you think it won't open on time? The track work is nearly done, and I suspect it'll be complete within the next few weeks. That gives them more than three months for testing and tweaking before the park opens in March. Unless something is severely wrong, I don't see why it would be delayed until June.

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Will it have airtime or "forcefully wedged between a lap bar that I'm straddling, and a seat" force!? So many new coasters are like that - not real airtime. "uplift force" time though. ehhh...

 

Restraints have changed (permanently). I'd wager that the only place you will find the airtime you refer to from now on is on older rides. El Toro and the likes have pneumatic restraints, and still manage to be insane when it comes to the perception of airtime (for me at least).

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I still imagine that the ride will open late, probably just barely in time for CoasterCon in June. I can't imagine, with the amount of money, advertising, and hype they've given this ride, that SFOT will allow it to open until it's what they're expecting it to be: smoother, faster, and better than the original in its heyday.

 

Why do you think it won't open on time? The track work is nearly done, and I suspect it'll be complete within the next few weeks. That gives them more than three months for testing and tweaking before the park opens in March. Unless something is severely wrong, I don't see why it would be delayed until June.

 

Go back a ways and you'll see posts (some from me) saying that I'm betting that the accelerometer tests are going to show that massive reprofiling will need to be done OR that the ride will have to be trim braked to death before it opens.

 

I'm also still not sold on those minimal supports holding up the overbanked turns.

 

Don't get me wrong... I sincerely HOPE that it opens with the park on March 5, I'm just not betting on it.

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