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

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^agreed, but I'm going to take a wait-n-see approach. It's possible that there could be effects in the tunnel that can also create the illusion of heightened speed

 

Having said that, I generally prefer that a coaster achieve its thrills from the action of the coaster rather than any effects. Those effects can (and do) fail and then all you're left with is the ride itself. It looks like this Giant will have plenty going for it in that department, too, so no worries.

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I am just DEVESTATED about any changes being made to the ending that SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN NAMED . Actually, I'll wait and see. Personally - in its original form, that ending needed nothing. Absolutely nothing. Having ridden this coaster something like 15 years ago and still remembering the absolute insanity of the last little bit of the ride - it had enough of an impact.

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I'm just happy that parks are making the effort in adding themeing to the rides vs just plopping them down and putting up a queue line. I'd much rather them spend money to theme a mouse or whatever than spend money on cold stone, johnny rockets out your rear, or papa john. In this case, I think the tunnel will add to the experience, especially at night.

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I'm just happy that parks are making the effort in adding themeing to the rides vs just plopping them down and putting up a queue line. I'd much rather them spend money to theme a mouse or whatever than spend money on cold stone, johnny rockets out your rear, or papa john. In this case, I think the tunnel will add to the experience, especially at night.

 

The food chains pay a pretty heavy rent for locations inside the park. I wouldn't be surprised if the money spent by the park to put those in gets returned in a season or two - assuming the franchise didn't pony up the funds to put it in there in the first place.

 

Theming on a coaster, though, is pretty much just money spent. Make the ride better? Sometimes. Gets as big a return on the investment? Probably not.

That doesn't mean they shouldn't do it, but it is certainly a consideration when it comes to budgeting a park.

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One thing to be noted is that not all companies pay to be in the park, several parks pay for the franchises which is why six flags is getting rid of them. Take Johnny Rockets, 49k franchise fee plus royalties. And since these units are not open 365 days a year it's a fair bet they either have negotiated a flat yearly fee or adjust the % point paid on gross sales to make it fair and reasonable for the franchisee and franchiser.

 

On the themeing subject, IMO, the fire on Bizarro made it better as did the sound, The Dark Knight is considerably better than just riding a standard mouse, and the launch on Hulk wouldn't be what it is without the additions.

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Chadster, since selling restaurant franchises to customers like Six Flags is what I do for work, I can say with certainty EVERY company within a Six Flags park has paid to be there. Franchisors waive their fee and royalties, and will even discount the product delivered to the park. For example, when I worked for Baskin' Robbins, Six Flags told us they wouldn't pay any fees and wanted to buy our product at our cost. Needless to say, we said thanks, but no thanks and walked away from the deal.

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'Lo everyone.

 

The trains look awesome (although the longhorns on the front of the car, while a southern staple at times, seems silly to me but I'm not Texan so my opinion may not be valid). The low-profile of the sides and back of each car practically guarantee ridiculous hairtime with little of the "assault with a deadly coaster" damage that you used to get out of it. While I have never ridden it, I know some who have and they said TG was a rough s.o.b. The revamped tracking and (ZOMG) the revamped first drop looks amazing. I'm guessing T Express/El Toro-influence in the severity of the pitch. The redone curves and other tracking look great, and I agree: the ride looks meaner than Titan. I cannot wait to ride this bad boy now!

 

Off-topic somewhat: are they going to do any structural/train rethinking for Judge Roy? It was smooth when I rode it 30 years ago, but I imagine it's not as much now. While not an extreme thriller, would be great to see them do similar TLC and refinement for the Judge.

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Off-topic somewhat: are they going to do any structural/train rethinking for Judge Roy? It was smooth when I rode it 30 years ago, but I imagine it's not as much now. While not an extreme thriller, would be great to see them do similar TLC and refinement for the Judge.

 

I haven't heard about anything major being done to the Judge, other than the small amounts of rehab they seem to put various sections through in the off-season. There are some spots on it that are surprisingly rough for such a small wooden coaster, one being after the big second hill where the train just slams riders down and it feels like some sort of chiropractic adjustment. But none that rivaled the Giant's roughness, so I doubt we'll be seeing much from Judge anytime soon.

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While Judge is really in need of some smoothing in some of the pull outs, let it be a woodie. This kind of thing is just unnecessary for a ride Judge's size. I'm hardly a fan of Judge by any stretch for it's lack of excitement, or airtime. Suffering through it's roughness just doesnt pay off like Giant did, however it is one of only 3 woodies in Texas now, and if Rattler gets the Rocky Mountain makeover that only leaves 2. Just leave it a true woodie... but God I really do hate Judge. haha. It looks great out there by the lake but can we trade it for CP's Blue Streak??

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I'm surprised no one has talked about this yet. In the investors document from November, there's a picture of what looks like the fire from SFNE's Bizarro on NTG. Plus, from the looks of it, it is going to be themed into something.

 

If you still have the document, it's on page 30. It gives you a better look other than the screen shot.

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Looks like fire to me? Is that an oil derrick with it also?

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^Well I don;t remember where it was but on Six Flags New England's Twitter (I believe) confirmed that the flame cannons from Bizarro were being sent down to be used for theming on the Giant. I may have to find that. And if they do that to maybe an oil derrick, I'd probably jizz my pants and give them an A for creativeness. Unless it looks like something out of the RCT3. Then I'll be disappointed.

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Just got back from the park, still alot of work to complete on the giant. They are aligning track, installing new air gates, and look to have two tracks in the maintenance bay to complete as well as the loading of the other two trains. 9 weeks to go until opening weekend for the park, at this point I would think they would want to be testing by the end of Jan or first of Feb to be able to open with the park, guess we'll see! In the meantime, here are some additional pictures for you to enjoy!

 

**EDIT** If you would like to use my pictures on another site, feel free, however, please give credit to TPR or Myself, heck if you PM me, I might even be willing to send you the full sized images. Many Thanks!

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working on the top lift chain mechanism area

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work is still on going on the lift

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classic shot

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backside of one of the OMFG turns

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and the front side

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lets see, how about some track aligning?

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notice the bolts missing

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around to the lift area

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the safety railings have been installed on the transfer track, but no sign of track rails installed in bays 1 or 3

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sexy

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new air gates going in

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backside shot

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and finally

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This coaster looks so Awesome. I have to say three years ago the ride ended our day of fun because my sons head hurt so bad he threw-up. I am a bit confused as to how the cars stay on the red portion of track. Are they going to add wood on top and then a metal track? Sorry, red neck from Missouri trying to figure out how this beast will run.

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^It won't effect the smoothness over time. The storage of coasters on their track is said to create flat spots on the wheel materials allowing some thumping and wheel wear, but that's not going to effect the ride over time. As wheels come and go it may change slightly but it will only ever get so bad, and certainly shouldn't cause any problems.

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Looking good, as per usual.

 

I'm getting more and more thankful for those anti-reach shields every time I see photos of this ride, heh heh.

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This coaster looks so Awesome. I have to say three years ago the ride ended our day of fun because my sons head hurt so bad he threw-up. I am a bit confused as to how the cars stay on the red portion of track. Are they going to add wood on top and then a metal track? Sorry, red neck from Missouri trying to figure out how this beast will run.

 

This track cross section picture from the IAAPA thread should help explain it.

 

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I was NEVER anticipating anything in the business more than the first reviews of this thing. This could EASILY be a number one ride from the looks. And the airtime one the first hill has to be hilarious...let alone the TREE (!) overbanks in a row !

 

When there will be first test runs I still wouldnt be surprised if the train will rip the whole structure into pieces...

And if noone will be hurt, then I think I wont be able to stop laughing for probably a week (maybe two or three... )

 

But if its not falling into pieces...if it wont be too rough...then I could easily imagine this one taking Expedition GeForces Steelie-Crown !

 

George "must...book..flight..to...texas" T.

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