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P. 51 - New Observation Deck and Slide!

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I assume it will be a lot like the slides on the Royal Caribbean ships.    

A new tourist attraction "Fujiyama - King of Coasters Tower" Planning to open Summer 2021 will be a new 55m observation tower tucked into the turnaround on Fujiyama. Initially it was designed to

"Fujiyama - King of Coasters slider"--They need to sell these sliders in the snack bar.

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This will probably add another hour to the "usual" queue time

(which was usually 1-3 hours on average, last times I was there) Dodonpa had, before.



Repeat after me...."Capsule Machines are our Friends"......*"^~

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^Surely there's a possibility of it. Think about how Top Thrill Dragster has stalled at the top. It has happened several times. When it comes to launched coasters, it's much easier for a rollback/valley/stall than most traditional chain lift coasters because launch speeds can vary ever so slightly, but just enough to make a difference. If I remember correctly, Kingda Ka has fin brakes on the top of the tower to where if the train is going slow enough, it will just roll back instead of balancing. Can anyone confirm this? I've heard it before but I can't remember from where.


Anyway, if it could happen on a top-hat after a launch, it could happen on a vertical loop after a launch as well.

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I feel the tire, instead of making it roll back, it will be able to push a slow train over the top and continue the ride. This could be a hint the ride may not travel super fast round the loop, or maybe it is a precaution to make sure it makes it round more often.

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Wow, that's interesting.

It seems the original hill had some good airtime, so I'd question if this is a good idea, seems like it would make the ride worse BUT kudos for mixing it up, I guess?

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The Fuji-Q website has just revealed the new stats for Dodonpa. The loop won't be the tallest, but it will be the largest in diameter. In addition, the launch will be 5mph faster while still reaching the max speed in 1.8 seconds.


Loop Diameter: 39.7 m (World's largest * Guinness records acquisition loop of America exceeding 38.75 m diameter in-house investigation)

Loop Height: Approximately 49 m (160 ft) above the ground

Maximum Speed: 180 km/h ( scheduled ) at 1.8 seconds start * Old Dodonpa maximum speed: 172 km/h

Full Length: 1,244 m (old Dodonpa 1,189 m)

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Wow, that's pretty ballsy! I mean, the launch already feels like getting hit by a truck, I assume now it will feel like getting hit by a larger truck!?!?

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Also does anyone find the claim of the largest diameter loop kind of weird? I got distracted by the even faster launch the first time I read the stats.


Only because an oval shape has two diameters.

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