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P. 133 - New Tom Holland Dark Ride Roller Coaster!

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^Wow, that chart is really handy. It puts into perspective for me the force of a launch.

 

I remember Alan Schlike bragging about Lightning Rod's 1G launch being very intense in a documentary, which bewildered me greatly.. I couldn't determine if he was being serious or just saying that for PR reasons.

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^Also take into account the angle of the launch on Lightning Rod. While I haven't ridden it, I've ridden Incredible Hulk at IoA and Wicked at Lagoon, both having upwards launches and it feels much, much stronger than a flat launch.

That was my first thought. I figured the upwards launch had a lot to do with it but even of the examples of upwards launches I've ridden (off the top of my head I can think of Maverick), I can't assume they are easily comparable.

 

Playing armchair engineer for a second, I suppose the reason upwards launches *MAY* be the cause of more intensity is because they accelerate you away from the pull of gravity, unlike a flat (okay, all launches are built at some angle for rollbacks and to help catch car engagement, but that's a negligible point) launch where the riders move parallel to gravity?

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The thing I wonder about those launches is if the G force number they give is just in terms of acceleration or what you really feel. Let me explain: if you had a vertical launch with the same acceleration as Kingda Ka (more or less 1.7Gs) you would actually feel 2.7 Gs because you'd have to add 1 G for being vertical. So I wonder if that 1G for lightning rod (for instance) is the "total" or just for the acceleration itself (which would be more impressive).

 

Anyway, back on topic: weren't they going to begin testing quite a while ago?

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It's so weird seeing the different boards I visit react to this in their own way, from utter apathy to really excited!

 

Personally it looks garbage and seems really pointless for the resort as a whole, but I'm sure it'll do well for them

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Has there ever been anyone who rode in the front row of Kingda Ka or Top Thrill Dragster and didn't have a great time? To each his own but I honestly almost feel sorry for you if you can't appreciate that and have an absolute blast. These things are a lot of fun, especially if you ride up front.

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Has there ever been anyone who rode in the front row of Kingda Ka or Top Thrill Dragster and didn't have a great time? To each his own but I honestly almost feel sorry for you if you can't appreciate that and have an absolute blast. These things are a lot of fun, especially if you ride up front.

True. I'm slightly sad it won't be quite as fast, tall and quick to accelerate as KK or TTD but I can't really complain as I thought I'd never see a ride of this type in Europe.

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