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P. 791: Big Bear Mountain family coaster announced for 2023!

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I don't think I have ever seen so many people worried about the track not being complete on a roller coaster before.


It's just that opening day is less than a month away. Pete Owens in that video (from 2/15) said train "should be over the hill by the end of next week" implying this coming Friday (2/26), so as long as we see this track all finished up before then, we should be in fine shape!

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We snapped several pictures of LR today...the first set from Dollywood Cabins, while the second set was taken from some condos on the ridge next to the site.











Nice to see what a huge difference Lightning Rod will have on the DW skyline!



Trick track appears to be done, but so far no track work done on the half loop.




It's hard to see here, but there is one small section of track that hasn't been placed directly after the twist and shout element apparently where there was an access road.

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I don't know about anyone else, but ever since the announcement I've thought the giant wave turn was one of the scariest looking elements on a coaster that I've seen. And now seeing it constructed only confirms it for me even more so. It just looks like the whole thing is on the verge of falling over RMC is bringing back a sense of fear into coasters with their designs, which seems to have been lacking over the past number of years. I like it

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I agree! Also I love how crazy their elements look, but they never feel forced. I've never really liked S&S's El Loco coasters (for example...) because they always seem a bit unnatural and artificial somehow, but with RMC their twists and turns always have such a natural flow to them despite looking like something has gone horribly wrong.

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Amazing looking ride! I still cannot fully comprehend how huge that wave turn is.


Irvine Ondrey Engineering posted this video of them starting up Lightning Rod's electrontics - It seems they're getting to work on some of the controls now so they can be ahead once they start testing. It's cool to geek out like this!


She's alive... Alive!


*waiting for a velociraptor to come bursting through*

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well guys... with track not complete today, if they want to be ready for March 18, that's less than four weeks. and if they can pull it off, that will be the fastest any RMC has moved from completion to guests riding.


I'm still hopeful but starting to feel like it will take a little bit of a miracle :/

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