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

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I won't say disappointed bc that's too harsh and 1 Big Bear Mountain looks kinda cool 2 I get it. It fits with the park...it's a more family oriented park guess just a shame that after Dragonflier they didn't go with at least more of a thrill esp for how big the investment is. But I get it of course, and this looks better than Dragonflier. What can ya do? I wont make it this year so least there will be a fun new cred for my next visit. 

On 8/16/2022 at 11:35 AM, TrippinBillie said:

It has significantly changed.  The launch is MUCH slower and the ride time is longer, due to that.  When it first opened in 2016, that thing was literally insane.  Now, it's still fast paced, but it doesn't really leave you totally spirit-less walking off.  You can see the difference in speed over the first launch hill here:

The "slowed down even more" myth has been debunked. The person who took the 2021 video said it was very early morning and if you look it up its from March. So well before the park was running regularly. I recall them saying it was maybe 50 degrees when filmed. So that is not accurate to a warmed up in season ride, and whoever made that dang triple comparison video maybe didn't do it on purpose to stir the pot....but its very inaccurate.

And don't get me wrong, I have been one of those bitterly disappointed people that never got the OG experience and I too was very sad the ride was maybe "neutered" farther. However...when I rode it in 2021 it was nothing like that video, was much much faster. Also for each comment I've seen from someone commenting "I rode opening year. its nothing the same! A sad shell of how great it reallt was yall really missed out sorry!" I've seen three saying "I rode opening year, I legit can't tell any difference really" so yeah...

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16 hours ago, JJLehto said:

The "slowed down even more" myth has been debunked. The person who took the 2021 video said it was very early morning and if you look it up its from March. So well before the park was running regularly. I recall them saying it was maybe 50 degrees when filmed. So that is not accurate to a warmed up in season ride, and whoever made that dang triple comparison video maybe didn't do it on purpose to stir the pot....but its very inaccurate.

And don't get me wrong, I have been one of those bitterly disappointed people that never got the OG experience and I too was very sad the ride was maybe "neutered" farther. However...when I rode it in 2021 it was nothing like that video, was much much faster. Also for each comment I've seen from someone commenting "I rode opening year. its nothing the same! A sad shell of how great it reallt was yall really missed out sorry!" I've seen three saying "I rode opening year, I legit can't tell any difference really" so yeah...

Again, I'm certainly not here to argue or stir the pot.  I do remember opening year vs my experience last year - I came off thinking it was a bit slower, is all.  It was a shade slower cresting those first hills and I remember it not having that "insane out of control" feel.  That's all.  But to each their own; maybe it was just not a perfect ride.  I don't know.  But it's not worth getting in a back and forth over :)

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22 hours ago, prozach626 said:

Is this another "The Beast's trims kick in harder now than they did before argument?"

Not trying to cause any issues.  Just what I, personally, felt and observed.  I'm just hoping it's more consistently up....that's all that matters.

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On 8/23/2022 at 11:14 AM, TrippinBillie said:

Again, I'm certainly not here to argue or stir the pot.  I do remember opening year vs my experience last year - I came off thinking it was a bit slower, is all.  It was a shade slower cresting those first hills and I remember it not having that "insane out of control" feel.  That's all.  But to each their own; maybe it was just not a perfect ride.  I don't know.  But it's not worth getting in a back and forth over :)

It is slower cresting the first hill because Dollywood took out an entire section of LSM's when they determined the bottom of the first two hills were getting damaged from the force. I've been riding it since it opened and it is much slower going up and over the first hill once they removed those LSM's. However, the rest of the ride feels the same.

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On 8/12/2022 at 1:18 PM, tndank said:

Drop Line is now open again. 

Yes it is, but you have to be 55 inches tall to ride with a maximum weight of 287 pounds (this is new)  The old height requirement was 48 inches tall before the ride closed. I think that is the highest height requirement in the park.

 

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