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Sources confirm the 2018 new train rumor for Roller Coaster is definitely happening, with a likely re-track as well. The work is currently under way. It's still not clear if they are Millennium Flyers or an all-new design from ART Engineering.

 

As much as I love the GhostRider renovation, I really hope they aren’t Millennium Flyers. The best part of Roller Coaster was the lack of seatbelts and the super loose PTC lap bars, allowing for awesome airtime. I’d really hate to see new trains that keep you stapled in your seat.

 

I’m glad it’s getting some love, but if the new trains take away all the airtime, I think it will definitely get knocked down a couple rankings for best ride in the park, IMO. Currently, it’s my second favorite behind Cannibal.

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It's hard for me to know since I haven't actually tried out Millennium Flyers. I don't see Lagoon opting for the seat belt version if it is the case. Before an incident in 1989 where somebody fell from the lift hill the trains had buzz bars, which I liked much better, so I've always been disappointed with the current lap bars and have no love for them. I hope I'm not disappointed even further.

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I did not find Roller Coaster to be exciting when I rode it in 2016. I do not remember any air to speak of. I remember hitting the side of the car hard on one of the turns. I can't imagine new trains ruining a ride that is pretty much unforgettable.

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I did not find Roller Coaster to be exciting when I rode it in 2016. I do not remember any air to speak of. I remember hitting the side of the car hard on one of the turns. I can't imagine new trains ruining a ride that is pretty much unforgettable.

 

I'm guessing you mean forgettable.

 

It definitely depends on where you sit. You're not going to get any air in the front seat. There's a bit at the top of a couple of the bigger hills, and there are some really nice little bumps at the end. I can totally see the 97 year old unbanked turns as uncomfortable for some, but if you're riding it on 9th grade Lagoon day with one of the prettiest girls in school and she gets pushed into you as you get pushed into the side you appreciate them more. The newly installed seat dividers didn't help though.

 

If it happens to be the first roller coaster you ever rode, it really is unforgettable.

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Man, I must have had several good rides on it then. I love that coaster. Sit in the back seat, keep the lap bar a little loose, and because of the lack of seat belts, you get totally thrown over every hill. There’s even a couple great double downs in the layout that are excellent in the back seat. And for its age, it’s incredibly smooth as well.

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I did not find Roller Coaster to be exciting when I rode it in 2016. I do not remember any air to speak of. I remember hitting the side of the car hard on one of the turns. I can't imagine new trains ruining a ride that is pretty much unforgettable.

 

I'm guessing you mean forgettable.

 

Yes, I meant forgettable.

 

Of course. my opinion is going to differ from locals that have an emotional attachment. Just like I feel differently about the Cyclone at Coney Island than many one time riders.

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I did not find Roller Coaster to be exciting when I rode it in 2016. I do not remember any air to speak of. I remember hitting the side of the car hard on one of the turns. I can't imagine new trains ruining a ride that is pretty much unforgettable.

 

I'm guessing you mean forgettable.

 

Yes, I meant forgettable.

 

Of course. my opinion is going to differ from locals that have an emotional attachment. Just like I feel differently about the Cyclone at Coney Island than many one time riders.

For locals, it doesn't have the cleanest record anyway. It is overall rough and loud on the turns, has barely any floater airtime, (and only in certain seats,) and is known for its age more than its rideability. New trains will make it at least a smooth, classic ride.

 

Although most of the track has been redone over the last ten years at most, it still has the old and rickety stigma.

 

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So Lagoon had 331 planks of wood imported from the German company behind Bombora and Cannibal's trains. It probably has something to do with the new trains for Roller Coaster, but I don't understand why wood planks would be sent from Germany instead of made/acquired locally.

 

https://www.usaimportdata.com/us-import/shipment-of-35942078.aspx

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Interesting.

 

In other words, I'm officially hired on Lagoon to be a ride op this summer! If I end up taking the job (this is my "plan B" job), catch me at Rocket, Air Race, Sky Ride, or Jet Star starting in May!

 

Congrats! There's speculation that this shipment could actually be for the lift on Rattlesnake Rapids. It looks like another shipment arrived 2 weeks later, but we're not sure what was in it yet. We also got a hint on instagram yesterday that something is going down with Dracula's Castle. It's probably best for you not to talk about this stuff publicly with your new job though.

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Rumor is that small but noticeable changes are being made to Roller Coaster beyond getting the new trains. If they're going to go that far I hope they give it a damn name too.

 

Is anyone familiar with opening weekend crowds? It just so happens that the Sunday of opening weekend this year is also Easter Sunday. Is the park usually busy on Easter? Thanks in advance.

 

I think there's an Easter egg hunt and that might draw some people but I think opening weekend is mostly season pass holders. Most people aren't thinking about Lagoon quite yet, what reason would they have to do so? It will probably be relatively unbusy, but there will be people. Weather could empty out the park if it's too bad.

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I heard Cannibal might not be ready for opening, and with the changes to Roller Coaster it might not either. I Think it'll be nice and uncrowded, but everything might not be up and running if last year is any indication. You might want to check reports from opening day if you don't wanna spend $60 on a bunch of closed rides.

 

Sunday has traditionally been pretty empty since there's a bunch people who won't go that day, but this seems to be changing lately.

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I heard Cannibal might not be ready for opening, and with the changes to Roller Coaster it might not either. I Think it'll be nice and uncrowded, but everything might not be up and running if last year is any indication. You might want to check reports from opening day if you don't wanna spend $60 on a bunch of closed rides.

 

Sunday has traditionally been pretty empty since there's a bunch people who won't go that day, but this seems to be changing lately.

 

Thanks for more information. Maybe I'll wait and go the following weekend instead. I just figured Easter Sunday would have lighter crowds than usual.

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I heard Cannibal might not be ready for opening, and with the changes to Roller Coaster it might not either. I Think it'll be nice and uncrowded, but everything might not be up and running if last year is any indication. You might want to check reports from opening day if you don't wanna spend $60 on a bunch of closed rides.

 

Sunday has traditionally been pretty empty since there's a bunch people who won't go that day, but this seems to be changing lately.

Crowd levels on opening day depend totally on the weather. When it was in the 70s on opening day a couple years ago, the crowds we're so big the park stayed open an extra hour and Season Pass Processing went on an additional hour after park closing. If I remember correctly, the park processed more than 5,000 passes that day alone.

 

Costco will have the best GAD Ticket Price, as always, so you can save at least 20% that way.

 

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The new trains for Roller Coaster are at the park. They're said to be red and blue millennium flyers. Roller Coaster's barely-banked turns may have been banked a little more to support the trains better. There may be a station revamp happening too. There's no real evidence to suggest it, but just maybe with all these changes the ride might get a more unique name.

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The new trains for Roller Coaster are at the park. They're said to be red and blue millennium flyers. Roller Coaster's barely-banked turns may have been banked a little more to support the trains better. There may be a station revamp happening too. There's no real evidence to suggest it, but just maybe with all these changes the ride might get a more unique name.
They've been there for a while, so I've heard. The revamped station has always been talked about in regards to new trains as well.

 

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The new trains for Roller Coaster are at the park. They're said to be red and blue millennium flyers. Roller Coaster's barely-banked turns may have been banked a little more to support the trains better. There may be a station revamp happening too. There's no real evidence to suggest it, but just maybe with all these changes the ride might get a more unique name.

 

Very interesting. Those PTCs were in rough shape, but I loved the airtime the lack of seatbelts gave in the back car.

 

I wonder if these are full-length 12-car Millennium Flyers or shorter versions like InvadR or White Lightning. I’m very curious to see how this works out...

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Very interesting. Those PTCs were in rough shape, but I loved the airtime the lack of seatbelts gave in the back car.

 

I wonder if these are full-length 12-car Millennium Flyers or shorter versions like InvadR or White Lightning. I’m very curious to see how this works out...

 

I don't know the specifics but I would be really surprised if Lagoon opted for seat belts. Are they required on Millennium Flyers? Fire Dragon, Wicked and Cannibal make do with only lap bars so I'd think Roller Coaster can too.

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Very interesting. Those PTCs were in rough shape, but I loved the airtime the lack of seatbelts gave in the back car.

 

I wonder if these are full-length 12-car Millennium Flyers or shorter versions like InvadR or White Lightning. I’m very curious to see how this works out...

 

I don't know the specifics but I would be really surprised if Lagoon opted for seat belts. Are they required on Millennium Flyers? Fire Dragon, Wicked and Cannibal make do with only lap bars so I'd think Roller Coaster can too.

 

There are a few GCIs without seatbelts. I know InvadR, Wicker Man, and Wodan (among others) don’t have them. I agree and doubt the Lagoon will, but the Millennium Flyer lap bars hold you in much tighter and “staple” more than the current PTC trains do. That’s what I was getting at.

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I took some pix from the Lagoon trail today and I'm wondering if anybody can identify what's in them. I don't know if the thing under wraps is the same thing with the headrests that's hidden behind upside-down picnic tables. They were in the same pavilion. I don't recognize the headrests as belonging to anything at Lagoon. They look too round to be from Colossus and they don't have holes like Roller Coaster's.

 

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