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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:39 pm

TurnOfTheCentury wrote:Is it really that costly to design an extra 50 feet of ramp after the plunge for the braking ?

I think the answer is yes. You're also going to have to have an extra 50 feet out and 50 feet back. That might require several extra support beams, concrete footers, and space.

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Postby TurnOfTheCentury » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:20 am

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TurnOfTheCentury wrote:Is it really that costly to design an extra 50 feet of ramp after the plunge for the braking ?

I think the answer is yes. You're also going to have to have an extra 50 feet out and 50 feet back. That might require several extra support beams, concrete footers, and space.


understood - but it is likely the "cheapest" portion of the ride (essentially ground level). I appreciate the space issue, and braking on the downhill also serves to control speed, which also limits space needed for braking on the straight line section. Still.... most coasters have a straight-line braking section and with magnetic brakes, the space needed is comparatively minimal ....

That said, I haven't been on YOLO (or obviously this one), so maybe the braking doesn't really take away from the final plunge sensation?

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby Superbatboy » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:28 am

TurnOfTheCentury wrote:why ruin it with braking?

For the safety of guests, a ride crashing into the station is bad publicity
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:37 am

TurnOfTheCentury wrote:
prozach626 wrote:
TurnOfTheCentury wrote:Is it really that costly to design an extra 50 feet of ramp after the plunge for the braking ?

I think the answer is yes. You're also going to have to have an extra 50 feet out and 50 feet back. That might require several extra support beams, concrete footers, and space.


understood - but it is likely the "cheapest" portion of the ride (essentially ground level). I appreciate the space issue, and braking on the downhill also serves to control speed, which also limits space needed for braking on the straight line section. Still.... most coasters have a straight-line braking section and with magnetic brakes, the space needed is comparatively minimal ....

That said, I haven't been on YOLO (or obviously this one), so maybe the braking doesn't really take away from the final plunge sensation?


Every little bit of money counts, especially if you look at it from a chain-wide perspective. Pushing the brake run 50 feet forward won't make any difference to people who don't spend time cruising roller coaster forums. The people who will call this roller coaster too short will still do so regardless of a little less brake run.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby jlp94 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:52 am

RollingCoasting wrote:July 3rd can't come soon enough! (Assuming that is the preview day for members/pass holders)

Can anyone confirm this as the date? My dad and I are planning to go but only if we can ride Maxx Force.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby RollingCoasting » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:24 am

Can confirm.

Higher tier memberships can start riding at 11

Gold plus memberships at 1


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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:12 am

This thing's going to have a lot of energy left when it hits the brakes. Or would, if they waited until the ground level.

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:21 am

I'm sure if they get enough recommendations in their guest surveys they'll build a 2nd lap in the off season. By build in the off season I specifically am talking about April, May, June 2020.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:26 am

^Maybe in 30 years when it moves to SFA they'll extend it! =)

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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:50 am

SharkTums wrote:^Maybe in 30 years when it moves to SFA they'll extend it! =)


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