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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:08 am

Password121 wrote:I'm gonna be honest, you guys are really going way over my head saying Kingda Ka isn't a coaster or that you need a lift hill to count a drop. I'm not one to say that "anything that wants to be a coaster, is!" but seriously?


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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby boldikus » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:18 am

^ right? By that logic are Storm Runner and Xcelerator not coasters either? :?r

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby LiftThrill » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:02 pm

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:14 pm

Physical wrote:Kingda Ka, but I consider that a thrill ride. . .


This seriously makes no sense. How can you not consider a roller coaster, a roller coaster??

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby MisterP » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:19 pm

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby coloradocoasterguy » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:03 pm

Password121 wrote:I'm gonna be honest, you guys are really going way over my head saying Kingda Ka isn't a coaster or that you need a lift hill to count a drop. I'm not one to say that "anything that wants to be a coaster, is!" but seriously?

Side note--the twist on Dragster/Ka doesn't slow the train. Those would be the brakes. It's just a cool visual effect, basically.

There is no "you guys". Only one guy said KK and TTD weren't coasters and it wasn't me. As far as I'm concerned if it has a track with two rails and is gravity driven then it's a coaster. The launch or lift hill is just the mechanism that puts the train in a position for gravity to take over.

Also I didn't say the twist acted as the braking system. I said it slows the descent. A change in track direction always acts to slow momentum. I maintain that straight drops like Fury324 or Int305 or even Xcelerator are more intense than the twisted drops on KK and TTD. That's all I was saying.

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby coloradocoasterguy » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:05 pm

boldikus wrote:^ right? By that logic are Storm Runner and Xcelerator not coasters either? :?r

Well, considering that they "coast" on ""rollers" then I'd say they are roller coasters.

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby Password121 » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:29 pm

^^I wasn't referring to you about calling it not a coaster.

I'm really having a hard time understanding where you're coming from with the vertical twist thing though. I'm not an engineer (I'm an engineering student, actually) but the train is still descending 90 degrees. The added track length from the twist maybe adds like 0.2 seconds to the total time of descending. If something reduces momentum it slows the train, in this case, so I disagree.

Let's move on though because it's a meaningless discussion. No hard feelings.
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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby Swede » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:37 pm

Kingda-Ka as a launch. Fury 325 as a chain lift.

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Re: Tallest coaster you've been on.

Postby DILinator » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:25 pm

I can't speak for anybody else, but as for me personally, the twist on the drop of both Kingda Ka and TTD, while fun, DOES take away from the "Wow! I'm hurting headlong towards the ground!" excitement, and feeling, I get on more traditional lift hill coasters. Personally, I find the 100 foot drop on Maverick more exciting than the 400 foot drop on TTD. But that's just me. That's why coasters like KK and TTD, while fun, aren't super high up in my rankings. "Gimmick" is a term that is way overused by enthusiasts in reference to coasters, and coaster elements, but I'll be honest... That's kind of what the Height/Speed records on those coasters feel like to me. Just my .02, however, and it certainly doesn't have to be that way for anybody else, or offend anybody! ;)
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