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Re: Top Roller Coaster Myths & Rumors!

Postby rcjp » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:04 pm

PalmTree55 wrote:"Busch Gardens Europe is in Europe"

I laughed soooo hard upon hearing this one...

So I suppose the Tampa one is in Africa, right? :lol: :lmao:
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Postby KingRCT3 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:06 pm

LiMiT wrote:Holiday World: I had a group of "coaster aficionados" tell me that Voyage is best in the back because on one hill the last car lifts off of the track.


That one is true, though. The upper wheels can lift off a few inches from the track. I saw a pic that shows that (not to mention the famous one with El Toro).

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Postby rcjp » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:11 pm

^I think that depends on your and their definition of lift. It might do it but just a little while I assume their definition was something more.
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Postby LiMiT » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:24 pm

King, it's really ambiguous as to what they meant. I took it as "completely lifts off of the track and floats above it" as if the train had no upstop wheels at all. But I get where you're going with that. The distance between the wheel assemblies would allow for some lifting off the track and that would allow for some millisecond moments when neither wheel assembly is actually on the track, as well as moments when the upstop wheels are touching the rails and the upper wheels are floating.
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Postby aCoasterStory » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:48 pm

smallpox wrote:It would be fun to grab a radar gun and test various coasters advertised speeds versus actual top speeds (acknowledging that conditions can alter performance), but i'm sure the parks would not be cool with that. hardly a "myth", anyway.


I was actually at a water park one time and there were park employees with a radar gun clocking how fast people were coming down a couple of the body slides.
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Postby marth555 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:03 pm

Hilltopper39 wrote:I've heard several rumors that most launch coasters (hydraulic cable launches, LIM launches, LSM launches) can be launched at a speed much faster then what they normally operate at. For example I remember hearing that Dragster could really launch at like 130-140 mph if they wanted it to, and I also recall people saying after Superman re-opened at Magic Mountain that it was launching at a faster speed and climbing higher up the tower.

Ive heard this as well

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Re: Top Roller Coaster Myths & Rumors!

Postby booink » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:08 pm

I think this one is true according to this picture, but I've heard there's half of a basketball court at the top of the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland.
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Re: Top Roller Coaster Myths & Rumors!

Postby aCoasterStory » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:24 pm

larrygator wrote:
Aceattack52 wrote:
"Coasters go faster in the back."

Ummmm what? I am missing something? If the car the farthest back was going faster than the others I would be VERY scared. You tell that friend of yours that a coaster isn't like a highway; your car can't pass someone else's.

1 -it's a very common misperception and certainly fits the criteria of Robb's request.


I think it would be cool to look at this as follows:

I think you'd want to put sensors in the front, middle, and back cars to measure speed, location, and g-forces (vertical & horizontal). Then you would want to compare the data between the different seats in 2 ways: 1) at the same moment in time (this should show that the speed of the entire train is the same at any given instant) and 2) when that car goes through a certain element/crosses a certain point on the track (this should show the back of the train going faster than the front when it reaches the bottom of a hill, and vice-versa at the top, for instance).

I think looking at it this way would help explain why you experience different kinds of airtime in different seats, for instance.
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Re: Top Roller Coaster Myths & Rumors!

Postby beatle11 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:33 am

chemical_echo wrote:Not sure how it could be tested, but one that still comes up is Canada's Wonderland is moving to Niagara Falls. Maybe dig up the full page ad the park took out in local papers to say they were not going anywhere.


I remember hearing that rumor, but the destination was Brantford, Ontario. The idea was that the park was getting full and there wasn't much room to expand but Cedar Fair obviously proved that to be crap.

The other rumor I remember is about Canada's Wonderland getting a B&M Floorless themed to Footloose.
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Re: Top Roller Coaster Myths & Rumors!

Postby Mr Stratosphere » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:03 am

The rumor that Stratosphere's High Roller de-railed and a wheel crashed through a window in the restaurant.

In reality that is impossible because the restaurant 6 floors below and the windows are angled toward the ground.
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