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  1. Hyde

    TusenFryd to build swing launch coaster for 2021

    Nordic minimalism is really pushing the envelope here.
  2. Hyde

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    I'm really living my best life right now. :P
  3. Hyde

    Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

    To calm some nerves, as I can appreciate being passionate about a new roller coaster, especially when it's your home park (speaking as the resident CP fanboy): Yes, Orion is receiving flack for being a shorter-than-300-feet-as-it-stands-but-still-300-foot-drop Giga. And yes, it's also a big...
  4. Hyde

    TusenFryd to build swing launch coaster for 2021

    All of a sudden that theoretic Oslo trip in 2022 is sounding pretty good! :P
  5. Hyde

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    Cedar Point is continuing their amazing church of high-res archive photos - many of which have never really seen circulation, and help answer a number of layout questions for us "younger folk" who weren't around to experience Cedar Point pre-1985. Some cool tidbits that have been posted, with...
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    Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

    Yup, meaning from the top of the lift hill... to the beginning of the brake run. :P TBF we aren't seeing any unique elements on Orion that aren't on other rides - and that's ok! To be pragmatic, few, if at any, giga coasters have "unique" elements. They're just in the honest business of large...
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    Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

    He’s referring to four airtime hills. I remain most intrigued to see how it runs through the course at 60-70 ambient air temperature. Still fearing sluggishness through elements, but would love to be surprised.
  8. Hyde

    Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

    All in its about 53 seconds. Compare that to MF, which is a second or two over a minute. Also, additional photo of train lift hill action.
  9. Hyde

    Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

    To also directly link the testing video and photo:
  10. Hyde

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Pantheon | Intamin LSM Coaster

    In which case, can we go back to that years old conversation of how TTD would have actually stalled on the top hat? :P
  11. Hyde

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Pantheon | Intamin LSM Coaster

    This is turning into the Roller Coaster Anti-Vaxer Movement of 2020.
  12. Hyde

    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    (I think we covered the science in the 4 previous posts. ;) )
  13. Hyde

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Pantheon | Intamin LSM Coaster

    Haven't a clue why this convo is dragging on. In order for this roller coaster to operate, it will have: - Been created and vetted by Intamin, to be sold as reliable technology. - Analyzed by Busch Gardens for fit and desirability, and ultimately purchased by the park. - Assessed by the state...
  14. Hyde

    Vortex is leaving Kings Island

    View on the way down to Cincinnati this evening.
  15. Hyde

    Is it a cred? - A general discussion topic

    Here's a fun one - as part of Ford's Mach E launch event, they had what appears to be a single seat car on an LSM launch track. Can't find good footage, but looks to have had some definite acceleration (and mounted into the back of a semi-truck trailer?)
  16. Hyde

    Have we passed the golden age of theme parks?

    It depends geographically for sure, but globally yes things are doing well. This comes especially on the heels of China boosting it's own amusement park industry; this has, for instance, led to a rapid spur of wooden coaster development in that country from GG and GCI. Searching through RCDB's...
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    “Warming up throughout the day” - a myth?

    The short answer is "it depends". Roller coasters with wider tolerances and bearings (aka wooden coasters) require almost no time at all to "warm up", as these wheels experience far less rolling resistance (all steel, no polyurethane composite), and are able to quickly heat up being all metal...
  18. Hyde

    What is the most 'average' Six Flags park?

    Call it the qualitative assessment on how I landed on SFoG - just answering the question "How do you feel?" as you walk out of the park at the end of the day. To me, SFOG was exactly what I had expected - a few random roller coasters with a couple gems, couple duds, randomly spotted in a part...
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    What is the most 'average' Six Flags park?

    Oh I'm sorry, the answer we were looking for was: Six Flags Over Georgia
  20. Hyde

    The Staff v. User counting game!

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