From my limited personal experience:
Cedar Point - Maverick and SV, in the same park, in the same ZONE! Twisty snaps on one side, airtime galore on the other. Very complimentary and exciting.
Energylandia - Zadra and Hyperion. Intamin's path towards back on top of the industry vs RMC's...
I got ERT on Yukon Quad with other French goons during opening year. It exceeded my expectations (especially during the second half!) Great raw speed after the second launch. I love the rockbed setting too.
I have unconsistent experiences with OzIris. At occasional times it glides very...
I'm currently based in France:
1 - Monster
2 - Yukon Quad
3 - OzIris
4 - Alpina Blitz
5 - Big Thunder Mountain
6 - Wood Express
7 - Timber
8 - Tonnerre de Zeus (hopefully the full rehab will bring it back to its original glory)
9 - Timber Drop
10 - Triops
The recent and upcoming rides will...
Regarding the performance of Lech, my rides in 2017 were considerably more intense than my recent experience this July.
From what I gather, Vekoma made adjusted wheel friction in order to tweak the overall speed of the ride.
Comparing my 2017 vs 2020 POVs, the former one clearly shows the...
Agree with both Walibi Holland and Energylandia.
Not sad to see Viking eventually go, it gave some of the most painful rides I ever experienced. Zadra on the other hand... <3
Honourable mention goes to Sunac Land Hefei. Soaring with Dragon is bliss, Battle of Jungle King shuffles painstakingly...
In less than 2 months, I managed:
3 Walibi Holland
5 Le Royaume des Enfants (Draveil)
6 Europa-Park :o
8 Holiday Park
11 Disneyland Paris (tomorrow)
After a surprising amount of credding considering the...
The similarities are obvious. But let us not forget the parks also influence ideas for coaster concepts. We don't have access to behind-the-scenes conversations between manufacturers and parks, most of the time anyway.
Nigloland in France asked Mack Rides to build a coaster very similar to...
You're on point!
Mack did hire a young enthusiast coming from the NL2 scene, Stephan Alt. He goes by AltLenny on the internet and created the FVD++ tool if I'm correct.
While we're on that topic of passionate young engineers, some shameless self-promotion seems appropriate:
You can still see his NL2 work on Youtube :)
Quite interesting in fact to watch his early creations, as they foreshadow his current contribution to Intamin's designs
It's testing footage and we're yet to see if Vekoma further fine-tune vehicle performance. Gotta admit it doesn't look as impressive as in the animation, but that's also because Lech set the standard so high.
1) Maverick - Amazing launch, extraordinarily snappy Stengel Dives and very good airtime. Brilliant all-round experience!
2) Taron - Superb scenery, a few slow moments in the first half, some very good airtime and so. much. SNAPPP!
3) Steel Dolphin - Not very intense, not very powerful launches...