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  1. Indy

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    Agreed. I knew it was going to be large and weird, but I wasn't prepared for just how large, weird, and good it would be. When I first saw the release that they were "closing" it, I had that split second fear of the worst before I read on.
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    Mindbender at Galaxyland to be retired

    Back in late 2017, I had caught wind that its closure might be imminent so I made a rash decision to fly to Edmonton in February 2018. It was some of the coldest temps I've ever experienced, but 100% worth the trip. Obviously, its demise proved to not be too imminent fortunately, but this news...
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    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    Village Roadshow has provided details in a social media post as well as a post on their blog: Source
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    Parque Warner Madrid | Gotham City Escape | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    That's not really true though. Each of those launches act as blocks as does the brake/turntable. A train should be cleared to dispatch by the time the train in front of it clears at least the third launch. You could have train 1 going through the stall and launch train 2 behind it from the...
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    Parque Warner Madrid | Gotham City Escape | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    They are trying to provide a specific experience for their guests. And they might not be affecting overall capacity that much. The ride really isn't that long and it has several blocks, so shorter trains provide an opportunity to dispatch a higher number of trains in a quicker manner. It's...
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    Parque Warner Madrid | Gotham City Escape | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    The answer is almost always dynamics. The park probably wanted a more dynamic ride experience and you have to go shorter to do that.
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    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    My gut says probably. The original trains have very thin seatbacks as they only require the shell of the seat and a thin layer of foam. The new trains have much thicker seatbacks given that they have to accommodate the over-the-shoulder lap bars and all of their mechanical components. That...
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    Block Behavior

    There's a lot to unpack here and I'm not entirely sure what you mean by some of it, but I'll try my best to explain what I can. First, with a few exceptions, it is generally very simple. There always needs to be a block brake between one train and the next. That way, if something happens...
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    Which Coasters Have You Had a Zen Ride On?

    Yesssss. I'm a big believer that zen rides are generally garbage. Also, I'm stunned that you managed a zen ride on Flying Aces in the first place. They would wait for nearly full trains during my visit!
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    What makes your #1 better than your #2?

    It's a question I ask myself frequently because it feels like I'm splitting hairs and sometimes I feel nuts for placing one in front of the other. #1 Helix vs. #2 Zadra There's no denying that Zadra is an absolute monster. It hauls throughout the entire layout and features what is probably my...
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    Lightwater Valley - Future?

    While obviously not technically a wood coaster, wood coasters have pretty much been advertised as "rickety" and such to elicit a feeling of being unsafe. Roller coasters as a whole live largely on the basis that the general public views them as something crazy and borderline unsafe. I can't...
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    What has been your most successful year as an enthusiast?

    Statistically, 2008 was my best year for new creds with 91, and in a lot of ways, it feels nuts to say that wasn't my best year as I traversed the US and checked off so many major parks including SFMM, Knott's, Disneyland, SFFT, Kings Dominion, SFGAdv, SFNE, and Lake Compounce. However...
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    Portaventura Being Sold Back to Universal? Rumour!

    I just have a hard time getting behind these Universal rumors. Yes, I realize they once owned a large share of the park, but the company has changed significantly since buying into PA. They've built several parks since then and their ride, theming, immersion, and design standards have all...
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    Bollywood Parks Dubai | Bombay Express | GCI Wooden Hybrid Coaster | 2023?

    Sorry, I should have been more clear. The first part about "it" being down for maintenance was in reference to the question a few posts earlier regarding John Wick, which has indeed opened to the public. Obviously, it doesn't entirely make sense to be talking about it in this particular thread...
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    Bollywood Parks Dubai | Bombay Express | GCI Wooden Hybrid Coaster | 2023?

    It went down for annual maintenance in mid-September and was supposed to reopen on October 1st but didn't. To my knowledge, it never reopened. I saw it testing during the maintenance period during one of my visits in late September. I have no idea what could be going on to keep it down for so...
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    New Universal Park in Texas

    With all due respect, Frisco is part of the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex. Huntsville is nowhere near the same sized market. That being said, Huntsville is certainly exploding. It would be great to see some sort of park or large FEC open. I can't fathom Universal seriously taking a look though.
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    Most Overrated Coasters You've Been On?

    I'm just here to say that I’m disgusted and disappointed in all of you and your slanderous talk about Helix. I’m honestly a bit perplexed/amused/some-sort-of-emotion about the Helix queue comments though. Maybe it’s because I’m American and come from the land of endless barren blocks of...
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    Tivoli Friheden - new coaster to replace Cobra

    Intamin is unlikely to lower the price to break into the market because they've already broken into the market. The challenge is selling the first. They've done that and it's proven to be a successful product. As for specific pricing, there are a lot of variables so it's difficult to provide...
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    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    Gonna defend @TPoseOnTantrum a bit here. I totally get that trespassing doesn’t seem to be a big deal in the UK. That’s not too surprising. In the US though, it is a considerably more serious matter. It’s only a misdemeanor offense, but it can still land you in jail.