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Luna Park Coney Island | Thunderbolt | Zamperla

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  1. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    There were earlier rumours that the old classic Thunderbolt wooden coaster that used to be at Coney Island might be getting reconstructed. However, it now seems that Zamperla will be building an entirely new steel coaster, retaining the traditional name.

    The coaster will start with a vertical lift and vertical drop, followed by a loop and other inversions, before returning back to the station via a series of airtime hills.

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    Full details and pictures from:

    http://gizmodo.com/coney-island-is-resurrecting-a-legendary-coaster-with-512622154
     
  2. _koppen

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    About time Zamperla makes an interesting big coaster.

    I really hope it works out well, as it looks really cool.
     
  3. Hixee

    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    Errr... Not sure this is really a resurrection. It's just a new coaster with the same name.

    It does look OK, and it certainly won't be a bad addition, but it shares nothing in common with the old ride...
     
  4. Youngster Joey

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    I was discussing it earlier and we came to an agreement that it looks like a beginner No Limit's user's first attempt at a Euro-Fighter.

    Could be interesting though
     
  5. Snoo

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    It looks.. well ok. That lift is going to be a nightmare tho.
     
  6. rollermonkey

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    ^Yeah, the first renders I saw had the "normal" vertical lift. That new rotating tower/dual-elevator thing is just asking for trouble.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    Looks like it has quite a small footprint. Quite a large vertical section of the drop too.
     
  8. Nemesis of oblivion

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    As weird as this sounds, it feels like a very traditional coaster to me. Something like this would be great for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
     
  9. Youngster Joey

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    For anyone wondering, RollerMonkey and Marcus are talking about this video

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPQ7_alwZM4&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/youtube]
     
  10. Mysterious Sue

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    Thanks Joey, I was wondering what all this rotating lift business was about. Looks to be an interesting gimmick, if as people say, it doesn't break down every five minutes.
     
  11. gavin

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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    ^^ Just quickly edited your post to embed the video.

    Shockingly bad animation to be honest. Not that it matters when it comes to the actual ride, but there's :emoji_zipper_mouth: all else to talk about at the moment.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    That's probably the weirdest/coolest lift hill I have ever seen.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    I'm wondering which is the true ride.. as I can't find anything specific from Luna. I might be blind however.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    Um, this is going to be terrible.

    Zamperla? I'd rather die.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    It appears the video is from Luna Park so I'd run with that but still not sure it's 100% official.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt - New Coaster for Coney Island

    I dont see how this is a return of the Thunderbolt, this is nothing like the original.

    Also that animation was :emoji_zipper_mouth: terrible.
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt | Coney Island | Zamperla

    Zamperla have this scale model with a vertical drop on display at IAAPA.

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    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4eJm0T62A0[/youtube]
     
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    Re: Thunderbolt | Coney Island | Zamperla

    that's rather different than the animation released originally isn't it...
     
  19. CanobieFan

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    Re: Thunderbolt | Coney Island | Zamperla

    I don't know. The only major change I see is a vertical lift now vs. that twisting/rotating elevator lift it had before.
     
  20. Lofty

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    Re: Thunderbolt | Coney Island | Zamperla

    I actually like the look of this coaster to be honest. I don't know why, it's like Zamoerla's take on a Eurofighter.


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