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  1. There (eventually) will be three large cranes brought on-site to complete the lift hill and drop based on Fury 325 construction pics.
  2. Gotcha, was hard to see at first. thx
  3. This is all so fascinating....I don't recall Mosley Erecting connecting two track pieces for the bottom of lift with Fury 325. In this pic, there is only one track piece and one crane. I wonder what the main difference is? pic source: Mosley Erecting
  4. FWIW, here are some aerial shots of Fury 325 and Intimidator 232 from Carowind's Skytower. The Skytower is 262 ft for reference, but when riding Timmy, you can't really look back and see Fury's lift hill due to the angle but when you are riding Fury and look over at Timmy, they don't seem that much different in height even tho stats confirm that you are actually 93 feet higher than Timmy. Not sure how far above sea level the park is but that area just south of Charlotte is very flat. The only hill I can recall in the park is over by Afterburn and its not that much of a grade to impact height. In any case, here are the pics for reference. Source: http://coastertalknobszone.blogspot.com/2018/06/carowinds-trip-report-and-construction.html and Swampfoxer on Flickr:
  5. CedarIslander, the short answer is Yes, they will turn and aim the camera wherever construction is at that point along the project. If you search for Fury325 time lapse on YouTube, you can see how they (Carowinds) re-aimed the webcam to get the most of what construction was taking place at that time.
  6. Just curious, why does the ride stat on KI website say "Length of First Drop: 447 feet"?
  7. I think what may be confusing is that when KI opened and some rides were relocated from Old Coney, they used the old moniker that sat above Shooting Star coaster station for the Round Up ride which was back by the mat racer slide. Pic sources: visitkingsisland.com & Pinterest
  8. As an amateur historian, along with my parents taking me to Old Coney Island on the river as a child to ride both Jack Rabbit and Shooting Star, I would LOVE to have the new coaster named Shooting Star if we are indeed contemplating a space theme.
  9. That's cool, I wish they would do this at all CF properties.
  10. Hello fellow decoders...My siblings and I grew up in Kings Mills in the 70's, just outside the park and both my parents and grandparents told us kids the Roswell story many times. To my best recollection here is the story we heard..... Yes, a UFO -and it's extraterrestrial crew- crash landed in the New Mexico desert near Roswell on July 2, 1947. They believed the site was cleaned up by Air Force personnel from Roswell Army AFB. Eyewitnesses reported that 3 foot tall grey-skinned aliens died in the crash and their space vessel (along with them) were shipped off to WPAFB and warehoused in Hangar #18 for testing/research. Any relevance to KI's new Giga theme, I have no clue.
  11. Absolutely correct ohiocoasterfan, we saw the go cart track fence over by Hurler sporting this banner on that very date. pic courtesy of Carowinds Connection
  12. I know I'm about five days too late for this response, but our Giga didn't even have the first support up until 9/29/2014 for Fury 325. Then again, we don't have to allow for inclement weather and such so I assume they knew they would have plenty of time to construct for a 3/25/2015 opening.
  13. Wouldn't it be terrific if one of the THREE webcams were directed toward IS? ....and while we're at it, swivel one towards project x, no?
  14. Perhaps replace the tunnel figures with traditional Oktoberfest costumed people hoisting the traditional beer steins and have Oompa (sp) band music playing in the background. Pic source: Lake Highlands Exchange Club Dallas, TX
  15. ^don't forget Bavarian Beetle. That little coaster had some great twists, turns and drops.
  16. Weird to see no Int'l Restaurant in the 1972 pic.
  17. Ugh..7 hrs 22 min by car but 1 hr 5 min by plane. KI fan based in Charlotte. I got Fury 325 tho to keep me busy until each June.
  18. I like the in-app purchase and pick up your food later idea!! And while we're at it, lets include a scan function for Season Passes within the app so we can use our phone for entry, POS discounts and the like.
  19. Unless anyone is bringing this to the attention of Guest Services, all of this is superfluous. For 2018, I had the all season dining plan and always eat at Coney Mall Skyline. Not once on numerous visits has the ordering process worked for me. What I noticed by watching others ordering was that people around me were using credit cards to pay and they had no issue with their transaction thus proceeding to the next window to get drinks and subsequently pick up their order. However, when I try ordering on the touch screen, the dining plan wrist bands just don't seem to scan properly for payment which holds up one of the three available terminals for folks to order from. Needless to say I have to then cancel out the order, proceed to the drink area to explain why I could not pre-order and they then proceed to scan my wristband and take the order manually. The first time it happened its was no big deal and I just went about my day, but when it occurred on the next 3 visits, I stopped by the Guest Services area to advise and they took down my information and said they would address with Food Services. TBF, I think they are approaching this incorrectly as this doesn't necessarily seem to be a "Food Service" issue but more of a (IT) Terminal issue, but who am I? To this day, it has still not been addressed that I know of but I have hope for next season.
  20. Here is a pic of DJ Duke Edwards spinning at the old Coney Disco from my 1978 employee yearbook. IIRC, he worked here during weekdays in the summer, but was a prime time DJ at WOKV (the 50,000 watt voice of Disco in the tri-state) for his regular gig.
  21. Here is a vintage super 8 movie from 1980 uploaded to YouTube. The family is riding the Ohio Overland Auto Livery on the Rivertown side and I think those cars were just (plain) no name antique cars but Les Taxis (on Coney Mall side) were identified as Franklin replicas which had a curved sloping hood and had the taxis lights on top. Pics of Les Taxis #1) Keith and Laurie from WCPO.com and a clear shot of a Les Taxis Franklin from The News Wheel site. I will say that the video was shot in 1980 and the park opened in 1972 so all that foliage was about eight years old and it looked very lush around some of those turns. It was indeed an amazing ride.
  22. I would have to say Skyride (with LED's under each gondola), either version of the spinners (Cuddle up, Der Spinning Keggers, or Winnie Witches Cauldrens), Bayern Curve and Bavarian Beetle to top it off.
  23. I looked at Route 76 at Valleyfair as well and they indeed have some very mature oak trees on that course so it appears as if they worked the track around some of the existing tree canopy. If KI plans it well and doesn't take out too many of the mature trees on that plot of land, we could possibly have the same results. I agree that if they are going to pull out all the stops on this, they should have all the essentials of the original two courses (Ohio Overland Auto Livery & Les Taxis) combined into one with water features a covered bridge (over/under) as well as the old signage along the way from back in the day but updated. Interesting note...TIL, Arrow Development was the original manufacturer for both antique card rides.
  24. Loved seeing Don Helbig in that video from 2004. I ran into him last June at the park and he still looks the same as he did in that interview some 14 years ago.
  25. I have basically two questions regarding our beloved Beast... 1) Where is the ACE Coaster Landmark Award plaque that was placed at the entrance back in 2004? Was it removed/relocated? 2) For years I have always wondered what is directly behind the M&M/Coke machines right at the entrance where the employee checks for height requirement? Google Earth just shows there is some sort of red tin building (possibly storage) but more importantly, what is directly behind the wooden wall facade? It doesn't look like part of the queue and would be curious to know if was in fact an empty room or just for show.
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