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  1. Well, a fence never tried to beat the daylights out of me from my recall. Regarding the fence's look, I guess it depends on what they build behind the fence. I would definitely appreciate an offering from Mack (ex. Blue Fire) or an Intamin Blitz/Megalite.
  2. At the risk of being stoned, I won't miss Vortex. It used to be a nice coaster but the coaster had turned into a head banger and that snap curve into the brake run before the corkscrew was nasty. There was a reason why the coaster was usually a walk-on. Also, the lift hill seemed tall but the first drop seemed far less than 138 feet. I wouldn't complain if they put in a launched multi-looper but do hope that they have a lift hill design. Maybe talk to RMC about a T-Rex to get the single rail with capacity. I rode it in 1987 and I rode it last year and it was showing its age. Or I was. Or both of us were.
  3. I wish that they would bring back the Banshee webcam although I also wish that it was directed at Orion.
  4. Plus, you could use the force to make people wear masks themselves.
  5. My wife is unsure if she will go to Kings Island this year or not. Enquirer.com is reporting that a petition has started to remove the mandate of masks at Kings Island. I understand that masks will not be comfortable but, if that is what is required to go Kings Island this summer, I'll endure it easily. Wearing masks has helped and continues to help. No, it isn't perfect but it does assist with preventing the spread of the disease. I think that I'm going to go with a combo of neck gaiter and mask. I think that the gaiter would be cooler for wearing while walking around and the mask will stay on better while riding. Watched TimTracker on Youtube and his neck gaiter wasn't very reliable on Mako, the tallest, fastest, meanest, bitieist,and longest roller coaster in Orlando (some of these are no longer true). The paper mask held up much better.
  6. I would like to see an Intamin Blitz, like Taron, or a Megalite in Vortex's plot. My big thing is that I don't want them to go for the inversion record. Vortex was okay but it just wasn't very imaginative. Banshee's inversions feed into each other and also utilizes the uneven terrain to really give the coaster a speed burst after the first heartline roll.
  7. I would not consider Flight of Fear a dark ride. It is just an enclosed roller coaster. Disney does not consider Space Mountain or Rock-n-Roller Coaster to be dark rides. However, that is quibbling about non-critical details. I would really like to see a boat ride come back like the Enchanted Voyage. They could do it to the Peanuts IP and use Sally Dark Ride animatronics plus a Mack flume. Just a small drop, ala Pirates of the Caribbean, but not for thrills. Another idea would be using a fantasy setting with dragons or other projection-styled creatures. They could rip out Amazon Falls and Invertigo and put the ride building in that space. Then, the Action Zone could be rethemed to a fantasy area with Banshee, maybe retheme The Bat (not necessary), and retheme Delirium.
  8. I rode the Wildcat at Cedar Point but not the Jumbo Jet. These rides are vicious. I walked off counting myself fortunate to be walking after having my knees continuously walloped and my neck yanked. From what I can tell, the Wildcat had a very similar layout to the Beetle.
  9. He's a lawyer at heart. They never make the point immediately. TWO WEEKS. At last. Let's hope that continues.
  10. Per the Cedar Fair Executive VP: On its busiest days, with perhaps 50,000 guests in attendance, Cedar Point might operate at 90% of total capacity, he said. Average daily attendance, however, is about 50% of that, he said. https://www.cleveland.com/business/2020/05/cedar-fair-considering-capacity-limits-virtual-queuing-in-reopening-of-cedar-point-other-parks.html
  11. They might also use the crane to pull the envelope test car up and over the first hill.
  12. While I wish that that Orion construction camera was still running, I guess that it will be rather boring from this point forward. Regarding testing, I would think that they have to: 1. Install the lift hill chain and motor. 2. Finish installing the brake systems, including any trims. 3. Get the station up and running, including drive tires or whatever will be needed to propel the stopped trains. 4. Do a proper clearance run with one car and the projected clearance envelope. 5. Landscaping, finish the queue, and who knows what else. Not being privy to what all has occurred, I'm not sure where they are on the above steps.
  13. I remember being irked that they replaced the original Enchanted Voyage with the Smurfs. Seriously aggravated. To this day, I still have a deep seated wish that they would bring it back. I was also irked when they replaced the Phantom Theater. I miss being asked, "What are you looking at?" Must be something about that particular location. If I like the ride that is there, they take it out. While I understand why people want to see the topping off, I just can't too excited about not seeing it via webcam. They still have a long way to go. I'm sure that they will have several pictures on the Blog. I still can't ride it yet but, come April or May, I'll be geared up.
  14. Though more elements are being added, I think that dive coasters are still mostly one-trick ponies. I would expect/prefer something that is more like Copperhead Strike at Carowinds. Cedar Point doesn't have anything too similar (Maverick is close) and that type of coaster would fit into that space very well. I would be on board with an Intamin blitz coaster as well, maybe with a top hat to provide a nice addition to the skyline. The next best thing would be a new ground-up RMC woodie. Doesn't have to go for height records but that type of wood coaster would look great back there. I might steer away from B&M's for the next couple coasters. I love their rides but manufacturers like Gerstlauer and Mack should be used to provide some different rides. A ride like Taron would be great as well.
  15. Skibum

    Decoding 2020

    #What'sInTheShed Maybe it's a drop section of track. Oh wait, wrong speculation thread.
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