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  1. Interesting finds on the "hotel". Knowing it probably would not be a hotel that would get many yearly guests, it still is quite the investment for Kalahari to make for employees to stay. It does speak volumes on why CP had difficulty finding enough employees during the pandemic.
  2. https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/crime/kalahari-shooting-and-murder-three-arrested/95-9dcabf30-d5ba-4681-bcf5-e024c0ac61cf Tragic news. The article is a tad misleading about the employee housing. Extended Stay is a hotel that appears to be contracted out by Kalahari.
  3. I would think a final determination into the accident would be necessary before investment is made to any: queue line changes, design to trains, design to brake run etc. are made. It is also possible the park & ODoA is allowing time for the victim to hopefully recover before any report is finalized.
  4. https://www.coaster101.com/2016/01/12/book-review-dick-kinzel-biography/ I'm sure the above information will play into the discussion if TTD will be operating again.
  5. Glad to hear that it is getting better. There were a couple incidents at CM last year that just made my stomach turn.
  6. Too many clubs have treated the everyday guest like 2nd class citizens and have also treated parks like they need to bow down to the almighty club. When parks said "no" to certain demands the club(s) have retaliated against the person that said no to the point of jeopardizing their livelihood. Many in the the clubs have developed a gang-like mentality: if you are not with us, you are against us. It shouldn't be like that. Have fun with it. Enjoy the camaraderie with others and when a disagreement happens, do it respectfully.
  7. With any major project like TTD, there are numerous concepts from multiple companies. The current concept was the final that was signed off on.
  8. 20-ish years ago record breakers were a big deal, not so much nowadays- except for enthusiasts. For most, 300' coaster allure is unfortunately watered down today- which I think is crazy but look at the data: it took 10 years for the 2nd giga to be built in the states and only and only 7 are currently operating worldwide. In 2006 (just a few years after TTD debuted), Dick Kinzel was quite vocal that it was the worst business decision he ever made & that 50% of park goers would not ride TTD. Other parks obviously agree given only 2 stand today. Guest experience & convenience has taken over for record breaking coasters when it comes to drawing in guests. I expect in the coming years new(er) technology to be used in rides more than record breakers.
  9. Since CF has taken over: 4 coasters: 230'/ 80mph, 7 inversions & longest inverted, wood coaster that is enjoyed by most people- including enthusiasts, 300' 91mph How those can be considered scaled back compared to: BLSC, FoF and a historically failed SoB is just mind-blowing. ....but to each their own.
  10. Absolutely terrible news. https://www.yourerie.com/news/breaking-news/fire-reported-at-the-blue-streak-roller-coaster-at-conneaut-lake-park?utm_source=wjet-wfxp_app&utm_medium=social&utm_content=share-link
  11. I do not see the "status" changing. IMO- ACE needs Beast more than Beast needs ACE.
  12. My experience is people listen to recordings similar to reading signs- a very small percentage. Giving the knives to security was the best thing.
  13. Park employees definitely deserve some special recognition for their efforts. Not only for putting the park "back together" after such a storm but for putting the park in front of their own needs. We had gusts up to 65mph on the southern shores of Lake Erie. Lake Erie reportedly had waves around 15', which is pretty crazy for how shallow the lake is. Although nothing compares to what happened to the people impacted by the 30+ tornados Friday night/ Saturday morning. I can only hope their will rebuild quickly & come back better than ever.
  14. The pandemic (similar to 9/11) has shown the world how totally unprepared we all were for such an event to the point that accurately determining what was the correct way of handling it cannot be identified yet.
  15. There is a video on YouTube that has one of these Flying Coasters at Cedar Point in 1963 located near Pagoda Gift Shop.
  16. These "flying coasters" are definitely a unique ride. Waldameer had "The Bump" for decades. Very fun ride for a group of kids (unless you were in the outside of the car....).
  17. Ohio Department of Agriculture has an annual inspection and a supplemental inspection that can take place at any time. The annual inspection certification is based on a rolling year. Rides at seasonal parks do need to be inspected before each operating year due to off-season rehab & the ride being down for an extended amount of time. Traveling rides need inspected each time they are moved & set up.
  18. Likely because many don't know that SNL skit and we are showing our age.....
  19. I'm partial to: HANS AND FRANZ THE RIDE
  20. I hope & pray that she beats the odds & can make a full recovery. It is so disturbing to think having a day of fun out can result in such a life-changing tragedy.
  21. *I believe* the water is pumped in/ out daily from Sandusky Bay for all of CP's water rides including Maverick's lake. Beast lake was removed for a few reasons: garbage, urine, breeding ground for mosquitos etc. Maintenance certainly became an easier task without the lake, but had minimal impact compared to the other reasons.
  22. Combined with: employee shortage, normal off-season work, and knowing that some of the existing parts were to be saved for other CF rides, the decision was likely made to get a jump start on the deconstruction side before the off season started in full swing.
  23. So you believe the only spare parts CP has for WT exist on the ride itself? Interesting theory.
  24. What a nice article on a great family & park. Some of the corporate parks should take a step back & look at how all the small things add up to a great reputation.
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