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  1. Okay, I mentioned before I had a plan for redoing Backlot in a way that would establish it fully as a Coney ride and also make it look a lot nicer, so I'll actually type that up here. - Bust up all the concrete, remove all the gravel, and remove the "parking garage" facade. - Ditch and replace the shipping containers or paint them to look like normal buildings. - Repaint everything in bright colors and put a bunch of nice landscaping around everything, including the removal of the former water feature at the end and all the gravel around the final turn and brakes. - Remove ALL existing theme elements, and bring in someone like Daniels Woodland to totally re-theme it to a large, classic funhouse. A full size coaster version of the carnival-like "funhouse ride" attractions. Put some glass or mirrors around the existing "police chase" area, leading up until the "subway stairs" drop, which could be fully enclosed (potentially all the way until the midcourse stop) with light effects to become a dark ride-like element. - The midcourse stop scene becomes a suitable, theme-matching scene, without any fire or water effects. Funhouse-like light show and classic effects. Tunnel entrance could be a clown like Enchanted Voyage had inside. - Tunnel becomes the main dark ride element with lighting and projection effects. - Billboard exit stays the same but no more hunk-of-concrete abandoned pool or gravel, theme accordingly with elements around the drop and entrance/exit bridge, and then perhaps one final tunnel is added for the last turn. - Station area is completely redesigned to theme, same with the shells for the trains. - Entrance plaza loses majority of the concrete, with the access point closest to Rivertown being removed and the brick wall put back in place, entrance and exit gain theming as well and only uses the access point on the Coney side, potentially even closing the other existing one and routing it in place of the Three-Point Shootout, to firmly establish the ride's place in Coney instead of the strange halfway-down-the-path situation. - Plant a bunch of trees all around, including the now-removed parts of the entrance plaza to bring the old feel back to that pathway. - No new named area, but Rouse is brought in to spruce up the existing "back 40" of Coney including the redone entrance to the now-formerly-Backlot, and Vortex's replacement could join "Funhouse Coaster", SR&R, WindSeeker, KMAA and Jukebox in the still-Coney-Mall, but revamped, back section. - The restored serpentine brick wall leading over to the restrooms and midway intersection is now a more well-defined transition into Rivertown.
  2. KI was one of the parks that never got a B&M Invert during the initial building spree of them. KI also never got a Floorless during the primary spree of them... Whatever takes Vortex's spot needs to be a bold visual statement like Vortex itself was, and make up for the lost inversions. A floorless would be perfect for it. I think something like a Dive or Wing would be better suited for Action Zone.
  3. Oktoberfest outside of the Festhaus/Viking part was dead, and had been for a long time. While my previous pitches were always for combining Oktoberfest and Action Zone into one large Oktoberfest, the amount of work involved there would be significant and very expensive, and I really like the route they’re taking with this. Festhaus and VF could easily become either a mini-Oktoberfest with a little sprucing up there, or just become part of IS. Either works for me. The only thing Oktoberfest that still existed in the new area was the return of the Biergarten, but with Brewhouse now existing in Rivertown, it’s not really a loss. (Now we’ll wait and see what happens regarding B&M, SkyHigh, Fenton Rigging, Daniels Woodland and other contractors last seen for Orion…)
  4. We are now best friends who can die on that hill together.
  5. Announcement this late and Zamperla on the contract list? Flat ride package please?
  6. The typo didn't appear for at least the first few releases, so I'm not sure what happened. The pins don't say where they're made that I can tell, the card just says that it's printed in China.
  7. Am I the only one that liked 2005's Festhaus entertainment setup of the in-the-round classical?
  8. It was renamed in 2007, not 2008. I see they're also still spelling "anniversary" wrong on the upper right of the back of the card.
  9. The giant multi-level structure that got taken out to build Reptar? Yeah, that thing was awesome.
  10. I recently realized that only the nameplate is painted blue or green, the rest of the model is just plain. Ouch. For that price tag I'd want the entire thing painted correctly, like The Racer set.
  11. That's a little drastic, especially with all the park app functions and cashless. Not to mention almost everyone is also using their phone as their camera now, and some also as their wallet. If this becomes more of a problem as the new phones and watches with this function get into more people's hands, parks could always just make cheap signs for ride entrances reminding people to enable Airplane Mode while riding if they have that feature. Apple could also potentially start geofencing parks to disable crash detection while inside them. Nah, carriers wouldn't need to do anything. iPhones and Apple Watches use Apple Maps, and everyone else uses Google Maps. Parks are already identified as landmarks on those services, so Apple and Google could probably very easily and quickly fence them off for crash detection.
  12. Wow, Vortex is already sold out. Glad I didn't wait...
  13. I wonder if O'Rourke's involvement might include removal of the SlingShot foundations. I want the SoB station out of there for good, but those foundations also need removal.
  14. Say what now? The turnarounds weren't ready for opening day but they got them completed over the next couple of weeks.
  15. To provide a visual on this, I just did a lineup: They all say "Vortex" on them, but they're all different. Not included in this lineup are the original "I Felt The Grip" pinback button (I don't think KECO or early Paramount did pins) and the early Paramount pinback button, which had the logo and and lettering on a green background.
  16. Just imagine if this co-existed with Son of Beast, they'd get dozens of calls per hour.
  17. Aha, so the Viking Fury one IS dynamic! I thought I saw a photo that had the ship on the other side from the product page, and the "beefiness" of the pin's appearance and two studs on the back made me suspect it, but I didn't know for sure. I got my Vortex today. It's simple, but original-design logo with the "New for '87" line from the original park guide "centerfold" are nice to add to the other Vortex pins.
  18. Having GravityKraft on the list certainly makes it possible. Racer's return run could be done in house or GCI using standard track.
  19. Diamondback paint, SoB station demolition, and some more parking lot repaving would satisfy me for 2023 projects.
  20. It's the original logo with the "New for '87" that was on the promos using that logo. The grey one from 2020 was the tribute one, with 1987-2019 on it. Paramount's version was the triangular logo but with the Paramount naming and a green color scheme. The one from the "Orion Sequence" was a true-to-ride blue and orange in the same modern style as the other Orion Sequence logos. They're all different. Using the original logo is what I expected a Vortex pin from this series to be.
  21. Vortex one ordered, I’d been waiting for a nice retro Vortex to join the lineup. The back of the card is rather goofed up by the placement of the price sticker, covering up some of the description text, and they also spelled anniversary as “anniversery” in the upper right. Timeline wise, we’re getting closer to the Paramount era so we’ll see how they deal with that. Phantom Theater and Adventure Express are likely to be included, but I’m not sure about the licensed names. They’re good for Flight of Fear, Son of Beast and Delirium, but others are Paramount trademarked names, so unless they get creative and use designs without names, Top Gun, Face/Off, Drop Zone, Tomb Raider and Italian Job are unknowns. WinterFest 2005 might make an appearance.
  22. A B&M Surf Coaster could certainly serve as a spiritual namesake successor for King Cobra like the new Zambezi Zinger is doing for WoF. That brings location into question more, though. Vortex’s location would be best suited for a bold visual statement, like a Dive or Floorless. A new KC would also probably be wanted near the original’s location though, and while Delirium and Banshee rule out using the same location like Zambezi, removing TimberWolf could put it very close.
  23. Vortex’s plot deserves a bold visual statement like Vortex itself was. I don’t think it needs to be a Hulk-like launch, we already have FOF and Backlot for launches and they take a lot of power to run, but a large, overhead lap bar (or even normal OTSR train) floorless has been my preferred model for that location ever since Vortex left.
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