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  1. Hey at least they make an effort to make the trains race when both are running. Back in the Paramount days, I feel like that was not always the case. On the other hand, I would love any change which would prevent the train from having to stop in the safety brake tunnel behind the station. That is by far my least favorite part about Racer. I wish it were not fully enclosed and so claustrophobic.
  2. This is just absolutely crazy to me that an incident at a different park by a different construction company could have this much impact. Did Kings Island hire a construction company with an unsafe work history? Has there been any record of this happening on other projects? Did this incident have significant impact to the success of Yukon Striker and/or Canada's Wonderland? (Clearly, no.) Construction work has an inherent risk associated with it, maybe more so on this project than many others due to the size and scale. But to turn off the webcams out of fear that something bad might happen, when there is a very low probability that it will is crazy. If this is the case, they should probably just remove the webcams completely. Someone might eventually spot an ambulance in the park some day, and who knows what they might think, eh?
  3. Here's the time lapse from Banshee's construction. Clearly it was not too "risky" to live stream as some have speculated.
  4. We can certainly hope so. It wasn't until this year that any B&M coaster anywhere has been dismantled/removed. Next year will be the 30th anniversary for B&M's first coaster I believe.
  5. While this is true for some Cedar Point rides. It is not the case for all of them. Wildcat was removed just weeks before the park opened in 2012. Space Spiral was announced to be open through Labor Day 2012, but closed mid-August and never re-opened (that one hurt a lot of lifelong park goers). Shoot the Rapids was removed prior to the 2016 season with no formal announcement. I think ideally, parks would have a good idea of the time to remove a ride due to "end of life" and plan for new additions accordingly, but as is the case with rides like Volcano and Vortex, things don't always happen that way. Closing a major ride with no direct replacement is not a positive thing for a park. I don't think anyone in park management loves the idea. We will have to wait a few months, but I will bet that more information about Vortex will be shared at Coasterstock next year.
  6. This is certainly true, but what year is it again? 1999? Is this Internet thing new? Are webcams cutting edge technology? (It's a good thing they contract Accesso to handle online ticket sales.)
  7. From 2011, I loved the new view of Vortex's lift hill that the WindSeeker area allowed you to see. Someone probably has a much better, unobstructed shot like this...
  8. It has never been stated publicly, and probably never will be. If it were, there would be no benefit for Kings Island. It would make them look like they ignored the manufacturer's advice and potentially operated a ride unsafely.
  9. I'm glad to read a lot of well thought out posts in this thread. I agree with those that believe the reason to be structural. It doesn't make business sense to spend millions replacing most/all of Vortex's track and supports when it could be invested in a new coaster in the future instead. That doesn't mean it isn't a sad day though. Vortex is arguably the best Arrow looper ever built. The loopers built after it that were taller were all generally terrible rides. (I sometimes wonder if Magic Mountain continues to run Viper simply because they are stubborn.) Unlike so many of the other multi-loopers, Vortex had a great first drop, as well as a helix at the end. These made it a much more "complete" coaster. I'm no expert, but I support the theory that every coaster ages differently. I thought Iron Dragon and The Bat's days were numbered after Big Bad Wolf was removed at Busch Gardens, but here we are 10 years later and they both are still going. When BBW was removed, the same "end of service life" reason was given.
  10. So you're saying they decided to 'drop' having any celebration this time.
  11. Was 1981 a really good year? Apparently?
  12. Has the shoe policy changed on Banshee again? On Sunday, there was basically a mess of shoes under where the trains park in the station. People just kick off their loose shoes and leave them there until their train returns. If one was interested in a new pair of shoes, it would be an easy place to get one, provided you can find the right size...
  13. Count me in on this. I think a lot depends on how well Copperhead Strike did this year in terms of maintenance, etc., but I think it is significant that they went with Mack for a new coaster. Copperhead Strike seems like it could fit in the Backlot Stunt Coaster footprint. I've also heard nothing but good things about the Mack spinning coaster Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City. I would take either of those over something from B&M as the next coaster.
  14. Anyone who takes the time to complain about the ride is still going to ride it anyway. I have yet to meet many "enthusiasts" who behave otherwise. For those in the population that the park actually does care about, the most important description of the ride is probably "taller and faster than Diamondback".
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