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Posts posted by silver2005

  1. How about Six Flags Great America's?

    Iron Wolf- B&M's first coaster

    Shockwave- once one of the tallest coasters in the world and tied for most inversions at 7 for a bit

    Deja Vu- One of a handful of Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerangs ever built

    Rolling Thunder, Tidal Wave and Z-Force- part of SIX's infamous ride rotation

    Or Six Flags Great Adventure-

    Great American Scream Machine- one of the tallest coasters in the world and first to 7 inversions

    Viper- First heartline coaster

    Ultra Twister- the only one of its kind in the US

    Batman and Robin: The Chiller- first racing/dueling LIM coasters

    Rolling Thunder- one of the racing coasters built in the 70s along side the likes of Racer, Racer 75, etc.

    Lightning Loops- only pair of interlocking Arrow shuttle looping coasters

  2. In terms of defunct rides I didn't get to ride when I visited and they were operating (and I was able to ride through being tall enough)- Ghoster Coaster, the helicopter tour, the tallest of the FastTrak slides (the slides at the tower before the mat racers) and Flight Commander.

    In terms of currently operating rides- Sling Shot.  


  3. 36 minutes ago, KI Guy said:

    I don't know you are or what you do, but you work too hard to be giving charity to amusement parks! 

    Guys once again I don't foresee this being an issue.

    Kings Island is smart enough to keep the passholders happy. I'm sure whatever situation arises they'll make it right.


    I have used to have a medical condition where I had to battle my own immune system as what I had was considered an auto-immune disorder.  While I had surgery to remove said condition, building back your immune system takes tons of time, even if you're active in doing it plus your body doesn't store Vitamin C.  While mine is more functional than what it used to be, I still don't trust my immune system even well after what they say is a good time to relieve social distancing practices.  I'm going to continue to be strict in my own way until the 18 month time frame when there will allegedly be a vaccine.  I have to actively take steps past what people consider to be healthy practices, even when there wasn't a virus spreading.  If it means not going to parks, sporting events and the like, so be it. 

    I also spent more time in a hospital than anyone should- I get how to handle social isolation and the level of patience and persistence needed to power through it.  

    I anticipate several more spikes when between social distancing being relaxed and when the vaccine arrives. 


  4. I'm honestly thinking of just sitting out 2020 for park visits and just wait until 2021 even if parks open up, or at the very least wait until Haunt season to see if things aren't as hard pressed in terms of social distancing.  Already cancelled my CP/MIA trip.  Just thinking of all the hassles just to go isn't worth it to me.  And yes, I'm okay with biting the $200 bullet of purchasing a Platinum Pass for this year and not using it.  

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  5. ^Are you suggesting the S&S version is bad?  Because I'd argue the S&S version is more intense than what B&M would come up with.  

    The thing that makes 4D coasters work a la X2 are 2 extra rails below the running rails (the 4 in 4D is a reference that there are 4 rails, at least when it was coined when X came into being) that are connected to a mechanism that spins the seats.  The only other option would be to have a computer mounted on the trains control the spinning.  Both versions require a ton of extra engineering that I'm not sure even B&M could overcome with downtime.  That's why I think the Intamin/S&S version is the way to go in making them free-spinning.  

    Also, the S&S version does surprisingly well with capacity for its size and the single cars. 

  6. Another thing to consider is what the park experience will be like in getting return visitors/new pass holders.  I imagine the park won't open at full operations, whether it'd be opening less rides, rides having less capacity (if they go by the Japanese examples brought up here- we're talking half or less capacity on everything) to try and fit in social distancing, etc.  A lot of that will be a turn off along with the word of mouth of those happenings.  

  7. On 3/21/2020 at 7:46 PM, silver2005 said:

    ^I have a friend who's an anti-vaxer and its kinda scary how seriously she takes that position.  

    Update on anti-vaxer friend- she is now seriously asking someone infect her own family with COVID-19 so they develop a natural immunity as opposed to a vaccinated immunity. 

    My head hurts. 

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  8. ^I also why its mostly limited to autism when there are a myriad of conditions that you can get a childbirth.  Heck, the one I had is one of them and I've met parents at group meetings, and that kind of thinking is never brought up (well, only to laugh it out of the room).  

    And yes, my support group, both the one I see as well as the national group that its under, is very anti-anti-vaxer.  

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  9. 2 hours ago, Thabto said:

    I would hope with just about everything being shut down, the curve will start to drop faster. I still think there will be a rise in cases over the next 2 weeks but after that I would think there will start to be a drop. I think the next steps should be limiting the number of people going into stores at once. Walmart is still overcrowded. 

    The problem is with the lack of testing, there isn't a way to track where the virus is spreading, and thus we don't know where it may be concentrated and where it has the potential to be spreading faster, and the CDC can't respond by doing more detailed work.  I expect that curve to be going nowhere but up for a while. 

    And then you have situations like in Florida where the curve is no doubt going up.  

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  10. 22 hours ago, SonofBaconator said:

    I don't understand the complaints of vest restraints.

    "yOu DoN't GeT aIr TiMe" 

    You're not supposed to get airtime on an inverting coaster. Yes some inverting rides pull it off but I'd personally sacrifice airtime so my head doesn't bang against old OTSRs.

    If you want airtime, ride Diamondback or Mystic Timbers. 

    There should be some airtime on dive coasters though.  Valravn's big selling point is the weightlessness on the 2 vertical drops, but the problem is you're held down so tight with the vest restraints that its near non-existent.  I hope I get to Griffon or SheiKra to see if the old B&M restraints are better for a dive coaster. 

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