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  1. So, what I'm hearing is that *you* are the Dippin' Dots guy. Tell us your secrets.
  2. I'd forgotten about that. "It's okay, at least midget wrestling is coming back" made me absolutely lose it. How I don't miss that era. HOW IS THAT VIDEO 10 YEARS OLD. I remember it being posted here like it was yesterday.
  3. That part was really confusing to me, too. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark here: I think the post is saying that, prior to this redesign, the structures of the upper track and the lower track merged into one big structure before the tunnel. That merged structure had a higher amount of sway to it as the train passed over it that caused the ride to be rough. The Gravity Group is redesigning the supports in that area to remain separate and unmerged until the tunnel itself. Separating the structures until then will allow both structures to be more rigid, which will reduce the sway and lead to a smoother ride.
  4. And to think... I liked you. Remember, kids, nothing gold can stay.
  5. That, and Pennsylvania has VERY different regulations than Ohio.
  6. ^ See, here's what I'm wondering... I couldn't tell you where I heard this because it's been too long, but I feel I've heard before that KI converted the trains from 4-bench trains to 3-bench trains in-house. If there's anything to that, I wonder if PTC would even entertain doing that kind of refurbishment.
  7. I'd be really curious to know what Pennsylvania's laws are on rides being up to ASTM code and/or ADA standards and/or other standards, whether Kangaroo was already there or not, and what change(s) will be required to get it running again. One could speculate that if the ride was carefully dismantled at the end of last year and did not have any issues meeting the standards required by law, there would be no reason to involve Premier in this process at all...
  8. I'm not sure I follow the progression between those two pictures. Was the red covered up by the primer and the checker section and green section freshly repainted?
  9. Perhaps the antique cars will be rerouted to circle the restaurant?
  10. Not to be That Guy™, but typos that sound funny when pronounced make me laugh: You can, BoddaH. You can herp. I believe in you.
  11. I love the amount of painting happening in the park this year. The park is going to be in top shape for the 50th anniversary.
  12. I find the wording of her injuries to be specific: she suffered "debilitating injuries" that RESULTED in a stroke. That wording reminds me of the wording used to describe the 2009 Son of Beast brain injury that resulted in it being shut down. Unlike Son of Beast, Adventure Express (to my knowledge) does not have a high profile history of injuring its riders. I'm certainly no expert and have no connections to decision makers at Cedar Fair or Kings Island, but I'd be surprised if this results in anything happening to Adventure Express. The only exception is if something comes to light about a specific aspect of the ride or its operation that caused the guest's injury. And honestly, if that were the case, I feel like it would have already done so... unless this actually comes to court.
  13. Do I have to ride the first four to understand the plot of #5? In all seriousness, I wholeheartedly thought HUSS had gone under and no longer existed after the Dollywood lawsuit. I'm glad that's not the case. I always thought they had unique flat ride ideas that I'd love to see take off. I feel like they've got a ton of work to do in the American market to get back any kind of presence, though--maybe even moreso than Intamin.
  14. It's possible to snap them. The park prohibits it.
  15. ^ I feel like that's effectively how they ran Blackout after the first year.
  16. I've really enjoyed the bobsled coasters I've been on. It'd be cool to see one come our way. I'm not sure where specifically in the park I'd put it... Depending on the theme, I suppose I could see it in Area 72. Or maybe even Rivertown as a spiritual successor of sorts to Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal, if you turn your head and squint. I have no idea if there's any validity to this, but in my head, Avalanche at Kings Dominion and Adventure Express were originally destined for each other's parks. Adventure Express makes more sense for Avalanche's spot thematically, and vice versa.
  17. My favorite thing about this ad is that it doesn't try to be even remotely specific in a way that's helpful. What are these experts knowledgeable in? No idea. Everything, I guess. But we'll assure you--twice--that it will just be you and them and no one else. You can expect an answer in exactly 9 seconds. Not 10 seconds, not 8 seconds--a nice, round 9 seconds. Want some information? You've come to the right place, probably. Buckle your seatbelt, because the next 9 seconds will BLOW YOUR MIND. If these are the kinds of ads we'll get if the admins don't change the forum coding, please don't change the coding. I'm all for them.
  18. ^ This is off topic, but I love trying to guess what year pictures of the park were taken. It's pre-2017, as Mystic Timbers isn't there. I believe I can see Reds Hall of Fame logos on that building, so it's at least 2013. I *believe* I can see the Fischer Family Care Center peeking up by the International Showplace, which would mean this picture was taken in 2016 at the earliest. I'm gonna guess 2016?
  19. I mean, this one was a given. @King Ding Dong is still a passholder.
  20. That's not a lot of mazes. I get it, though. Gotta go with what allows for social distancing. Speaking of, I wonder if they'll only group people together by their actual party without any strangers or anything. Completely unsurprised to see Urgent Scare out this year. I'm a bit surprised that no Blackout replacement was announced. I have to assume Cornered is going in Tower Gardens? It's a bit surprising to me that Field of Screams isn't being used in its original location--I feel like Cornered is going to be all of FoS's props relocated to the front of the park.
  21. Either this finally confirms that you're Sandor Kernacs, or [Citation needed].
  22. I do wish they'd priced them more steeply, if I'm being honest. FastPass was a mind trick to add perceived value to your ticket price. Speculation on the internet guesses that up to 70% of a ride's capacity would be reserved for FP... so yeah, you might get on 3 rides quickly, but anything you don't have FP for took so much longer than it otherwise would. That pricing for a front-of-the-line option is almost identically priced to Kennywood's front-of-the-line option. For the price that even a one-park, one-day experience at a Disney park costs, is anyone going to think that much about dropping $15 several times over? That pricing works at Kennywood because Kennywood isn't trying to be some ultra-premium theme park. What is $15 a head per ride when you've already dropped multiple thousands to even be there?
  23. ^ There's a lanyard currently for sale in the Diamondback gift shop that has KI's logos over the years on it, including the original Paramount logo (minus the word "Paramount.") Kings Dominion acknowledged the Paramount era by name, including the trademarked ride names, during their 40th anniversary. Paramount is part of the parks' history, and it seems as long as they stay within certain guidelines, they're okay to reference that era historically.
  24. I'm gonna offer some perspective that's not meant to justify or condemn what the nurse did. My first instinct is that they publicized the report because they see amusement parks as inherently unsafe and in need of accountability. I see that as the product of the cultural bias of amusement parks as being places where people are commonly hurt or killed, which itself is the product of the kinds of GP stories we frequently laugh about here, e.g., "The Bat swung too far and hit a support and killed the riders." The lack of evidence in those situations when Googled can build an idea that parks are in the cover-up business. They aren't, by the way, to anyone who might be reading this and thinking that's an accurate assumption. At any rate, the only way I see TTD leaving is if: 1. The Department of Agriculture refuses to certify it, 2. Cedar Point does not feel confident in their ability to keep it running safely, or 3. Cedar Point thinks it's going to hurt their brand to keep it open and decides to replace it with something equally or more noteworthy. CP has built itself a brand of being "the best amusement park in the world with the big coasters." I don't see them easily letting go of one of two major coasters that helped them build that brand, nor do I see them letting go of that brand entirely.
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