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Buckeye Brad

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  1. My humble vote goes to The Beast. I am a big fan of The Racer. Without it, The Beast would not likely exist, and I would love to see The Racer restored to its red, white, blue, smooth, racing, and backwards glory. The Racer absolutely helped the public fall in love with wooden coasters again. It was "just" a bigger version of what riders were familiar with (Shooting Star). But The Beast defined how a coaster could be huge, "epic", and have a personality. A story. An immersive experience before, during, and after. Much of this is due to the hidden setting that had to be
  2. Coaster lines are long. Currently in a (supposedly) 50 min line for Mystic Timbers. According to the app, Orion is 90 min, Beast 60. My plan of many night rides is foiled. Thankful to be at KI with my family though. White Water Canyon was a sweet walk-on, with great views of Mystic.
  3. I am curious about B&M giga coaster chain lifts. My limited coaster understanding In the 90s was that coaster chain lifts above 200’ were heavy and reaching the practical limit. This appeared to be confirmed in 2000 when Steel Dragon utilized dual chains, and Millennium Force introduced a cable lift. Flash forward to 2012, and Leviathan breaks 300’ with what appears to be a traditional chain lift. Not only that, it’s quite fast, and there’s no return trough hanging below... it’s enclosed in the beefy track. This has obviously been successful with Fury and now Orion.
  4. I ride KC a lot from 1985-1991 as a teen. My experiences were almost always smooth. It had a bit of an edge to it because the tall restraints felt a bit shaky, but I never had discomfort or even head banging. I also learned how to adjust the restraints quickly while boarding: equal clearance above the shoulders and below the crotch. This provided airtime up top, and protection down below. Carefully looking at the layout photos of KC, you may notice that it has a certain elegance, and smoother transitions between elements, that Vortex for example did not. This elegance helped provide
  5. I also rode X2, on my first ever visit to SFMM this past summer. My thoughts... 1. It looks awesome and intimidating 2. In theory it’s fantastic ride... the rotation was a gimmick, but a really cool gimmick. 3. My first ride was rough but unique and enjoyable. My second was downright brutal. I was being shaken like crazy, and begging for it to be over. Both rides were in the same seat (front, right, outboard) but perhaps different trains. I consider my coaster pain tolerance to be above average (happily endured 3 Vortex rides in half an hour last October). But this secon
  6. My son and I went last year. Highlights: 1. As mentioned, the freedom to roam an empty park. The cool weirdness of seeing the park in "winter mode" (no flowers or landscaping, many rides disassembled) 2. Getting up close and personal with the Intamin coaster trains. Millennium force and Dragster trains were on the midways near their stations, separated into cars and up on risers. Very nerdy, but I actually laid down on the cold pavement to look underneath at the mechanics of the wheels and axles. It's cool how complex and heavy duty everything is. 3. The separate trip to
  7. Fishleehooker, I believe Diamonbacks supports are "different" because there are buildings and pathways where the typical "triangle" supports would bottom out. The splashdown zone might affect the support placement too.Looks like the B&M engineers used lots of ingenuity to fit Diamondback's first hill over that busy part of Rivertown. Orion (and most every other B&M Giga and Hyper I've seen) is built over more of a clean slate type of land.
  8. Shawn, Tennessee Tornado was not “redone”... rather it was built from the ground up with a more modern track design and smoother transitions, and I believe better trains, than previous Arrow designs (like Vortex). I’ve ridden Tennessee Tornado on 2 occasions. Both times I was impressed by the smoothness and the great (albeit short) ride. If Vortex was designed and (re)built in the same manner, I believe it would be outstanding.
  9. I stopped by for a few hours last night (Saturday), 8:30-11. Beast, Vortex,Mystic Timbers were all walk ons. Vortex 2 train op. Diamondback line was 10 minutes. Urgent Scare was 5 minutes.
  10. It’s fun to imagine if the late Will Koch (Holiday World) could have owned KI. I remember reading an interview that he loved KI, and that Beast inspired his love of wooden coasters +woods+terrain. Combine his enthusiasm, service values, and wooden coaster operations* with a park the size of KI... *Not knocking KI's wood coaster operations...they are better than most In my opinion. But my first trip to HW in 2000 and then riding Voyage in 2006 opened my eyes to what wooden coasters could be. When I rode Legend and Son of Beast in their opening months, I immediately realized that
  11. The Screamin’ Demon closing was mostly painless for us. Late in the summer of 1987 (Vortex opening year), I read an Enquirer article that Amazon (Congo) Falls was coming in 1988, and Demon would be leaving to make room. While my friends and I liked Demon... 1. A full summer of enjoying Vortex made the Demon less necessary 2. The loss of Demon was simultaneously tempered with the announcement of what looked to be a fun water ride (and an overall improvement) 3. We still could get our backwards coaster fix on Recar. We were still a bit bummed because it left K
  12. Hawaiian Coasters 325, My prediction is that from the parking lot, Orion's first hill will look roughly the same height as WindSeeker. Maybe a bit shorter. Both are a similar height, and some eyeballing on Google Earth indicates that they are a similar distance from the center of the parking lot. I'm not sure about the elevation changes between the sites though.
  13. Before you enlighten them, ask them what they specifically think is dangerous. The trains derailing? The trains colliding? The structure failing and falling? The restraints failing and a rider falling out? Perceived Extreme G forces causing injury? Hitting a bird in the face (sorry Fabio)? A personal reason (bad experience perhaps)? Their answer may help direct your response.
  14. Yesterday (Sunday), we saw several test runs in the afternoon. Some trains with water dummies, some without. Some isolated trains, some multiple train operation. At least one that paused on the curve just before the drop for several minutes. No real insights or reopening prediction, but nice to see trains testing. In other news, Blue Streak was closed all day due to flooding. The CP employee at the entrance said that the water was rising. So without BS and Valravn, that area of the the park was quite desolate.
  15. Great report Shaggy! Coincidentally we took a California trip also...we hit Disneyland on June 9 and SFMM on June 11. My first trips to both. I agree with everything you said about Galaxy's Edge. However, our disappointment over Rise of the Resistance being not yet open was negated by another surprise (to us) Star Wars ride... Hyper Space Mountain. This was so awesome! The music track, the tie fighters, the sound effects... To us this was even cooler than Smuggler's Run. Up to this point, Magic Kingdom was my overall favorite theme park. Disneyland gave us the perfect day,
  16. Thanks for clearing that up Shaggy. And for the "Afterburn" clarification. :^) (To me, AfterburnER was a "ride" that existed in the late ‘80’s, in a Rivertown arcade, where Diamondback was built)
  17. Shaggy, sorry to derail this thread, but I have a question about the Screamin Demon. Seems there is some confusion about whether or not it was at Fun Spot in Angola. For it's worth, I have an old Cincy Enquirer clipping from 1987 that claims it was headed for Fun Spot. Your blog (and RCDB) indicate it went straight to Camden, Furthermore, RCDB states that Afterburn at Fun Spot came from Florida. Did the Enquirer simply get the facts wrong, or did the Demon's plan change after that was written?
  18. In my opinion, if GCI were to build The Beast, (a 7,000' long coaster in KI Rivertown) it would be an amazing coaster. Perhaps even better than the actual coaster that KI built. But it would not be The Beast. It would not likely have the build up, and the long gradual 18 degree drop off of the second lift, and the slam and deafening roar in the helix. Speaking of the 18 degree second drop and helix, is there another coaster in the world with a feature like that? It still amazes me how "tame" it looks from offride, but how it hits the ball out the park every single time.
  19. Wow, your answer is thorough and helpful. Thanks jcgoble3. ;^)
  20. Does the Beach Waterpark have a "passenger drop off" area, or a convenient place to drop off and pick up teens without paying the parking fee? Thanks!
  21. I rode Sheikra last year for the first time, and I understand. If I ride it as a thrill coaster, I'm not as impressed as most of the forces are on the gentle side and the actual coasting time seems brief. If I ride it as some kind of Frankencoaster / Demon Drop contraption with bonus track, I find it way more exciting. The holding brake and mid course brake (just before the second drop) were a hoot, and there was a kind of camaraderie amongst the riders as we hung and screamed together. It also helped that my 10 year old son was nuts for Sheikra. My opinion of a coaster soars i
  22. I remember reading an interview with Will about how he went to KI many times as a boy, and fell in love with Beast and Racer. I love the idea that his love for coasters was kindled at KI, and Raven is his attempt to bring some Beast magic to his little park in Santa Claus. To say that he succeeded is a huge understatement. I think he even said something to the effect that he was proud of his Raven, even though it was not even close to the size of Beast. Classy and humble words. I always think of Will Koch when I am lucky enough to ride Raven, and it brings a smile to my face.
  23. My short answer to the original question is, " I doubt it". In the last decade or so, what wooden coasters have switched their trains? I'm missing some, but here are the ones I can think of: Hersheypark Wildcat (PTC to Millennium Flyers) Gwazi (PTC to Millennium Flyers) Son of Beast (Premier to Gerstlauer) Voyage (Attempted PTC to Timberliner, back to PTC) Hades (PTC to Timberliner) Ghostrider (PTC to Millennium Flyers) We've also seen at least 5 wooden coasters convert to steel by Rocky Mountain. The lack of coasters "upgrading their trains", and the mixed results of
  24. I am proud of the presence Cincy has in the amusement design/manufacturing industry. Clermont Steel Fabricators, Gravity Group, and another I recently learned about called Magna Machine. If you hunt through their website you will find some familiar things, including steel plates that look suspiciously like the ones at the ends of B&M track. http://www.magna-machine.com
  25. My family and I endured the crowds for an evening at KI last night. Despite the longest lines and biggest KI crowds I've seen years, we enjoyed a rare front seat ride on Racer. I forgot how much fun Racer is in the front. Another surprise was the "Off the Charts" show. It was a random thing for us as I've not been in the International Showplace in decades. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much (late day, late season, not my musical taste) But it was a great show. Huge cast of band members and singers, and every single one of them was high energy, all smiles, and performing at a high
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