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Everything posted by homestar92

  1. Well, I was referencing Mean Girls. I realize that it is basically high school algebra, I just tried to use the correct verbiage to match the film as closely as possible. And on that note... Stop trying to make Area 72 restrooms happen. It's not going to happen. You need plumbing and sanitary sewer access in that area to install a restroom, which it doesn't have and would actually be much more expensive to add than you might think. It's not that the park couldn't afford it, just that it's not a big enough pain point for guests that they could realistically expect a decent ROI. Adding restrooms is only really worthwhile if the lack of them is causing people to not ride the rides in Area 72, which is definitely not the case due to X-Base's former nickname of Line Base.
  2. Banshee was exactly 100 pieces of track at 4124 feet in length. At 5,321 feet of track, Orion will be around 129 or 130 track pieces. To (almost) quote one of my favorite movies: 100 over 4124 equals x over 5321 and then you cross-multiply and get the value of X.
  3. Banshee loading more quickly is a combination of factors. In part, it's the slightly higher capacity. But also, part of it is the lack of bins, and part of it is due to the trains being half as long, which means less walking for the ride ops to check restraints.
  4. They are advertising it as a brand new ride. However, it does stand to reason that it could just be a relocation within the park, as the Big Dipper would seem to be an extremely similar ride to what we've seen in the artist's rendering of the new area.
  5. Random abandoned items (especially bags) lying on the ground are viewed by park security (and virtually all law enforcement bodies) as possible security threats. I would highly advise that you NOT do this.
  6. It definitely does. Nickelodeon and Hannah-Barbera coexisted for several years. I think it's very interesting that MiA is one of only two parks in the chain to get a new coaster this year. That's a first. In fact, this is the first coaster addition to that park since Cedar Fair purchased it that isn't a relocation...
  7. Georgia Scorcher is barely over 100 feet tall which probably helps. It's quite a lot smaller and slower than Chang or Mantis. Riddler's Revenge, however, is very similar to those two that BoddaH1994 mentioned.
  8. There are very few claims I'm willing to proclaim with the utmost confidence regarding future installations at parks, but I can tell you this: standup coasters are not coming back. Realistically, I think an RMC is the most likely next coaster, but I don't know where you would put it. I can't think of any rides that are large enough and either unpopular enough or difficult enough to maintain that it would be worth removing them for an RMC. I know some point to Vortex, but it still pulls nearly a million riders a year, putting it way up there on the list of popular rides. I think Invertigo is the most likely next coaster to go, but I don't know what you'd put in its spot besides maybe a Larson Loop. Which would actually be a trade I'd be just fine with as long as the park doesn't try to advertise it as a coaster like the chain that numbers its flags...
  9. At the software company where I work, product support representatives get a talking-to from management if they use the word "bug". I think the problem is that KI gives ride ops a lot of freedom with their spieling (which isn't inherently a bad thing as a fun and energetic ride op can make time standing in line more interesting) but some don't really know how far is too far. And that's a tough thing to train since I'm not sure you can really draw a clear and exact line. The longer I am a follower of the industry, the more I find myself agreeing with Terpy that auto-spiels are probably the way to go. Just as long as they aren't like Verbolten...
  10. This is 100% false. There is only one group of people who cares about the difference between a 300 foot height and a 300 foot drop, and that group of people is buying Platinum Passes anyway even if they build nothing at all. If neither stat was over 300, then yes, it would maybe be a harder sell. But all they have to do is mention the 300 foot drop, and as far as the general public is concerned, it's a 300 foot coaster.
  11. I feel that this is relevant again. Don't need to provide a link as it's my photo and my meme. Maybe they'll add a bathroom one day. They can put 300 stalls in it so we can have a real Giga in that area. (Joking, BTW. Orion is a real Giga and anyone who disagrees is extremely pedantic and probably a blast at parties)
  12. They did have heat before Winterfest. On Banshee's Media Day it was 36 degrees when the event started (I remember this quite well because I was a stupid idiot and wore shorts) and I and a few others were standing in the bathrooms to keep warm as they were the only heated buildings that were open during that event. Also, they had done Winterfest before so the bathrooms would have needed heat back then too. Pretty much all of the restrooms in the park today were there when Winterfest had its first run. Kings Island doesn't add bathrooms very often - a truth that is very sadly apparent when you take one look in X-Base. Er, sorry... Area 72.
  13. If you Google "Millennium Force Drop" that's what comes up. Not sure where they're pulling that figure from, though, as Wikipedia and RCDB both list it as being 300.
  14. That was a portion of the queue line from Son of Beast. It is also still used during Halloween Haunt as the queue for the Wolf Pack maze. I never was in the park during Son of Beast's time as an actual operating coaster, but it appears from signs of obvious patches in the concrete that the line once wrapped around and went all the way to the Action Zone midway next to the restroom that's over there, but I may be wrong about that.
  15. Drivel like that article are the reason that I try very hard to distance myself from the term "coaster enthusiast" if I'm being totally honest.
  16. I guarantee that you do not know a single person who you could place on the top of a cliff with no information about its height and have them be able to differentiate between a 285 foot drop and a 300 foot drop. Also, the only time you look down on a coaster is when you're going down the lift hill. Which drops into a valley. Which means, by your line of sight, you are looking down more than 300 feet. If the anticipation of climbing the lift hill is what you're basing the excitement argument on, I kinda get it, except you also don't climb up 300 feet on Leviathan because its station is a good 20 feet or more off the ground. ^ Responding to @BoddaH1994 now: want to see another good one? (pic taken from https://rcdb.com/3385.htm)
  17. Your definition can be whatever you want it to be, but your definition is not what has been generally agreed upon by the amusement park industry. By your definition, Magnum XL-200 is not a hypercoaster, and you are literally the first person I've ever heard try and make that claim.
  18. OK, sure, but your example is extremely different than this case. We're talking about a difference of 13 feet. Would the giga suddenly become a giga if they dug a 13-foot pit under the lift hill? If so, then it should be considered a giga now. It's extremely pedantic to try and argue that our coaster is not a giga when its drop is equal to or greater than that of Millennium Force (depending on whether you go by the 299 or 300 foot stat of Millennium Force's drop, as I've seen both used). The generally agreed upon definition is that extreme cases like your example don't count, but if one stat is over 300 and the other is within reason, then it counts. Hence why Apollo's Chariot is universally considered to be a hypercoaster and Magnum also is, despite both having one stat under 200 and one over, but why High Roller wasn't considered to be anything significant despite being 900 feet off the ground.
  19. B&M likes having obnoxiously high brake runs. There's an entire Arrow Looper underneath the brake run of Leviathan!
  20. The Banshee announcement video showed the water tower and target, Flight Deck in gray and not rethemed, and Delirium with a checkered paint job. Best to not put much stock in the non-Orion things in the video.
  21. Orion has a longer drop than Millennium Force. Just because we have terrain that isn't completely flat and they were able to use the lay of the land to the ride's advantage doesn't mean they cheaped out. Drop height is infinitely more important than track height. If track height was the thing that made a ride great, The Beast would be laughably bad as it is never more than 30 or 40 feet off the ground besides the two lift hills.
  22. Logically, it MUST be on Kings Island property somewhere, or have been moved elsewhere onto CSF's property. It's not a very long drive from CSF to KI, so if it left CSF, it would almost certainly be at the park by now.
  23. What, officially, makes that park the Roller Coaster capital of the World other than their own claim on the title? Six Flags Magic Mountain has one more coaster than Cedar Point does, with yet another under construction. If Cedar Point can claim that title based on nothing, then so could Kings Island.
  24. I mean, Eiffel Tower does have a drop, it's just very slow. So they're technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.
  25. The park isn't completely flat. I don't know the topography, but if the plot of land that the coaster sits on is at a 20 foot higher elevation than where the Eiffel Tower is, it could be higher without being taller. I don't think that's it though, because the pathways are mostly flat and if you recall, Firehawk sat a little bit lower than the path to get to it.
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