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  1. The aerial from the unused train station came from a Cessna 172. I will try to get up periodically and snap a few shots. That shot was taken by my 9 year old with an I Phone, so i'm pretty sure I can do better with a real camera.
  2. Not a ton to see that hasn't been posted, but... Apparently the unused train station has a use.
  3. While all the coaster fans were lining up to hear the announcement of Mystic Timbers I had to work. As usual. So Teterboro NJ, 10 am till noon the next day. Hmmm, what's close I haven't been to? Dorney Park, just 90 some odd miles down the road! I changed in the plane and hit the ground running! After a fun filled trip down the NJTP (cash only, please) and I-78 I arrived at the park at 12:30. I exited off I-78 at PA222 and immediately saw Stinger, Possessed and Steel Force to my left. Scanning my pass/security/entering the park was a non event. I might mention it was hot, 90 deg
  4. I was very surprised that there was no waiver to be signed or anything like that. OHSA requirements are very strict, for the very reasons you speak of. If you were determined/crazy/ill you could fall on (and through) the track or overtop the railing. The tether prevents any movement like I just mentioned (you have to drag it with you). If you fainted or fell you would end up on the platform with your midsection off the ground as the tether was only about 18" long.
  5. We bought season passes and in three different visits have yet to ride Lightning Rod. We're trying again in late August. If you can manage a stay at DreamMore they offer a Fast Pass (their version) for everyday you are at the park. Its a pretty nice hotel.
  6. I think Knott's hotel is getting refurbished; that would eat a lot of capital.
  7. R.E. Middleton Construction did most of the concrete work on Banshee and Valravn. Here they are pouring sidewalks and a parking lot..... Or adding footers for a totally sweet B & M Giga Inverted Dive Wing coaster for an elementary school.
  8. We have activity... at my daughters' elementary school. I did ask about when they were starting at KI they said they couldn't talk about that.
  9. I was in that line too. Follow the paw prints to the first of three queues. Bought drinks in the third queue (Now second queue). Spit in the pond (yeah, I was that idiot kid) , finally the ride of a lifetime. I rode it again today with a 5 minute wait. Still a great ride! And even better memories.
  10. I would guess the teasers have stopped due to the plans being discovered. There is no reason to give away more than what has been found already. A wooden coaster is pretty much guaranteed, so what else can you tease? Manufacturer? (for the 1% who care?), track layout? (it's going back in the woods, probably interacting with WWC in someway), Inversions? (maybe, maybe not) The only substantial thing left is the official announcement and the name. I'm guessing the end of August and Sasquatch as the name.
  11. Valravn shakes big time, but only when running and is designed to do exactly that. I have a video of the supports shaking as the train moves through the course. When we were at the top (obviously the ride was not running) it didn't move at all. They said if it didn't shake, it would break. I get that. Airplane wings do the exact same thing.
  12. Along these lines I learned on the CP Sunrise tour B & M has special harnesses that allow people missing limbs to ride their newer rollercoasters. Both Diamondback and Valravn has the attachments for these harnesses.
  13. A few more pics.... Centerpunched light... MF.. Maverick..
  14. A few weeks ago my wife and I signed up for the Sunrise Tour at Cedar Point to take place on Thursday, June 16. We arrived the day before and enjoyed the park and an overnight stay at The Breakers so we would be sure to make our show time of 6:30am on the 16th. Crowds were minimal on the 15th with Valravn down for most of the day. (yet all the Intamins were up and running...) We awoke on the 16th to the sound of heavy rain. Not good. But checking the radar it seemed to by one isolated cell and it was moving to the southeast. We checked out of The Breakers at 6:15 and drove out of the
  15. RMC builds a hell of a coaster. However... Cedar Fair has not worked with RMC, and has a several coaster relationship with GCI. GCI produced Goldstriker under very trying circumstances at California Great America. GCI just rebuilt (with much fanfare!) Knotts signature coaster, Ghostrider. Why do we think for a moment (other than wishful thinking) that Cedar Fair would change course and switch rollercoaster builders? How many Intamin coasters have been bought by Cedar Fair after Inimidator 305? How many B & M ? ...And 99% of rollercoaster riders couldn't tell you the design
  16. I have to believe the hot, humidless climate kills wooden roller coasters. Ghostrider was rebuilt this year, Apocalypse is very rough, Psyclone before it was horrible and Colosus was RMCed. Goldrusher is great, but brand new. Grizzly, not so much. Seems like a California problem. All that being said, while I wanted a Giga i'm not the least bit disappointed. A new coaster is a new coaster! Enjoy!
  17. I assume that Cedar Fair has a contract with CoasterDynamix. Unfortunately CoasterDynamix's website is horrible and I really can't determine what is available until I get into a park or see something on their social media. I have seen Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Gatekeeper, Magnum and Valravn at Cedar Point. (apparently Raptor and Maverick will be available later this summer) I have seen The Beast, Banshee and Diamondback at Kings Island. I've seen nothing at Knotts, Kings Dominion or SF Great Adventure. (but they have some sweet coasters that could be modeled!)
  18. Alot of grey/unpainted track outside CSM today. Its not close enough to read the tag from the road.
  19. Friday I had a 6 hour layover in Richmond, Va. Even my passengers knew where I was headed. I arrived at the park at 9:45 and the parking lot was pretty much empty. I parked in the first spot past the handicap spots and headed to the front gates. The gates opened and I was in! I didn't realize that the park opens at 10:00, but the rides open at 10:30. After asking a security officer I found out Volcano and Flight of Fear were on tap for ERT. They wouldnt let me cut through SnoopyLand so I had to go back and get though by Dominator. There were no signs or indications that advertise
  20. Support for Mako, from last year. MC : Mega Coaster? Interestingly, also X-Works, though it ended up at SeaWorld.
  21. I bit the bullet and signed up for June 16 with my wife. I'll post a trip report after. We have Platinum and dining and all that but I figured to climb/elevator to the top of Valravn and opening other coasters it would be worth it. I'll let you know.
  22. Thanks for explaining, must be an older style i'm not familiar with.
  23. I have a question about B & M track that I'm sure someone on this forum knows the answer to: I have now seen two B & M coasters, Silver Bullet (Knotts) and Superman (SFGrAdventure) with large holes in the spine of the track. These holes are empty and serve no visible purpose. I was told that they may be for a brake that was not fitted (which I doubt). Personally i'm guessing it adds some sort of torsional stiffness to the track. Silver Bullet's is right after the Cobra Roll, immediately after the camera. (First Picture) Superman's is after the pretzel, under a brake se
  24. Work brought me to the NYC area for a 4/28-4/30 trip. As I was going through my ACE renewal stuff I remembered I had a free admission to any Six Flags park. I also had a rental car and a copilot who had other plans....Hmmmm. I had seen that Great Adventure was open for Passover and that New York schools were off for the holiday. Forecast, 50 and possible rain. I consulted a KICer that knows a lot about the park and he gave me a few pointers so off I went! Seacacus to I-195 on the NJ tollway is $8.05. One Way. Cash only. Figures. At 9:45 there was no wait at the parking tolls
  25. I'm guessing a B & M Giga, 350' or there abouts. Sasquatch like name.
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