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  1. Falcons Fury is also down. Was very disappointed to not be able to ride it during my first and only visit last month. Iron Gwazi was very fun though!
  2. It’s similar to a virtual Queue. A member of the party goes up the exit ramp, the operator will give a time based on the approximate wait time. You show up and get right on
  3. IOE did the controls for Lightning Run at KK. no one got a picture of it so it is all hearsay but I worked there at the time. When it first opened, the transfer track area used only friction wheels to stop and start a train waiting to enter the station. When it was first opening the head of maintenance was discussing with the ride’s manufacturer his concern for the need of at least 1 skid break in the transfer area. Long story short, it was a very hot day (running quite fast) and a sudden downpour came across the park while LR had two trains running and one actively on the course when the storm started. The purple train came around the u turn towards the transfer area, the friction wheels stopped but the train did not. The purple train had a low speed collision with the back of the green train and both trains did have damage. The purple trains front decorative piece was cracked and broken and one of the controls of the restraints on the back of the green train were damaged from the impact. The green train was able to be repaired quicker and placed back into service. The purple train at least directly after the accident had a noticeable color difference on parts of the front car from the repair. A pinch break was added to the transfer area after this.
  4. No it wouldn’t. The reason they are such low capacity is not because they can’t hold a lot of people. I’ve operated the wheel that’s at Kentucky kingdom which is similar to CPs. If you were to fill the entire wheel up, the capacity would be quite high. The reason you can’t is due to the balancing of the wheel. If you fill it up, you need a continuous flow of people to keep it full, otherwise the wheel falls out of balance and will essentially “free spin” and the motors will error out as the weight is out of tolerance. This continues until the heaviest part settles at the bottom. In the 6 passenger gondolas like the 150ft Giant Wheel at KK. The standard operating tolerance was +\- 2 gondolas. So for example the loading platform had room to load 5 gondolas at once. If you were just starting the day, you could only load 2 gondolas. Once those got to the top you could load 4 and so on and so on. The caveat though was you could never let it get out of tolerance so if the line died suddenly and you had 5 gondolas unloading you would have to stop it in a position to where only 2 gondolas could unload and the other 3 would have to go around again while you unloaded 4 and then again for the 3 and again for the 1. That’s 3 extra rotations on a cycle to unload if no one is there to replenish. Now imagine if all 4 sets of 10 were loaded. A nightmare. That’s why the giant wheels are never used to their full capacity. You’d need thousands and thousands of people to be able to maintain it
  5. They actually had a “star’s projector” one year. I can’t remember what year but they had some type of laser right in front of the steps that looked like dots of light and they also did a similar effect in the launch tunnel. I only remember these effects lasting one year and it was definitely before they replaced the lights in the spaghetti bowl with LEDs.
  6. But different braking system. Skid vs magnet. One is adjustable, the other is not without physically adding material.
  7. And yet I think the checkerboard paint job for Delirium looked way better than it does now. It literally looks like a faded pencil including the eraser on the top.
  8. So I guess that is confirmation we are keeping the same paint job, including the checkers
  9. Even though it was just done in 2014, I think Delirium looks like it needs another repaint worse than Drop Tower. Maybe it’s just because I liked it’s old paint job better though.
  10. Is anyone up at the park I’m on the way and it’s showing Beast as closed? Does anyone know if it been open today? This will be my only opportunity for a night ride
  11. So what mazes did we lose this year? Blackout, Wolfpack, Board to Death, Urgent Scare. The location where sorority house was, is anything there? Carn Evil? I haven’t been to haunt in a couple of years so some of my maze locations are fuzzy.
  12. Woah now. Approaching 30? I’ve still got 5 years left before that. Don’t age us like that
  13. What is up with Invertigo and Drop Tower? I’ve been here 3 times this year and they seem to have had significant downtime each of my visits.
  14. Flight of Fear reporting a 90 minute wait. Just went through and it took only about a 45 min wait. That was even with them accepting train after train of about 90% FL.
  15. Yeah I went to Banshee first thing on passholder weekend. Had plenty of time to observe them testing it. Probably did it 4-5 times in the 2 hours I was waiting there.
  16. At least when I was there this past Saturday, I don’t think it ever opened. The maintenance crew did do several test runs though. Even saw them run it without the disk spinning. It appeared to be working normally but obviously something was up or it would have opened.
  17. But like...what is the purpose in replacing 3-4 year old trains? Unless Vekoma is giving them for free I highly highly doubt they’d pay to replace already new trains
  18. ^that looks a lot like Vortex with white added lol
  19. Not sure if I’m supposed to say or not but park employees aren’t considered “the public” Chance was there and did their testing before handing it over to the park with their blessing, employees were riding at that point LOL
  20. They definitely don’t need inspectors to test. The way it was explained to me when I was helping test lightning run was we could run the thing 24/7 if we wanted. But no one from the public is allowed to ride until the inspectors sign off on it
  21. The backs of my knees quiver at the thought of a stand up. But also my junk... Chang was too much to handle.
  22. Surprised they didn’t do yellow/blue/red so it would look similar to another giga in Ohio!
  23. Not at KI, but I’ve had to stop a coaster on the lift because someone pulled out not a phone to film, but an entire iPad from under their shirt... who wants to get hit with an iPad?!
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