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  1. Found this on YouTube it’s the entire show. I think the fountain looks fantastic.
  2. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    I do not agree, and I am confident that executives at Six Flags and Cedar Fair would also disagree that they are the biggest draws at the parks in which they are located. When they were built, sure, but today? No, both parks have moved on. Richard Kinzel the CEO of Cedar Fair when TTD was built has publicly called the ride his biggest mistake. I have seen quotes from executives who have stated that due to the extreme maintenance costs it is the most expensive ride ever operated at a park in the chain. More then twice as expensive as other coasters per a passenger. At its core the problem with the rides is the hydraulic engine, the catch car, and the steel cable. There is just too much which can and does go wrong. This is why no one builds these rides any longer. But it’s not to say there will not be newer and better designs. LSM launches have a hard time accelerating trains to the speeds of TTD and KK but it might be possible. Red Force built in 2017 is capable of getting close at 111.9 MPH which gets it over a 367.3 foot top hat. But I have heard the launch track is longer then TTD. Will there be another 400+ foot coaster built? I think so, but we need more research and technology first.
  3. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    Dollywood lists Lightning Rod as having a height of 206 feet. Yet it is only 80 from the top of the hill to the top of the coaster. No one here seems to be able to answer one fundamental question. How is the height of a coaster typically calculated?
  4. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    Anyone arguing height, look at Superman Escape from Krypton. 415 ft tall, yet it only drops 328.1? The park built the ride on a slope, the spike is above the lowest elevation on the ride. Even worse since this is a launch up a spike it really is not even a 300 ft drop since the vehicle never gets close to the top. Can anyone honestly claim that extra height matters at all if the train never uses it? What difference would it make to the ride if the land under the lift was 20 feet lower if the rest of the ride stays the same?
  5. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    The airport is around 10 miles from the park, height restrictions only extend for 20,000 feet from the airport. Beyond that you can go as high as you want, as long as you request permission. Which is what is bugging me, I checked the FAA website a few minutes ago, the park has not filed a 7460-1 for this coaster. But then unless I screwed up the search, I cannot find anything for Diamondback or for Drop zone. Anything over 200' requires a 7460-1 and they are searchable on the FAA website so I am really confused. Here is the Eiffel Tower.
  6. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    You used the top of the lift, and the bottom of element 6. You need to use the top of the lift and bottom of #1 so 1035.9 - 735.0 which is 300.9.
  7. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    Grade at the start of the lift is about 740, under the top of the lift it is about 750. Top of the lift is listed as 1035, so about 285-295 tall. Depends a little on how the measurement is done, typically you average the height of the grade so likely height is 290. In a word this coaster is going to be controversial.
  8. Unless there is a bid I am not aware of, the bid is to purchase the chain not just Kennywood. They already own 44%, this is just to complete the purchase and take it private. The park is not for sale on its own.
  9. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    It’s a little hard to read in that picture but the arrow next to North Abutment plan says NORTH on it.
  10. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    I have the Mystic Timbers documents, they do list the coordinates for the footers as Kings Island coordinates. The coordinate system and north do not align to true north, magnetic north or longitude and latitude. It’s a solvable problem but it’s complicated.
  11. I visit Universal Orlando frequently enough that I have an annual pass, but the passes are not that expensive when you consider ticket prices, and parking, two trips pay for the pass. I also go every year for Halloween Horror Nights and have not missed a year in over a decade. I can likely answer most questions you might have about the parks or HHN. Halloween Horror Nights is pretty much completely unique houses and scare zones every year. I can only think of one house which was repeated, but even that house was built from scratch the second time around. As soon as the event ends they tear down everything and start working on the following year. As a warning the houses are incredibly detailed but your not allowed to stop and admire the work. Because of the giant crowds they do not pulse the line but instead have to send continuous streams of people though the house in a conga line. If you do stop, they have security personal in basically every rooms and hallway who will direct you to start moving. If you do go to Florida to check out HHN, take a day to head out to Busch Gardens in Tampa, their Howl-o-scream event is well worth your time and you can spend the day riding some fantastic coasters and flat rides. I recommend the VIP tour at HOS, it’s not that much extra and you get a tour guide who walks you to the front of line at all the houses. Plus you get a plastic souvenir bottle at check in which you get several stops where they will fill it with your choice of beverage including beer. They also provide snacks at the stops. HOS reuses houses from year to year, they do a great job building them but as long as you go every 3 or 4 years you will see all of them likely more than once.
  12. First the overseas deals. Six Flags is licensing their name and helping with design work on the foreign parks. But they are also not actually investing any money, they will receive licensing fees but this is not actually Six Flags building, owning, or operating the parks. They are not a good indication of changes at the company as a whole. Six Flags has a very different philosophy on how to run the parks, they want to push volume through higher attendance and larger numbers of annual passes and memberships. One way they do this is to invest in every park annually, but spreading the money across so many parks leaves them installing cheaper attractions. They also invest less money as a percentage of revenue then Cedar Fair. Combined together and you end up with few big coasters. Even with West Coast Racers and Maxx Force, I have not really seen a shift in the 2019 capital expenditures. Because they used to buy a few expensive rides like the Justice League Dark Rides, and now they just purchased two coasters, I suspect it is about the same amount of money overall just spent on different types of attractions.
  13. Anyone figure out where the Coke freestyle machines are located? So far I have only found 9, and I thought the park had more. There are 6 in the Coke building, and 3 in the train station. So where did the machines from Jukebox Diner end up? Very possible it’s obvious and I overlooked them.
  14. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    There is a small slope in front of the lift hill around 30-40 feet in height. It will go right back up and the rest of the coaster is at a higher elevation but it’s enough to give it a 330 foot drop.
  15. Kenban

    Decoding 2020

    I have been thinking about the drop and how the ride needs some record. I think it has the longest drop on a giga or at least the longest drop on a coaster with a chain lift. If you look right after the drop the land is sloping downward for about 40 feet then when it comes back up you start seeing supports. I believe the lift really is only 290-305 feet tall, then it drops about 330-340 feet. It never returns to that lower elevation again, but it might also hit a slightly higher top speed then Fury, so I am thinking it might hit 96 MPH.
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