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  1. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I love how tight the crest is on B&M gigas.
  2. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    Hasn't it been independently confirmed Project X is gluten free? I'm not sure about vegan On the real, inverting coasters don't need giga height to do what they do and some of the best are smaller...you only need to look to Maverick and similar coasters for the evidence of that. The floorless effect is the closest thing to a gimmick that B&M have ever pulled, it does very little for ride experience. I do agree that a flying coaster could be amazing at 300'+ height, Tatsu has a total altitude variance of 263' and it makes for an awesome ride experience.
  3. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    BSBMX! Thanks for the detailed explanation on grout pockets! I realized that the gap between the footing and plate was sealed with grout but wasn't so intimately familiar with the process, lol. That is a fantastic Fury construction album, I remember following along. Crazy it's been 5 years. Fury went vertical September 29th, and I'm also wondering at this point if KI's construction timeline is a bit earlier to get the bulk of vertical construction done before winter. And finally, looking at these pics, I wish both Carowinds and KI had been able to spare more trees! Canada's Wonderland preserved quite a few with Leviathan, but they also had the easiest site to work with by far.
  4. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I see. I was only aware of a zero height of 740', not heights for each footer.
  5. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    Where does data about the height of the footers come from?
  6. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    For all we know, the height at ground level below the apex of the lift is 5' below the zero height listed on the blueprints. In order to have a 301' lift AND drop, the ground at the base of the drop needs to be around 10' lower when considering footers/supports/height of track off ground. We can see that the grade changes at least this much in the land clearing pics. Lift height has always been conjecture. I maintain that come announcement time, stats are going to reflect a 300'/301' lift.
  7. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    Even though there's no distinction on the product page, I think it's important to make note of the fact that B&M's design philosophy with a 300' coaster is notably different than with a 200' coaster. It's basically the difference between Magnum and Millennium Force, with the former emphasizing airtime moments and featuring relatively few/simple turns and the latter emphasizing speed, overbanks, and sometimes laterals. I'd have liked to see a bigger lift for Project X to make the difference more pronounced, but that's another conversation. Another thing that's always been true is that we don't know the exact height of the lift...we only know the zero height given on the blueprints and drop height. I think it's almost guaranteed that the official height of this coaster will be 300' or 301', and the exact lift height doesn't matter to ride experience anyway. I think this is a coaster that'll end up surprising people with its elements and pacing. I had to get over an initial wave of disappointment myself...but that doesn't mean the end product won't be amazing. I'm just stoked to see another solid giga going up, it doesn't happen every year.
  8. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    Press 'f' to doubt, lol. In the pics, the underside of the track is visibly blue, and probably just reflecting the sun. Also, the construction timeline for this coaster may be different, but Fury and Leviathan both started going vertical around late September/October.
  9. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I suppose it *could* be for Sea World San Diego's Mako dive coaster, but I doubt it. It was shown as having more of an aqua or seafoam green track color. There's also the possibility of an international project, but I don't think any track has been recently identified for such a project. Construction is in full swing on Project X and Hershey's hyper has been underway a while, so I would wager that this is KI track. Edit: I missed like a full page because the browser didn't refresh, excuse me being late to the party. I hope supports aren't orange, lol.
  10. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I never doubted! I guess this giga is going to be built Ferd tuff? Lol. It'll just be called F-150 Experience.
  11. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    Nice! Any pics of track at Clermont and all angles of the construction site are obviously welcome. I'm also curious about the topography around Diamondback. I remember when it was built, people spoke of a natural ravine nearby that could have made for an awesome terrain coaster.
  12. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I'm glad we're finally asking the hard questions... It appears we've stumbled upon the record that counts, y'all: World's First Gluten Free Giga Coaster! And isn't that Surf Coaster filing somewhat old at this point?
  13. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I agree. I'm honestly very glad that B&M had the opportunity to deliver this trio of gigas after Cedar Fair's relationship with Intamin soured, and I'm cautiously optimistic for Project X to be some of B&M's best work. I hear you, and I was following along for all the mishaps you mentioned. I'm a B&M fan as much as I am an Intamin fan, and I recognize the strengths and weaknesses of both. You may well be right that Cedar Fair will never invest in another Intamin. I also think if they can demonstrate that they now have a reliable product that offers a superior ride experience to Mack at a much lower cost, Cedar Fair will take note.
  14. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    Maverick is still my #1 too, even after Steel Vengeance. I am SO stoked for the new Jurassic coaster and the BGW coaster, it's exciting to see Intamin coming back to the states. I think it's safe to say Cedar Fair will be paying attention to how things shake out with those coasters.
  15. aj74205

    Decoding 2020

    I think Intamin isn't mentioned as much simply because they're not likely given the events of the last decade. I would LOVE to see Cedar Fair do business with Intamin again, especially considering the incredible expense and apparently somewhat underwhelming nature of Mack rides (specifically Copperhead Strike). I think a triple launch or some kind of blitz coaster would be a great fit for KI.
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