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  1. Now that Zambezi Zinger has been announced at WoF as a GCI with Titan Track, I’d like to make somewhat of an out-there prediction for what I think could be replacing Vortex.

    I think we could see a massive GCI coaster (150+ feet) placed on that plot of land utilizing Titan Track to do some extreme maneuvers. I think it makes sense as Mystic Timbers was a fairly successful ride, Cedar Fair has a good working relationship with GCI, and it would be more cost effective than a brand new steel coaster. I also think we could see Titan Track used to do a vertical loop as a throwback to SoB as it would be the only element of its kind on either a hybrid or wooden coaster. I’m not up to date on park rumors so I could be entirely wrong, but that is my prediction.

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  2. 10 hours ago, goettablitz said:

    I agree.  I thought I read that the same company that is building Orion also got the contract to demo Vortex. 

    Makes sense. Especially if the rumored deadline for Orion's track completion is February 1st. That would still give them two months to demo Vortex (though I doubt they'd need it).

  3. 15 hours ago, FUN&ONLY! said:

    There are a lot of unanswered questions about the whole Orion project that add to the suspense. Is there going to be a bin system? What is the Orion entrance going to look like? How is Orion’s theming going to look? How is Flight of Fear going to change aesthetically? How is Area 72 going to be themed? What are they building next to the C.H.A.O.S building? Will it look anything like this?


    It’ll look even better than this. While it’s not the Weber group doing the theming this time, Cedar Fair additions have exceeded expectations recently in terms of theming. Mystic Timbers’ shed is pretty effective at creating an unsettling atmosphere, and Copperhead Strike’s barn has even more detail in real life than in the animation.

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  4. 1 hour ago, flightoffear1996 said:

    That turnaround looks to be pretty similar to what Diamondback.

    No way, Diamondback doesn’t have that parabolic arching in the way that Orion does. If that first hill doesn’t provide sideways airtime, this one will unquestionably provide it in spades.

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  5. 55 minutes ago, FitzGorrelCoasters said:

    Is the element after the wave turn a treble clef?

    To me, it looks more like a dive loop than the treble clef, but without an inversion (non-inverted dive loop). I also feel that the “wave turn” is more of a Stengel Dive than a wave turn, since the airtime is more vertical than lateral.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Hueney020 said:

    Thank you. I couldn’t agree more. All this talk about i don’t know how much floater you are going to get. Who cares. I am not sure what type of feeling i am going to get but i know it’s going to be craziness. You are in those clamshell restraints on an overbanked/wave turn. I am not sure there is an element from B&M that you can even compare it to. I don’t understand all this floater airtime talk. If it doesn’t give you that does it make it not worthy. Like i said i am hoping for a new element that give me a crazy feeling. That to me makes it better and unique. But again hopefully this new element that B&M has not really done before gives some type of crazy feeling. 

    It’s actually pretty similar in shaping to the treble clef on Fury, particularly with the shaping on the arc. 

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  7. 41 minutes ago, FUN&ONLY! said:

    That has the potential to be really cool, but I see it as unlikely considering how much it would cost to completely re-track The Beast with this, and I know some people would protest if Kings Island touched The Beast. Still, cool idea!

    I’m not suggesting a full retrack, but just the sections of track that have the highest levels of stress put on them. Pretty much any area near the trims.

    Also, full disclosure, but I’ve yet to visit Kings Island. So I know I’m not qualified to talk about the level of quality with the track.


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  8. 13 minutes ago, LintemuthStudios said:

    I'm not seeing any floater potential here, but you're going to be flying through that turn. Should be some great forces there.


    It won’t be sideways airtime in the vein of an RMC wave turn, where you experience lateral airtime, but rather floating vertically while your body is sideways. 

    The trailer for the ride does a better job of showing the maneuver than the POV. Go to the 43 second mark.



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  9. 2 hours ago, rlentless said:

    I'd wouldn't mind to see a TRex or any type of launch coaster.  But for KI and the direction CedarFair has gone in this park, the B&M Dive makes sense because it's a people eater and low downtime.  But I would like seeing some other manufacturer this time just to change things up.

    What does anybody think would most closely match an Arrow Looper? 

     Vekoma Tilt-Track coaster. The Vekoma loopers have a lot of similar elements, they’re releasing a new-generation version, and it would be unique to the Western Hemisphere.

    If not that, I think a Gerstlauer infinity coaster with a lot of inversions would be the best investment maintenance-wise.

  10. 2 hours ago, LovinMeSomeBanshee said:

    I broke it down somewhere earlier in this thread.  I want to say that Diamondback’s lift hill sits on land ~30-40 feet higher than Orion’s.  I honestly can’t remember.

    Wow, that makes the height difference seem almost insignificant. 

  11. https://www.knotts.com/play/events/100th-anniversary

    Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair
    An all-new 4-D interactive dark ride opening Summer 2020



    "A Knott's Family Reunion," will bring together old classics with new favorites, which includes the continuation of the beloved Bear-y Tales story in an all-new 4-D interactive dark ride. "Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair" will take guests on an exciting journey through reimagined show scenes from the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods, culminating in a celebration at the County Fair. The story takes place 34 years after the original adventure and follows Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but Crafty Coyote is back along with his mischievous pups intent on stealing all the pies for themselves. Guests will climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.


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