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  1. Unfortunaely there are a lot of coasters on this list that rank higher than Dback for me.
  2. I believe it was stated that the rides are not profitable. They make just enough to pay for their own operation and maintenance. What is interesting is that I know of several companies (mine included) that would normally have their summer picnic at the park and now that the rides are gone they are looking for other venues (in my case Strickers Grove). Yes Sunlight Pool is great but not that many people are interested in seeing their co-workers in bathing suits. So while the rides in and of themselves may not have made much sense I think they probably drove much more of Coney's buisness then they realized. I used to work at Best Buy and a similar principal was used. Tuesday was "new release day". New movies and cds came out and were a few dollars cheaper during that week than they would be after that. They lost money on every movie and cd sold at that price but it drove business to the store and enough people bought other things while they were there to justify selling the movies and cds at the lower cost.
  3. I too would love it if we got an all or mostly animatronic dark ride but seeing the way things are going with Cedar Fair and triotech and Six Flags with Justice League I don't know if it will happen.
  4. I have said before on this site that i think it could be a smart move to renovate Boo Blasters. Remove all the sets and leave the omnimover ride system in place and create a triotech, mainly screen based dark ride there based on the Peanuts characters. Then have seasonal versions based off of the Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown Christmas. As an alternative i think it would be great to recreate Phantom Theater, again primarily has a screen based ride.
  5. I have listened to many podcasts with park officials as well as design firms and it seem that the biggest challenge with a dark ride is the story. If you have a familiar intellectual property such as any of the Disney story's or a famous movie or character (Tomb Raider, King Kong, Jurassic Park, Days of Thunder, James Bond, Justice League, Spiderman ect) then half of the battle is done from a design standpoint because the guests already have an idea of what is going on. It is far more difficult to create a good, original intellectual property. Six Flags has been using Justice League which it has rolled to most of its properties. Universal doesn't really do dark rides without IP any more and Disney has moved away from it as well (the Disney higher ups have even said they are focusing on IP based attractions). I don't think it is a coincidence that most of Kings Islands dark rides were IP based (generic mine train roller coaster and spooky lumber mill roller coaster don't count in my opinion as dark rides. loosely themed yes but not dark rides). One shining example of when Kings Island created their own characters and it really worked was Phantom Theater (the concept of haunted theater is pretty easy to understand). Recently when Cedar Fair has done dark rides (Wonder Mountain, Voyage to the Iron Reef, Knotts Berry Tales) have all been park created IP. I applaud Cedar Fair for creating their own original stories and rides but I think the biggest dark ride challenge Cedar Fair faces is their only IP is Peanuts. The other issue even with IP based dark rides is that not all IP is created equal. A park has to evaluate if an IP is strong enough or will translate well into a ride before they will invest in a multi million dollar attraction.
  6. That is what i was attempting to say.
  7. I imagine that modifying the controls for either ride would require additional cost from the manufacturer or control system providers to interlock them as well as additional state inspections. By making a phone call or providing a video camera to observe the other rides operation by passes all of this extra cost on the control system end since both rides still operate the same way as they were designed. It is just up to the operators to manage the dispatches.
  8. I believe the reason that Drop Tower uses so much energy is because the magnetic brakes are rare earth magnets and are therefor always energized (you don't want to loose your breaks if the power goes out). Therefore the elevator mechanism has to have enough umf to pull the ride vehicle up thru the breaks. When you watch it cycle you will notice that the elevator speeds up once it clears the breaks. The Bat phone went away at some point and I believe it came back in one form or another (a phone or camera) when Banshee opened. It may be gone now but I'm not sure indicating that they may have updated the power distribution for that side of the park.
  9. I think i remember reading in the news paper press release when FOF was announced that it stated it would run 4 trains with a capaicty of 2000 per hour. Not sure if it ever did run 4 trains though.
  10. I worked at KI in the 2002 and 2003 season on Tomb Raier. I ended up helping out on White Water more than a few times. It is a great ride to work!
  11. When we found out the park was for sale I remember Busch Gardens being a rumored buyer. As a huge fan of the Busch parks this idea really excited me. When Cedar Fair ended up being the buyer i was excited and concerned. Excited because they were adding hyper coasters, B&M inverts and floorless coasters to their parks and deperately wanted in on the action. I never felt like Paramount added the same quality of rides that Cedar Fair was adding. On the other hand i was concerned that Cedar Fair wouldnt seriously invest in Kings Island becaus of the potential for competition with Cedar Point. Boy was I wrong! Cedar Fair has been great to KI.
  12. Back when Cedar Fair seemed like they would be adding Triotech dark rides to most of their parks, I had in the back of my head the thought that Phantom Theator could be re-born as Kings Islands version of on of these rides. It woud be cool to see it again. The characters from the ride are essentially Kings Islands (IP) characters and seem pretty fondly remembered.
  13. Isnt it 6th tallest coster with a ilft? Fury, Levithan, Intimidator 305, Millennium Force and Steel Dragon 2000 are all taller.
  14. I would be surpised if we see any more skywarps built in its original form. Everything that I have read about the one Six Flags installed at Discovery Kingdom is that it has a lot of reliability issues, its rough and not liked very much. Six Flags loves to build clones of things and this is the only one they have built so far. Sea World San Diego built a different verision called a skywarp horizon that I have not heard much about.
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