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  1. Clearly KI has been favoring high capacity / highly reliable coasters and I agree with those decisions. They pull in nearly 3 million visitors a year and need the higher capacity rides. The Free Spins and Skyrockets were never really designed for a park like Kings Island. They are very thrilling and unique but just don't have the thru put. RMC Raptors are the same way. RMC even said the Raptors are meant for smaller parks while the T-Rex is for larger parks. However what I wonder if we may be seeing is the appeal of a T-Rex is not the same as a Raptor. Both are single rail coasters
  2. I rode Tigris at Busch Gardens last summer. It was my first time on a Sky Rocket 2. It defiantly made me much more nervous than any coaster has really done to me in a loooong time. The idea of going thru the slow inline roll at the top with nothing but a lap bar just really creaped me out. It was much more fun and thrilling than I thought it would be. I have wondered for a while why Cedar Fair has not installed these (or S&S Free Spins) in their lower tier parks. I feel like both give you a great thrill and bang for your buck. I also thought that either of these models would be a gr
  3. The piece that i feel Orion is missing is the quick dircetion changes found on Fury before the trebble cleff. To me that was the most distinct part of Fury and was really hoping to see something like that on Orion.
  4. launched sit down!
  5. Unfortunaely there are a lot of coasters on this list that rank higher than Dback for me.
  6. 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 the
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 i
  10. That is what i was attempting to say.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 ma
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
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