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Everything posted by AllegroCrab

  1. Unless there's a hidden block section somewhere that I don't know of, I'm going to say no. The unload platform is after the magnetic brakes which are not a block, they just slow the train for entry into the unload area (think of them as massive trims). The other train doesn't launch until the previous train has left the unload area into the station, so that the unload block is free. In terms of adding a block, even if you added one where the magnetic brakes are now, the ops would have to work significantly faster than they currently do. Even then I think the trains would stack very
  2. The r/rollercoasters and coaster bot discords are where i get most of my international news. I'd say I get my Australian news from here but sometimes the guys on these discord servers are faster to learn about aussie stuff than I am. There's a really great group of people on there who I recently went on a coaster trip around the UK meeting. A few odd balls are annoying but where doesn't have that on the internet? If anyone wants to join, here's the invites: r/rollercoasters: https://discord.gg/zJf3Gz CoasterBot: https://discord.gg/2Ez9M9 Feel free to @PooDiePie (me) if
  3. Make it a tour behind the operation of the coaster with a knowledgeable guide, as well as a climb, and it's well worth $99.
  4. https://m.onenewspage.com/video/20180830/10713638/Six-Flags-Great-America-announces-new-coaster-Maxx.htm This is something I'm happy to see. I'm bagging on S&S a few posts ago but this looks much better from them. Hopefully the issues I have with Steel Curtain are from the quality of the nolimits recreation they've got of it and don't reflect the real thing.
  5. If you've ridden any other Mack, you'd know DC Rivals is like nothing else they've made force wise. It is a first of its kind in that sense, the other hyper is so tame in comparison.
  6. This is too expensive and too much of a logistical nightmare to be routine maintenance. I don't know why they'd be doing this if there wasn't something wrong with that piece of track that needs to be repaired or replaced.
  7. I'm kinda concerned for Steel Curtain. Going with S&S as a manufacturer was a very unexpected move. The layout and supports are wacky as hell, never seen anything like it, and I'd be very interested to ride it, but I don't expect it'll be that nice to ride. It just doesn't have the quality of layout design and element shaping that we're used to seeing these days (at least based on that nolimits video they showed for the reveal). I'll be pleasantly surprised by S&S if they get it open on schedule.
  8. From these images the new paint job makes it look less like the stone it's trying to imitate and more like plastic. Not sure I'm a fan.
  9. In July I went on pretty much the same trip you've done here. Good to see some Nemesis love. The UK enthusiasts I was with told me over and over again that Nemesis is overrated, but all I've ever heard about Nemesis is that it's overrated to the point where I'm not sure if it's really overrated at all. It was a phenomenal ride, I don't buy the "most intense ride experience" line (The Smiler is more intense), but it certainly is my favourite coaster I rode in the UK. I didn't share the love of icon to the same level as the others in the group I was with. Sure, it's a fun coaster, and insan
  10. I wonder if they know it's a German ride 😃
  11. Really goes to show how nothing ever really is a complete unforeseeable accident. Also how there's never only one cause for an accident.
  12. 100% need practical effects alongside the screens and projections. There's a trend in parks nowadays of getting carried away with screens, it really should be avoided.
  13. Can confirm. I work in a cafe where they let us eat the food, whenever we put chips and wedges on we almost subconsciously put a bit more in than necessary and snack on the rest. The boss is snacking away with us though.
  14. Why would the restraints tightening during the ride lead to catastrophic consequences? They definitely cannot loosen, but they seem to tighten. I've sat as far back as I can to avoid exactly what you've described, and the restraint just ends up pushing in further forwards on my thighs (which is much worse than it pushing down at the top of the thighs, it's like a pressure point).
  15. Harsh, have you seen Lech coaster or the proposed hyper that could have been in place of Intamin's Hyperion at Energylandia? They're certainly catching up with modern coaster design.
  16. The Mack restraints on DC Rivals are amazing as they allow for a tiny bit of movement, loosening or tightening, making them the most comfortable restraints I've ever used. I've seen this be mistaken multiple times by guests as the restraint not being locked properly.
  17. Damn, looks really nice. Parkitect has a really nice aesthetic and I should probably pick it up.
  18. Definitely think Wipeout and the Sea World monorail are on the way out, we'll see in the next few years though.
  19. I'm a poor uni student and I'm definitely not turned away by that pricing. It's like 1.5 shifts of my casual job for a year of theme parks. Of course I'm only paying for myself, but if you've got kids you're paying crazy money for things all the time, I'll only have to cross that bridge when I come to it .
  20. I'm no expert but surely issues with how the place looks come second to issues with the day to day running of the park, staff issues, and pricing. I really hope these problems are tackled because it really could be the park that determines the future of another theme park being viable Sydney, even just a cute little park like Chessington WoA in London or Adventure World in WA, just some sort of more modern alternative to Luna Park in a location that's friendlier for large expansions. I might just be a dreamer though and will never know what it's like to have a proper home park unless I en
  21. Our based lad Shawn has done a vlog showing the amount of effort that towers put into the event. The actors and performers doing a great job, with extra lighting and smoke effects on show. this vlog shows the pre-show (SPOILERS), which looks incredible. As for the wicker man structure itself ('Big Bob' is what the towers staff call it), it looks beyond incredible at night, I'm actually lost for words. Very unlikely it'll run on full effects like this all the time, and a shame that night rides on this will only come around at a very exclusive time of the year. Merlin could perhaps do
  22. I don't see the absolute equivalence here. An annual pass to our parks costs only $200, or $180 for 2 weeks, so if you're going on a trip purely for a theme park it really can be quite cheap. I guess cruises do compete with parks as holiday choices, but in the same way cruises compete with EVERY other type of holiday you can think of in the same way. It's no surprise people are picking cruises more often these days, having done the Royal Carribbean South Pacific cruise myself, it's brilliant value for the hospitality you get from staff on board, seeing beautiful parts of the world every f
  23. It's for clearance over the track below After seeing actual footage of this thing running, it seems to be whizzing through faster than I thought it would. There'll be some great airtime on that first airtime hill, and it does that classic alton towers thing where the ride uses the terrain to keep up its pace right until the end. Very excited to ride this now, can't wait for a POV.
  24. The actual layout doesn't look that great, but towers are clearly going for a more family ride here. They've made an excellent choice on the theme though, because even as a less thrilling actual ride, the scary theming will be enough to get your regular thrillseekers in the queue. And yeah the actual quality of the scenery itself is impeccable by the looks of things. The layout will be slightly frustrating for enthusiasts in the UK because that country is in dire need of some airtime on their coasters, I'd guess that we have more in Australia despite the lack of coasters here, especially
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