Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby DILinator » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:45 pm

miamicoaster wrote:After riding everything at Sea World, my friend and I concluded that Mine Blower was our favorite ride of the day.


Even though I love Sea World, and count Kraken and Manta among my favorite coasters (haven't ridden Mako yet), this doesn't surprise me in the least! Mine Blower looks SO freaking legit! :airtime:
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:59 pm

miamicoaster wrote:Got a few rides on Mine Blower today for opening day. The steep first drop and crazy barrel roll make for an awesome opening. Plenty of airtime on the hills. Didn't find it rough at all, felt smooth for a woodie. I give Mine Blower a 5/5!
Went to Sea World after fun spot and Kraken VR had a 190 min wait, compared to Mine Blower which was a near walk-on on its opening day. After riding everything at Sea World, my friend and I concluded that Mine Blower was our favorite ride of the day.


The lines supposedly got much longer throughout the day. Several people on their Facebook page are complaining about having only one train operation and having to wait a long time to ride. I'm sure the park has a good reason for doing so.

Oh and a 190 minute wait is much better than the 405 minute wait I saw on Monday for Kraken Unleashed...lol
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby WestCoasterKing » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:00 am

ZeroGravity55 wrote:^ The turn out of the station, the turn after the lift into the drop, the inversion, the valley turn after the inversion, the overbanked turn, ext. The Timberliners can turn on a tighter radius than almost every wooden roller coaster train out there and TGG designs their rides to take advantage of this.


How does GG woodie track design compare to others? It looks more traditional than RMC topper track does. How are they able to do the inversions while GCI can't. The track design looks almost the same, than say topper track does.

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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby WOFanatic » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:03 am

WestCoasterKing wrote:
ZeroGravity55 wrote:^ The turn out of the station, the turn after the lift into the drop, the inversion, the valley turn after the inversion, the overbanked turn, ext. The Timberliners can turn on a tighter radius than almost every wooden roller coaster train out there and TGG designs their rides to take advantage of this.


How does GG woodie track design compare to others? It looks more traditional than RMC topper track does. How are they able to do the inversions while GCI can't. The track design looks almost the same, than say topper track does.

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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:33 am

TPR was at the grand opening media event this morning for Mine Blower at Fun Spot in Kissimmee, and WOW... what a ride! After filming the POV a few days before, I was ready for an intense ride... but I was pleasantly surprised when the ride was intense (in a really good way!) but also solidly fun! Sure, there is a bit of shuffling in a few parts but it is a GREAT addition to the coaster scene not only in Orlando, but really the South Eastern USA. Fun Spot continues to raise the bar in what an FEC can offer and I can't wait to see what they bring to the table in the next few years!

Fun Spot is offering an awesome throwback deal on their two park season pass good till the end of 2017 - only $74.50 through Sunday. You are going to want to ride this more than once, and the season pass is a great way to do it.

On to some photos of the event! Thanks to Jack Crouse for some of the photos.

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Bright and early at the Kissimmee location of Fun Spot for the Mine Blower grand opening media event.
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We have seen these signs around the construction site for a while now... the day is finally here!
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The grand opening ceremony includes some EXPLOSIONS!
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This will wake you up in the morning!
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Daytime fireworks over the coaster = awesome!
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48 inch height requirement... NOTED!
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Time for one of the first trains to leave the station!
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I really love the way these trains look.. and they are VERY comfortable!
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This layout is TWISTY, TURNY and TIGHT! Perfect combo for an awesome coaster.
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This first drop....
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... heads straight into this awesomeness!
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This coaster is just plain FUN! You can see by the looks on everyones faces.
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Hands up or holding on tight? How are you gonna ride?
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This piece of track is just SEXY!
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Invertalon » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:02 am

WestCoasterKing wrote:
ZeroGravity55 wrote:^ The turn out of the station, the turn after the lift into the drop, the inversion, the valley turn after the inversion, the overbanked turn, ext. The Timberliners can turn on a tighter radius than almost every wooden roller coaster train out there and TGG designs their rides to take advantage of this.


How does GG woodie track design compare to others? It looks more traditional than RMC topper track does. How are they able to do the inversions while GCI can't. The track design looks almost the same, than say topper track does.


GCI's can, as stated previously, but they have chose (or perhaps their customers...) not to.

For me, construction wise, you can tell the quality difference between GCI and Gravity Group. GCI's are built more robust with what I believe is not only a more dense structure (more ledgers per foot of track), but also from superior track construction methods. This one in particular (Mind Blower) based on the POV's already looks to have sub-par carpentry work for the track itself, causing the shuffling being reported. You can see it in the POV. Yet go watch Mystic Timber's or any other GCI, it tracks beautifully. I don't believe it is the train, just the quality of the design and the work being done by the contractor (M&V or whoever it is).

I look forward to riding this in a few months, but it is a bummer that there is already reports of shuffling. Knowing Fun-Spot, they will likely get GCI to do the trackwork properly within a few years ;)
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby djackson » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:43 am

Mine Blower was very smooth imo on Friday night.
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:08 pm

Ha ha love the socks souvenir! =)

And I love how the inversion just sweeps over the station.
To me, putting the inversion there was a great idea.

I love the front of the train, too! :airtime:
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:52 pm

Invertalon wrote:
WestCoasterKing wrote:
ZeroGravity55 wrote:^ The turn out of the station, the turn after the lift into the drop, the inversion, the valley turn after the inversion, the overbanked turn, ext. The Timberliners can turn on a tighter radius than almost every wooden roller coaster train out there and TGG designs their rides to take advantage of this.


How does GG woodie track design compare to others? It looks more traditional than RMC topper track does. How are they able to do the inversions while GCI can't. The track design looks almost the same, than say topper track does.


GCI's can, as stated previously, but they have chose (or perhaps their customers...) not to.

For me, construction wise, you can tell the quality difference between GCI and Gravity Group. GCI's are built more robust with what I believe is not only a more dense structure (more ledgers per foot of track), but also from superior track construction methods. This one in particular (Mind Blower) based on the POV's already looks to have sub-par carpentry work for the track itself, causing the shuffling being reported. You can see it in the POV. Yet go watch Mystic Timber's or any other GCI, it tracks beautifully. I don't believe it is the train, just the quality of the design and the work being done by the contractor (M&V or whoever it is).

I look forward to riding this in a few months, but it is a bummer that there is already reports of shuffling. Knowing Fun-Spot, they will likely get GCI to do the trackwork properly within a few years ;)

M&V did not do the construction of Mine Blower. The thing is, shuffling is part of the fun on a wooden coaster and I think a reasonable amount adds to its intensity (Voyage, Apocalypse, Raven, Beast are some of my favorite coasters). I absolutely love GCI coasters as they toss you around with interesting forces and they are perfectly smooth, but I also like how Gravity Group coasters have that raw feelings to them. Plus Timberliners are light enough that they wouldn't damage the track too much. Gravity Group woodies use a more traditional method to build the tracks yet GCI tracks come from "offsetting" which give them smoother track work but the construction periods are much longer.

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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Vigil » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:27 pm

What is offsetting vs. the usual track construction methods?

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