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Postby RollerC » Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:14 pm

I think we get it :) The new trains shouldn't affect the ride at all. Wildcats trains are PTC along with Boulder Dash's.

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Postby SFNERules » Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:58 pm

The only thing I'm worried about here is the extra weight of the headrests. This could either be really good and increase the speed.... or really bad and tare up the structure (and make the ride lag). I do believe LC will do a good job with refurbs (they do every year) and will have them running smooth. Like I said though, I'm a bit worried about the long term effects theses trains may have on the ride.

On a side note, from what I saw in March, GCI did a really nice job with the retracking/structure rebuilds.

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Postby DCs221 » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:28 pm

Or their weight may be nearly negligible since passenger loads vary significantly anyways.

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Postby SFNERules » Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:12 pm

But it's always going to be that much more... I've heard a lot of structure on Beast has had to be rebuilt because of things like the headrests increasing the running weight.

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Postby snuggles » Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:44 pm

Maybe they will take the headrests off during their refurb.

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Postby ginzo » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:05 pm

SFNERules wrote:But it's always going to be that much more... I've heard a lot of structure on Beast has had to be rebuilt because of things like the headrests increasing the running weight.


That's not a great example because the Beast is not maintained very well. And it's also pushing 30 years old.

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Postby SFNERules » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:41 pm

Look how many changes the trains have been through though, I mean they were originally 4 bench with buzzbars. They now were cut down to 3 (increasing the cars from 4 to 6, therefore increasing the number of axle assemblies), had ratchet bars added (that ratchet mech is probably quite heavy, much more so than the buzzbar's single lock), and headrests. The first turn was rebuilt and beefed up a lot because the heavy trains beat it up so much. The less stress put on the structure, the better.

I know no where near as much as this has been done to Dash, and it's new trains won't be that much worse, but they do weigh something, and they will add to the overall stress.

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Postby Vekoma Fan Boy » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:24 pm

I'm going to Lake Compounce in a few weeks, and I'm just wondering, what is/are the best time(s) to hit Boulder Dash. Now I know it varies weekdays to weekends, but I'm not 100% sure of which we are going on. So if one knows could you post both? Also, does the boomerang generally have a long que, or is it typically a walk on? ( again weekdays and ends please!) And one last question, are there any notable flat rides I should hit? I think I saw an S&S swing there... thanks in advance for advice!

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Postby SFNERules » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:44 pm

With Boulder Dash... spend your time walking around the park, doing other things, and eat dinner. After about 6-6:30 it starts to warm up and run great. After dark it's just amazing, so thats the best time to ride it. The bas thing is this is when Dash gets it's longest line, as during the day everyone is in the waterpark. MAKE SURE TO GET A FRONT SEAT RIDE AT NIGHT!

I have never seen Zoomerang with a queue. Try to calculate how many people are in front of you though, and try to get yourself to the front of "a line" as they don't let you pick seats. If you get in the front half of the train, it's glass.

Flats you should hit are the tower, the swing, and the skyride. The skyride is something like 840' tall (the highest point visible from the ground is half way up).

If you ride Wildcat, and aren't a fan of rough rides, stay in a middle bench. Axle benches will beat the hell out of you, so if you don't like that, stay away.

All this applies to weekdays and weekends. Even if the place is very busy, the rides move lines quick.

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