pvcoasterguy wrote:It's one small element that is being changed. Just ONE! I'm pretty sure that it's not going to have an unmanageably high effect on the ride itself.
I disagree. Although it obviously won't ruin the entire ride experience, it is definitely a BIG change. In fact, it was what I was most looking forward to on the ride.
Think about it. When parks market a ride, on a t-shirt for instance, what do you commonly see? Something to the effect of:
*Cedar Point's 17th roller coaster
* Featuring a 95 degree first drop
* two horseshoe inversions
* a 70mph launch tunnel
* a high speed heartline roll
* etc, etc.
See what I'm getting at? You're losing a major component here. A high speed S curve doesn't exactly convey the same effect. Sure, it'll still be fun, but when you look at some of the polls created in here, one of the highest rated elements is always the zero-g/heartline roll.
And considering where this particular one was to be located (close to the ground, and between huge rocks) I definitely think it would have been a great rush. Oh well. Like I said, I'll still ride it, and it'll still be fun, but I am somewhat disappointed with this news.