chickenbowl wrote:Although the train doesn't seem to make a complete stop on the holding brakes, so that may affect it?
I have a feeling this is the reason.
Also, isn't it fairly common for the first test run to be a little fast because they don't want to risk valleying, so they put hard wheels on it? Or something like that? I remember Valravn's first test run being abnormally fast, then they started to control the speed. Mako too.
Valravn didn't use the holding brake for the first few runs either. Obviously it's a different coaster type, but it's dropping at full speed from a much greater height with that thing off so the fact that it's running fast shouldn't be a huge surprise.
... plus it's in California. It's not like most parks where the first test run occurs on a 38 degree winter day. I'm sure that helps too.
Wow, MiceAge is really losing it. They claim there's a rumor Xcelerator will be getting a linear induction system to replace the hydraulic launch. ?????? And about a week ago, they claimed it was all but known Diagon Alley was coming to Universal, which is really under a great deal of speculation right now, and far from confirmed.
On a side note, I did notice at the Marketplace, both Virginia's Gift Shop and TGI Friday's both have notices in the windows claiming they will be replaced by a "general eating place". Anyone know more? I know Virgina's has been in decline for a while, but it's still sad as I believe it to be the last property actually owned by the Knott family. It would truly be the end of an era.
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