njcoasterguy34 wrote:In my opinion, you should have to ride any coaster any special way to enjoy it. You should be able to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
That would be nice. However, I don't think it's possible to build a wood coaster using PTC trains where some seats are more comfortable than others, or one that is intense without the wheel seats being somewhat rough (at least with age and assuming non-RMC traditional wood). And coasters that were run with PTC trains before switching to Millenium Flyers (single-row cars) have no seat positions that provide any relief from that roughness, although better on average and reducing track wear.
If you're visiting somewhere and a coaster isn't special, it probably isn't worth "learning" to ride, but at your home park it can be very worthwhile, IF the coaster has potential to be fun, which IMO Hurler was through 2009, might would have been a couple more years if it weren't for the brake, and will need serious work to ever be again. They've done that much work on Rebel Yell since 2008, although soon they'll need to start over because it's getting rough again... I've sworn off rides at KD due to roughness etc., only to learn to ride them later and continuing to ride them regularly thereafter.
I'm wondering where the info about Hurler came from ... although all should be answered within a few days.
Re: Delirium, I hope they keep the short cycle until I can try it.
Location: In the lair of the Huge Hummel Boy (which is conveniently located near Williamsburg, Va.)
Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread
Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:20 am
Media Day for Delirium
Kings Dominion unveiled their new Mondial Revolution, Delirium, during Media Day on Friday, March 18. Now I know that some of you may miss Shock Wave, the stand-up coaster in Candy Apple Grove that Delirium replaced (I am not among you). But, frankly, Delirium, while swinging through its 120-degree arc to a maximum height of 115 feet, delivers more airtime than the old Togo coaster ever did.
Park president Pat Jones, in her remarks before turning the ride over to the group, described it this way: While the park has been restoring classic decorative elements and maintaining classic rides in Candy Apple Grove, Delirium represents "another generation of thrills."
And thrill it does. I enjoyed riding Delirium, and my butt was out of that seat a couple of times. It's quite a sensation as you swing out 115 feet over the park, revolving as you go.
TPR thanks the park's media staff, Scott Clemmons and Katelyn Sherwood, and Pat Jones for the opportunity to participate in the Delirium Media Day.
Here's a look at what went on.
Welcome to Kings Dominion! Perfect Weather for a media day!
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This is why we're here . . .
. . . as well as for the cool Delirium patch.
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Hmm--something appears to be missing here. Wonder what it could be? ;)
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My first look at Delirium close up--and a nice sign photo for Larry and the Park Index.
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Park officials Scott, Pat, and Katelyn invite the group to become delirious.
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As I said, park officials, and a guy with a big hand, were present.
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Who's ready to ride?
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Very well! Let the awesome begin!
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This is for all those who rigorously study all ride manufacturers. You know who you are.
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Not quite to 115 feet yet--but close.
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Looks like they're enjoying themselves. The "hair time" gives it away.
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"Oh my god! Save me Jeebus!"
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Be sure to kick your legs out to make it swing even higher! ;)
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Here's a shot form the "Lawn Formerly Known as Shock Wave." This gives you an idea of how high this bad boy gets. You'll be interested to know that the black speaker was blasting out "We Built this City" at that moment.
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The park ran Bad Apple during the media day, too.
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When there is a media day, there's always fool. Red-velvet fried Oreos, anyone? (They were very good.) They also had chicken and waffles, beef sliders, and pulled-pork and shrimp tacos. It was all very tasty stuff.