chadster wrote:Okie Dokie, so I didn't see this anywhere in the last many pages, however I think it's worth noting that last Saturday, at least, the fog was off in the tunnel and the horn no longer blairs when the train is leaving the station. Both aspects I liked. They have also had 2511 articles reported missing as a result of not securing the crap. In another note, I find that the ride has really smoothed out and worn in very well.
This is really good to hear! It is an interesting dynamic having the steel shaped wooden track built on a wooden structure that moves like a wooden coaster. Can't wait to ride it again sometime when I make it back to Texas!
I was there on Saturday, the 1st, (I'm assuming that's the same day you were there?)
-They turned the misters on early afternoon, once it had warmed up a bit. I was actually on the 1st train that had had it on, so the ride op said...also the horn was honking whenever I was there. For what it's worth.
It's been mentioned that the horn is controllable by the ride ops...I wonder if that is true or not..
Eh, either way, I do agree that it's riding very nicely!
Also, FWIW, they were running all three trains when I was there.
I'm too ADD to count coasters, I just ride them over again!
I think the horn being controllable by the ops sounds pretty likely. It would make more sense for them to have installed it that way, and it would explain why sometimes it isn't working, because I'm sure some of the ops just get tired of hearing it and say "screw it". Just like the people who work at Chic-fil-a are SUPPOSED to say "my pleasure" when you say "thank you", but they don't always lol.
^It depends on the ride. At KD, the ride ops do NOT have control of the audio at I305. It plays every. single. train. I believe it's the same case for FoF and Backlot. But on the contrary, the water geysers at White Water Canyon are op controlled along with the fire at Volcano. I can offer no explanation of WHY this is, it's not the local ride ops' choice and it's not by manufacturer either (I305 and Volcano are both Intamin).
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Hmm. My guess would be that the difference is that the music is a longer recorded track and that the water/geyser/horn are effects that only last a second or two. I don't know, for some reason it makes sense to me that you would be able to push a button to make a car horn sound, but that the music and voice recording would be programmed to play automatically. I'm not sure I'm explaining my thought well lol.
Last week end We had a track building session out at the AV&W miniature railroad in Parker County Texas just west of DFW, well you may be asking what dose this have to do with theme parks and the Texas Giant? Well then! Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the creosote treated lumber after they take down your favorite Woodie, well It cant go to the dump and they cant burn it... So they store it and try to sell it, and we just happened to need a lot of creosote treated lumber, and one of our members just so happens to work for the company that carted away all of the trash wood from the Old Texas giant and he got us a great price on it. So now you ask what do we do with the old Texas giant?
Well first we Cut it Up.
And make it into railroad ties, And as you can see we have been making a lot of railroad ties.
And those are used to make railroad track.
And we need a lot of track.
In Order to Carry these.
So what is left of the Old Texas Giant is still giving rides just and carrying trains, a slower more level kind of ride and a train that is powered by steam. Maybe if you used a flat car on one of our hills you might get the same feel of the coaster probably not as rough though. We will be taking delivery of more Texas Giant at out next work session so I will look for any swag or markings on the lumber from the ride but most of it is the walk way planking so I doubt I will find much, but I hope this enlightens you as to what the old Gal is up to these days.
I was just looking on the website and I found it! But the other paid admission Hurricanes Harbors has nothing listed and White Water Bay in Georgia! So I guess just the Texas park is getting something and that is Dive Bomber!
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Reside in Austin Texas but attend Mississippi State University during the school year! #HAILSTATE Coaster Count:53 (45 Steel, 8 Wood)
It's been a long time since I've been there. Heck, the last time I remember going there was in the early 00's. Whatever the case, it's a great park. It's got a lot of history behind it being that SFOT is the first Six Flags park. They also have several good coasters there like the new Texas Giant (Of course), Runaway Montain, Shockwave (Definately one of my favorite Schwarzkopfs), Judge Roy Scream, Mr. Freeze, and La Vibora. I know the last one may not be the most exciting, but it's very unique and worth a ride. They also have Titan and Batman and they are descent coasters, but being that I have those two where I come from (SFMM), they're not on top of my priorities of things to ride.
Please check it out. You won't regret doing so!
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^^I actually like SFOT's Batman the best. It was wilder and seemed to throw me around more than most of the others do. I love Titan, too; I think the bonus helix makes it just slightly more fun than Goliath, but they're really about the same as you said. Agreed that Shock Wave is a great Schwarzkopf and a well-rounded classic looper in general.
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