Coney Island (Luna Park) Development Discussion Thread

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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:44 pm

Which would be fine, if the parts that GCI has redone didn't feel so smooth - not in terms of bumpiness (you can't really feel bumps thanks to the foot-worth of padding in those cars), but in terms of the curvature and how it rides. If the bottom of the first drop happened to always be the smoothest part of the ride then forgive me, but when I rode it definitely felt modern and like it didn't belong with the rest of the ride, which is wonderfully imperfect.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby carolinacaniac » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:47 am

Glad to see that they are taking care of this ride. Sure it may not have the same "classic" feel to it when it is done, but I would take it being re-done and being around for at least another 30+ years than for it to be scrapped. I will have to see how this rides sometime in the future compared to when we rode it during the Northeast Tour in 2011
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:15 pm

Zamperla has posted a few photos of work being done on Thunderbolt, including the assembly of the ride's vertical lift hill tower and development of the coaster's unique trains.

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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:23 pm

Love that ride manufacturers use social media to help build hype for their projects and are more open to showing the inner-workings of the manufacturing facilities. Zamperla and Mack are especially good with this. I wonder if Zamperla chose the 3-across design for the trains so Gerstlauer wouldn't get their panties in a bunch. ;)
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:01 pm

^Maybe it is just me but these trains look look a lot to me like Maurer-Sohne's X-Car.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby yay101 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:06 pm

I like the whole 3-across thing! I like how Zamperla is thinking outside of the box and trying to break the stereotype! :p
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:28 pm

^Yea I was thinking the same thing.

^^I agree. They look better than Gerstlauer's in my opinion.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby _koppen » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:36 pm

I think this looks like a very solid coaster, and it will probably the one who breaks the trend of Zamperla only making mediocre coasters.
Maybe parks who have a good relationship with Zamperla will start to buy this type of coaster now, instead of the Volare.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:32 pm

Zamperla isn't a stranger to three-across seating, they use it on their Hawk flat rides.
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Re: Coney Island Development Discussion Thread

Postby Pyrozooka0 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:42 am

Out of curosity, when did the design for Thunderbolt get changed from having a twisting elevator lift to having a vertical lift?
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