Avatar and Spongebob coasters testing from MOA.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 10:40 PM
These are off of YouTube. Looks like they will open as scheduled (Mar. 15th)

Avatar

Spongebob

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 11:55 PM
I dont see what a giant halfpipe coaster has to do with Avatar, they could of used Rocket Power, if it didnt get cancelled, I am ashamed I know that and I am 15, I should totally leave the room when my sister is watching tv.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 2:23 AM
Wow! They both look pretty sweet!
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 2:37 AM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=lSMrKfDk5Rc&feature=related

Look at the loop shake after the car travels trough it :D

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 9:39 AM
the coaster looks really cool!
the shaky loop is pretty scary though.
I also wonder if they were going to do something about the themeing...
I'd feel a little sorry for spongebob if the character became just another token -
spongebob stands for something.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 11:12 AM
A bubble machine would add a nice ambience to that ride.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 1:34 PM
^As would having Sandy Squirrel do the auto-spiel. ;)
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 4:45 PM
Umm... in that second video, there are people in the car. And they don't sound like employees, as they are screaming and putting their arms up... but maybe I'm just too Cedar Fair-ized. Was the ride open to some people?
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 5:45 PM
You can tell the difference between employees and GP?

Back in 2005 I was part of a train of employees that was loaded on to a Raptor train on the lift to prevent it from rolling back after it was accidentally dispatched. We all couldn't help but scream and wave about.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 6:03 PM
I didn't realize there was that small "up" right after the loop. Cool little nuance, those are the sorts of things that turn good coasters into great coasters. *** Edited 3/3/2008 2:50:45 AM UTC by matt.***
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:06 PM
Neuski... I know when I worked there for every test ride we were to keep quiet, and keep our hands down and holding on. Although one morning I did see a test rider on Dragster put their hands up...

The 2005 incident you are talking about... thats not the "phantom train" incident is it?

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 9:29 PM
Neuski...can you explain exactly what you meant? How did weight on a train prevent it from rolling back? And how did you load a train after it had been dispatched?
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 9:46 PM
Most rides sway like that. The reason the loop looks like it is swaying a lot is because of the stationary ceiling behind it. When it's outside you can't tell that easily.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 10:02 PM
An empty train was dispatched during high winds. It was stopped on the lift and employees loaded the train on the lift.
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Monday, March 3, 2008 12:04 AM
I was there today and they were most definitely (screaming) employees.
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Monday, March 3, 2008 10:49 AM
Employees have been subbing for dummies since about oh, Fridayish when they can.

As for the loop with the uh, bonus lateral Gs? Most of us know the basic engineering principles. We're well aware that if it ain't shakin, it's breakin. But before you comment on how 'normal' this is, perhaps you should see for yourself. Looks like rookie season Steel Venom. And mind you, that's without any wind.

10-12 hours of daily, year-round wobble...I gotta admit, it makes me wonder.

-'Playa

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Monday, March 3, 2008 11:08 AM
Sounds like you better ride it quick then, a la The Voyage's first year without trims...
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Monday, March 3, 2008 11:17 AM
Maybe Spongebob will get the V2 fix. For those who don't know.. The park added more extra supports due to the swaying of the ride..
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Monday, March 3, 2008 11:24 AM
Oh, trust me, we know. VF's Steel Venom is the local V2...
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Monday, March 3, 2008 4:17 PM
The turnaround is kind of cool - almost like a half-breed between "cutback" (a la Drachen Fire) and overbanked curve.
These newer coasters with 2-row cars really explore some cool territory in terms of creative elements.
The hill of that 0G roll also looks pretty flat.


*** Edited 3/3/2008 9:19:18 PM UTC by superman***

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