Last week, SeaWorld tweeted a photo of two new, large pieces of teal blue roller coaster track strapped to the back of a flatbed parked behind two skinny palm trees, noting only the existence of the palm trees.
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My favorite thing about the evolution of Twitter is how businesses have gotten creative with stuff like this. My favorite tweets/posts are when these places (parks, restaurants, stores, anything) break the fourth wall and let us know they are in on it too.
I was driving my Mom up from her snowbird condo on 75 last week and caught sight of this track headed south. I wondered who was getting a new B&M. Now we know…
Do we have any idea what distinguishes a “Surf Coaster”? I’m stumped.
I’m even more confused by the “hypothetical” rendering as it looks very similar to Icebreaker.
what’s SEAS thought here?
B&M filed a number of patents that indicated that it may be a resurrection of their stand-up models. However, that does not mean that's what this coaster will be.
I'm thinking it's more this than a stand-up train (which was also done, but from my quick look was just B&M updating the model to offer vest restraints).
From the patent:
Sit-down train with overhead, class-5 restraints (allowing inversions) with a mechanism to be 'floaty'.
"The balancing device (15) can advantageously be configured to provide a vertical displacement of the seat column (20) during roller coaster rides according to the vertical acceleration exerted on the passenger (P)."
Thanks for the pic, Steve. I'm having a hard time envisioning how this would affect the ride experience, though going over airtime hills and having the seat raise up a bit could be interesting. At the very least it could lead to a much smoother ride given that you basically have an entire suspension between your body and the wheels.
It would have to be controlled and/or have dampers. A freely moving seat would just produce a rough ride IMO. I know it’s a different concept than the Mack Emotion, (side to side movement) but word is the moving chassis on that ride rode jerky.
B&M coasters are known to be smooth when new, so they will probably get it right. Their coasters don’t become rough until about 15 years.
It would have to be controlled and/or have dampers. A freely moving seat would just produce a rough ride IMO.
The patent clearly shows what appears to be a shock absorber. Although since you mentioned it, I kinda want to see a completely free-moving, undampened seat on this thing now. B&M Floppy Seat®?
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