Carowinds Announces Intimidator

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:16 PM

All I can say is a need a cigarette after watching the animation. ;)

Two totally different Intimidators is fine with me! It's the best of both worlds! One Intamin and one B&M. Throw in two different GCI's at the parks and I am moving somewhere in between!

Life is good.....:)

-Tina

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:19 PM

You tend to need cigarettes a lot after watching videos, Tina. ;) LOL

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:20 PM

Ensign Smith said:
The ride looks like a real blast.

I'm still kind of hung up on the idea of using the same name for two different coasters in adjacent states in the same year. It really does feel too 'Six Flag-ish' to me. After all, the English language does contain a few hundred words or so to pick from....

NO! Six Flaggish would be build the same ride and give it the same name but wait, we will have different videos to go with it ala dark knight...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:22 PM

^^And I don't even smoke! :)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:31 PM

I was thinking along the same lines as this being a "Six Flags" move.

Then again, the CW Intimindator looks cooler than the one at KD.

2010 is gonna be a "wicked good" year for new coasters.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:37 PM

Ensign Smith said:

I'm still kind of hung up on the idea of using the same name for two different coasters in adjacent states in the same year.

Technically its not adjacent states as its built on the South Carolina side of the park ;)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:50 PM

I knew somebody was going to catch that. :)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:57 PM

The Six Flags move would be to design one coaster and install it in five locations. These are two unique designs by two different designers.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:18 PM

Like Goliath and Goliath? ;)

Seriously, who cares? They could call it the Giant Pink Bunny of Doom, as long as I enjoy the ride I don't care what they call it, and it looks like it'll be fun whether its KD's or CW's Intimidator.

Although I think CW got the better end of the deal IMO.

~Rob

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:23 PM

So who wants to be the first to start the abbreviations to distinguish the two rides?? Not that it will be difficult to do.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:27 PM

For those of you complaining about the mid-course brakes, the mid-course greatly add to Nitro's experience, due to the enormous burst of airtime you get after the brakes... imho.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:32 PM

^Just call the KD version Intaminidator.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:51 PM

I'd just call the KD version I-305 (Intimidator 305), and the CW version BM-I (B&M Intimidator)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 5:18 PM

^ Fitting for the Carowinds version since, if you want to ride, you'd better have a low one.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 5:47 PM

^ Remind me to smack you later!!!!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 5:59 PM

Someone asked how Magnum can run three trains without a midcourse...

Magnum XL-200 has four blocks: ending in the station, the top of the lift, the safety brake at the end of the ride, and the transfer table. The key to making it all work is timing. It takes a little more than a minute to get from the station to the top of the lift hill; it also takes a little more than a minute to get from the top of the lift hill, out to the turnaround, and back to the safety brake. From the safety brake to the transfer table is a low-speed "victory lap" around the ride plaza that ends up taking about 30 seconds.

Technically, Magnum has a mid-course brake, but it is positioned in such a way that it acts like the end of the ride, even though it's a good 45 seconds away from the loading platform.

I haven't looked too closely at Carowinds ride, but with the brake coming just before the helix I wonder if they're doing something conceptually similar to Magnum's blocking.

At first glance, I'd say Carowinds has the better Intimidator, and a better Flying Scooter to go with it. Given a choice between going down IR-77 to Carowinds or picking my way across the mountains to go to Kings Dominion, I think Carowinds has the better new ride...!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 6:15 PM

I would like to ride this Intimidator ride, I was a HUGE fan of the late Dale Earnhardt, when he drove.

Last edited by Daniel Smith, Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:52 PM
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 6:43 PM

eightdotthree said:
The Six Flags move would be to design one coaster and install it in five locations. These are two unique designs by two different designers.

My thoughts exactly. :)

-Tina

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:30 PM

Hmmm. I really like that second hill that transitions into a sharply banked curve, and the 2 curve descent from that hill. That looks quite fun! And gotta love parabolic hills!

I'm a little surprised that it has that MCBR, which is more like a 5/6thsCBR. They're only gaining like 20 seconds by having that.

Still, looks like a cool design. Not a big NASCAR fan (I find it insanely boring), but I personally don't feel it detracts from the ride.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:51 PM

Wow!...a B&M hyper. Who'da thunk? I totally didn't see this coming.

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