While the official press conference and presentation is not until 11 AM, there was a small blip in the Charlotte Observer this morning: http://www.carowindsconnection.com/observerstealth.JPG While this confirms that it will be the same layout as Stealth at PGA, it still doesn't officially confirm that Stealth is physically moving. Perhaps that will be clarified at the news conference. If not, we won't know until Stealth at PGA is either taken down, or goes nowhere.
Yeah, I certainly wouldn't trust this little spot in the Observer to be completely accurate. At the same time, if Stealth does indeed move, I don't believe I would expect that to be released in the announcement. Perhaps PGA would make an announcement themselves at a later date, but I doubt it would be mentioned today.
I find it amusing that they'd even go list the Six Flags ones while talking about a Paramount park.
Dallas? LA? Wrong styles -- the writer obviously just went by name (which, I'll admit, is as much Six Flag's "fault). And where's Atlanta in that list? I know it's a little blurb, but let's see a LITTLE effort...
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Louisville, KY has a flying coaster?? Boy, that's a real reliable fact. Are they refering to T2 or something?? Hmmm.. according to the six flags website. We all know the six flags websites gets their coasters confused.
I wish people would quit worrying about what some dumb article says. We realize the media is moronic at best. Worry about what kinda drugs PCar is doing to install another Dutchman after swearing them off a few years ago.
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http://www.carowindsconnection.com/construction.php There is a little more information that was given at the press conference. The station is in Paramount Plaza near the Skytower, and the ride is located on the island. They said the seats would recline on the lift, so we will see if they can actually get that to work...
Okay, new information. The flyer will be BRAND NEW. If Stealth is being relocated, then it isn't to Carowinds. Perhaps this means that some of the terrain will be left in, with a tunnel or two. I'll cross my fingers on that one...
13Minutes,so far this year Batwing has yet to recline on the lift,it did last year though.
Maybe Paramount has decided to give vekoma a 2nd chance & has opted to buy the 2nd generation flyer which has the motors built in that raise/lower the seats because as far as I know doesn't stealth use lifting jacks in the station platform to raise & lower the seats for loading/unloading?
If they have bought a new flyer then you guys in Charlotte are in for somewhat of a decent ride,the helix on that thing pulls some major G's but I just don't like the inline rolls just before the helix because it's a bit rough.
Last time I rode X-Flight which was three weeks ago, the trains reclined in the station. I've been to the park since then, but not to ride that thing because I don't think it's that great of a coaster. I took several rides on it during ERT at a regional ACE event, and still disliked the ride because of it's uncomfortable riding position, and rather lackluster layout. I've yet to ride B&M's version of the flying coaster, but their layouts look even worse than Vekomas.
Excellent theming/naming opportunity here: this December marks the 100th anniversary of the Wright Bros flight at Kitty Hawk. Perhaps they will tie that in to the coaster somehow. Seems like a natural to me.
Here is what I have come to believe about Vekomas: great layouts, LOUSY trains (i.e. Vu 1.0) , sometimes salavagable if they are EXCEPTIONALLY well maintained (i.e. Hangman). With the new trains, the Vu is definitely in my top 5 steel. Before, wasn't even in the top 10.