"3/31/2001 - Flight of Fear opens to the public at Paramount's Kings Dominion. It's the same ride that opened in 1996 as The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear but for the 2001 season, the over-the-shoulder restraints were removed from this electrically launched indoor looping coaster."
EVEN Jeff Siebert, the most laidback of all PR people ;) couldn't help but show his excitement when showing off the train modifications. First thing I said when gettng off was "Wow, that ride was virtually unrideable before, now it's ERT material"...
MOST of the time, enthusiasts (justifiably?) complain about modifications made to coasters...Revolution, Colossus, Zonga to name a few. I just wanted to give a shout-out to PKI for initiating this change, which led to a domino effect that has dramatically improved Premier coasters as a whole.
Can you think of another time where a coaster was IMPROVED? I'll throw one out for starters - Tx Cyclone removing the headrests....come on, it's a chance to show parks how much we *appreciate* the little things that DO mean alot! :)
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Brian, who wonders if you gotta take minus points from Raven for switching FROM buzzers to ratcheting lappers. ;)
But to stay on topic, I'm hoping that Space Mountain Anaheim will be better (not that it was bad in the first place).
SFGAdv lover said:
Does removing Viper at SFGADV count as a modification?
If it does, then I nominate removing RC-48 at Moreys Piers as well as Hurricane at Rye's Playland.
Other than that, as stated before, the obvious... Steel Phantom being turned into Phantom's Revenge.
(As well as Vekoma deciding that their boomerang coasters work best only running ONE train.)
SLFAKE, those NY/NJ steelies that were removed were two of the five worst steel coasters I've EVER ridden....but with better trains, I don't think either one woulda been THAT bad...;)
After the recent trip to BGT, I'll throw in that what *the Canadians* did to Gwazi was "nothing short of miraculous". Shoot, I'll even forgive them for inflicting Bryan Adams and Celine Dion on us...;)
After the modifications FoF quickly went from the coaster I hated the MOST to my fave coaster (at least in the top 20 at this point).
I really can't think of a better "improvement" unless it is Magnum. I am not sure what they did but it has been running VERY smoothly for the last two seasons. :-P
Now if they would only tweak X a little.....JUST a little. :-P
After the recent trip to BGT, I'll throw in that what *the Canadians* did to Gwazi was "nothing short of miraculous". Shoot, I'll even forgive them for inflicting Bryan Adams and Celine Dion on us...
Are you sure about that? Bryan Adams and Celine Dion were awfully powerful shots fired at our society!
But I agree that Gwazi is a fantastic ride. Granted, I've never ridden it when it was running bad, but all the times I've ridden it, I found it to be an outstanding ride. It's a lot like Hershey's Wildcat when its running good- only better!
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