pkidelirium said: Looks sorta like the end of a track piece.
Wishful thinking I think. I saw it today as well. Based on the way the tarp was resting on it (it must have rained, and the rain caused the tarp to "stick" to the shape of the object) it seemed to me that it looked a lot like 3 connected half-circles; Which, based on the rendering of the just announced Xtreme Swing for Valleyfair ( http://www.valleyfair.com/insidethepark/rides/coasterthrillrides/xtremeswing.cfm ) would appear to be the top piece of a Screamin' Swing. *** Edited 9/24/2005 6:14:46 AM UTC by DBCP***
I'm thinking that I'd like to see something a little more substantial than this before I believe CP has B&M track on site.
Is it actually possible to keep a secret anymore in this industry? Seems like enthusiasts usually have an idea of whats coming for most major rides. I'd say its pretty rare to have B&M track just miraculously show up in this day and age without any hints along the way. Could be wrong, but thats the way things seem at this point.
In other words, I'm still thinking Screamin' Swing. ;)
Now I'm not complaining or anything, so don't get me wrong... BUT...
With the advent of maXair, isn't this basically the same type of ride with a similar height, similar max radius degree, and similar feeling? The only difference being instead of spinning slowly in a circle, you're stationary?
Again, looks like a great ride in & of itself based upon the animation... but for Cedar Point to recieve this ride upon a consecutive year RIGHT AFTERmaXair just doesn't seem that smart of a business decision unless something else is going to be new as well. People who experienced maXair will ride this next year (presuming the rumors are correct) and say "deja vu!"
Some people don't like spinning rides and would avoid maXair, but would ride the swing since it doesn't spin. It's a win situation for those people who can't handle spinning flats. Plus if I'm not mistaken, on the swings you get the air thrust/boost at the top arc of each swing which maXair doesn't really do. The VF video of Xtreme Swing has the 3 arches at the top of the ride so mystery solved as far as what's under the blue tarp at CP. I've never ridden one, but I think it looks fun!
I think the ride idea is a great concept. But I think the design of the ride is poor, and could have been beter. This looks like to me it will have capacity issues... and the look of it looks, cheap almost. Carnivale style... you know. Unlike maXair, where it looks meaty, and well supported, this looks flimsy and could colapse with a 25 mph wind kinda thing.
I'm not really looking forward to a Screamin' Swing. Sure it'll be fun, but I'd much rather have B&M flyer. As far as coasters go, they are really lacking in the looping coaster department, the newest, Mantis, being almost 10 years old.
I think that a new B&M flyer would make a great addition. I agree that the Screamin Swing does look cheap.
I'm happy either way but I'm hoping for a new beemer.