Disaster Transport.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 4:47 PM
What a ride, that has so much potential. If this ride had some better theming it would truly be a great ride, I mean I guess the que is fine, but how about adding some theming to the ride part of it. Has it always been dark in there or did there use to be some theming in there?

Coaster: Good

Theming: Mediocre

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 4:49 PM
It only got dark when they enclosed it.

I've never seen any real effects on it.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 4:55 PM
They tried when they first enclosed it.

Not that it was anything truly outstanding to begin with, but it was nice enough. It's barely a shell of what it originally was as it stands now.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 5:45 PM
It makes you wonder if its' years are numbered the way they let the "effects" deteriorate every year. I agree, it has potential...it is short, but with the right effects, it could have been cool.

Imagine it having a story line told on monitors in a revamped queue line, then have that story continued in the station as you load (with monitors that have "flight times" appearing, etc). Then as you ascend the lift hill (with those damn track lights fixed) have some sort of warning saying your car isn't ready for take off; maybe have a little fog and a red flashing light at the top of the hill before you go into the first tunnel saying "do not pass if blinking".

Then throw in some strobes, more fog, theatrical lighting (like the kind they use for Halloweekends) and bam, a happy ending with some happy music and a "Welcome to Alaska" spiel...exit through a newly themed Alaskan-esque gift shop and wa-lah, you've got Disaster Transport back to where it should be.

But that's just me, I doubt they will ever invest that kind of money the ride, but it's nice to think of what it COULD have been like. *** Edited 10/17/2007 9:47:06 PM UTC by Glitch01***

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 5:57 PM
If any ride was named more appropiatly, it's Disaster transport.

They should rip it out and put in a nice woody. Heck, take out the ocean stadium and make ir a BIGGER woodie that traps around Wicked Twister!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 6:10 PM
That ride is just good. You should try the outdoor ones at Great Escape, and Six Flags Over Texas. Those are awesome!
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 6:57 PM
Ahhh... Good ole' Disaster Disco!

Good ride. The family's and kids love it, and always seemed to have a long line.

When I was a Blue Streak guy in summer '93, I volunteered to go 'help out' at the ride for some project after my closing shift at the Streak was done.

It was employee Magnum night too, at midnight... thought we'd be done by that time. My job was to climb the I beam on the left side of the lift and change all the light casings from Yellow to Red, or vice-versa. I couldn't believe they actually asked or let us to do this. I was up there, in my monkey suit. Covered in grease and it was like 200 degrees up there. And cut my leg too. Cool experience though.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:07 PM
I continue my thought that there are lots of possibilities when it comes to replacing that nasty looking building from the corner of the park. My favorite would look like this:

http://rcdb.com/ig1888.htm?picture=3

Think about how nice that would look with the beach/water background with Wicked Twister looming right over. I really think that would be great and not a very big stretch by any means.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:25 PM
Cedar Point is really more known for steel, I don't really think they work well with wood, look at Mean Streak, it's an alirght ride, but very rough. I say just leave the ride but spruce it up some.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:28 PM

gomez said:
I continue my thought that there are lots of possibilities when it comes to replacing that nasty looking building from the corner of the park. My favorite would look like this:

http://rcdb.com/ig1888.htm?picture=3

Think about how nice that would look with the beach/water background with Wicked Twister looming right over. I really think that would be great and not a very big stretch by any means.


Heck yeah man!!!!! Thank you!

As far as CP being known for steel - true. And they had, in my opinion, one of best woodies anywhere. But they gutted and ripped out the soul of the Blue Streak. That's right, I still haven't 'gotten over it'. Ahh... to ride those big blue padded seat... with that old lapbar - rip!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:32 PM
I actually think Blue Streak is fine how it is. I really don't find it rough, but Mean Streak on the other hand...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 8:00 PM
Known for its steel coaster? I don't see that at all.

CP stayed away from wooden coasters for a long time because the public just doesn't like them as much. But just the like the whole "breaking record" trend has loosened up, the modern wooden coaster in the past five years has really taken a big leap. Thanks to Gravity Group and Great Coasters International. Thunderhead, The Voyage, El Toro, and Renegade have changed the way the industry looks at wooden coasters.


*** Edited 10/18/2007 12:00:51 AM UTC by gomez***

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 8:38 PM
Dispatch Master Transport- Disaster Transport had great theming when it debuted but just like with Magnum it seems once the effects stopped working they didn't bother to fix them. The que has also been shortened. there was once robots in 2 different rooms and if you listened you would hear one bitching about the other. It was fun theming not quite Disney or Busch quality but stand alone fun.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 10:51 PM
Putting a bow on a big pile of crap doesn't make it any less a pile of crap. I waited two hours the first year to ride what I had already been on, Avalanche Run, and still I'm not sure what I was thinking.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:19 PM
I rode it with all effects working its opening year...and you fly past them so quickly you hardly notice 'em.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:33 PM
I still enjoy DT tremendously. Warts and all, it has ten times the character and charm of, say, Mantis.

DT merely shows that you can't imitate Disney on the cheap. Even in its opening year when all the effects were working and before the storyline became muddled, it was never in the same league as something like Space Mountain (and we're even talking old, pre-renovated SM). I never looked at it in that light. Taking the ride for what it is, it's still a fun ride.

What they ought to do is break the ride up into alternating sections of light and dark. Have bright lights and effects flash on by trip circuits, and I'm not talking Christmas lights or carnival lights. I'm talking strobes, fog, maybe lasers. Can you see descending into the 'asteroid room', as I call it, in total dark, only to have lights flash on without warning, scattering and bouncing off hundreds of mirrors? That would be disorienting and fun.

If CP did something like that, they could dispense with much of or replace entirely the queue theming while providing a much more entertaining experience.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:12 AM

gomez said:
I continue my thought that there are lots of possibilities when it comes to replacing that nasty looking building from the corner of the park. My favorite would look like this:

http://rcdb.com/ig1888.htm?picture=3


and my favorite would look more like this:

http://www.rcdb.com/ig597.htm?picture=10

just add about 30 feet in height and 1500 per track in length to it, get six trains, and whitewash it. But don't tear down DT - it's fun. They should build a little pier out toward the beach from the stadium site it they have to, or put it to the east of DT, on the edge of the parking lot.

Oh, I forgot, I'm supposed to be mad at them. Never mind.


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Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:51 AM

Parker17 said:
I actually think Blue Streak is fine how it is. I really don't find it rough, but Mean Streak on the other hand...

It's probably not rough, that wasn't what i was referring to. It's that they made a beautiful classic fun to ride 60's coaster into those horrible... ptc seat dividers, headrests, hardbacks, seats and horrible horrible orange lap bars - at least the lap bars match the stripe (that was just mean for me to say that.)

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Thursday, October 18, 2007 2:44 AM
^^You turned a realistic situation to something that isn't going to happen.
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Thursday, October 18, 2007 9:19 AM

J7G3 said:
...those horrible... ptc seat dividers, headrests, hardbacks, seats and horrible horrible orange lap bars...
It doesn't detract from the ride. Somehow, I watch trains full of people get off the ride smiling and getting back in line.

Disaster Transport is a blight on the beach. It's a boxy looking warehouse that should be torn down as soon as possible. You have the beautiful new games midway, maXair, Troika, Giant Wheel, Wicked Twister, Space Spiral and those huge trees down that midway, and a nasty box blocking the view of the beach. And for what? A crappy ride with fluorescent paint in the queue.

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