Dorney seeks zoning variance for LIM-powered coaster

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:14 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Last week, the South Whitehall park got township approval for minor zoning changes that will allow it to build a coaster. The ride would be 184 feet tall and would be powered by a linear induction motor, a type of motor used in rapid-transit trains and conveyor belts as well as amusement rides. A theory making the rounds of fan-operated Web sites says Cedar Fair is going to move a coaster called Steel Venom to Dorney from Geauga Lake, a Cleveland-area park.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 6:17 PM
That's Steel Venom.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 6:51 PM
I wonder if they'll just move Steel Venom outright, or spend a little extra money to go and change the straight spike so that both are twisted. Either way, it's a great ride that's incredibly fun to lap, and I think that with a good crew, it should be a great addition to Dorney. The community'll probably complain, but that's to be expected with Dorney, and I don't think they'll really mind in the long run. I just hope that Dorney also gets another coaster though too since I don't believe Steel Venom will draw in all that many people like a major coaster would.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 7:37 PM
What would be the advantage in twisting the other spike? They would not gain anything monetarily. Cedar Fair is a company that is obsessed with ROI, and rightfully so. This is why they're so good at what they do. They make good decisions.
*** This post was edited by Jeff Young 4/24/2007 7:38:31 PM ***
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:54 PM
What color do you think they will paint it?
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:45 PM
Not only that, but will they rename it as well?
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:27 AM
I'm thinking that it'll wind up blue and red or something like that, it looks nice that way and more than likely they'll keep the Steel Venom name or go and use another name they already have trademarked so that they can save on some money that way. Just my 2 cents.

Also, the only reason I'd see them adding the twist on the straight spike is to make the ride more like Wicked Twister, which many people at Dorney surprisedly know about as I see people compare Dorney's rides and Cedar Point's rides left and right and the whole 2 twists may win over more people than just the one. The ride's fine as is and I like how it's different, just that I thought they may change the ride for fear of comparison.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:06 AM
^ Not to mention all the merchandise they probably still have with the Steel Venom name, and a logo ready to go for future products.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:22 AM
Why would two twists 'win people over?'

Some might prefer the straight spike and brake. I know I do.

-'Playa

(distance from other SV: 20 minutes)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:57 AM
With Steel Force in the same park, I can't see them naming the coaster "Steel Venom."
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:15 PM
Criminy. They already HAVE a Thunderhawk, too. :)
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:18 PM
I really agree with Arson, why use steel twice for rides that are gonna be kind of close to one another unless the theme of the area is steel or something.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:19 PM
^^LOL Playa. Since they've already got a Steel-something and a bird of prey, they'll have to get the "Creative Dept." at CF working overtime for a NAME for this *adopted* coaster...

Adding another twisted spike? Not even the remotest of chances...IMO.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 4:03 PM
Theirs always Wicked Twister.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:39 PM
I'd Always liked steel venom it was one of my favorites at GL And now its vanished from geauga lake soil.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:42 PM
Not yet it hasn't.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 11:42 PM
Semi-wicked twister? Wicked semi-twister?
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Thursday, April 26, 2007 3:29 PM
LOL, Twisted Wicker was *designed and built* to run with two twisting spikes. COULD Venom be retrofitted to have two twisty spikes? Sure, I'm positive it could. WOULD it happen? No, there's little/no benefit to such an idea. WT had a "standard Impulse" less than two hours away...SV at Dorney will have no such similar ride nearby.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007 4:11 PM
Their going to just keep it Steel Venom, theirs no reason to change it.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007 4:53 PM
Coasterkid, didn't you read the above discussion? They already have 'Steel' in their ride names, it wouldn't make any sense to re-use it in the same park and confuse the public.

Now, "Iron Venom," I could see. ;)

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