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.
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.
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 ***
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.
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.