A decent marketing budget should turn this run-of-the-mill SLC into the Montreal area's next big thrill ride. Looks like the money the saved on a brand new ride went into a creative name, logo design, story, etc.
I love it. This is first class hype. Much better then STR or even the Intimidators (dead webcam etc).
If I didn't know better I would almost look forward to riding it this summer.
Forgive me, but I hadn't seen anything about this previously. What was Ednor in its previous incarnation, and what park did it call home?
Personally, I'd like to put the letters "ton" on the end of it and develop it as a "Honeymooners" themed ride.
I'm off to VA in an hour and a half or so...I-305 is waiting to ride me tomorrow (or maybe it's the other way around...)
It was serial thriller from Astroworld. There was a thread about it last year being moved up there. What is suprising is that they would send another inverted to La Ronde since they already have a B&M invert.
^And since Great Escape desperately needed it. It's the only SF park without an SLC or B&M invert.
^THAT is why it blew my mind - SFGE was in possession, and had the need. SF was talking up that park as one it had plans for (that was in the very early days of Shapiro)...then they go and move the ride to a park where it's replicative, and to some degree inferior, to a product alreadt at La Ronde. Maybe someone's mind really WAS erased? ;)
P.S. Ednor is his last name....his first name is Al. :)
The Great Escape has been trying to expand for years, but the city of Queensbury keeps opposing everything they propose. I think the city was particularly aggravated when coaster pieces just showed up on property prior to the park making any expansion requests or filing any construction permits. I think I mentioned in another thread that Six Flags is required by contract to add new capital to La Ronde every few yearas, and since they had this asset sitting in storage it made sense for them to ship it North. They can fulfill their contractual obligations without investing in a brand new ride.
You're right Jeffrey. Its to fulfill the contractual obligation to invest in the park.
As for the ride, expect a preshow in a sea monster museum (that building already exist if its the same one I think) and the ride itself will have theming and special effects. One confirmed special effect is a water cannon when the train goes close to the water. It will also have on board audio.
On board audio? It will be interesting to see how they incorporate that into an SLC. Will they be sacrificing a pair of seats to hold the audio equipment?
I still have never understood why a ride that adds audio need such a huge box for the audio. With I-pods etc that can fit in your pocket it would seem that they could be made small enough to not need to reduce capacity when they add audio.
Speakers consume more power than earphones. More power implies greater need for heat dissipation. On ride audio also needs to stay powered for the full day.
This leads to a question -- does the on-ride audio harvest power from the ride? Is there a power generator driven by the wheels?
That would create too much drag and affect the actual ride dynamics. Usually the big box is a battery and there are contacts in the station so it can recharge during the unload/load cycle.
For those who've yet to figure it out, Ednor is "Ronde" spelled backwards.
Wow that's really a great way to hype and dress up an old SLC. I was at Astroworld the season that Serial Thriller opened and blew it off due to crazy line and having already been on several SLCs.
We plan to be in Montreal at some point this summer and actually excited about this. I've operated two SLCs and ridden at least half a dozen and wouldn't lose sleep if I were to never ride one again. But I'm genuinely looking forward to checking this out. The water cannons and pre-show sound like fun a welcome addition to a tired out ride. Any ideas if they're getting the new restraints on the trains for this?
Excited to make the trip to Montreal this summer. La Ronde is one of many good reasons to visit the city. There's also an Alpine Slide at Bromont which is about 30 minutes outside the city.
There's a few good waterparks around Montreal as well.
Bromont got a nice waterpark with the alpine slides. Saint-Sauveur (40 minutes north of Montreal) has a large waterpark with a unique and very extreme water slide. It also opened an Alpine Coaster last year.
Super Aqua Club is 20 minutes north of Montreal and is a Proslide "showroom". Tornado, Behemoth Bowl, 2 family raft slides, wave pool, action river, etc.
There's also the Alpine Luge up at Mont Tremblant. Sort of like a gravity powered go cart on a track that winds down the mountain. Lots of fun and a unique attraction for North America. This is about an hour and a half north of the city.
Thanks for the heads up on Super Aqual Club. Have seen the signs for it when driving up to Tremblant.
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