I looked under the news section and the general forums and couldn't find anything posted lately about the new S&S 4D coaster being installed at Fuji Q Highlands. I got the link from Screamscape, believe it or not, and it has a promo video for Eejanaika. Looks like it is scheduled to open July 19th, 2006. Here's to hoping that S&S has worked out the bugs since X.
Wow... I never rode X, but this looks really amazing - much better than it!
They re-ordered the elements - the 0 G 360 roll is in the first raven turn instead of before the turnaround, and the first flip is a full-full element.
The shape of the track looks much more organic than on X as well - I wonder if that's just me or if they really worked more detail into the course this time (e.g. the overbanking of the turnaround - it also seems the seats are dipping/pitching a little differently)
Very Cool! *** Edited 7/8/2006 12:33:38 PM UTC by superman***
The capacity on that ride makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Makes it look like Deja Vu is Space Mountain or something. In the video, the guy left his shoes on the moving floor, so I can only assume there is one train, which holds a maximum of 20 people. Due to the lenght of the ride and complexity of loading, I would say a train leaves every 5 minutes, or 12 trains per hour. 240 people per hour. Suicide.
The video was shot on media day. The ride is not open yet. You can see that there is a second train inside the station and alledgedly there are three trains (but I doubt that they could use them efficiently)
But some japanse parks are known for their extreme slow loading. Especially when they clean EVERY seat after each ride, regardless if somebody was sitting there. This can bring dispatch times to eight or more minutes.
Ah, Fuji-Q, land of the incredibly slow cycles. Some really nice rides, though. Dodopa is great, and Fujiyama was a pleasant surprise. I'll get back to Japan eventually. I didn't NEED an excuse to go back to Fuji-Q in the process, but this 4d won't hurt the cause...
Is the unload the same station as load? Splitting the stations was one of the very few things I thought they did right for X (well, aside from the fact that they had to tilt the trains back and forth in order to move them the 30 feet.) *** Edited 7/9/2006 2:48:36 AM UTC by ApolloAndy***