In typical fashion, construction video 4 is fairly old as it deals with the topping off of the tophat (what they're calling the lift and drop), but it's still cool to see an up close picture of it. But it's what's in the webcam from this morning that's got me excited.
They've finally made significant progress on the loop (since it's not in Norway, how about we call it the Pennsylvania Dutch Loop?:) ) Anyway, it looks quite smooth and should be a rather interesting element. The one thing I'm wondering about is the cobra roll since I've never ridden one on an Intamin and with those restraints.
The best pretzels in the area are at that market near Kitchen Kettle Village...damnit the name of the market and the brand of pretzels is escaping me. The market is only open a few days a week, dangit it's right on the tip of my tongue.
Anyway they look like regular pretzel mini-twists but my god are they light and crispy and just delicious as can be. Especially with some Central PA sweet/hot mustard. Drooool.
RatherGoodBear said: (Or insert name of your favorite snack food producer from southcentral PA.)
Nothing better than my kids wondering if they're a Twizzler or a Jolly Rancher as they stand in line to ride The Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge or wait in line to get their picture taken with a guy dressed as a Kit Kat bar.
Tying it in, Hershey does do pretzels, or at least somebody does for them - they go into the ever so mediocre Take 5. Not that any of Hershey's products are all that or anything, but I always wish the pretzel in that had a bit more of a salty bite.
Sorry, I'm not doing my best to derail the thread but snack/junk food discussions I do not pass up. *** Edited 3/26/2008 9:59:05 PM UTC by matt.***
Are you thinking of the Intercourse Pretzel Factory? (Maybe not, but it's just really fun to say in a coaster forum :) )
I don't consider Hershey a snack food company-- they're a candy company. LOL. I was thinking more along the lines of all the chip and pretzel factories in the region. Herr's, Utz, Martin's, Good's, Snyder's, Sturgis (Julius and Tom), Bickel's, King's, and I'm just scratching the surface. No wonder why we're all so plump in PA. :) *** Edited 3/26/2008 10:17:16 PM UTC by RatherGoodBear***
Parker17, please become a lot more educated before making such an uneducated statement such as yours. Except for using smaller trains, there really is nothing similar to the two designs.
And do you really think HP thought of this concept right after Maverick was announced? Highly unlikely. The demise of the Western Chuteout for another attraction was being circulated on the internet months before the official ride announcement.
I think the whole "If CP builds it, then no one else should be able to build one" strikes of elitism. Give me an example of CP building something that no one else could build afterwards? Do you know that TTD and KK where bought at the same time?
I don't understand the attitude for it It does no good for the manufacturer who has to keep things exclusive (and hence loses money), and no good for the customer who may never get to ride that design etc.
The speed, the drop, the loops, the turns, the trains-all resembling Maverick in one way. I know CP comes out with great ideas, but it's annoying how other parks take their great ideas. Why can't Maverick be one of a kind? Why can't TTD be one of a kind? Are you just saying you like it because you like all Intamin rides??
A sit down looping coaster was a great idea...Around the time of Shockwave or Mindbender. Since then, it's been done, and done, and done. Sure there's some spiffy new twists as technology advances, such as vertical lifts, beyond vertical lifts, whatever. The idea remains the same.
Why couldn't Batman:The Ride be a one of a kind ride? Raptor's trains, loops, and turns resemble it...
You realize that Hershey put out a design request to five different companies with a budget and a footprint. Intamin's was the design that fit, it gave Hershey the most bang for their buck.
In no way does this copy off of Maverick. There are different inversions, the propulsion systems are different (lift vs. magnetic), the speeds are different, the heights are different, the number of trains are different, and I could keep going.
More than just Maverick features a beyond vertical drop and Intiman has been using shorter trains on a lot of their new coasters.