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Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:09 PM
Jeff's avatar So now you can read my mind in addition to knowing what I'd consider similar rides? Why do you wish to assume such things?

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Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:49 PM
I only compared the two because most seem to relate them in some ways. The rides are extremely different, but in the end, they are both the same style Intamin.

People compare similar rides all the time, even if one may launch where the other doesn't or vise versa. In the end, its an Intamin that has similar trains and a fairly similar styling.

I did not expect the ride to feel so "B&M" I guess. I wanted a slightly more out-of-control feeling. The first element was the biggest disappointment. Looks much better then it really is.

It's a solid ride for sure, it's just lacking some craziness, other then the drop of course which was amazing. Loved the lift!

:)


*** Edited 5/29/2008 10:51:37 PM UTC by SteveWoA***

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Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:49 PM
matt.'s avatar I've made this point in other threads, too, but Maverick and Fahrenheit are also both in large, enthusiast-considered sweetheart parks that aren't too exceptionally far from each other, as well. I agree that for practical purposes comparing Fahrenheit vs. Maverick is a bit silly but considering the similarities and what parks they're in, on coaster boards it's somewhat inevitable.

Just look at the amount of people who still do the Voyage vs. El Toro thing, which IMO is much more silly.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:21 PM
I also just rode Fahrenheit today. Maverick and Fahrenheit are vastly different coasters. Maverick is all about the crazy fast directional changes and Fahrenheit big swooping inversions. Fahrenheit really flies through its corkscrews while Maverick floats through them a little bit. I prefer Maverick's first drop over Fahrenheit's, and both rides' bunny hills really deliver. The Norwegian loop was a little disappointing, but the exit out of the Norwegian loop delivers a good pop of air in the back seat. To be honest the vertical lift was one of the "coolest" parts of the coaster. All in all Fahrenheit is a really solid and fun coaster...it's quite "easy" to ride and much more re-ridable than most other Intamins. Like Steve^^ said, it rides more like a Beemer than a psycho-intense Intamin.
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Friday, May 30, 2008 4:21 PM

Jeff said:
So now you can read my mind in addition to knowing what I'd consider similar rides? Why do you wish to assume such things?

Why would you assume I give a Flying Falcon about what you think?

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Friday, May 30, 2008 6:41 PM
There is a pretty decent POV on youtube already looks pretty cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvITXzJMyHY

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Sunday, June 1, 2008 7:42 PM
^^While it's still going to be a few weeks until I make it out to ride it...I'm sorry, but Maverick looks A LOT better IMO!!! Not to say it doesn't look good, because it actually looks great and way better than I expected....but Maverick still looks better.
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Sunday, June 1, 2008 8:26 PM
In light of the Wildcat incident, I'm a teensy-weensy bit concerned about lift malfunctions on vertical lift coasters like Fahrenheit and Mystery Mine. I know it's like comparing apples and potatoes, and the technology is completely different.

Still...Wildcat wasn't supposed to do what it did. And if a similar something that wasn't supposed to be able to happen on Wilcat happened on a vertical lift...that would make for a very bad day.

I'm not saying it makes me edgy or not willing to ride the rides. Hardly. Just a teeny, tiny concern.


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Sunday, June 1, 2008 10:07 PM

To explain the lift system a bit. The lift is powered by two independent hydraulic motors at the top of the lift. The motors are powered by a pump located in the building at the base of the lift hill. Hydraulic oil is pumped all the way to the top of the lift by two 4 inch steel pipes. Each motor powers a separate chain and each chain is able to lift the train by itself. If you notice there are not any anti-roll backs on the lift. This is because each motor has a hydraulic brake if the ride begins to slip. To evacuate people (if necessary) they slowly lower the train back down the lift into the pre-lift area. The entire ride has a backup power supply just in case of a power failure. The train is not physically attached to the train either, instead they use something similar to a catch dog on an aircraft carrier. It hits the back of the train and carries the train up and over.

That was explained to us, the Nantimi 11, by Gary Chubb. Another thing you will notice on Fahrenheit is that the upstop wheels have shoes that contact the drive wheels at the base of the lift, acting like another backup. You can see a better picture here: http://www.coasterdom.com/gallery/image.php?d=/Hersheypark/Fahrenheit&p=fah065


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Monday, June 2, 2008 12:16 AM

Ensign Smith said:
In light of the Wildcat incident, I'm a teensy-weensy bit concerned about lift malfunctions on vertical lift coasters like Fahrenheit and Mystery Mine. I know it's like comparing apples and potatoes, and the technology is completely different.

Still...Wildcat wasn't supposed to do what it did. And if a similar something that wasn't supposed to be able to happen on Wilcat happened on a vertical lift...that would make for a very bad day.

I'm not saying it makes me edgy or not willing to ride the rides. Hardly. Just a teeny, tiny concern.


To be completely honest, the vertical-ness of the lift should have no effect on your fear of that. Height should be the factor. If what happened on Wildcat were to happen sayy... right before the peak of literally any hypercoaster, you're probably dying, and that's all there is to it. If the sharp curve up at the bottom doesn't crush your spine when you take it 60+ mph faster than it's designed, the station brakes will definitely not stop you, so you and the train behind you are gonna go crunch.

That said, you were very right about the apples to potatoes comparison. Wildcat was what, early 70's tech? Fahrenheit's lift is basically bleeding edge tech, so I see no reason to feel uncomfortable.

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