First comments on Kingda Ka

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 11:29 PM
In brief -- a very good ride.

The launch and drop don't feel any different to Dragster. However, there is considerably more airtime over the top, more reminiscent of Xcelerator than anything else. The airtime hill works very nicely, too.

More in due course when I write my full trip report.

The ride opens this weekend.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 4:47 PM
Some further comments after riding again today in all the rows of the train. I managed a total of twenty rides :)

The front seats produce insane air time.

The back seats are surprisingly rough, at least on the train I was in.

Martin Valt commented that the free fall experience on the way down is the best found on any ride anywhere.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:40 PM
Wow sounds awesome. Do the OTSR's on the way down the first hill feel restraining at all compared to Dragster?
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:40 PM
Cool, saw the ride on one of the morning shows today. Does the airtime hill brake before the whole train is over it or once the train is cleared?
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:43 PM
eightdotthree -- Honestly, I never really noticed, but I would guess when the whole train is over the hill. It's certainly not obvious if it hits before - you're going so bloody fast that there are other things on your mind (like the wind in your face!).

discodude - They don't feel restraining, though depending on your build you might end up bashing the side of your neck on them in the spiral; it happened to me two or three times in twenty rides.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:54 PM
What did you think about the brakes on the tophat? Do they give a good view? Do the break up the ride forces in any seat? Don't notice them?
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:21 PM
The brakes are only there to stop the back of the train going over the top too fast. On the vast majority of my rides I didn't notice them at all.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:29 PM
I guess that means they are launching it harder over the tophat to avoid rollbacks and the brakes keep it under control. That would explain the additional airtime on the tophat.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:44 PM
Yup, I think you've got it there. In three days at the park I did not see a single rollback. Contrast that with Dragster where you see them every morning :)
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:58 PM
Just wondering....do you happen to have any online pictures of it? I have seen many pictures of the ride, but I would like to see it with actual riders and all of the finishing touches they have added.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 7:06 PM
One thing I'm curious to know is, what does it say/do to warn you of the launch?
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 7:10 PM
Martin Valt has asked me to post that the warning consists of -- "Sit down, head back, hold on, and shut the f*** up!".

It should be noted, however, that the launch warning is in fact a loud bugle blast that can be heard all over the park, and arguably in most of the greater New Jersey area. You get about a three second warning from that blast before four tons of train starts pushing you to the heights.

I will get pictures online in a day or two; right now I'm typing this on my laptop in the airport ahead of a transatlantic flight in an hours time, which is not an ideal environment for photo editing. I've got some good ones :)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 7:59 PM
"...there is considerably more airtime over the top..."

HA! Take that, CP Fanboys! ;)

mOOSH - wasn't interested in Dragster, couldn't care less about Kingda Ka.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 8:05 PM
Moosh. . . you always seem to put the right contexts into place. :)

Any downtime at all when you guys were there riding? Hopefully it can run smoothly for long periods of time. . .otherwise. . .well. . .Dragster might have a chance. :)

Just kidding.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:28 PM

Yup, I think you've got it there. In three days at the park I did not see a single rollback. Contrast that with Dragster where you see them every morning

Not a CP fan boy, but HAH SF fanboys!

I think the drop gives you plenty of air. I'd rather be able to see and be a part of a roll-back on TTD than some air time on KK.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 10:49 PM
So you would definitely recommend the front rows? Why do you think the front produces more air? Isn't it usually the other way around?
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Thursday, May 19, 2005 5:12 AM
Honestly, I've no idea why the front produces more air. All I can say is that it does.

The ride was down for a few hours on Tuesday but other than that it seemed reliable enough.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 7:22 AM
When riding Dragster you have to deal with the short seat belt issue if you are not skinny. How does the OTSR's compare to the OTSR's on Medusa or Batman? Do you have any more room on KK?

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 7:29 AM

PA Brian said:
When riding Dragster you have to deal with the short seat belt issue if you are not skinny. How does the OTSR's compare to the OTSR's on Medusa or Batman? Do you have any more room on KK?

I'm assuming (I don't know for sure but I will soon) that if the restraints are like the ones used on Storm Runner, then there will be more room on Kingda Ka, however, there is always room for stapling which I'm not quite sure if the ride ops at SFGadv have been trained to do.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:44 AM

I've no idea why the front produces more air. All I can say is that it does.

I believe that Xcelerator has the same phenomenon: I seem to get better top-hat air in the front.

For all of my east coast friends: May your rocket be more reliable than the midwestern version. *Much* more reliable.

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