GREAT AMERICA BUZZ .. Ragin Cajun Coaster to be replaced?

Friday, August 16, 2013 9:36 PM
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Chitown said:

You would be correct sir. Rollercoaster going into Iron Wolf's old spot. Me thinks a Premier launch coaster just like Full Throttle at SFMM.

http://www.gurnee.il.us/planning-and-zoning-board/agendas/08-21-2013

Since this is from May 1st why hasn't anyone seen this until now? Usually the oddball sect of the fandom combs through these meeting minutes every week.

165ft would beat Full Throttle for tallest inversion by 5 feet. The question is will this ride actually have a complete layout or will it be the same thing with block breaks at the bottom of a 150 foot drop?

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:41 AM

That 165 height also is the height of intamins Zac Spin model 50-282

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:45 AM
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bjames said:

The question is will this ride actually have a complete layout or will it be the same thing with block breaks at the bottom of a 150 foot drop?

Could be worse. Some freefall towers actually put brakes at the end of 200, 300 and even 400 foot drops.


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Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:31 AM

^^Capacity nightmare that I doubt this park would touch. At least, I hope not!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 9:24 PM

@bjames, it isn't from May 1st. Their last meeting was from May 1st and they were just seeking an "approval" of their minutes. These agenda's usually go out 7-10 days before the Zoning Board meets and their Public Hearing is in regards to SFGAm. So this was freshly posted yesterday.

At any rate, I believe it'll be premiere also, but will it be like Full Throttle or Superman? Or both? Or neither?

He was drinking a "Full Throttle" in the teaser video.

I'm smelling another YOLO advertising campaign.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 11:51 PM

Fastest wooden coaster! http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130817/news/708179826/

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 1:48 AM
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CoasterKid20 said:

These agenda's usually go out 7-10 days before the Zoning Board meets and their Public Hearing is in regards to SFGAm. So this was freshly posted yesterday.

Oh, phew! I'm glad the oddball sect of the coaster community didn't let us down, we need them in order to speculate!

Superman would seemingly be too small for the Iron Wolf site but we've seen Six Flags do this sort of thing before.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:40 AM

I agree, and thankfully it does appear differently now. As was posted right before your post, it looks like it will be a woodie.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:02 PM
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Hmmm...could it be a RMC woodie?


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Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:14 PM
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165 ft, and the "fastest"? Des not compute, unless there's a significant elevation change, or the use of a launch device.


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Sunday, August 18, 2013 2:12 PM

Sniff. Sniff. I smell some major wood coming to Great America.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 2:21 PM
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Well, the article said the record wasn't specified as "US" or "world." Might it just be Midwest?


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Sunday, August 18, 2013 2:50 PM
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Raven-Phile said:

165 ft, and the "fastest"? Des not compute, unless there's a significant elevation change, or the use of a launch device.

The fastest wooden coaster running (Rest In Pieces, Sonny!) is Toro, with a listed speed of 70mph and a drop of 176 per RCDB. That means if you're exceeding 70, you need a longer drop. Tunneling is the only way that could happen - I'm betting on no launch...and that would likely get me to Chicago next year... ;~P

edit: Andy - the video spoiler posted by the park had "Guinness World Records" on the binder. As always, *leaks* can mean virtually anything....just ask Vonnegut!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:30 PM
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Tekwardo said:

Hmmm...could it be a RMC woodie?

Someone get this man a cookie. Or bran muffin.


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Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:45 PM

Call me surprised. I thought for sure a Full Throttle type coaster. With a woodie at 165ft, they are definitely going to have to utilize other land besides what Iron Wolf was on. Probably the removal of the Wilderness Theatre, possibly part of the picnic grove, and some of the employee parking lot.


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Monday, August 19, 2013 8:38 AM
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Jeph said:

Sniff. Sniff. I smell some major wood coming to Great America.

You're really flirting with some bad puns, there.


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Monday, August 19, 2013 11:45 AM

rollergator said:

Raven-Phile said:

165 ft, and the "fastest"? Des not compute, unless there's a significant elevation change, or the use of a launch device.

The fastest wooden coaster running (Rest In Pieces, Sonny!) is Toro, with a listed speed of 70mph and a drop of 176 per RCDB. That means if you're exceeding 70, you need a longer drop. Tunneling is the only way that could happen - I'm betting on no launch...and that would likely get me to Chicago next year... ;~P

edit: Andy - the video spoiler posted by the park had "Guinness World Records" on the binder. As always, *leaks* can mean virtually anything....just ask Vonnegut!

I just looked at my Outlaw Run media kit - Outlaw Run at 162 feet tall is the fastest wood coaster 'on steel wheels' at 68mph. El Toro is faster, but they use nylon/urethane wheels...


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:49 PM
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why cant it be as tall as Ragin Bull?


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:18 PM
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Given that SFGAm requested the zoning approval for a 165' tall ride, that means they'd only need to tunnel 43' to be as tall as Raging Bull....

Something tells me that's highly unlikely...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:34 PM

ENUFFZNUFF said:

why cant it be as tall as Ragin Bull?

Why'd you have to post this...verbatim..on two separate threads?


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