Monday, May 19, 2008 6:22 PM
To Fly The Great Nor' Easter
They are promoting it as new. I'm guessing the new trains are that big of a chain. My local Philly station did a report on it. Once its on line I will post it.
Monday, May 19, 2008 6:42 PM
I don't believe it's a name change, but just a tag line.
Monday, May 19, 2008 7:36 PM
The name actually changed from 'The Great Nor'Easter' to 'FLY THE GREAT NOR'EASTER'.
I actually was on the first official train Saturday, the ride sensation is incredible. Look out B&M.
This is an affordable way to have more hang and less bang.
Monday, May 19, 2008 11:55 PM
Fly the Great NorEaster? That isn't a name, that's a command!
Unless the ride's new name is "Fly" as in "Fly: The Great Nor'Easter".
2008: The year of the crap coaster name.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 12:02 AM
FTGNE is definitely worse than Flight Deck.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:53 AM
Unless you have tried it again, don't knock it.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:13 AM
I think he means the name, not the ride.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:20 AM
Well, I think the GNE is a good name.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:23 AM
I also believe GNE is a good name but tacking on "Fly!" is stupid.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 4:07 PM
I'm pretty sure the "fly" part is just a tagline. At least I hope that it is. I love the name "The Great Nor'easter", very appropriate considering the setting.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 6:59 PM
I can't wait to ride this with the new restraints. Looks and sounds awesome!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:07 PM
Now, would you have rather had it changed to the original proposed name, "Freedom Flight"? I didn't think so.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:30 PM
Freedom Flight > Fly the Great Nor'Easter
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:30 AM
"custom designed"... sure! :P
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 8:51 AM
It is custom designed. yes, its the same basic layout as the 1st generation slc's, but it had to re-designed in several areas to fit within the waterpark.
Vekoma chose to list it as 'custom' on their website at one time, and justified it with new column positons, a new loading station location, and a stretched out corkscrew element. The standard lift usually goes for 105', and the GNE's is 115', which gives it a bit more punch with the ocean breeze at its back.
But, everyone should re-ride it with the new vests. Quite a change.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:58 PM
Even before the new trains, it was the best SLC I had ridden. The transitions between elements was fairly smooth and the location made for some pretty exciting visuals. No doubt the changes will make the ride even better. I can't wait.