If Ninja is using it for parts, then all the better. At least SOMEONE is getting a good ride out of it...finally! ;)
You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)
I found XLR-8 to be quick, exciting and just a whole lot of fun. I had a blast on it.
I was sorry to not be able to take a spin backwards, but the lines where long.
I liked all the coasters at Astroworld, excpet the horrible SLC which was experiencing some serious train issues.
Me? I've been on Iron Dragon, KI's Vortex, Big Bad Wolf, and Ninja. I'd probably say that was my rank from wost to best. Although the Big Bad Wolf has that drop at the end. Wow!
I love the BBW theme. But that flight through the trees down the mountain...getting faster and more intense as you go...now there's a ride. It's too bad it is frequently closed. Although I haven't been in a while.
And I think the Vortex was a LOT of fun. I even got a bit of a kick out of Iron Dragon (it's pretty OK?)
Instead, we got Ultra Twister (which was amazing) and I'm 100% sure it'll never get put up due to fairly solid rumors of track problems. We also got their locomotive train cars, which will also never see any action from what I heard due to more problems.
I think Vortex must be the exception, but I'd bet it was pretty expensive too.
Edit: OK quick RCDB check. Vortex and ID opened the same year (is that correct?) and both cost $4 (is that correct?)...and yet Vortex is almost twice as tall (I KNOW that's correct).
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i'm not sure what to put here..
So throw all that crap out! No price in RCDB for Top Gun, but the height is similar. But is IS listed as a terrain. For some reason I don't remember really thinking it was a terrain coaster. Then again, I can't even remember the name.
*** Edited 3/21/2008 6:37:41 PM UTC by janfrederick***
Most of the suspendeds made use of hilly terrain, which meant shorter support structures could have better drops...*and* a better price.
Given the family nature, longevity, consistant drawing power, reliability, etc., Suspended Coaster 1 was a really good value for parks. Surprising more weren't built. The one that got taken down, WAS the right one... ;)
Vortex beats the Iron Dragon with no contest. It is a lot faster ride, has bigger drops, and, some really fun swinging midway through the ride, where Iron Dragon is only fun after the second lift. and maybe exciting for about 30 seconds. The rest of the ride is boring.
The only thing Iron Dragon has going for it, that Vortex doesn't, is that it's a longer ride, and has some nice scenery along it's route. That, and there is usually minimal wait to ride, as a train leaves the station probably every 2 minutes. Vortex usually has an hour wait, with two or three trains running. I heard sometimes only one. *** Edited 3/22/2008 12:31:04 AM UTC by Timber-Rider***
I'm really curious how much a new suspended on par with Eagles Fortress would cost today here in the states. All of those supports and footings have to cost a bundle. Disney should make their next mountain coaster a suspended. Oh man, the potential. :)
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
Even if it were to live on by moving it elsewhere, I'm sure riders would have a big "WTF is this?" moment after riding it. Suspendeds had their day and it was rather short-lived, and XLR-8 was easily the biggest dog of the litter. Taking the time & money to relocate that ride would not be well spent. All it would do is up the coaster count to whichever park it went to.
Pass da' sizzrup, bro!
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