Posted Friday, May 20, 2005 11:17 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Kingda Ka, and Intamin rocket coaster and the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster, has opened at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Read more and see video from CBS News.
"A roller coaster unlike anything anyone has ever seen..."
The link is really long, so just go to http://www.northjersey.com and the article is right there on the main page. I find it interesting that they make two specific points: 1) that many internet rumors (including the "dummies lost their heads and arms and legs" one) are patently untrue, and 2) that they put such significant emphasis on rollbacks, and how they're a "normal occurrence."
EDIT: A link to the article; can't seem to make it work in html, so if a mod could fix it, that'd be much appreciated.
*** This post was edited by Nitro Dave 5/20/2005 7:49:35 PM ****** This post was edited by Jeff 5/22/2005 1:43:06 AM ***
They also have serveral LARGE signs warning that rollbacks are a completely normal occurance. I was on the one and only rollback yesterday in the front car, second row and its a very cool feeling!
edit - I should have noted that I'm talking about the northjersey.com article ;)*** This post was edited by RTneedsTLC 5/20/2005 12:20:48 PM ***
'Engineers at Great Adventure say it's possible to build a faster, taller coaster. But, observes Axelrod, given the expense and the practical limits of today's technology, Kingda Ka is likely to be the heavyweight champ of coaster for quite some time.'
Is kind of funny. How long ago was Top Thrill Dragster built.....and they said the exact same thing....
As for the OTSR, I like the lapbars better. But, you really hardly notice them. I noticed the huge thick bar over my waist more than the shoulder bar. In fact, I don't think I even touched the shoulder bar except for rides in the very back and even then contact was minimal. They do not effect arm movement at all which is a good thing.
I have a question., who is the grey hair guy that was interviewed? Is that they guy that everyone hates in ACE? (I forget his name) that says every coaster is his favorit? If so I have a stroy about this guy.. he talked to me while I was getting food!
WOOT that is me on the left in the front.. this is the frist ride!! (on the cbs page)*** This post was edited by Earnhardt2 5/20/2005 1:28:33 PM ***
As for the OTSR, you really dont notice them. My shoulders never hit the OTSR. But you do definitely feel the lapbar.
I didn't mind the the OTSRs at all. They really only cause a little minor bruising on the upper arm when putting your hands up.*** This post was edited by geneticfreak 5/20/2005 5:17:41 PM ***
How/why this is necessary is beyond me since anyone who wants to hold their hands up is going to once the ride launches. Seems to me that if this RUMOR is true, it will just add more delays to launch time/capacity along with the anticipated delays of people who ignore the "loose items" rules.
I SUPPOSED TO BE ON THAT TRAIN!!...the rollback one. They asked to let some media people in the front seat before me. SSOOOO pissed.
Yes that me on the front page. I am in the 2nd row, black shirt. I look like crap, but u can't really look great at 128mph. Fine w/ me. I may be doing a TR shortly.
I got bruises from the OTSRs, one on each arm. lol But idn if its because i bruise easily or because I rode 7 times. hehe.
I got bruises from the OTSRs, one on each arm. lol But idn if its because i bruise easily or because I rode 7 times. hehe."
First of all you always look like crap! lol
I hate you for getting that extra ride... but that is waht happens when you get interviewed like 20+ times :(
"I have heard rumors, AND I REPEAT, THEY ARE JUST RUMORS, (although from a fairly reliable source) that they will not/are not launching any trains if you are not holding the black handles on the lap bar."
well we kept our hands down untill we started moving! never once did they hold a launch during media day.
-Jeremy Delong*** This post was edited by Earnhardt2 5/20/2005 6:05:43 PM ***
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