Posted Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:09 AM | Contributed by James Disney
Knott's Berry Farm is continuing work on removing all traces of Windjammer. Footers are now being removed and everything should be ready in a few weeks to begin work on the new ride. They are also continuing work on VertiGo. Footers are being readied with rebar and should be poured in the next few days. Halloween Haunt maze construction is also highlighted.
A few pages of Magic Mountain photos show the progress just a few days before the opening of Deja Vu with final preparations being made for the ride's debut.
The cleared land doesn't look big enough for a full-sized coaster, let alone a Hyper. As it is rumored to be an Intamin creation never seen before, this should be very interesting. Bring on the steel baby!
Now I haven't seen the placement but I'd be willing to bet they're more for stopping a train that has valleyed than trimming speed. I've seen brakes for this purpose on Batman Knight Flight, Talon, and others, all unused. So until we actually see them being used let's not get in hysterics, ok??
There is no simulator that will predict 100% accurately how a ride will behave before it's built. That is what prototypes are for. Arrow might have been worried that the train wouldn't make it back, so they made the RT smaller than it needed to be. Compare this to Mantis, the first loop was being taken too fast & putting stress on rider's legs. A trim was added to the drop & the problem fixed with further Stand-Ups by increasing the loop height compared to that of the drop.
Conclusion; the trims on X doesn't bother me at all. It's still a prototype, don't forget.
Edit; Whoops, didn't notice Mamoosh meant the trims at the bottom of the drop. Funny thing is, the test video showed the train to be crawling through the top of the first Raven Turn. It's reasons for being in place is what the others said above. Plus X hasn't broken in yet & will be running faster than ever.
With Deja Vu, surely before it's commissioned & opened, it must be able to run 200 cycles non-stop with a full load & without breaking down or something like that? Then again the Flying Dutchmen & many other new/prototype (Hypersonic, V2 etc) coasters broke down countless times after they'd been opened.
*** This post was edited by Taipan on 8/23/2001. ***
However I doubt the brakes at the bottom of the first drop [and before the FIRST Raven turn] are for trimming. It doesn't look like the trains have all that much speed going thru the first Raven turn so I'm not sure they'd necessarily want to trim before it. Also remember that as of the last video [shot by Sean Flaharty] the seats still have a wobble, meaning the assembly that turns the seats has not been "tighened up" to reduce the wobble. They're testing the trains "loose" and once they adjust everything to reduce the wobble more momentum will be lost as trains run the course.
Again...the reason for brakes at the bottom of the first drop is just my speculation. The only reason I mentioned it in the first place is that I didn't want people jumping to conclusions. If we see the trains being trimmed at the bottom of the first drop *and* it affects the ride THEN we can complain!
*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 8/23/2001. ***
Or is it just me?
RAPTOR-Kick the Sky!
Cedar Point- The Amazement Park!
What is disney planning on doing with that cleared land?
It seems that there's a tent being built on that site, very temporary, no idea what for.
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