Marine World officially reveals details of Vertical Velocity redesign

Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2002 6:17 AM | Contributed by Brian Grapes

Six Flags Marine World has publicly announced their plans for the 2002 season, which begins March 16th. Riders can expect a modified version of Vertical Velocity, along with a new show line-up and new exhibits. SFMW Online has all the details, straight from the park itself.

Link: SFMW Online

Wednesday, February 27, 2002 10:13 AM
This might be more thrilling....going upside down over the entry plaza and all.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 10:52 AM
I must say that I am very surprised. I am amazed that no one else is saying this. It definately would have been the obvious option for the park to just add another spike but they are changing the twist's angle which is very unique and a first for six flags. I have just one question though: What about the other V2 and Superman? I wonder if this is the prototype. Oh and two more questions: Is this being done along with intamin? Will intamin make rides like this?
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 10:56 AM
Agreed, Jan!
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:06 AM
When will all this be done because I'm going to be down there on Spring Break (April 1st around).

It kind of sucks if it won't be open, and it isn't the only ride that won't. The new coaster at Knott's won't be open either... :(

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:08 AM
I dont think the track will level out per say, but the twist will be lower than before with just straight angled track after the twist.

Yes, Intamin is doing the conversion. I wouldn't count on V2 or superman undergoing this change. Their heights are just fine. I also think that Intamin will add this variation to their lineup of Impulse coasters.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:08 AM
The track tilted at a 45 degree angle doesn't lower length, but it DOES lower height.

As V2 was, it is 150ft of track - 30 ft off the ground.

Now that the spike has been tilted, the height of the track itself is 119 ft.; from the ground, it is 149 ft.

Also, the track will stretch 75 ft. from where the twisted vertical spike stood. *** This post was edited by juanzo on 2/27/2002. ***

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:18 AM
That makes more sense about the twist before at the beginning of the incline, and having it level out, because otherwise it could be od for guests to be upside down as it stops.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:26 AM
I don't know about anybody else, but I'm very interested in riding this new V2. It just be might be even better. At least we know visually it will be.  ;)
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:47 AM
I just want to remind some people that the train doesn't stop and hang on the front spike, so nobody will be in uncomfortable positions.  It reverses directions, but doesn't just hang around.  Anways, I'm sure the people at Intamin and SFMW put some thought inot this before changing it.  Very innovative!
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 12:57 PM
What's funny is that their main point in doing this *as the park itself states* is so that entering park guests can see the 45 degree angled inverted track right overhead.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 1:55 PM
I don't like it. Take it back! This is all too odd. Six Flags trying to be unique?
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 2:33 PM
I was browsing through ACN and I found these pictures of the newly modified or soon to be modified V2. http://americacoasters.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=247 Thought you might want a look.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 7:27 PM
If Medusa only reches 65mph according to you guys, why does Six Flags stats say "Max. Speed-75 mph"?  If we(although announced at 150 ft-same height) have no idea what the new height or length will be then we can't argue about any of the topics above about angle, speed, length....

I don't know which is exactly taller, but living since living in Vacaville, CA I can tell you that V2 was never 30 feet taller than Medusa.  There are many different angles to look at the park and the two monsters(Medusa and V2) from.  Whether the Crockett bridge, radio tower, those hillsides up by the cow farms, Skycoaster, freeway, or even the the top of Medusa's B&M dip, you can have get a very good veiw at any major height differences, and there are none. 

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 5:28 AM
Why even bother with this??? What a waste of money. How does this make it more thrilling? Who in the world invests several million dollars in a ride only to redesign it after one season?
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:10 AM
I second that, Vertigo!  There never were any height differences with V2 and Medusa.  So unless Medusa is 180 ft., then V2 has always been 150 ft.  So then why the redesign if the height wasn't  exceeding 150?  I have never heard any type of official measurement of V2 stating that it was over 150 ft tall, but if I do I'll eat my words.
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 8:05 AM

That's the real question for everyone... why bother? I'm curious to know myself.

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 8:44 AM
I believe I may have "hit it" with the idea that SFMW may have gotten a variance for Medusa, but not for V2...meaning that Medusa is "in the clear" and that V2, at about the same height, would still be in violation.  Considering the expense involved, I *HAVE* to believe this is the case until I have contradictory evidence. Nonetheless, like GR's shed, it may be good for US! *** This post was edited by rollergator on 2/28/2002. ***
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 10:36 AM
At this point, who cares? It's like people don't want to except the reality that V2 is changing. To know the explanation isn't going to make the change any easier to take, nor will it make the ride any better or any worse.

It's like worriying about why a trim brake was added to a ride, finding out the answer isn't going to make the trim disappear. If you think about it, rollergator is right, Medusa doesn't figure into this discussion. It's V2's zoning that's being called into question, and that could be for a number of reasons, none of which we could possibly know.

The ride was too tall for where it was built, period. SF is complying with *whoever* has requested they change it(very creatively I might add). Is there really anything else to it?-----------------
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 1:03 PM
At least I can be amont the "proud few" who rode V2 in it's original state. I'll be able to tell that to my grandchildren one day... ;)
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 2:16 PM
This will make it have an inversion because of the angle, right?
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