Maverick: My opinion

Sunday, September 10, 2006 5:26 PM
You know, I was thinking the same thing when I was checking Screamin's stats on rcdb. Screamin' is sort of like the Cliff's Notes of the world's collection of coasters---everything important is in there, but no hard words to stumble over.. It will be interesting to see if the same holds for Maverick.
Sunday, September 10, 2006 9:57 PM
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eightdotthree said:There really is no other ride like it unless maybe you count California Screamin which seems way more tame than this.

...and lo, Dick Kinzel did smile at this comparison... :)

Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:53 PM
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eightdotthree said:
Which Mummy is not a smooth lift? USO's is more of a launch than a lift and to me it seem pretty darn smooth.

No, it's definitely a launch, I won't argue with that, but the first half of it is supposed to be a constant speed, I assume. And it's way jerky before you actually take off.
Welcome back, red train, how was your ride?!
Monday, September 11, 2006 1:33 AM
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bucknut08 said:

Second, I noticed on the video what seem to be trim brakes along the hill after the launch. If this is what they are I'm kinda disapointed. Kind of a waste to just slam on the brakes right after a launch.

Just wanted to give my 2 cents.

Maybe those brakes are retractable and only come on if the launch is too slow. During a failed launch, the brakes could stop the train and allow it to roll back to try again. During a normal launch they would not come up and have no effect on the train.

I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

Monday, September 11, 2006 3:14 PM

Mamoosh said:

...and people wonder why I don't wear coaster t-shirts when I go to parks?

I hope Mike321 doesn't see this!

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Monday, September 11, 2006 4:19 PM

Beast Fan said:
Perhaps if Valleyfair does really well attendance wise with their new GCII wooden coaster next year, a similar ride could be considered for Cedar Point. I do think their next coaster at Cedar Point, will follow more along the Maverick mold, and just try to be a great ride, instead of something that breaks any records.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that ValleyFair's GCI will be like Knott's Xcellerator was a prelude to TTD.


Monday, September 11, 2006 4:54 PM

Are you sure you really want a 200' GCI? I mean thusfar the tallest GCI has been 100', and TTD was 2x+ the height of Knott's Xcellerator...

End snickering comment.

Monday, September 11, 2006 9:26 PM
I didn't mean to be taken literally. I just meant that if things go OK at VF it will make CP feel better about putting a wooden coaster in.


Monday, September 11, 2006 9:48 PM

Completely agreed. A Cedar point Lightening Racer type coaster would be a perfect addition to the park.

Monday, September 11, 2006 10:46 PM
Bucknut, I might be wrong but I took the thing along the track after the second launch as a magnetic anti-rollback, in case the launch should for some reason not provide enough power to make it all the way over the rather large hill. I love the fact that Maverick seems to be virtually contact free, using LSM for acceleration, magnets for brakes and tires for the slow parts. Not much to go wrong there, and downtime should be minimal.

I can't wait for Maverick. I think it will be unusual and thrilling, and just the thing that C.P. needs. I have several friends who have stated that they dont care for being thrown from 300 feet or launched up 400 feet but they enjoy the action of a roller coaster as long as it's closer to the ground. I think casual fans and enthusiasts alike will find a lot to like in this ride. Where Cedar Point might have given us another Rita or Speed Monster, or made a misguided attempt at another record-setter they developed a ride concept that is unique, well designed and smartly themed.

My guess is out of the six trains available they will only use five at a time. The second launch will serve as the only block brake. A train or two will be in the station loading, one will travel the first half, one the second half and one will be on the way in. The sixth train will serve as backup and be rotated in and out. Kinda like TTD. Justa guess.


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