Tripsdrill is a small family park that likes to invest in strange and usually good attractions. They got 2 tilt freefalls with lap bars and wacky effects (hams on strings starts flying around!), a bathtub themed Mack log flume, the prototype Gerstlauer Bobsled (custom steel twister with hairpin turns, helixes and airtime hills) and other unique rides. They got a good relationship with Gerstlauer, so its natural they go with them. Total cost of Mammut plus the new area around it is only 6 millions euros (8.8 millions USD). If they would have went with Intamin, I can't imagine how much it would have cost!
As for El Toro getting rough: I guess this has nothing to do with the track but with the wheels. I know the feeling from Colossos, which can get quite horrible when the wheels are worn out. The track joints are very painful when that happens. New wheels will solve this problem.
The new Cordes/Gerstlauer woodie will have a new form of pre-fab track. I don´t yet know how it will be done.
1. It's a good list but I wish more people gave higher scores to some of the more classic experiences, like Schmecks and Allens. Nice to see Phoenix at #7, but for me it's up there with the best stuff being built today. Also would have like to have seen anything from Kennywood or any of the big old Allens place somewhere notable. Not that they're BETTER - but they're as worthy. Maybe not as extreme, though certainly more rideable in my own experience, especially when the cars have simpler means of restraint. I can't imagine a more fair and thorough way to measure "best" than the system Mitch has devised, but it seems "best" is now synonymous with "most intense", "most extreme", etc - rather than "most fun", "most magical". Giant Dipper on a summer night or Scream Machine on a humid Georgia afternoon? HEAVEN. Eh. I'm an old fart.
2. Any of you resisting a visit to Six Flags Great Adventure - I totally understand. The park was a total train wreck the last several years (decades?). But beleve me, the ultimate GAdv cynic - something happened in the last year, I don't know what, I don't know how, but they got it together. It's not perfect, it never will be, but you'd never know the place from just a year ago. Just go. Don't deprive yourself. The park is a joy.
I also love TH and even though there's not much to Boulder Dash it still kicked ass. Actually on the other hand I think BD may be better than Voyage. Let the flaming begin.
SFGAdv lover said:
^ Hurler PKD is at 112. Hurler PCar is at 110. But more importantly, who cares?
It is actually the best coaster I have ever been on. That includes Hades, Voyage, Boulder, El Toro, Mean Streak, and Son of Beast.
From what I gather here there are many who believe that the prefabricated Intamin wooden coasters with the polyurethane wheels break tradition and don’t feel like a true wooden coaster. I also think that there are a lot of anti Six Flags people here who can’t see past the fact that it was Six Flags who has built this wonder in the coaster industry.
To say that El Toro is not a true wooden coaster is ludicrous. If anything Voyage is the imposter here with its steel support structure. At least El Toro has a traditional wooden frame. I think if you’re going give El Toro a demerit for having polyurethane wheels you have to give an equal demerit to Voyage for its steel support structure. There is no question that El Toro gives you the better ride, the smoother ride, and has the better drop so why isn’t it number one? I’ll tell you why it’s not and the answer is Six Flags.
It’s so disgusting to see that so many people can’t look past the faults of Six Flags and fill out their polls honestly. Why hasn’t Voyage received a lot for criticism for having a steel support structure? I just don’t understand how a wooden coaster that gives you a better, faster, smoother ride that has a structure built entirely out of wood, has hands down the most comfortable wooden coaster trains on the market can loose. It’s a shame and a disgrace that people would vote The Voyage #1 this year.
So all of you close minded scared people can keep on riding your “#1 wooden coaster” with your steel support structure and outdated trains while I’m riding a bigger, faster, smoother coaster with better airtime and comfy trains. El Toro is #1 in my book and if took the rest of the general public and put them on both coasters I’m sure they would agree with me.
"Laminated track" refers to the layering of wood. These new Intamin rides are milled from solid pieces of wood, steel joints are fitted to each end. Pieces of road steel are then attached to cover the gaps. See here or here.
Am I wrong in thinking Intamin wood track is laminated as well? I thought the only difference was it was done in a factory and shipped in sections to the site. From looking at it, it certainly looks like a bunch of laminated wood with plates of steel on the top and sides.
Notice how that is his/her *only* point of argument? What's that old saying about a grain of salt?
The structure of the ride is built using the standard method of assembling a frame on the ground, then hoisting it up with a crane and then bolting it in place.
The only difference I see between the prefab rides and "Standard" woodies is Cordes figured out a new way to build a woodie and then Intamin added poly wheels to it. Poly wheels alone won't save a woodie, as evidenced by Coaster Express.
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