http://www.parkworld-online.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/701/Darien_Lake_to_debut_MotoCoaster.html *** Edited 1/13/2008 7:36:25 PM UTC by Alexx Argen***
Its sad when your best friend asks you the exact running time of a ride. Good thing I didnt know.
Liking these PARC-7F guys more and more.... :)
BTW, I am so happy for DL being that their last coaster installation was SROS in 1999!!! Hopefully PARC ownership will bring the park back to the good old days before SF took over
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
With a track as small as 2000', and a layout as short as it is, won't this be a capacity nightmare? You figure they really can only have a one-train operation because the ride itself can't be more than 60 seconds, and although they may have 3-blocks (launch pad, station, brakes)... the load/unload procedure would take about 3-4 minutes at MINIMUM, and thus create stacking.
I think if you take 12riders + 6 minutes per full cycle including the load/unload = 120pph??
Although I commend PARC for finally investing some capital improvements into the park. I kind of lothe them for choosing the actual prototype model that's been hanging around for a couple of years vs. a brand new one with a larger unique layout like Knotts did.
I just wonder where it's going. It's got such a compact layout, will it fit in the old Batman building??
Knott's layout, however, is definitely more interesting...
Even if you figure the average speed is half of that, the ride will most definatly be lass than a minute. 2 trains would still make sense though. You could get the load/dispatch working while the other train is on the circuit.
Gator: They may very well have two trains... but one train would probably be on stand-by in case of the very reason one would be taken off for routine maintaince... however, I would bet against two trains operating at once due to the blocks and train-stacking (is that possible on a 2-train operation?).
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*** Edited 1/14/2008 9:52:02 PM UTC by janfrederick***
Intimidator 305 the tallest most hated coaster nobody has ever ridden...
^^Zero to 38 in three seconds is not exactly tearing it up. And I'm sure it will be much more enjoyable without headrests. *** Edited 1/15/2008 2:37:43 AM UTC by Ensign Smith***
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Of course, I'd like to see my homepark get a huge coaster, but it probably is just not realistic for the market. I was a season pass holder years ago but I haven't been to the park in several years. This will definately get me to the park to check it out (and get my superman fix of course!)
Darien Lake really is a well rounded destination with the campground, hotel, and concert venue. A new flat ride or two, some additions to the waterpark, and continual aesthetic and cosmetic changes would make the park perfect imo. *** Edited 1/15/2008 6:24:47 AM UTC by TimmyD***
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