New Pictures of Thunderhead on GCI Website.

Thursday, October 9, 2003 9:43 AM
Good afternoon, all

I just htought I would let you know that I stopped by the GCI website, to see if they updated it at all and they have. They have added some really beautiful pictures of the ride being constructed. I think they did a great job at taking some of these pictures and showing how close they were. Also the great thing is that they can be enlarged.

Have a great day,

Wood Fan

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 9:43 AM
Oh here is the link by the way.

http://www.greatcoasters.com/thunderhead.html

Wood Fan

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 9:47 AM
Seeing these pics makes me say "Dollywood 2004, here I come." I've never been and now I am going to plan on it next year.
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Thursday, October 9, 2003 10:04 AM
Check out that "S" curve, bottom right hand pic. If that don't get you drooling, then why the hell are you even in this thread? Heh.
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Thursday, October 9, 2003 10:25 AM
I agree, Matt...that twist looks absolutely delicious.

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 11:23 AM
Is it safe to say that this will be GCII's first terrain coaster?


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Thursday, October 9, 2003 11:51 AM
I'd assume that's a safe bet, Rob

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 11:54 AM
I hope there are more of these in the future... :) Plus it's a 99% guarantee (In my mind) that it won't only look good like "that" coaster at SFEV, but will be amazing too. ;)

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 12:13 PM
Nice to see a GCII that is NOT being built on a flat piece of land... not that their other coasters have been lackluster, but I've always wanted to see them do more than "just a twister".

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 1:13 PM
This thing is shaping up nicely!
After the OzCat and Thunderhead GCII may want to change their name to Freaken' Awesome Coasters Int Inc. FACII ;)
This will be the second GCII for HFEC, but, hopefully not the last. Love to see a dueling Thunderhead-ish coaster in the woods of Indian Point Missouri.

Jimbo

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 2:18 PM
That twist is awesome...I'm making sure to get to Dollywood next year. Plus, I’ve always wanted to get on Tennessee Tornado ever since the press release.

It would be nice to see an out and back or double out and back from GCI with some good air. Although with Lighting Racer they have proved that a coaster doesn’t need a little or even any air to make it great….it just has to be fun. It would also nice to see the return use of PTCs on some of their twisted designs. Wait….You say that PTCs won't run on GCI twisted designs? That is true, although no park (post 1990) has ever asked for one bench PTC coaches, so they haven't ever been designed and developed. I bet you Hershey Park had wished they had asked PTC about it during the entire 2000 season (For reasons I can’t reveal).

How do you thing there is a PTC Steel Train chilling out on the rails in TX. The park (Wonderland) came to PTC needing a replacement for the current trains that were on their last legs (or in coaster terms "axles"). So the end result was that park now has a great product that has increased ridership. Also now on slow days the trains aren’t required to be filled with a certain amount of people to prevent rollbacks.

If you ask Tom Rebbie if PTC will ever do this or do that in the future, he'll ask with that there are always possibilities.

Ya, I know I got way out topic but it happens. You might think now that I’ve had some bad rides on GCIs, but that couldn’t be farer than the truth. I just love PTC…I’ll give GCI the credit for making some beautiful trains (even if the style is 80 years old). I just don’t think GCIs run as well as PTCs they feel a tad bit too much like Morgans or Gerstlauer. I guess I wish PTC just had some more work.------------------
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Thursday, October 9, 2003 2:22 PM
Hmm, I really loved the PTC's on Roar at SFA. As a matter of fact I thought it ran better than its brother at Marine World. I know I'm in the minority on this one though...

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 5:27 PM
I totally agree with you that Roar East was MUCH better Roar West

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 5:38 PM
Looks great. Things are moving very fastly, and the Curves look plain Hellish! Can't wait until Spring '04.

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 5:52 PM
I was just looking around the site....is Mike Boodley no longer with them? He's not listed in the staff

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 5:55 PM
I don't know Peobody , but I have a different question.

Where is this in the park? Is it over closer to country fair or showstreet?

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 6:19 PM
The actual designers seem to be left out of the pictures. Mike Boodley is still there, and is the actual designer of Thunderhead.

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 6:21 PM

thepinkdoomofmonkeys said:
I don't know Peobody , but I have a different question.

Where is this in the park? Is it over closer to country fair or showstreet?


It is located up on the hill behind Showstreet, across the Railroad Tracks. To be more specific, you turn to the left of the Showstreet Palace theater and head up that hill.

Not the best place in my opinion, it will really mess up the traffic flow it that area. I would have placed it where the old Dolly Museum is.

Here's an overhead view of the area. Thunderhead is in the wooded area to the right of Showstreet. (Move around that picture a little, and you'll see how much the park has changed since 1992)

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*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 10/9/2003 10:31:04 PM ***

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 7:02 PM

Rctycoon2k said:
The actual designers seem to be left out of the pictures. Mike Boodley is still there, and is the actual designer of Thunderhead.

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To Rctycoon2k:

I would just like to tell you that Mike Boodley has retired and Jeff Pike is the lead designer and vice president at GCI.

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Friday, October 10, 2003 4:14 PM
Quite right WoodFan,

But he personally designed this ride,which looks supberb already,very twisted.Maybe DW will update their page soon.

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