Close I think, it hit 122, I know there were a couple of TTD threads in the 130s in the news.
I highly doubt that something this "tuned" just to break TTD's records was already being laid out prior to TTD being built. I think that parks may enter into committments with a company, but the ride type, stats, etc. can be altered probably up to the beginning of the park season prior to manufacture. Maybe I'm way off base, but there just seems to be way too many coasters lately that just squeak by records set by other parks, or that are in reaction to things at other parks (seemingly) to make me believe that these things are set in stone 2-3 years in advance.
Brett, Resident Launch Whore
Anti-Enthusiast (the undiplomatic one)
Do OSTR's limit your ability to keep your hands high in the air? That was half the fun of Top Thrill Dragster, is keeping your hands up high, especially on the way up & all the way down.
I know they're much different than an Arrow or B&M-type coaster... but how much freedom does it really give you... ...and although this is more hypothetical since noone has the real answer... but WHY are OSTR's being done on Kingda Ka when the only thing that makes this really different than Dragster is a little bunny hill afterwards!
As with all things coaster (and all complains regarding restraints) it all depends on your size. I'm 5'8" 150lbs and I was barely touching the restaints, had full motion, ability to put my arms up, came completely out of my seat and bounced off the shoulder restraints going into the barrel rolls, it was great.
If you were quite a bit taller, or somewhat heavier, you'd have trouble being that free, but I would still think have no problem fitting.
Good strategy to put it in GADV. They said the ride would include a valley after the 270 degree spiral, before the bunny hill. I can't wait to go next summer, im going there for senior cut day and whenever I drive there. The new area is good for the family too. Maybe some parents on here could bring their kids to the area than want to step off a few feet to the coaster. Oh and this area looks to have 2 entrances, one on the right and the main in the middle. Im also sure if their wasn't people falling out of the restraints we would have lap bars. I wouldn't be surprised to see them put it on TTD on the off season. I see GADV's isn't taken risk on this because this is their money maker.
I had no trouble keeping my arms up on Storm Runner, although due to the design of the harnesses, my shoulders were very sore the next day. I noticed it wasn't very comfortable riding with my arms up so I don't plan on doing that with KK.
The OTSR are much differernt. They aren't as bulky and contain a kind of lap bar.