Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2005 10:49 AM | Contributed by Fun
In spring 2006, guests at Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri, challenge Patriot, the longest, tallest and fastest full-circuit inverted roller coaster in the region, and the largest capital expenditure on a single attraction in the park's history.
It looks to be a really cool ride, but I was hoping they would get a little more creative than another Talon with a few variations. B&M seems to be more cookie cutter than they used to be. I remember when Kumba first came out. Half the elements on the ride were new. How about some more of that?
Nobody here cares that there are Batman clones scattered across the country, but one variant to Talon and people are in cahoots ;)
At first I was kinda disappointed that it seems like a short ride, BUT then I think about Wildfire at Silver Dollar City or Dominator at Geuga Lake and understand that longer doesn't always mean better! The Patriot not appearing to have a mid-course break says that it will be a fast-paced, exhilerating ride throughout.
/\ Patriot's lack of a mid-layout block section doesn't rule it from being another "like so many other recent" lukewarm rides from B&M.
For example, Cedar Fair's two other most recent B&M creations without mid-layout blocks - Hydra The Revenge and Silver Bullet have been reviewed by the majority as "too tame" and slow-paced in comparison to past B&M's.
But the ride hasn't even been built yet, and it may or may not be Batman The Ride intense. We just have to wait and see! I'm just sayin' don't make assumptions that because it lacks brakes in a certain area that it will be a fast-paced blow your mind out of the water coaster.
GregBuzz said ..."Nobody here cares that there are Batman clones scattered across the country, but one variant to Talon and people are in cahoots"
Are you kidding me SF is bashed on a daily bases for having clones, yet people mention in a non negitive tone how CF made a similar layout to Talon and people want to get upset. I have heard not one person say anything majorly negitive about Patriot beside the fact it's similar to Talon yet CF praisers are ready to rip throats out, but when SF announced SFOG Goliath people frowned because of the Name and color scheme. All I'm saying is theres a strong bias favoring CF and anything they do.
I'm not pointing anyone out or poiting fingers just speaking in general, this is just my opinion no need for anyone to take offense not trying to start a flame war. Anyways regardless if it looks similar to Talon this is still a great addition to WOF, I'm still not feeling that color scheme lol not that it matters. Any Invert with an Immelman is a winner in my book:O).*** This post was edited by westcoaster man 9/7/2005 3:39:19 PM ***
Great looking ride. As for the Cloning arguement, here's my 2 pennies. While I understand Six Flags decision to clone Batman so many times, deep down you gotta wonder how many wonderful designs B&M and SF could have come up with if they chose to make them all original.
Even if this ride is similar to Talon, Cedar Fair has given us several unique layouts*** This post was edited by john13601 9/7/2005 4:19:01 PM ***
While the element order is exactly the same as Talon, the layout is much different. It looks more spread out with more downtime between the elements, especially between the loop and zero-g roll. My first reaction tells me that it is going to be much more tame than Talon.
This isnt a clone. In fact, recently I think B&M has done less cloning and copying. The last few years, B&Ms have been getting more creative. I mean look at Silver Bullet and Hydra for examle. VERY unique B&M layouts. Even look a while ago at Superman Krypton Coaster. Another Unique ride. Dæmonen at Trivoli Gardens is a small unique B&M Floorless built last year. Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park, Superman at Warner Bros. Movie World in Madrid, Air at Alton Towers. These are all recent B&M rides and all are unique. Sure Patriot has the same elements as Talon, but ok, on an invert, what different elements do you want? The only other one is a cobra roll, and then youd be saying theyre copying Raptor. So the same elements are there. The layout is very different, its bigger, and honestly looks more fun than Talon. Another great ride from B&M.
I can't believe you all are discussing all this clone nonsense. The real issue here is how many times per hour are they going to play "God Bless the USA" in the station. I'm hearing rumors of mulitple sound systems so I'm guessing 50. 50 is such a Patriotic number.*** This post was edited by RavenTTD 9/7/2005 6:43:18 PM ***
I've heard that they are going to have a recorded spiel with background music much like you'd find on the newer coasters at CP (MF, WT, TTD). I'm hoping for a Hendrix's version of the Star Spangled Banner to be used, but then I know it was a protest song so who knows. ;)