Ive posted a trip report before about PKD, but I havent been able to get to my home park since July due to alot of travel for work ( WITHDRAWALS, TRUST ME). And it was my first spin on Hypersonic XLC since they modified the trains and made their adjustments. So basically I just wanted to comment on that.
First off, the launch has gotten extremely...QUIET. It used to just ROAR when it was launched, now its a much quieter hiss , i'm not sure exactly what they did to it, but im sure im not the only one that has noticed the lack of noise it has now. You used to have to nearly hold your ears in the queue when it was launched. The new head restraints?? DO AWAY WITH EM.....To me it didnt give that totally free feeling that the old headrests used to have, and the shoulder pads that extend beside you make for some pretty harsh shoulderbanging when you take that banked turn coming off of the tower,especially for a tall rider like myself (im almost 6'3''). It's still my baby, but surprisingly i only rode it twice that day. Even though the lines were short ,because of the weather, i didnt feel like enduring the shoulder banging. Any thoughts from anybody else who rode it this season after it was modified?
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I'm pretty sure the park provides a safe place(PLEASE people skip the 'you've let terror win by not going BS'), but how was it? With all that's going on, that's a spooky stretch of travel to say the least.
I wouldn't be so sure about that PointMan,the sniper has been bouncing all over the northern VA/DC /MD map like a ping pong ball on steroids and unfourtunately it'll be likely that he may just move south of the spottsylvania area and perhaps target the area around PKD.
Hopefully I'm wrong & this guy will just change his tactics or just stop alltogether,as is I'm sure most are aware that yet another shooting in northern VA occurred just last night.
SO! How is thier Halloween stuff, with that few people around, I'm sure you had a look-see?
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I agree. Hypersonic is the quitest launch I have ever heard. I also enjoyed it Post-Mod.
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Does a frequent visitor know of it's reliability since the mod? (Not just "I heard....")
I have not been there since the day it opened. I snagged three rides, 2 in the back, and one in the front, and LOVED. I just wish Dodonpa had been open when I was st Fujikyu :(
As for comparing the ride experience, last year I thought it was BOSS. The ripping over the vertical tower was insane, with "thruster2K" air. When watching it test earlier this season while it was still "closed", it looked like it was cresting the hill at a much faster rate. We were excited, then the soft cage mod headrests came, she opened up, then it was different. Watching testing at that point, the cars floated up top. You can feel some degree of hesitation up there, & from the backseat, the floater/climb was much greater, but still, no rip over the top, not as intense "thruster2K" air. It's a great experience, still, I just can't tell what was more intense, nor can I figure what's happened on the tower. IF the brakes are slowing down ascending trains, it sure doesn't feel like they're grabbing, you know?
There are supposed to be other mods & new trains from Interactive Rides next season, right? I thought that's what the deal was. It'd be like having three different Hypersonics three yeears in a row.
about Peabody's question....being a PKD homer, i can tell you that indeed it has a lot more uptime. at first, they were still getting used to the new, smaller chassis but every thing seems to be working great now:) ive even seen them run 3 trains! i think next season we will see some awesome performance from XLC!!
Tim, who misses his home park terribly (away at college in Philadelphia) anyone in Richmond VA go ride Grizzly for me :(
Holiday World; Knoebel's-today's cures for today's common theme park :-D
Legend...who would have thought that a tree could be turned into such madness :-D
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