PowderKeg - a Family Coaster?

Tuesday, January 4, 2005 9:52 AM
I think not....the only thing "family" about this is the slightly toned-down launch to start the ride.

This ride is shaping up to be truly fantastic. The overbank turn --> twisting floater --> overbank turn looks to be incredible. Intense pacing.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 11:13 AM
Are you asking us or telling us?

Either way, I wouldn't call it a "family" coaster but since SDC is a family-friendly park, I would imagine that the ride won't be overly intense.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 11:17 AM
I don't really understand the whole "family" coaster thing. Look at PKI. They tore out the antique cars and the flyers to make room for a "family" coaster. Great idea... wait...

PKI got rid of two rides that my kids can ride to build a coaster that will have a height restriction of what? 48 inches?

I'm all for some smaller coasters but "family" just doesn't seem like a good label to me.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 8:09 PM
Remember SDC attaches the word "family" to everything. WildFire is a "family" looping coaster. :)

For some new yummie shots of PK

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/silver/new.html *** Edited 1/5/2005 1:11:47 AM UTC by Swoosh***

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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 8:23 PM
Thanks for the update Swoosh. Powder Keg is definitely shaping up nicely. What is station going to be themed to? A black powder warehouse or something similar? I'm going to try like heck to get back to the park this year. It's one of my favorites.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 10:45 PM
Yes the ride is themed to the mining company that used to mine bat guano (poop) from Marvel Cave. The train will be launched from the powder warehouse that happens to "blow-up" There will be lots of thematic elements and stuff. It is going to be sweet.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2005 11:06 PM
Nice. I was extremely impressed with the themeing on Wildfire and am glad to hear that this will be no different.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 3:03 AM
Just wondering...how is the lift hill part going to work? Will the train be going fast enough to shoot up the lift hill? Or will the train be slowed and have the hill be used as a traditional lift hill with chain and all?
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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 11:10 AM
Swoosh thanks for the update. That looks like it is going to be a good ride. I have yet to visit SDC, but it is on my list of parks to make it to.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 12:49 PM
Pale Rider - Yes I would expect nothing less than what they did for WildFire. But what else would you expect with the theming parkwide?

BigJim - The lift will go all the way to the bottom of the hill. The train will use whatever momentum is left and get as far up the lift hill as it can. Then the chain dogs will engage and the chain will take it up the rest of the way. This is much like what BSF did. Also you can think of how a Boomerang coaster goes up on the chain on the second lift.

Coasterfantom - Yes I think this ride will really be one of the D.O.T.S. for 2005 and attendance for the park will probably really increase.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 1:12 PM

Swoosh said:
Remember SDC attaches the word "family" to everything. WildFire is a "family" looping coaster. :)

Not ONE instance of teenagers running amok (no offense to anyone under 20 intended, LOL), NO trash on the ground, no line jumping, no graffiti...sounds like a "family park" to me..:)

No inversions can DEF. mean *family* coaster...

Any indication they're going to use my FUSE idea on the back spike? ;)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2005 10:24 PM
I think that is what I like so much about SDC, the "riff-raff" doesn't come there. Makes the park a whole lot more enjoyable when the park isn't used as a "baby sitter".

Not sure about the FUSE thing, but I do know they are going all out with the theming.

-D

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Thursday, January 6, 2005 1:19 AM
That was how I felt @ Dollywood. The place was so clean and well kept. No gum placed in line on the rails, no people's names scratched in the woodwork. Quite nice.

This looks(to me) better than most of the new coasters for next year. I really wish I could head out to the midwest for a coaster tour. Guess I'll wait till 06' and hit it before Japan, maybe?:)

Thanks for the pix Swooshy. That thing looks completly sick.

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Thursday, January 6, 2005 1:43 PM
Well maybe hold off for 06 so that you can have a new Beemer at WOF to ride as well. I think that new ride will be sick as well.

-D

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