Silverwood announces Stunt Pilot single-rail roller coaster

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From the press release:

The anticipation has been growing ever since Silverwood Theme Park started teasing that a new ride will take flight next year. On Thursday, the park officially announced their new coaster, Stunt Pilot.

The inspiration behind this new coaster comes from the beloved air shows that dominated the skies in the park's early beginnings. On June 20, 1988 guests from all around lined up to experience the train ride, pony rides, and the aircraft museum. In the first year of operation, there were about 110,000 visitors! One of the earliest features at the park was the air shows. This is the iconic memory of early visitors to the park, and many guests have asked to bring this show back.

The air shows will rise again with Silverwood’s new single-rail roller coaster, Stunt Pilot. Climbing over 105 feet in the air, Stunt Pilot will take riders down a near-vertical dive down with hairpin turns, aerobatic maneuvers, and 3 inversions as the coaster speeds through heart-stopping obstacles before returning back to the hanger. It has been over 10 years since Silverwood added a roller coaster to the park, and this metal monster will give riders a memorable experience worth the wait. Developed by Rocky Mountain Construction, Stunt Pilot will take flight in 2021.

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ApolloAndy's avatar

Too short and bad capacity. No trims, though. (I don't even know if I'm being sarcastic anymore).

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Tommytheduck's avatar

Rumor has it it will run two 10-passenger trains.

It will fit right in at a park that only has a single train on each of its wooden coasters. (I was told they were built that way without the blocking to add a 2nd train)

Jeff's avatar

I visited the park just before I left Seattle back in 2011, and the operations on those coasters were just awful. Most lethargic loading ever and it wasn't really that busy of a day. Simon was like 18 months old, so we weren't going to wait for long periods of time entertaining him while the other parent waited. They also told me they didn't have any parent swap, but when I emailed them the next day to suggest that, they said they did have it. I was not impressed.

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hambone's avatar

IIRC correctly, all of Mt Olympus's coasters also have a single train. I can see the operational advantages of that, but the lines sure moved slow.

I wouldn't think capacity is a giant issue at Silverwood - does it get very crowded?

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From the images shown, this appears to be a clone of RailBlazer/Wonder Woman.

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The additional two seats could make for a very interesting ride. The current 8 seat train at Great America (similar I'm sure to SFFT, but I've not ridden it) provides some amazing ejector moments off the lift hill. Not sure what adding two more will do to that, and to some airtime moments later on in the circuit, but it could be insane.

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ApolloAndy's avatar

The ride is already taken at a breakneck pace. There's barely a moment to catch your breath and it's over pretty quickly (dare I say...too short). I can't imagine what it will be like if the larger trains run noticeably faster.

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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

I wonder if this is the unit that was originally supposed to go into Fred Grubb's garden.

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