I drive by KI ALOT (I live 3 miles from it!), I know what the loop looks like when it's there... and it's not! There's a big hole in the profile! if you REALLY dont believe me I might be able to take some pictures on wednesday, but i PROMISE you it is not up anymore. Perhaps they are redoing it, but it is not currently standing.
On a side note, i'm watching "top 10 megastructures" on Travel channel and Son Of Beast is #9 *** Edited 12/12/2006 2:06:53 AM UTC by DanLinden***
Ensign Smith: That has to be the most pointless idea I've ever heard. You don't "make amends" with your guests. Considering 99% of the people who go to the park won't even think about the loop on Sonny being gone any more than, "Oh, they took the loop out of SoB..." IF (and it's more than likely true) CF does bring X-Flight to KI, it's as a new attraction -- certainly not as a way to appologize to an apathetic GP for removing a loop on a ride. Especially when the reason the removed it in the first place was to make the ride better...
Don't get me wrong, the loop is one of the best vertical loops on any roller coaster I've ridden. I will miss it greatly, but it really won't have any noticeable affect on the general public at all. If anything, I'd say it might spike ridership just a tad.
If the loop is officially being removed from the ride, which none of us can be sure about, the reason points to new trains. And with GCI opening business to none GCI roller coasters, we can only hope Sonny will get a nice set of Millennium Flyers. As explained by Rideman, these trains should fix the shuffling problem around the turns. However, they may not be able to negotiate the sharp positive change in the y coordinate at the top of the loop (explained by Charles Nungester). That is more than likely the reason it got scrapped...
And even though I'll be dissapointed we lost the loop, Millennium Flyers will more than make up for the loss as far as overall ride performance is concerned.
*** Edited 12/12/2006 4:55:16 AM UTC by Konstantine***
It was mentioned earlier that regardless of enthusiast comments, the GP loves this ride. Why do they love it? Probably the loop. It should also be pointed out that even if the loop is down at this time - as a dynamic element of a not so dynamic ride, it can be removed and put back into place. After all, it is steel.
If they are truly refitting the ride (which we all suspect) it would only make sense to take it out while the work is being done. Maybe it too needs some refitting.
I do not expect that the loop will be gone when the ride reopens in the spring. I will however, reserve the right to avoid eating crow (much tougher than chicken I may add) if it does indeed open without the loop.