You said it, Calixrider. Height and speed do not equal increasing forces that could be lethal.
Themeparkcritic, there are no Arrow Fish Hooks, yet.
While I'm ready too book a flight to Vegas, this isn't the "coaster" many were hoping for. According the the description it sounds like a really big updated version of the old intamin freefalls, like Demon Drop. There is an elevator ride to the top, then the car moves forward to a J shaped drop tower. The J shape is probably to reduce the land required to stop the vehicle.)
I hope I don't get "is it a coaster" debates started with this, but I just wanted to point out that I thought the descriptions sounded a LOT like an old Intamin Freefall. (A REALLY REALLY big one!!)
Would a configuration like this suggest that on the smaller part of the J you'd be inverted? Would make a quite a mark on the Vegas landscape. I'm heading out to Vegas next week, maybe I can poke around while i'm at the hotel (have to ride the Big Shot :)
I think so, ThemeParkCritic. From the description I'm picturing an Imtamin Freefall like: http://www.joyrides.com/cedar_point/full/demon_drop1.htm mounted to the side of the tower, then the horizontal track curving upwards to reduce the amount of land required to stop the vehicle.
The only thing I can't picture is how the car will leave the deceleration part of the track to move to the loading area. I'm GUESSING the load area is under the horizontal track ala old Intamins. I'm looking forward to see an artist's rendition, or a computer model. ------------- - Peabody
Exactly Soggy. Some people don't understand that the radii of curves and pullouts increase appropriately with size. You could have a 50 foot coaster pulling a maximum 4 Gs, and a 5000 foot coaster pulling maximum 2 Gs. It's all in the design.
All im curious about now is How fast is it going to go? and How is it going to get back to the top once it goes down?..also is it going to be like a coaster in a coaster car?,or is it going to be like an intamin free fall?
*** This post was edited by calixrider on 5/7/2001. ***
Peabody wrote: I hope I don't get "is it a coaster" debates started with this, but I just wanted to point out that I thought the descriptions sounded a LOT like an old Intamin Freefall.
In the article it says: "As proposed by the company, the as-yet-unnamed attraction would be what is known in the theme park industry as a "free-fall" ride." So it probably wont be considered a coaster.
Well, technically an old Intamin free faller IS a coaster. Car on a track gets pulled up a lift, gravity takes its coarse as it rolls down - that's what a coaster does and that's what an Intamin drop does.
Pretty amazing if they build a 700 ft drop ride though, that's twice the size of any existing dropper. Not too many places could build something like that if they wanted to!