Does anyone else think that a coaster named Terminator and themed after the Terminator movies would HAVE to be a metal coaster and not a woodie? I mean, the whole series is based on nuclear war technology and cyborgs and the demise of the human race. Doesn't seem right to present a wooden coaster under this theming. Hopefully, as someone else mentioned, they will just forget the theming and call the ride Terminator.
jive2 said: Do the GCI's even require that much maintenance?
Have any of the designs with MF trains required retracking yet?
Not that much, other than the usual making sure nails are in all the way and making sure all bolts are tight. I would imagine the new "slab" technique would make them even more easier to maintain.
As far as tracks with the MF being retracked... the only one I can think of is the Roar that has them (remember the other Roar does not have MF trains)... and when you compare that to the Gravity Group designs, it makes you wonder why a certain park went with that firm.
Roar west has been getting retracked in spots for years. After all, the coaster is almost 10 years old now. There have been a number of footers replaced (with the slab technique interesting enough) along with some structure. It all seems like normal wooden coaster maintenance. It still gets rough as hell if they don't keep up on the track, as many ACErs will tell you. *** Edited 6/25/2008 4:37:17 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
^Im guessing your talking about west, since we share the same homepark, you defiantly notice that ROAR west is becoming a little on the not rough side, but maybe it seems to be a little wilder than before.
Gwazi has also received lots of work. One half wasn't even ruining when we showed up for Coaster Con in 2006. Even though it was down for it's scheduled maintenance, they opened it up for us for our morning ERT and promptly closed it again afterwords. Having ridden both sides, I could see why it was closed for maintenance. Gwazi is the roughest GCI I have ridden. Is that a coincidence? Or, is it because it runs with PTC's? How do the other GCI's with PTC's run? From my own experience, I feel that Wildcat at Hersheypark runs a lot better now that it has MF trains.
^ I think the location of a new coaster at CP would determine whether or not it could go in next year. If a lot of demo and site work (ala White Water Landing) is required, I would guess a coaster wouldn't open until 2010. However, if a custom layout were used and could work with existing conditions at the park, I could see something coming next year. My opinion is that if there is a new ride next year at CP it will be a flat ride.
They also have recently put some TLC towards Revolution, making it a better ride. That's something I never expected to see this year. It's one of those more subtle changes that makes all the difference. It certainly never happened before!
And even though they never advertise it, CSI Live is now playing. I swear the only commercials I see are for "X2" - and no mention of Thomas Town or CSI. Part of recreating the park in a family friendly park is done through ads. The X2 ads - with volcano landscape, claws, and fire, don't sell the message of "family".
And now with a new wood coaster. With Ghostrider fading from it's once great status - although I still love the ride, it's not the same as it was. I can only hope that SFMM's is easier to take care of and can continue to be a great ride. They haven't had much luck with wood coasters at the park for quite some time.