The view from Millennium Force

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 7:37 PM

The view from Millennium Force is great... I was [lucky?] enough to have been stuck on top of the hill for 20 minutes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO8_dOa7CS4

And no, it wasn't shut down because I had my camera out...
Wish I could have recorded more but my hand was nervously shaking and thought I was going to drop my phone!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 9:42 PM
Jeff's avatar

Autofocus FAIL.


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:34 PM
LostKause's avatar

I feel uncomfortable to comment about the actual filming on a coaster.

But I do want to say, wow, look at the new "flume". It really did take up a lot of the free space on the island.

I love the view of the park from up there. I wish I got stuck up there.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:31 AM
Mamoosh's avatar

Jeff said:
Autofocus FAIL.

Indeed!

i like coasters - If I send a SASE envelope will you send me the 1 minute of my life you took?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:52 AM
Jeff's avatar

Tough crowd, or tough love? You decide!


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:04 AM

You're right, I should have never held that gun to your head forcing you to watch.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:18 AM
Rokuchan's avatar

Ever since taking a park map to the eye on Magnum, I'm wary of anyone busting something like a camera out on a ride, especially when it could start back up any second... It's all fun and games until someone almost loses an eye and winds up with one hell of a shiner.

Not to mention...dude, shakey camera much?


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:04 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar

ILC, he couldn't have known the quality until he watched.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:05 AM

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:45 AM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Oh we're not allowed to take video. Oh well... They can walk up here and take it from my hand.

Not cool.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 9:29 AM
Mamoosh's avatar

i like coasters said:
You're right, I should have never held that gun to your head forcing you to watch.

You didn't hold any gun to my hand...but how was I to know it would be such crappy video until I watched? ;)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:12 AM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar

Bah, haters! It may be bending the rules, but I think lift hill and midcourse stops are fair game for video/pictures.

For those of you who don't agree, don't worry, you're already riding with 15 teenagers a day who are filming on-ride. Just do a youtube search.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:30 AM
Rokuchan's avatar

Don't worry, you're already riding with 15 teenagers a day who are filming on-ride. Just do a youtube search.

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Completely true!!!


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:27 AM
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Pagoda Gift Shop said:
For those of you who don't agree, don't worry, you're already riding with 15 teenagers a day who are filming on-ride. Just do a youtube search.

Worst logic ever. I don't think I even need to extrapolate that kind of thinking to other situations to make the point.

I understand the general lack of danger, but prefer to respect the park's rules.

With that said, this one doesn't bug me (the attitude is irksome as Carrie pointed out), but a lift stop seems like a good opportunity to get some crappy video.

Turns out it was.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:30 AM

Re: Carrie
Oh please, it's not like I started out filming and recorded the whole ride. I was stuck up there for 15 minutes and got bored- and a little scared, actually. No idea what was happening. No way down. No stairs on that side of the hill. No way to receive communication. We could have been up there for an hour, who knows. So that, "oh well, they can walk up here..." comment was coming from a somewhat disgruntled heat-struck customer at the time.

This video doesn't take away anything from prospective riders who are like, "oh that video is so awesome, I am so fulfilled now that I'm not going to ride the coaster..." It doesn't reveal any classified Millennium Force secrets. I'm not selling the video for profit. What affect does this 1 minute blurry clip have on anything at all? Besides proof that the ride was stuck and that there's a cool view?

tl;dr
No harm, no foul.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:34 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

i like coasters said:
What affect does this 1 minute blurry clip have on anything at all?

My thoughts exactly.

So why bother?


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:38 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

I think Carrie was commenting more on your attitude than what you did.

The last time I did any sort of onride photography was at Camden, as they didn't have any posted rules about it on their website, in the park, or anywhere. I asked if there was policy against it, and was told no.

Granted, this was Camden, and I saw an adult take thier 3 year old out of their stroller and put them on the Big Dipper, and I'm pretty sure the kid was under the hight 'requirement', if there even is one.

Having said that, if a park has a policy against it, and plenty do, I don't do it, regardless of what the ride op says is okay. Ride Ops don't make the rules, the park does, and most of them have the rules posted somewhere.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:54 AM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar

I should add that my final comment was made with sarcasm. The truth is we all should worry because there really are 15 teenagers with a camera trying to take video.

Also, I can't remember where I read it, but recently someone was stopped on a ride and when a ride op came to explain the downtime, they got the ok to take out their camera for a bit before it started up again. Not sure the ride op gave the correct "legal" answer, but take it for what it's worth. Obviously on MF, no ride op is coming on the hill unless the downtime is extensive.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:56 AM
LostKause's avatar

I was going to post exactly, word for word, what Carrie posted, before she posted it, but I didn't.

Another words, mee tooo. :p

How is the guy supposed to know when the ride will start back up. There is a very valid reason for the no filming rule.

On the other hand, it depends on his maturity level, and how comfortable and experienced he is with riding coasters. I often feel as if I could film on a ride without hurting anyone, but it would set a bad example to others, so I don't.

"Roller coaster enthusiast celebrity" (roll eyes) Rob A. films on coasters all of the time.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:10 PM
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Pagoda Gift Shop said:
I should add that my final comment was made with sarcasm.

Sorry. Went right over my head.


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:11 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

i like coasters said: No way down.

Seriously now you're just overreacting for dramatic purposes.

No harm, no foul.

Oh really? By bringing your camera on the ride you broke this park rule:

Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster: Loose articles of any kind including purses, backpacks, beverage containers, etc may not be taken past the entrance, or in line and may not be left on the ride platform. Cell phones, pagers, or other small items must be secured in cargo pockets or waist packs. All loose items not able to be stored in cargo pockets or waist packs must be left in a locker or with a non-rider prior to entering the line.

Found here (and, I would assume also posted at the ride).

Harm, foul, and definitely not cool in my opinion.

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