Thunder Dolphin is open!

Saturday, May 10, 2003 7:52 AM
Just thought I'd mention that RCDB has some pictures of Thunder Dolphin running. The Ferris Wheel appears to be open as well.
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 7:59 AM
I have to admit that is one incredible looking ride. I'm surprised not all new Intamin's have headrests?

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:26 AM
The name does need some work but man the layout and the silver supports are really cool. That thing looks impressive at night!
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:31 AM
u reckon it's a great name, great layout, and great trains!

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:50 AM
Lewis, it's been open. I didn't go to Japan this spring because I knew it'd kinda be a waste to go before the opening on May 1st, and they opened the thing middle April!!! :( I was so bummed, because Tomoko had already purchased tix. That said, I will be going later this year, so I will get a ride in for you, allright? ;)

The rides name isn't stupid. It's just how it translates. That's like saying black people aren't welcome at your prom.
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Sony is interested? I think...... yes!

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:56 AM
The lights on the supports (and on the ferris wheel) look great! This *looks* like it could be one of Intamin's best.

http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1845.htm?Picture=24

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 10:26 AM
The lights at night sure do look freakin' awesome, Matt! Wow, I'm impressed by those.

The trains are *hella*short! Six cars on an Intamin megacoaster; crazy. I didn't think they'd ever get shorter than ExGeF's seven cars. I wonder why they chose to go with such a short train.

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 10:40 AM
Saying that the name of a coaster is stupid is hardly parallel to segregation.

Back on topic-I guess I'll have to start finding booking agents in Japan. Those coasters are just...tasty.
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 10:41 AM
Mark, I forgot the smiley/winky face. My bad. ;);) (extra one for last post!)
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Timberhawk opens in June! I'm gonna beat you to it... ;)
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 11:26 AM
As far as I heard a ride on the exploding dolphin costs 10 dollars (the ferris wheel the same)! Compared to average Tokyo prices this is CHEAP!

The first drop is said to be fantastic (who would disagree) as well as the overbanks. The only slight critique was the trick track which was reported to be a little slow.

I canĀ“t wait to go back there next year.

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 11:45 AM
$10 isn't bad, but you can buy a ride-all-day pass for like $40 I believe. I think that's about what I paid a little over a year ago. I don't suppose this section of the park would be seperate from the other, I suppose they just bumped up the price!

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 7:25 PM
Is it just me, or do the trains look a little bit "rounder?" I notice this especially on the nose of the train, but maybe it's just the angle of the picture? Also, who/what is Konics? I see a logo in the station and also it seems to be on the seatback of every other row.

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*** This post was edited by MarimbaGuy87 5/10/2003 11:27:53 PM ***

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 10:34 PM
It's not Konics... it's Konica. The film company. Pictures? Get it? Think of getting your picture taken during the ride, and there you go. Instant advertising.
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Timberhawk opens in June! I'm gonna beat you to it... ;)
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Sunday, May 11, 2003 3:36 AM

MarimbaGuy87 said:
Is it just me, or do the trains look a little bit "rounder?" I notice this especially on the nose of the train, but maybe it's just the angle of the picture?

You are right. The Intamin trains received a slight re-design last year. GOLIATH at SFH had them from the start. You can see it here:

http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1565.htm?Picture=41 (make sure to click next, to see another great pic)

EGF opened with the MF train design, but they were changed later to the new design. I am not sure why they did this. I once heard that the steep, twisting transitions on EGF demanded for a somewhat different design, but I can not back this.

EGF old trains:

http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery977.htm?Picture=19

and the re-design:

http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery977.htm?Picture=23

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"In the summer I wear my tube-top and Eddie takes me to the drag-strip."

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 5:22 AM
I kinda like the old style better. While on the topic, what are the two holes for on the lead car of the old-style trains? If you don't know what I mean, they kindof look like they'd be headlights or something.

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 6:30 AM
Those holes are for the wheel assemplied... The rides *shocks* sort-to-speak. I watched a SROS POV and you see the little things poping in and out of those holes.
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Sunday, May 11, 2003 10:26 AM
Thanks for explaining that, I never knew they had shocks...

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