Visited CP for the first time yesterday and my streak of bad luck continued (X down in April, Ka down in June, Mamba in July) as TTD was down all day. Any employee said it went down on Friday around 4pm. Any of you with info on why I got hosed this time? :)
Oh, that sucks. X was one of the best rides I have ever been on (It's my #3 coaster on my Top 5 coaster list) Kingda Ka, like TTD was great, and it is my #2 coaster. Mamba was great as well. I feel bad for you man. I know how it feels when you travel so far and a coaster you wanted to ride is broken... Wait, that's never happened to me, nevermind.
That is too bad. When I was at Cedar Point on the 23rd and 24th it didn't go down once. One roll back was all we seen the entire time we were there. It was less then ten minutes later the ride was launching again. The longest I waited for it was 35 minutes and the line was pretty long, but they were pumping people through like crazy. Anyways SnakeEyes, I hope I never end up at an amusement park the same day as you, as you seem to have poor luck.
No that was the plan for KK when SFMM beats it with their new rocket that's also going to beat the inversion record next year.
See, Six Flags is selling SFGAdv to try and cover their debt, because of course, selling the park with the highest attendance makes the most sense cause you have to spend less on improving customer service if you're working with less people. So next year, KK's going to lose the record by 30 feet to SFMM, but because the record's more important to them as an independant park, they're going to add another 50 feet to the ride to try and keep the record for another few years. They said that they expect the ride to be closed until June of next year so they can do the additional testing to make sure the launching system can handle it.
TTD's just taking 200' off the top of it after this year proved to be no better for reliability. They figure if Xcelerator can make it over a 200' hill, a bigger launcher can make it over a 220' hill easily, and that'll make TTD a much more reliable coaster and poor Snake Eyes won't have the same problem again next year.
They're probably going to sell off the extra steel from supports and track as scrap to put a few extra bucks into Kinzel's good-bye "bang" for next year ... probably enough to buy them an extra inversion!
These improvements are all due to start after the parks close for the season. SFMM's new coaster's already under construction, you just can't see it cause part of the launch is going to be underground under where S:TE currently sits and the top hat's going to come out and go over S:TE.
Geez, are you out of the loop on EVERYTHING man?!?