I recently went to Cedar Point and every time they got TTD up in less than 2 hours it was back in repairs. The train would get to the top of the hill and fall back down. Is is possible that Intamin went to far with TTD and tried to make it to tall?
No, rides such as the X and Xcelerator also had problems when they opened and they are no where near 400 ft. It's not the height but the design. Tear it down, you say?? TTD is the tallest, fastest, newest coaster at Cedar Point and you think it would be good to tear it down? Look at all the complaints they got when it was down for a week. Imagine if it was taken down forever........
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No No No... I never said tear it down that would be bad... but I think they should take maybe as long as it takes to get rid of all the kinks in the ride design instead of only running it for about 2 hours a day.
From what I've seen thus far, CP is taking their time to get it ~right~. Instead of keeping it down for two, three, even four weeks straight to iron out the kinks, they're opening it for a few hours at a time, examining the issues, and then opening back up. IMO, this is a great way of handling it. They get to show it off a few times a day and figure out what the heck is wrong. Plus with a ride of this calibur, if it was YOU, would you want to take chances? I know I wouldn't. Personally I think they've done a great job keeping the public informed. = )
(to original post...) Hardly. I have a feeling that TTD won't close for 4 months, and be down every wednesday. How about Chiller? It initially ran for 2 days and was down the rest of the season? S:TE , Mr. Freeze, SOB, etc..... TTD won't win any reliability awards for a long time, but when it's all said and done, I bet TTD won't even crack the top 10 most unreliable coasters ever.
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Take it easy cstrfreak, do you think CP designed the ride? If you really want to get angry at anyone, which you shouldn't, get mad at Intamin. It's been down about 2 weeks so far, which is nowhere near some of the previously mentioned examples. Unless TTD stays like this for the rest of the season, it's more reliable than plenty of prototypes when they opened (X, S:TE).
It takes time to get things running smooth. Like said already these type of new rides take time get worked out. If you want to ride, try getting to the park when they open, and brave the line, if you make it be happy if you dont, well be lucky you where given the chance to even get in line. As with other rides at other parks, we just had to watch them, and imagine what it is like to ride them. Its great that Cedar Point is giving the chance to ride it if your lucky.
If their just having trouble getting it to the top, why not mount some LIMs half way up to give it the extra boost it needs to make it over. I wish Intamin was as quick to fix it as they were to collect their 25mil. Something tells me if B&M designed and built it we wouldn't be talking about down time we'd all be riding it.
Xcelerator still rolls back occasionally. It's just like every other launch system- harnessing power to launch another object is not always going to work at the same efficiancy(sp?), so your not aloways going to have an exact launch speed.
Actually when I went the reason that they kept shutting it down is that it would get to the VERY top of the hill almost balance and come back down... they need to work on more power getting it up the hill or maybe a chain at the top
Oh, do they now? Is that why, for the first entire month of operation, it had little (if any) difficulty clearing the hill with its launches? But why bother letting facts get in the way of knee-jerk prognosis.