Valleyfair! 5/15/04

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:27 AM
Okay, it is opening day and I am just giving the basics.

There were new airgates everywhere. It was not good on High Roller because the coaster does not line up with the gates and you have squeeze around them. Some gates open up directly to the wrong seats.

Steel Venom has new supports. I guess that was expected.

There is a new kiddie ride that I was tempted to try but didn’t. Tugboat something or other. It looked cool.

Wild Thing had great airtime, but that was no surprise.

What was a surprise was High Roller had air on every hill except one when I rode the back. 1.2 also had more air than usual. The first trims were light and the second set was harder, but the ride was good.

Excalibur even had a good airtime moment. I have had it before, but it has been a while. I was in 1.1.

The Imax movie was about speed and was hosted by Tim Allen. It had brief shots of Colossus and Revolution from SFMM and a brief shot of Tim saying “More Power” while riding in a Blue Angel.

This is not at VF but I got back on Timberland Twister again today. The ride is running much faster than when it opened. The second helix is awesome and the airtime on the bunny hill needs some respect. At first there was none, and now I am tempted to use the term “ejector” to describe it. Actually, I think I need more cycles to be certain. ;)

Take care.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 10:23 AM
Yah, Valleyfair! went all out on air gates this year, I was kind of surprised, but I think there a good thing to have. You didn't go on PowerTower? I noticed that the entire structure shakes like crazy when the train on Steel Venom hits that holding break. I don't remember it doing that last year.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 11:04 AM
Okay. Was the support structure added to Steel Venom actually necessary or was it to please the GP so they wouldn't be worried about it swaying? I mean it is not like the track was going to break off. *** Edited 5/16/2004 3:05:28 PM UTC by coasterMNguy...***
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:07 PM
Air gates placed everywhere, that is ncie they got them, but will take some gettign used to for some.

Cedar Fair's parks are starting the year off right, I can't wait to make my tri pto Valleyfair sometime in August.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 3:03 PM
Yeah, I went on PT.

As for the airgates, I still cannot believe the situation on High Roller. It was annoying last year when the lines did not match up with the coaster, but now the gates don't let you correct it. People are hanging out over the train trying to get to the right seat. One girl lost her flip flop between the train and platform. If they had to move the rails anyway, they should have fixed it. I think the station is now more dangerous with the gates. Someone is going to slip or get bumped going around them eventually.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 8:13 PM
I did'nt get a chance to ride High Roller on Saturday. I got in line, but then I saw that it was only running one train and the line was all the way down the ramp of the station. Yah that is really confusing in the station with the train not matching up. They could atleast paint arrows from the gates to the row your in.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 8:20 PM
I went again today and they were stopping the train further back. It helped a lot. It is not perfect, but you did not have to swing around any gates.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 8:30 PM
I'm sure Tim Allen knows a lot about speed! He he he.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 8:50 PM
That movie was really good, but Ive seen better. The worst one was a chick who took care of a sea otter. Terrible. Did any of you go on power tower, either one, cuz i didnt, i regret it.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:06 PM
I did three times. I think its the third best ride in the park after Wild Thing and Steel Venom. The red tower never fails to scare me at the top of the tower. Its so scary sitting up there for the 13 or 14 seconds that it is. Thats why I Kind of like the blue tower better because you get more air.
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