Wildthing Survivor

Saturday, June 5, 2004 2:20 AM
http://www.kdwb.com/surviveit.html

Whoever rides the longest gets a new car. I was made for this competition. I wonder if you can pick your seat. :)

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Saturday, June 5, 2004 7:49 AM
Not much of a challenge :) They should have the contest on Excalibur.
It will be rather interesting to see how long the marathon lasts. I'd get bored in less than an hour. Sorry, if I came off harsh. I like Valleyfair!.
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 9:49 AM
I agree that it won't be much of a challenge. The winner will be the one that doesn't bore out as quickly as the others. If they wanted a real challenge they would have used Timberland Twister. Too many rides (in a row) on that will make you sick.

-Dho

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Saturday, June 5, 2004 10:05 AM
Sweet, I would do that, but im not 18 yet. That really is a bad challenge.
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 10:35 AM
The rules say it can last up to 2 weeks. It may be tougher than I thought, but I am still going to try to get a seat. And Wildthing is fun in the right seat. Too bad that is by drawing...I will probably get stuck in the middle.
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 1:23 PM
Wait, so will WildThing be closed to the GP during this ordeal? How will it work for non participants who want to ride?
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 1:27 PM
How many trains usually run on WT? Are they just going to completely occupy one of these trains for as long as it takes?
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 1:33 PM
Usually they have a two train operation, and sometimes three. They better let the public use the other trains or I'll be kinda pissed.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 1:31 PM
Well this is finally over, there was a tie and they gave both women a new car. They also had twists where they wouldn't ride Wild Thing, I think I read they had to do the tilt-a-whirl for like a half hour too.

Go to the link at the top of the page for the results.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 2:30 PM
I was at the park during the second day of the competition and was amazed at how many people had allready dropped out after one day. I think that it was over half. I guess that a lot of them didn't know what they were getting into or just participated to say that they did. The remaining participants looked absolutley thrilled on just the second morning ;) I can only imagine what the winners were like on the final day, two weeks later. At least they were nice and gave both women a car.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 3:24 PM
I was there the morning they did the tie breaker and both got cars. Never got to see them. They fled so quickley.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 3:56 PM
VenomThing said: Never got to see them. They fled so quickly.

I will flee too if I hadn't had a shower for 2 weeks or hadn't brushed my teeth.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004 4:59 PM
Actually it was "only" nine days... not two weeks... either way, kudos to them and extra kudos to the dealership for giving two cars instead of one... It would have sucked to be the gal who would have come in second to have ridden that much only to lose the car because she lost a game of "Rock Paper Scissors"
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Thursday, July 1, 2004 1:18 AM
Anyone else play with "Fire/Piss" in Rock, Paper, Scissors?

Maybe it's an ultimate frisbee thing, but you can throw Fire *once* in your life and it beats Rock, Paper, and Scissors. (There's a website somewhere where people can register you after you've thrown it and you can verify that people still have theirs available when they throw on you). Fire is thrown by cupping your hand with palm upwards and fingers extended.

Piss loses to everything except Fire and you can throw it all you want. Piss is thrown by extending your index and middle fingers downwards and sticking your thumb out between them.

Makes the game *way* more interesting.

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Thursday, July 1, 2004 1:31 AM
They rode all night, or just when the park was open?
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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:31 AM
From what I understand, the rules were pretty soft for a coaster endurance competition.

They rode from 8AM to park close, with a 10 minute break every hour. At night they had to sleep in the coaster train, for the most part.

There were times when they were moved to the employee cafeteria (like during the rides safety checks), or were forced to watch the morning show, or foreced to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl.

Also in keeping with the Survivor theme, the only food and drink they were allowed was what the radio station provided, and they could have no contact with the 'outside world', including family. They also got one luxury item each, which they could use when the ride was not in operation.

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Thursday, July 1, 2004 8:21 AM
From what I rember hearing on air and news media. Just the highlights!

Seats where assigned by lottery.

Rides started at 6:45am ran till 10PM.

10 min break every hour, 30 min for lunch and supper.

Food was provided, no choice.

Luxury items where taken away several days after it started.

First dropout was after something like 5-7 rides, second was 11.

As the contest proceeded, the GP was allowed to ride in the front of the contest train.

Overall I think the contest was too easy on the riders. Being there where only 2 left, I suspect it was more ecomical to give a 2nd Scion than to keep it going any longer.

I know I could go along time on Wild Thing, boardom would be my problem.

Excalibur would be a interesting challenge.

Timberland Twister had a contest with high school kids, I recall the winning team only had like 25-27 rides.

Jerry *** Edited 7/1/2004 12:22:51 PM UTC by Jerryd***

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Monday, July 5, 2004 5:26 PM
andy, that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

Too much time on your hand

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