Wxyz news(abc channel 7 Detroit) is going to air story on thunderhawk at michigans adventure in the 5pm newscast.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 4:53 PM
Just a heads up to watch channel 7(ABC) news in detroit at 5pm for a story on michigans adventure's new rollercoaster thunderhawk.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007 5:55 PM
Dude, you need friends with slingboxes in all of the various parks' media markets. Then, you've got it covered!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007 11:15 PM
I just watched a similar report on Fox news. My friends were all excited, because they know how much I like rollercoasters, and, told me to watch fox news so I could see the report.

Yep. Michigan's Adventure will get Thunderhawk for 2008. They even featured a photo of the coaster at Geauga Lake. So, I guess it is in the bag.

My friends were surprised that I wasn't that excited about it. Well, I am somewhat excited about it. I will just have to make sure that I buy a season pass before the price goes up next summer. And, if I am lucky. Find someone to go with me, so I can do a few marathon rides, and have someone to hit Funnel of fear with.

However, with this attraction. I expect crowds next summer to tripple. Saturdays are going to be nuts over there in 2008!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007 11:40 PM
That is a good thing for MiA. It's about time the ride area sees a bit more action. And the more they come, the more revenue and better chances at receiving more rides.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 8:40 AM
That's great for Michigan... But I'm at the point where I don't understand the different between Inverted and SLC... I have been on one at SFKK "T2" but I'm not sure what exactly is the different.

Correct me if I'm wrong... I want to understand here... SLC is a model from Vekoma and it has more rolling than Inverted which I read it somewhere but it doesn't make since since inverted roller coaster does the same thing... maybe it is the different in the track design?

Anyone can clear this confusion? That would be great! Thanks!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 10:16 AM
Looping Coaster is what Vekoma calls those coasters. SLC stands for Standard Looping Coaster. SLC is the type of them though. B&M calls them inverted coasters. SLC's have two seats across, and the B&M's have four seats across. B&M's Batman came out first. They technically are both inverted.

It's like Batman's Wing Over, and Arrow's Corkscrew. One is the inverted version, and the other is the sitdown version.

Vekoma's are cheaper, and those smaller parks that couldn't afford B&M's bought them. Vekoma's aren't that cheaper though. However, if it saves a million or two, it does matter to these smaller parks. *** Edited 10/3/2007 2:17:07 PM UTC by Spinout***

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 12:13 PM
That make more sense now with the number of seats across. I didn't like T2 from SFKK and yeah it's Vekoma... It is not that I'm against it but I just didn't like the quick and pause-like jerk from my ride during the looping turn. I don't know if I explain it right. I may like the SLC after riding another one.

Another question... just for a clarification... Suspended coaster would be consider as a inverted since it is beneath the track than on the track? or it is just a seperate categories since it has a boat-like swinging all over the place as you soar through the ride like Top Gun at Kings Island or Iron Dragon at Cedar Point...

I am planning to head to Michigan Adventure next season (2008) hopefully Thunderhawk will be ready when I go up...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 12:21 PM
^No comparison with T2 and Thunderhawk expect the same coaster design.

One sucks, the other one doesn't. Michigan will be getting the un-sucky one. :)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 12:25 PM

Spinout said:
SLC stands for Standard Looping Coaster.

Actually, it stands for Suspended Looping Coaster. You can read about exactly what they are at the Vekoma site which ironically has a picture and logo up from the Opryland Hangman, an SLC which opened in 1995 but was closed and relocated in 1997. Odd picture to use, when there are a ton of others out there still operating to this day that would be better to show off how well they did for the parks that they were installed in...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:00 PM
Okay, That was a highlight of my day... I was trying to find a perfect place to ask about the different between SLC and Inverted... Thunderhawk is coming out so perfect chances! It has been on my mind for quite a while. It was educational... Thanks guys!
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