Xcelerator the next Volcano?

Wednesday, April 3, 2002 1:01 AM

Take a gander on ACN & Westcoaster at the latest construction pics. That will be one wild final overbanked turn straight into the brakes.

Yes, I know space is limited & it's a great looking ride & I'm not complaining (I live on the other side of the planet for cryin' out loud!) Just that there would be a lot of speed left over & a real waste IMO.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 1:14 AM

Same with me...The moment I saw the stats for that ride, I knew this thing would be hitting those brakes fast. At least they are magnetic, so it'll be smooth too :)

What is the ride time? Under a minute I believe... I can see that being a total blur in a minute, I mean so much happening in such little time.

The only thing I'm complaining about is the fact that it ain't on the other side of the planet!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 4:52 AM

I for one am OK with short rides, Volacno included, because they remain intense from start to finish. Rides that kind of die out near the end aren't nearly as cool as those that keep tihngs moving big time start to finish.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 6:49 AM
Thing is though, a ride does not *have* to be short to be intense all the way through. I *personally* would not call Phantom's Revenge, Millennium Force, Fire Dragon, Jokers Jinx or S:ROS @ SFA *short*, but they keep up intensity all the way through.

As for Volcano specifically, it is *not* intense throughout. It's very intense at the beginning, and very intense at the end. In the middle part, it just meanders, spinning seemingly randomly.

But I'm sure someone likes that type of crap ;)
jeremy
--always the antagonist....

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:01 AM

Funny that you'd say PR ISN'T short, since that's basically the only complaint I've heard about it. Actually I agree with you -- I think the length is just about perfect for what Kennywood wanted, actually, any longer and it'd have just started wandering around the park looking for something to do ;)

We DO have to agree to disagree about Volcano, though :) Yes, the middle isn't that intense, but the floating spins are actually rather fun IMHO.

As for Xcelerator, well, I'll probably have to wait until next year at the earliest to sample it, but it does look interesting.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:02 AM
Actually, my first thought of Xcelerator was a longer version of Hypersonic XLC, which clocks in at a whopping 17 seconds.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:09 AM
Hey, hey, hey! A lot of thrills can be packed into 17 seconds....just ask your girlfriend :)
lata,
jeremy
--even disgusted at himself.....
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:11 AM
Right, I'd place Xcelerator in the same category as Hypersonic or even S:TE if it were full circuit with an updated launching system. Considering the space they have to work with in that park, I'm please with their decision to pack so much punch into that tiny area.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:15 AM
Intamin Fan, I definitely have to concur. Xcelerator is very reminiscent of Hypersonic, with a dab and mix of Millennuim force twists. I am pretty dissapointed that this ride is not longer, I felt that some sort of helix could have been possible for the tight dimensions but anyways it should be intense from start to finish.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 7:19 AM

I think the problem with a helix or even a camel back hill, is the speed of the trains as they would enter any other elements. Just imagine hitting a helix at 65 mph, not fun.

Goliath enters it's helix final at about 45 mph and the result is near black out Gs.

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*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 4/3/2002. ***

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:02 AM

2Hostyl said:
"Hey, hey, hey! A lot of thrills can be packed into 17 seconds....just ask your girlfriend
lata,
jeremy
--even disgusted at himself.....
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LOL-Damn!! what an uncurbed tongue :)

-----Break me off, show me what you got, cause I don't want no........(Missy Elliot)

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:25 AM

the speed of the train doesn't matter. how many times does the example of MF vs. Wildcat have to be brought up? all you'd have to do is make one big arse helix and everything would be just fine.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:31 AM
I agree Dweaver (once again). In order to add a helix or such, the ride would need a mid-course braking system to slow the train before entering the helix. This would ruin the ride. IMO, Goliath suffers from the same fateful mid-course braking system. The ride has such great potential, but then comes to a stop in the middle of the ride. What a bummer.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:42 AM

You know, I never really thought of it that way, but Xcelerator is indeed Intamin's answer to Hypersonic, improving on capacity, layout and hopefully reliability.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 8:49 AM
....just so I don't get on an Xcelerator train with jeremy....I want to complete the circuit...:)
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 9:28 AM

SFGA Bob said:

the speed of the train doesn't matter. how many times does the example of MF vs. Wildcat have to be brought up? all you'd have to do is make one big arse helix and everything would be just fine.

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-Bob (formerly Coaster Jedi)
Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
"Your proctologist called, he found your head!" ~Jerry "The King" Lawler

Well not quite. You have to remember that this is a very tight area, you'd still need to get the train from the exit of such a high helix, to the brake run and then back to the station. Sorry, not happening.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 10:39 AM
Xcelerator's ride time is 62 seconds, or 1 minute and 2 seconds. That's much longer than HyperSonic XLC's ride duration.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002 12:57 PM

sigmagammarho said:
[iLOL-Damn!! what an uncurbed tongue"

...and you havent seen HALF the tricks my tounge can pull off...
lata,
jeremy
--just in one of *those* moods today....(blame my ex-girlfriend)

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