Xcellerator going vertical anytime soon?

Monday, December 24, 2001 8:19 AM
This beautiful ride looks awsome in the artists rendition, but when is Knott's going to get the OK to start construction?  I was just thinking wouldn't it suck if they were denied permission from the surrounding municipalities, especially after they must have already invested a great sum of money to get this coaster.  And do you think that a park should buy a coaster and have it delivered before they get the ok from their neighbors?

Phly the Pheonix

Monday, December 24, 2001 9:05 AM
Im sure its already approved, unless Knotts is run by some idiot.
Monday, December 24, 2001 9:41 AM
Well it says on most sites that Knott's is still awaiting the final OK from the local officials, so I don't know.  If it were a certain Six Flags park in upstate NY I would have to say it very well may be run by some idiot!

Phly the Pheonix

Monday, December 24, 2001 9:47 AM
If you are going to call him an Idiot, at least learn his name:

Jacob T. (Jack) Falfas,
Vice President & General Manager
West Coast Operations
since 2000 -25 years with Cedar Fair

I do believe Knotts has filled all the appropriate papers well in advance. Why would they risk it if the steel is half the cost of constructing the ride?

Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
"Thank You Jeff Putz" "My Fellow Americans, Lets Roll!"

Monday, December 24, 2001 10:04 AM
Why would a park shell out millions to get a coaster without getting everything approved beforehand?
"The Ozzman Cometh"
Monday, December 24, 2001 2:15 PM
I wouldnt think it is true that Knotts are waiting for the final OK, After all construction has actually started, but its only been in the form of land clearing, track arriving on site etc. I suspect XCellerator will go vertical Early January, and will still meet its Opening day in Early/Mid May. after all, its not a Big Ride to build, so it shouldnt take Intamin too long to complete the circuit.
Also, I have heard news about this coaster that may disapoint some, I have heard from sources that The final Bunny Hops which WERE planned for the ride's finale have now been abandoned and scrapped, Even though it was strongly rumoured on all coaster forums all around the net. Infact if you look at the artists impression, you may notice there thats they are not there, so basiclly, I just thought I would definatly confirm it to you all right now. In my opinion, although the bunny Hops would have been nice, I will still be happy with the final outcome as the ride still looks awesome enough to me(Cant wait to ride this next year hopefully)
Monday, December 24, 2001 9:06 PM
The answer to this is not yet.

There aren't even footers poured yet.  Gotta do that first....

0-82 in 2.3 seconds! =Wow!

Monday, December 24, 2001 9:15 PM
The bunny hills were scrapped      Jack mentioned them when he discribed the ride to some of us last year. But if you go back and read his interview from Westcoaster.com, Jack mentioned that some things were changed due to the G forces being too strong.
"I'm useless, but not for long, the future is comin' on"

*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 12/25/2001. ***

Monday, December 24, 2001 9:24 PM
They can't go vertical until the environmental report is done...

And as far as I know, bunny hops may have been in Jacks head, but they were never actually planned to be a part of the ride...


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