Zonga ready to rise over Marine World

Posted Monday, February 3, 2003 3:53 AM | Contributed by Brian Grapes

SFMW Online is offering a new photo update that takes a look at the track that has arrived for Zonga and the area that is currently being prepared for construction. The 26 photos were taken by Parker Day and Lorenzo Tulipano on February 1, 2003 at the park in Vallejo, CA. The relocated Schwarzkopf coaster from Six Flags AstroWorld will be opening this Spring.

Link: SFMW Online

Monday, February 3, 2003 5:22 AM
Vater's avatar The rumors keep going around that the first two loops will be raised about 9 feet to reduce g-forces upon entry. I still have not heard any proof.

-Skeptical Vater

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Monday, February 3, 2003 5:49 AM
It's true the entry of first two loops will be raised (and the first drop slightly shortened), and the train will only run 5 cars instead of 6.

It was one of the (many) reasons corporate decided to relocate it. If they had to invest even yet more money into reprofiling the ride, they wanted it in a new location to regain some of the millions put into the ride.

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Monday, February 3, 2003 8:25 AM
Well, I have to say this "raise the loop" doesn't make much sense. With a circular loop, the forces are strong at the bottom and light at the top (as shown with the Flip-Flap) so raising it would reduce the Gs but then it would not have the momentum to get through. Seems like just taking that back car off the train would be enough.

Another point of intrest, SFMW claims the ride to have a 70 degree drop while RCDB says 85.*** This post was edited by GoliathKills 2/3/2003 1:26:07 PM ***

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Monday, February 3, 2003 4:12 PM
I must agree with good 'ol Goliath. "Raising the loop" just doesn't make sense. So I only plan to see the trains shortened, but whatever happens happens. Zonga should be one good addition to SFMW.
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Monday, February 3, 2003 4:12 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar That's not really true. I mean, it's not like the train was just barely making it through the tops of the loops.

Which isn't to say that I buy this "raising the loops" rumor.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 1:23 PM
Maybe raising the loops, along with the smaller trains, would make it go through them a little slower, hence decreasing the g forces.
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