Posted Monday, July 7, 2014 8:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff
High winds, snow and cold might have delayed its debut, but a little bit of rain wasn't going to stop Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom from inducing fear in its riders. Six Flags Great Adventure announced the ride's opening Friday, just in time to coincide with the park's 40th anniversary weekend.
Read more and see video from The Asbury Park Press.
I knew as soon as Zumanjaro was revealed, there was going to be hurdles after hurdles to jump over
Well, that would at least take the blame off of both Six Flags and Intamin for the decision and design.
Still falls under comically bad SF luck though.
Theoretically, shouldn't SF have communicated the idea more clearly to the State, if the "full certification" is at issue due to a lack of prior knowledge that SF planned to run both rides simultaneously?
Also, couldn't the safe and continued operation at SFMM be considered proof-of-concept?
Knowing first-hand the trajectory of loose articles on this kind of roller coaster, I don't see that as a major issue. I could be wrong though. In my experience working at Cedar Point, loose articles on TDD almost always fall to the ground under the drop side of the coaster tower, and actually kind of far away from the rides structure. I have stood in the infield of TDD many times while the ride was operating, and never had to wear a hardhat or was aware that I had to be careful of falling objects.
I was thinking of the loose articles coming off during the launch / early on the curve up, rather than at the top of the ride. I have to imagine you could hit the tower with a cell phone of you let go as you are going through the curve up.
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