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  1. Fluorineer

    Cedar Point | Top Thrill Dragster | "Reimagined" Refurbishment | 2024

    This is not how I would describe Zamperla at all. They are a fairly big company with a well established track record of strengths (flat-rides) and weaknesses (any coaster beyond kiddie-size). Frankly, Cedar Point will know much more about recent development and competency-improvements than an...
  2. Fluorineer

    Your Least Common Opinion?

    Banshee has an incredibly awkward layout, where the result is less than the sum of its parts. The individual elements are all very good, however they are plonked into the landscape with no cohesive idea other than being a "Best-of-Inversions"-collection. Especially the placement of the 2nd loop...
  3. Fluorineer

    Toverland's Expansion Plan

    Is it known whether Toverland deliberately left itself the option of a Sky-Fly in the Helix of Fenix during the design-process, or is it a happy accident that this particular flat-ride happens to fit so snugly? imo the only hint towards this not being preconceived is that the queue appears to...
  4. Fluorineer

    Icon Park - Drop Tower Accident 24/03/2022

    I think the entire concept of Icon Park being a collection of record-breaking classic flatrides was pretty neat and sort of goes out of the window as soon as it's lacking the drop tower. A friend of mine described the whole thing as the best tourist trap he's ever been to, and imo it was a great...
  5. Fluorineer

    Icon Park - Drop Tower Accident 24/03/2022

    At the risk of being insensitive, but what is the purpose of this? If I understood correctly, all the problems lie within who operates the tower, not the tower itself. If anything, Orlando Slingshot has been proven unfit to be managing a theme park, so a fair solution (legally probably not...
  6. Fluorineer

    Toverland's Expansion Plan

    What exactly is the problem here? Sky Flys may have low capacity, but they are also not crowdpleasers. Maximus' Blitz Bahn attracts 45 minute queues every day because it's a very nice middle-ground ride everybody wants to go on. A Sky Fly on the other hand has a pretty niche target audience...
  7. Fluorineer

    Europa Park | Unknown | Mack Rides Stryker Coaster | 2024

    Gazprom pays good money, plain and simple. Also, while the sponsorship has always been controversial, it was until very recently perfectly in line with German energy policy, which is why they didn't have to be too afraid of backlash. To cut it extremely short and oversimplify it, this whole...
  8. Fluorineer

    Europa Park | Unknown | Mack Rides Stryker Coaster | 2024

    Well, for the forseeable future, blue fire will remain the only thing which was ever powered by Nord Stream 2.
  9. Fluorineer

    Europa Park | Unknown | Mack Rides Stryker Coaster | 2024

    I would assume that the park is holding out for official sanctions that would allow them to terminate the sponsorship by voiding the contract, rather than Europa Park breaching it unilaterally. Not quite related, but exactly this is happening right now with the FIA and the Formula 1 Russian GP.
  10. Fluorineer

    SeaWorld San Diego | Emperor | B&M Dive Coaster | 2022

    I absolutely loathe it when parks plaster their logo over the POV before the train is even fully on the brake run. It's like radio stations blabbing over the ending of a song.
  11. Fluorineer

    Last Cred Review

    I've now twice taken a trip that took me very close to Fort Fun, without realizing that I was going near Fort Fun, and it always annoyed me because the park really doesn't warrant a day-trip on its own, but last weekend I just went for it so third time's the charm. So my last cred was...
  12. Fluorineer

    Coasters that have gotten better with age?

    That is definitely true. Back in the days when the German coaster scene entirely consisted of Silver Star vs GeForce, the trims were what turned almost everybody against Silver Star, and maybe it's just that the attention has gone elsewhere, but I haven't noticed the trims for a couple of years...
  13. Fluorineer

    Kings Dominion | Tumbili | S&S Freespin | 2022

    What a trip it was to click on that post notification.
  14. Fluorineer

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas | Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger | B&M Dive Coaster | 2022

    Specifically at 90 degrees, it's possible that neither the top wheels, nor the upstop wheels are touching the rails. I'm not sure if this can even be problematic, but it is noteworthy. With a 95 degree drop, there is a single point at which the top wheels (I'm sure it has a name) leave the...
  15. Fluorineer

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas | Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger | B&M Dive Coaster | 2022

    I like to see that B&M is freshening up their own concepts, but I must say that I find it a bit worrying how slow and cautious they are still being with that. Beyond-vertical drops are fine and all, but Gerstlauer has a firm grip on this market, so firm that their claim of "world's steepest...
  16. Fluorineer

    Coasters that have gotten better with age?

    Pegasus at Efteling has aged tremendously, because it used to exist (very painful), and now it doesn't (not painful at all).
  17. Fluorineer

    What do you consider a “good” ride count at a theme park?

    Since I am blessed with the privilege of working most weekends, I always make sure to go on days where I can expect no queue to be more than 30 minutes generally. Getting only 5 rides in a day sounds like a miserable experience even when I plan to get plastered in a theme park (like I would at...
  18. Fluorineer

    Which wood coaster is the worst?

    I always found it a little interesting that Europe has a notoriously poor collection of old woodies, considering how much old stuff we usually have compared to the US. Therefore, I can only come up with Pegasus at Efteling, which fortunately is no more. Even Bandit is shockingly okay, so I...
  19. Fluorineer

    WTF Merlin?

    These Grab-a-Prize-machines are a Merlin-staple though. Heide Park has them spread around the resort as well. Depending on what part of the resort you book, a clawmachine might be the only amenity that is available 24/7 :P My last stay was also dirt-cheap though, so if it helps pay the bills...
  20. Fluorineer

    Busch Gardens Tampa | Iron Gwazi | RMC Gwazi | 2022

    Well, if anyone involved is concerned about Sea World's performance, what good is holding back their brand new attraction going to do? Not that I would ever assume a bank to operate on anything that resembles rational thinking, but the deal is kind of done here.