Published: April 14, 2009 at 7:07 PMQuestion: how does Russell Meyer get special privileges to shoot on-ride videos? If I tell the ride operators I am a Theme Park Insider, will they let me do that stuff too? ;) Nice work, Russell, again!
Published: April 14, 2009 at 7:21 PMWe get invites to media preview days, when parks typically mount a lipstick cam on the coaster to film POV/Reverse POV. Russell's done two of them, I did the most recent one at Magic Mountain, and I did two for the LA Times a few years back.
Some parks do better with the production than others. Busch Gardens' was flawless. Magic Mountain's was pretty weak (though X2 provided a very tough environment for filming).
This year, Kings Island is not doing POV for Diamondback, though we are sending someone to the preview day nevertheless. I'm signed up for Manta, though it looks like I might not be able to make it, so I'll have to recruit a replacement.
I'm hoping that SeaWorld has enlisted as good a production team as Busch Gardens had for Griffon. We got an obscene number of YouTube views for that video.
No word yet from Universal about Rip, Ride, Rockit, but I am planning to fly out for that one. I'm on for Terminator: Salvation at Magic Mountain, and will be bringing my own audio system and in-station videographer for that one, so I can avoid the problems we had with the X2 video.
Published: April 14, 2009 at 7:43 PM(raising hand for Manta, not like I won't be there anyways)
Published: April 14, 2009 at 7:47 PMOn a smaller scale, I'll get you some still photos of the Prowler... but not sure on the video. Unless I can sneak my ultra fancy Cannon PowerShot out of my pocket and snap off a quick video for you! ;)
Published: April 14, 2009 at 9:12 PMI submitted a picture I took of Scream in either August 08 or June 07. It'd be great if someone had a picture of the other side of it where you see all the loops. Hope it helps.
Published: April 14, 2009 at 9:41 PMWhen is Manta scheduled to open and when is the media preview day scheduled? (I will be in that area from May 8-16)
Published: April 15, 2009 at 3:23 AMThey all seem to have very similar elements. Yes, they're smooth, but how unique is each ride from the next? I've ridden some of these and, honestly, I couldn't differentiate my experience on one from another.
Published: April 15, 2009 at 5:49 AMDont know if you can include these in the Floorless coasters but you do dangle your legs lol
Nemesis / Inferno
Hope one day they go the same way with Sheikra and make Oblivion floorless, that would be great
Published: April 15, 2009 at 7:25 AMManta is May 21 for media, May 22 for the public.
I just included coasters from U.S. parks on this one, but I would love to get more photos and reviews from European parks. Click the "Park Reviews" tab at the top of the page for the list of parks for which you can submit photos and reviews. (You can update listings if they are incomplete or in error, as well.)
I've found significant differences in the quality of rides between Kraken, which remains smooth and in a lovely setting, and Scream, which feels to have deteriorated somewhat from its opening. The parking lot setting (set to "broil" in summer) doesn't help, either.
Published: April 15, 2009 at 10:14 AMJosh,I totally agree with you. After looking at the photos, steel coasters are all starting to look alike to me too. I've been on enough different styles of steel coasters, to start going ho-hum another one to try, when a park announces the opening of another steelie. But then, my grandson is getting hyped up about next years coaster trip.
Published: April 15, 2009 at 11:33 AMTo put what I'm trying to say in perspective -
Robert, you mentioned Kraken is your favorite of the lot and, judging by its performance in the TPI tournament, it continues to impress many riders.
I enjoyed Kraken, but I could not notice a significant difference between it and The Incredible Hulk. Their layouts and lift hills are obviously quite different, but the rest of the sensations feel very similar.
I still like to consider myself a coaster connoisseur, but B&M floorless rides are all starting to feel alike.
Published: April 15, 2009 at 5:51 PMHey, I'd put Raptor on that list (says the CP'er).. It's a B & M creation, and floorless! :) It is a bit older than most, I believe, and I don't really have any good pictures of it, either!
Published: April 15, 2009 at 6:10 PMWhile an inverted coaster certainly hasn't got a floor, it's not classified as a floorless...
Published: April 15, 2009 at 7:54 PMRobert, even with a better production crew, can they really do much with onride on a flyer? I've never seen terribly good flyer POV footage...
Published: April 15, 2009 at 9:41 PMI guess we will see. But there is great promotional value in having POV on the Web, so if I were running a park, I'd sure want to find a way to create it.
Published: April 16, 2009 at 5:10 AMWhoops, sorry then. Guess I didn't know there was a difference! :) Some theme park insider I am! haha