KJ Simpson

Published: March 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Great recap! I've always wondered how these shows were shot. I've also often suspected that some of the people in the high-profile seats were planted by the crew. Suspicion confirmed! What a fun opportunity for you. I'll be looking for you when the show airs, and hopefully you won't end up on the cutting room floor.

Published: March 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I will have to tell my son about this coaster. He's 14 and is in love with riding coasters.
Bobbie Butterfield

Published: March 8, 2013 at 6:04 AM

To K J Simpson - Thanks for the positive feedback! As to how these episodes of Insane Coaster Wars are filmed, I should add that not all film shoots for Travel Channel are as much fun as this one was. I had originally intended to say as much in my piece but decided that doing so would detract from it. Anyway, exactly one week after the Skyrush event, I participated in a film shoot of Nitro - and that one turned out to be a complete waste of time and energy. We were instructed to report to Six Flags Great Adventure at 6:30am and because it took the film crew 3 hours to set up, we were standing there freezing in the meantime, waiting for something to happen. When the crew was finally ready to roll, it soon became apparent that the ACE people would have no opportunity to offer any feedback on Nitro. This particular crew was not interactive with us and interviewed only the four people they had handpicked in advance. And when the crew asked one of them "How did you like the hammerhead turn?" I wanted to laugh or puke. I don't think this young man would know the difference between a hammerhead turn and a barrel roll. The ACE people might just as well not have been there at all; we were only along for the ride. To add insult to injury, we got a measly 4 rides on Nitro. So how things go really depends upon the film crew. We happened to get a great crew for Skyrush and I would hope that this is the rule and the crew for Nitro is the exception.
Ed Newman

Published: March 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Great Report !! Well written and enjoyable to read. I've been a casual fan of that show whenever I get to see it. Glad to hear they are filming new episodes. Have not been to HersheyPark since 2003, but need to make a return visit soon.