Rob Pastor

Published: April 17, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Excellent article. You've presented a multitude of interesting information, much of which I was unaware of previously. Damn good work Russell.
Rod Whitenack

Published: April 17, 2013 at 7:03 AM

The Haunt Industry has also discovered that a simple blast of compressed air creates an effective, safe scare that when used by a creative haunt actor can really affect the guests without ever really touching them.
Russell Meyer

Published: April 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

BTW, I apologize for not including a picture of Hypersonic XLC. I thought I had one in my collection of stock photos, but I can't seem to find it. It's possible that it's on a slide, and I'm still in the process of converting my dozens of slide trays into digital images.
Tracy Bates

Published: April 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

My biggest problem with Hypersonic was how loud it was. waiting in the queue line was deafening for that ride from the compressors and the sound of air being released. Several times that I went to the park I wouldn't ride the ride because the lines were long enough that it was painful to wait in the line for it.

That being said, the acceleration on that ride was amazing and it was smooth because of the tires they used on the cars.

Mike Gallagher

Published: April 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Tracy, I'm very glad to see someone shares my opinion on Hypersonic. I found it to be smooth as glass, but many people seem to remember it differently. It's a ride I miss. The noise didn't bother me in the least, and that's not just because I'm partially deaf (I certainly hear loud noises if I'm right nearby.) Until recently, it was the only launch coaster I'd ever personally witnessed a rollback on. I'm going to KD Sunday, and I always think of it when I'm there.
Brandon Mendoza

Published: April 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Ooooh, I really like this article! Very informative, and well written. Any chance this is the start of a series of elements? Fire, water? etc?