Still, running both at the same time would have amplified the thrill of each, at least visually if not physically, so not being able to do that not only misses that opportunity, it will slow down and reduce the hourly capacities of each ride.
Someone who knows the data ought to do the math, but I wonder if the combined capacity of the two rides, operating one at a time, will end up being less than the capacity of Kingda Ka was before, when it could run without interruption. If so, this would have to count among Six Flags' bigger fails.
And thanks, Robert, for voicing some of the same concerns I have but was reluctant to put in my article. Your comment that "running both at the same time would have amplified the thrill of each, at least visually if not physically, so not being able to do that not only misses that opportunity, it will slow down and reduce the hourly capacities of each ride" is spot on. First of all, while on Zumanjaro I was acutely aware of the Kingda Ka trains on the launch track and getting impatient when they didn't launch, as this would have been both exciting and entertaining. Secondly, Kingda Ka usually has the longest queue of any ride in the park; the average wait time to get on, at least on a weekend, is 90 minutes. So with the trains stalled until a cycle on the drop ride is completed, you can see how this will result in significant delays for both rides. I was there this past Sunday, when the park was not at all crowded, and it still took an hour to get to the loading station on KK. Then something rather odd happened. An empty train was dispatched to the launch track, where it sat indefinitely. A second train was sent out of the loading station behind the first one and when neither one moved within the next 15 minutes I gave up and got out of line. I went back to Zumanjaro and guess what? It was closed. Coincidence?
But...The Queue Sucks. I waited 2 and 1/2 hours for the ride. As good as it is, I wouldn't wait an hour in that queue. No diversions, no mist fans. It is a covered queue with tons of steel. That's it. Also the Flash Pass Line needs to go for now. The capacity is too brutal to support three lines.
It can get better...
Kingda Ka does not launch a train when Zumanjaro is in operation, but that is not true for loading and unloading.
Six Flags was foolish to install this ride in New Jersey.