Is there any chance a rethemed coaster can be faster than its old self?Universal Orlando: Is Hippogriff somehow faster than Flying Unicorn?
From Hermione PotterOkay, this is going to sound really strange and it's probably a stupid question but...
Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM
I used to ride Flying Unicorn with my family all the time. It was a fun kiddie coaster that even the wimps in my family could enjoy. I had the chance to ride the rethemed version (Hippogriff) and I swear it is faster than it used to be. I don't see how that's possible because it is the same track and everything, but everyone in the train I was on said the same thing - it seemed to have been sped up somehow. I don't know if it made a difference that the whole train was full of adults instead of the children usually on it or what.
Has anyone else experienced this, or does anyone know how this would even be possible?
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From Robert NilesTotal weight could affect the ride of the coaster, as could the weight distribution. But it could be a rehabbed track, new wheels or a more powerful (i.e. faster) lift chain. Or maybe landscaping changes simply could create the illusion of more speed.
Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:00 PM
I don't know the specific of what might have changed on Unicorn/Hippogriff, but there are plenty of factors you change on a coaster during its rehab/rebuild that would affect its speed.
From Adam NodjomianCould new trains have any effect, possibly lighter/heavier with more speed-focused design?
Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:58 PM
From Mike Gallagher"Hermione Potter?"
Posted May 30, 2010 at 4:13 AM
When was the wedding, and more importantly, why wasn't I invited?
From steve leeCoasters change speeds all the time. Just ask anyone who has ridden I305 lately...
Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM
From Bob MillerHermione,I can't really answer your question the way your looking for, but here's my answer. The Phoenix at Knoebels came from Texas and I never rode it there, but I have many times at Knoebels.
Posted May 30, 2010 at 3:52 PM
Many coaster fans have rated the Phoenix as one of their favorite woodies and I agree. Fast, you bet, especially when it's raining a little and the brakes are wet and barely slow you up.
Since I never rode it in Texas, I can't say if it's faster now, but I would say yes.
From Hermione Potterthanks everyone. And haha Mike, I am not crazy enough to be a Harmony shipper, I just like those two characters the best.
Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:50 AM
From Ali SalemAlso, if they added more theming or tree's next to the ride it might effect the apparent speed for the rider. I know that on Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce it seems a lot faster than it is because the trees are so close to the track.
Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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