SmileAlways wrote:I have to admit, I'm not exactly thrilled about the new coaster. I expected with it being a Secret Weapon, it would stick to the theme of "World's First", "World's Most", "UK's First", etc. But looking at it, it just doesn't look like it will which disappoints me. I was talking to my mum a couple of days before the Wooden Coaster was announced and I was saying how with John Wardley seemingly no longer being a part of the Roller Coaster creating process, the park may go downhill and how I'd hate to see them just throw a new ride into an area just for the sake of it instead of really planning it out and therefore using the Secret Weapon branding to get people excited and guessing, coming up with all kinds of "World's First" ideas just to let us all be disappointed. I would really hate for them to use the branding on a regular old Wooden Coaster. It needs to be something different and new. With the height of the ride, the area and the turns, it's not really looking like a launched coaster or an inverted. In fact, it's looking more like a go-up-the-hill-go-down-do-some-turns-and-finish type of coaster.
tcw1993 wrote:And besides, you guys have been asking for a woodie since the beginning of time and now you've got one its not good enough?
xylyx wrote:Launching up a slope would be very power intensive as you're adding gravity into the mix, albeit to a greater or lesser degree dependant on the angle. The inertia on a heavy object like a ride car would be huge, which is why launches are generally done on a flat to minimise the power needs.
xylyx wrote:True, and I suspect the gradient change may have something more significant about it. If it does launch I don't think it will be a big speed boost as that first turn is brutal and taking it at speed could well be very unpleasant. Lol
Andy Mc wrote:tcw1993 wrote:And besides, you guys have been asking for a woodie since the beginning of time and now you've got one its not good enough?
I think subconsciously people have recent woodies in the back of there minds and comparing this brief glimpse of what it is like is a little underwhelming to some.
The majority will welcome this addition myself included as its been long overdue however wooden coasters have come a long way recently, now Alton Towers finally have one coming it seems to me at least on a relatively short compact scale focusing on the mid-range guests.
theparklifekid wrote:Its been a little silent for SW8, have any changes been made on the flume site?