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May 5th, 2005

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12:01 pm - Oh my god. Becky, look at that track.
The Gravity Group is a new roller coaster design firm that is made up primarily of former Custom Coasters, International folks, set adrift when CCI disbanded (in what year? 2001? 2002? Was it that long ago?!) At any rate they're all insane people, they love making roller coasters and apparently now they're finally able to unleash some of the insanity on an unsuspecting general public.

Take Hades. It's a pleasant little ride they're building up in the Wisconsin Dells for the Mt. Olympus Park (formerly "Big Chief Carts & Coasters.") CCI built a few wooden coasters for Big Chief over the years, and I hear they're fun rides, but I've never been. Now I have a reason to. Hades is about to open. TGG is giving ride stats of... 140 foot first drop. At a 65-degree angle (juuust steeper than the Coney Island Cyclone!) 4726 feet of track. Dear lord, that's almost a mile. And then there are the pictures.. You may want to sit down and hold on to something before you check 'em out.

The first drop plunges you straight underground. The thing about Hades, of course, is what's being called "the Underworld" by some waggish folks. It'll have the longest stretch of tunnels for a roller coaster, besides, one presumes, the completely-enclosed coasters like The Underground at Adventureland and the like.

Then there's portions of the Underworld that'll be ridden with the work lights off -- but for now, they look like something out of THE BIG DIG EXPERIENCE or something. And doesn't that banking in the back look rather, well, extreme? Sure does. But maybe this is an optical illusion. Maybe the track isn't REALLY climbing the wall like that. Could it?

Yes, yes, it could. According to TGG, that section of banked track is at 93 degrees. NINETY-THREE DEGREES. At this point physics is just weeping like a little bitch while Larry Bill cackles his damn fool head off. I really can't believe it. This coaster is so wrong in so many right ways and I'll definitely need to get to the Dells, somehow, before they inevitably tame this thing down.


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Date:May 5th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
it's just so... big.
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Date:May 5th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
This almost makes me believe in the Devil. Or, maybe, God.
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Date:May 5th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Wanna do a trip to nee-Riverside this summer?
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Date:May 6th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
You're on! I have Tuesdays and Saturdays off. A road trip sounds excellent!
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Date:May 5th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
Lucky you....
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Date:May 5th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
Fieldtrip! Let's go! 93 degrees... How insane is that??!!

I want to ride a coaster right now!
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Date:May 5th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
*books flights*
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Date:May 6th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)


I live less than 2 hours from The Dells with a couple of guys who like roller coasters. (Me? I fear roller coasters.) We have an air mattress and some spare floor space. Also, the Milwaukee airport is a 15 minute drive away.

*tempts people to visit*
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Date:May 5th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'll let you know how it is after I attend the Media Day preview on May 24th... :D
Date:May 6th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)


Yes, all the cool kids are visiting Wisconsin this year.
Date:May 6th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
I don't know about a trip to Wisconsin, but I'm organizing a daytrip to Riverside (or Six Flags New England as it's now called) on Sunday June 26...
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Date:May 6th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I think my heart stopped looking at those photos. Could you start it again?
Meet you there?

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