Just beef up some driving range netting maybe?
Still haven't been able to uncross these circuits...
On another subject regarding the incident...what do you guys think will be the modifications Cedar Point implements to Top Thrill Dragster?
My money is on shorter seatbelts…
Seems to me the simpler and more appropriate solution would just be to make sure this plate can't come off again. Similar to when that cable fell on Skyhawk and a backup attachment was created and it was a pretty simple/cheap fix. Maybe a third fastener is all that is needed. Maybe these fasteners were not checked frequently enough since they were not considered structural. If you're going to cover the queue, why not the midway? If you're covering the brake run, why not the launch? Do the riders on the train then become more at risk if something comes off the train or a person riding and ricochets off said covering? Don't get me wrong, I fully expect the government and lawyers to come up with the most ridiculous "solution" possible. Just not sure it will make sense.
I'm assuming these brackets need to be removed when assembling/disassembling trains from the track, otherwise I don't see why they wouldn't just be permanently welded to the trains. But presumably the park was pretty sure that those plates weren't coming off, and had almost 20 years of reliability to feel confident in that.
MLB had a similar situation with line drive foul balls, and now we've got nets at (I believe) all major league ball parks. Wouldn't be surprised in the least if we see some netting go up next season, as Brandon suggested.
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I do wonder if whatever gets done ends up getting phased in at other rides where walkways are immediately adjacent to the track, not just at CP but industry wide. Better to be safe i guess
Right... like Millennium's trains fly directly past the queue, over the entrance and then back again past the queue in the brake run. If Dragster gets modifications why not Millennium too?
1000 years of force said:
Or, perhaps, re-route the queue so that the area under the ride is devoid of paying customers?
With BOB moved to the island, that paved path and real estate could plausibly be used, with modifications, as a new not-under-this particular-ride queue.
The only thing to contend with there would be some hats falling off people riding Iron Dragon... (more than some, it turns out).
This got me thinking so I drew up a potential queue re-route for a visual on Google Maps.
(In purple) The Fast Lane/Regular line could start to the left of the photo booth. Fast Lane could go straight in then turn right and connect into the platform via a bridge over the brake run/electrical room. The regular line continues throughout the Iron Dragon jungle then comes back to join to merge with Fast Lane onto the bridge and into the station. OR they could have the majority of the line in the Iron Dragon jungle then connect to the first set of queues currently there before the ramp via a cement tunnel going under the brake run like how the currently have under the launch track. This idea would make more logical sense having the Entrance and Exit close together... also easier access for re-rides on slower days!
For the launch track side/midway...keep the midway next to where the trains launch still for excitement and the grandstands. However, get rid of the midway after the grandstands to where the lockers currently are and make that a restricted low zone area since that's when the trains reach 50mph+ and flying objects become more likely to be dangerous. They could also back up the midway near the hydraulic room so you wouldn't be able to get as close to the launch track as you currently can and even put in netting on where the track begins ascending to vertical like they have on Valravn.
It's a lot cheaper to put up some netting than do all that earthwork and concrete.
Looks like the register is reporting on itself still trying to get info on the incident.
Oct 09, 2021 7:00 PM
"SANDUSKY — The Register’s open records case against Cedar Point’s police department has gone to mediation at the Ohio Court of Claims in Columbus."
The Register needs to go take a hike.
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