Top Thrill Dragster 2022 Status

Yeah it has been gone for months. Came back up in the last couple of days as “Top Thrill Dragster (Closed)” and contains the press release

vwhoward's avatar

Voltage drop doesn't add up over time and use. Voltage drop is constant and usage doesn't matter. But I do agree that copper is expensive and the shortest run possible would be the smartest option.

Eat 'em up, Tigers, eat 'em up!

djDaemon's avatar

The loss of energy efficiency costs money, and that cost accumulates over time.


vwhoward's avatar

Fair enough. Efficiency designed around Power Factor.

Eat 'em up, Tigers, eat 'em up!

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And I think it will just be a simple launch change and not a new layout now

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On Instagram today Zamperla did a fast forward walkthrough of there Shop. Noticed something that looked interesting. I believe it is the track for the 2024 project (Lightning) at Playland PNE that Zamperla is also turning from Hydraulic Launch (Formally Senzafiato) to LSM. Sorry for quality best screeeenshot I could grab since its in fast forward.

Jeff's avatar

I doubt that resistance is anything more than negligible on properly gauged cables, even over a few hundred feet. But get a new 240 line in your house if you're curious about the cost. I did it twice for our electric cars when the breaker box is in the garage, and I was shocked that the wires cost way more than the labor.

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^As a licensed electrician, can confirm.

Eat 'em up, Tigers, eat 'em up!

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You guys should email the park, they might not know and use the wrong hardware.

First ride; Magnum 1994

It was all those enthusiasts that reminded them not to mess up the heartline during the Mantis to Rougarou conversion

vwhoward's avatar

^^Nah...they know. You didn't though.

Eat 'em up, Tigers, eat 'em up!

The aerial photos show that the unload area has been completely demolished. If all that's happening is an LSM retrofit, what would the purpose be of demolishing the unload area? I know a lot of people on here are very diehard with the LSM conversion being all that's happening--I just don't think that jives at all with those aerial photos and Cedar Point's earlier press statement describing the ride as being "reimagined." Plus, all Dragster merchandise was steeply discounted on closing day, which suggests that at the very least, the name is definitely not coming back.

If the new trains are wider, or more likely, the floor is taller, the concrete in the station and unload areas would need to be redone, along with all the ramps and stairs to access. With the remaining dragster theming elements, I would guess the the dragster theme is staying, but maybe they are going with a pseudo new name that still has dragster in it. Think wildcats revenge, or phantoms revenge…

The remaining Dragster “theme” elements are, what, the Christmas tree and finish line? Those could very easily be repurposed/rethemed into a wide variety of new themes while maintaining the current structural and electrical components.

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I think dragster already got it's revenge.

I don’t know how else you could repurpose a drag race Christmas tree, but I’m sure it’s possible. In addition to the Christmas tree and finish line, the grandstand is still there, with just enough of the front removed to fit the excavation equipment. I think the term used was surgical precision. The flags from the top of the station were removed, they are stacked in front of the station, presumably so they don’t get damaged by the cranes. It appears all of these things are remaining, otherwise why not just scrap them. Is a theme change possible? Of course. Is a mechanical/electrical upgrade alone possible? Also a yes. Time will tell which way the park goes.

Jeff's avatar

Maybe it's all going to Dorney where they'll retheme Demon Drop.

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Before: Top Thrill Dragster

In 2024: Bottom Bore Dragster

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If all that's happening is an LSM retrofit, what would the purpose be of demolishing the unload area

Maybe the new dragster will split the current station. Where the second train loaded will now be the unloading spot. Just a guess.

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^I have the feeling it would make wait times slower than they already were.

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