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37 minutes ago, Six Flags FUN! said:

Is IAPPA 2019 is gonna show reveal Jersey Devil Coaster's train this year?

It's not on the media schedule,  RMC is going to reveal the Iron Gwazi trains with Busch Gardens Tampa.  We will probably find out more details about Jersey Devil Coaster from the interviews at the RMC booth.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Medusa42 said:

It's not on the media schedule,  RMC is going to reveal the Iron Gwazi trains with Busch Gardens Tampa.  We will probably find out more details about Jersey Devil Coaster from the interviews at the RMC booth.

 

Any idea on whether the restraints will resemble the prototype Raptors? I recall seeing those dastardly collars in the animation, from what I heard they were necessary due to the Raptor's forces, but also left some friction burns and bruises on riders. I really was hoping for a modified train that prioritized comfort while of course still being 100% safe.

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1 hour ago, Coasterbill said:

I found the restraints on Golden Lasso coaster perfectly comfortable. I don't see how anyone could have an issue with them. PS: The ride is mind-blowingly good.

 

Did you miss the part where I said riders were getting friction burns and bruises? I'm pretty sure it depends on your body type. I was told that the straps can squeeze into your shoulder blades, especially with the way the ride whips and changes direction. 

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Fellow forum members!

 

As you may have seen previously from @EasternThrills, I am creating site maps for JERSEY DEVIL COASTER and they will be continuously improved and updated as construction progresses. Likewise, I will be sharing each updated map with you all on the forums. Feel free to check out my Instagram @xenith.wav and EasternThrills Instagram @insidegadv for more information on the project.

 

Today, I'd like to share with you MAP_110419 and MAP_110819. As you can infer, these maps were updated as of 11/04/19 and 11/08/19 respectively. I was able to visit the park around both of these days, allowing me to gauge a fair understanding of the site and any recent changes. I have a zoom camera that I use to scope any new signs of construction and anything else on the site that should be reported on (a Canon PowerShot SX720HS for those curious). @EasternThrills and I will be consistently visiting the park up until its closing date in January to create the most accurate and detailed site maps as possible before the off-season begins and information about the ever-changing site grows sparse.

 

We need all the participants we can get in creating these site maps! If you are visiting the park at any point throughout the remainder of the season, or if you will be at the park during the off season (by any chance?), we'd love your help in contributing to documenting the changes at the site of JERSEY DEVIL COASTER. Contact me (using the contact information I posted below) if you would like to send pictures, videos, or provide information to @EasternThrills and I about any events, changes, or active construction at the site.

 

A key/legend is provided on the left side of the graphic for your further understanding of the map. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact either @XENITH or @EasternThrills for more information. Feel free to repost and share this map with proper credit given [see Contact/Credit information below]). You may also contact me if you would like the full, high quality versions of these maps.

 

Thank you, and enjoy! 

 

Contact/Repost Credit:

@XENITH on the GADV History Forums,

@xenith.wav OR @xenith.plus on Instagram

@xenithwav on Twitter

xenith.wav@gmail.com

 

You can contact @EasternThrills at:

@EasternThrills on the GADV History Forums

@insidegadv OR @easternthrills on Instagram

 

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27 minutes ago, Six Flags FUN! said:

Is Taz Tornado is gonna be removed after end of the 2019 season, will the ride will be part of Bugs Bunny Boomtown possibility in two years?

I am not entirely sure...however, I believe that the ride will remain open for the remainder of the 2019 season and then it will be removed and put into storage once the season ends. On the map especially, you can see that the path around the ride is completely marked up with pink and red markings. 

 

While red markings would normally signify a location for electrical work, several other red markings that have been posted around the active site in previous times have surrounded trees, to which those trees have been removed. Likewise, on the most recent map, you can notice several red flags among the group of trees near stake 20001 B CRS and the unidentified marker. Doubled with the fact that these trees are surrounded by a temporary construction barrier, it is highly likely that these trees will be removed, especially since large-scale tree removal is a common occurrence on site, especially within the past few days. 

 

Before the closure of the majority of Looney Tunes Seaport in early September, I was able to scope out the area for the last time, attempting to find any survey markings that I could. Most of those pink dots that I found on the pavement have since been removed along with the pavement they were imprinted on, with the exception being Taz Tornado's area.

 

Based on these two trends on the site, I think it is safe to assume that Taz Tornado will be dismantled and stored come the end of the operating season and the surrounding pavement/area around the ride will be removed as well. Most, if not all, of the previous rides in Seaport are currently being stored in the lots adjacent to Nitro's lift and drop and some parts are even being stored under Batman: The Ride's transfer building (Road Runner Railway's trains, for example). Along with these dismantled rides and Taz Tornado, I think most/all of them will return for a revitalized kids area for next year. However, we are here to talk about 2020...so to answer the first part of your question pertaining to JERSEY DEVIL COASTER construction would be yes, Taz Tornado will most likely be removed after the end of the 2019 operating season. 

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As of today, November 10, 2019, we have a new update on the map, information courtesy of @EasternThrills. I encourage you to check out the newest @insidegadv Instagram post going up in just a few short minutes! In this latest map, we have 4 new stakes that have arrived numbered 1-4; they may just be some early signs of footers/vertical construction beginning soon! Enjoy!

 

As of the following day, November 11, more trees have been cleared around the access roads and a wall of small dirt piles have been added around the work site, most likely for electrical work. Speaking of electrical, the electrical conduit PVC pipes have been attached to a fork and will be transported elsewhere on the site throughout the week. Likewise, several other pieces of construction equipment such as flat bed trucks have arrived on site. Expect some electrical work and more stakes to be on site by the coming weekend!

 

EDIT: my upload function is not working for some reason, as the files are not available to other forum members. You can find the updated maps further down this forum posted by @EasternThrills. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

 

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Ever since I was little my family spent a good part of our summers vacationing in south Jersey and I learned of the legend of the Jersey Devil very early on in my life being this creature supposedly lurked in the area close to where we were staying.  I've had several postcards for years of the JD which we purchased in a small gift shop in Smithville - the town closest to Leeds Point where he was supposedly "born".  Here are those old cards as well as some info about the Jersey Devil.

 

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In other news, we have an interesting report regarding the (supposed) start of vertical construction from JERSEY DEVIL COASTER (via @east_custom_coasters)

From what I've gathered, SUPPOSEDLY:

 

East Custom Coasters was at the park yesterday taking photos of the construction site when a couple of workers from Maser Consulting (the group working in conjunction with Six Flags on this new coaster project) saw him snapping some pictures of the site and asked him if he was excited for the upcoming ride. ECC then asked the workers if they knew "by any chance when we're going vertical." The workers replied with the date of November 30th, however, they did not identify specifically what this beginning of "vertical construction" would entail. ECC also claims that the workers had clipboards; to which he could not make out what was on the clipboards since they were "by [their] chests almost knowing I [would] look." 

 

Based on recent happenings around the site, I think this date is plausible for vertical construction to begin, especially at the rate that these crews are moving. With markers already showing up for potential footers, who knows what the next few weeks hold at the site...

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@29yrswithaGApass Thank you so much for sharing those! Hopefully that storyline can be incorporated into the theming somehow...I'm picturing some info-graphics in the queue with some of these old postcards on them, which would be very cool! 

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1 hour ago, 29yrswithaGApass said:

Ever since I was little my family spent a good part of our summers vacationing in south Jersey and I learned of the legend of the Jersey Devil very early on in my life being this creature supposedly lurked in the area close to where we were staying.  I've had several postcards for years of the JD which we purchased in a small gift shop in Smithville - the town closest to Leeds Point where he was supposedly "born".  Here are those old cards as well as some info about the Jersey Devil.

 

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That’s amazing! I hope they put up things like this in the Queue line to inform riders about the Jersey Devil and the history of it! 

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Years ago in the old Hayride into the Unknown, they used to have the Jersey Devil attack the hayride wagon. I mss those hayrides.

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One big problem for Jersey Devil Coaster construction in the winter starting December-March. Could the snow could affect JDC construction during winter storm between January, February and March? Will they will start vertical and build tracks soon?

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6 hours ago, The Master said:

Years ago in the old Hayride into the Unknown, they used to have the Jersey Devil attack the hayride wagon. I mss those hayrides.

Me, too. They were fun!

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11 hours ago, 29yrswithaGApass said:

It would be really cool if they made the station to look like the Leeds' house above!

That would be so cool! It’s also not too elaborate of a theming piece, so it would not be too extensive or sophisticated to construct! I think it would be a really nice touch. 

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2 hours ago, Six Flags FUN! said:

One big problem for Jersey Devil Coaster construction in the winter starting December-March. Could the snow could affect JDC construction during winter storm between January, February and March? Will they will start vertical and build tracks soon?

Snow and extreme winter weather conditions almost always impact what can be done on site, also depending on the severity of the weather and the intensity of snowfall. While snow and ice may introduce setbacks to the original deadlines, they can be overcome and crews can resume normal construction. Even though the supposed start of vertical construction is on the 30th, I have a feeling we won’t see footers until January, most likely after the 2019 operating season has come to a close. Starting on the 30th only gives crews so much time (I don’t believe they work park operating days or holidays), and December only allows crews to do so much. 
 

If vertical construction begins on the 30th, it will probably kick off with some more minor construction, like pathway and footing molds or above-ground electrical work. By the time the 2019 operating season is over, that is most likely to be when crews begin pouring footers, pathways, and any service line work begins to wrap up. Throughout the remainder of the timeline for construction, crews will most likely be working on both the coaster itself and the surrounding area simultaneously.  
 

Regarding track, again, I believe footings will be mostly poured come either the end of January or early-mid February. By then, track and support shipments will most likely begin to arrive and they can start being erected. Given that, I think that the coaster itself (footings, track, supports, etc.) will be in place by mid April to late April at the latest. However, at the rate that crews are moving, I think we can expect the coaster’s vertical construction to be completed by early April or even late March (if they can really speed it up), around the opening of the 2020 season. 

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15 minutes ago, Medusa42 said:

From the press release: "Jersey Devil Coaster will debut in the summer of 2020."

 

Summer 2020 begins June 20th and ends September 22nd.

That is true...however, let's say the coaster is fully built by late April. Testing can begin soon after while crews put the finishing touches on the surrounding area (queue line, exit ramp, theming, photo buildings, restrooms, etc.) and the ride should have no problem opening by the time summer rolls around. The park may even be able to open it early, all things considered.

 

Advertising a summer opening date gives the park some breathing room given there are some delays (which are inevitable) and some slower moving days on the site. Essentially, it is a "safe bet" for the park even though the ride will most likely be in operation by then. If the park were to advertise for a Memorial Day Weekend opening, for example, and the ride isn't ready by then, guests will be ultimately disappointed and that wouldn't give the park many good looks. It is a smarter, safer option to avoid guest dissatisfaction and the park not being able to stay true to their word. While a summer 2020 opening date is most likely (around June 20th, the official start of summer), it is still plausible that the ride may open earlier or later as the park sees fit. Given the delays for JERSEY DEVIL COASTER are not overly significant, either, an opening date around mid-May to late June is more than a sure gamble.

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