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I haven't heard much news about this other than the facebook posting from a month ago that they broke ground. Does anyone have any news about what is happening in terms of Apocalypse's progress?
 

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The first drop is halfway done as of the last update. I'm sure more stuff has happened since then.

Word on the street says that the track was sent to B&M to be rehabbed because it aged so poorly. This probably means the ride will run smoother.
 

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this is basicly the same thing as "riddlers revenge" from six flags magic mountain so ha this isnt the " first stand up coaster"
 
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First of all, welcome to the forums!
Second, What do you mean by "first stand up coaster"? Six Flags America made that claim because It's true, that's their first stand up there. However, the whole Six Flags company did not make that claim. They know they already have many stand up coasters, like RR, Green Lantern, etc.
 

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Actually this was B&M's first roller coaster making it the oldest operating B&M in the chain (predating SFMM's Riddler by 8 years).

SFMM did have the SF chain's first built from the ground up stand up coaster with Shockwave (which is now sitting in Darien Lake's boneyard), and La Ronde's Cobra technically predates Iron Wolf by 2 years but was moved to the park 5 years after Iron Wolf was built.

SFStL has the distinction of having the worlds first stand up coaster when they modified one of their River King Mine Train tracks with stand up trains. Those didn't last very long though.

Enough of the history lesson, the park has released some of the theme elements that will be used on the ride. Apparently there are plans to stick a crashed plane into the Skull Mountain structure among other things. The ride itself is completed and the supports were repainted to reflect the original art. Assuming testing is successful, it shouldn't take very long for this thing to reopen.
 
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SFAFANS.COM posted a update this morning. The supports for the roof are up and walls are going up around the mechanical/electrical room. A mysterious airplane has landed and artwork for potential theme has been discovered. You can see all of this in this thread:

http://www.sfafans.com/showthread.php/6587-Article-4-25-12-Apocalypse-Update-Apocalypse-Theming-Discussed-in-Newsletter?p=35628#post35628
 
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I hope all of you are enjoying Verbolten! I look forward to getting down there and riding it soon. I've really enjoyed all of the posts about it.

SFAFANS posted another update showing all of the work to get Apocalypse built and open. Check out the latest update. The station roof is on. One train on the transfer track. Queue work has begun. Ride Operator Control booth is being built, The Gift Shop is partially built, fence is going up around the ride and there are speakers on the lift.

Apocalypse Update: May 11th, 2012
 
Hey all you BGWFans. When you're not here chatting about Verbolten, or dreaming about your next ride on Verbolten, or actually riding Verbolten (which was a GREAT addition and a very fun ride!), feel free to head over to SFAFans.com. We've got you a new Apocalypse update. The ride opens for Season Passholder previews next weekend and the Grand Opening is scheduled for June 7th. With less than a week to go, lots of final details are being added including (wait for it....) some themeing (*gasp* No Way?!? Themeing on a Six Flags ride? BLASPHEMY!!). Anyways, enjoy!

http://www.sfafans.com/content.php/45-Apocalypse-Update-May-26-2012
 
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I have to ask...

My only experience with a standing coaster is Shockwave at KD. How would this compare to that as far as restraints go?
 
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B&M standup restraints are COMPLETELY different than TOGO restraints. B&M utilizes a standard over the shoulder restraint (much like the one on Alpiengeist or Griffon) as opposed to the butterfly restraints that the TOGOs use.
 
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PzP said:
I have to ask...

My only experience with a standing coaster is Shockwave at KD. How would this compare to that as far as restraints go?

I think you will be pleasantly surprised by a B&M standup, I rode Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain and had a very pleasant ride. I know Apocalypse uses the original style B&M standup trains but from what I understand its been completely refurbished and should ride as good as brand new. A ToGo Standup doesn't compare to a B&M standup.
 
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Mantis is actually one of my all time favorite rides. Very forceful and great sense of speed. That being said, green lantern (previously Chang) was a serious letdown
 
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coasternd said:
PzP said:
I have to ask...

My only experience with a standing coaster is Shockwave at KD. How would this compare to that as far as restraints go?

I think you will be pleasantly surprised by a B&M standup, I rode Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain and had a very pleasant ride. I know Apocalypse uses the original style B&M standup trains but from what I understand its been completely refurbished and should ride as good as brand new. A ToGo Standup doesn't compare to a B&M standup.
I agree too. I think everyone will be somewhat surprised how well the ride is going to be, since this is a older coaster that was relocated from SFSL.
 
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I'm expecting this thing to be brutal and awful.

However they've done such a fantastic job making it presentable, big thumbs up from me.

Stopping by on Sunday to pick up season passes and see if we can get the cred...
 

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If anything, SFA has cheap season passes and it'll get you into all SixFlags properties, so that reason enough to go. I'll be there June 16th, the ride should be open by then.
 

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Frontseatbill said:
I agree too. I think everyone will be somewhat surprised how well the ride is going to be, since this is a older coaster that was relocated from SFSL.

I think you mean SFGA, not SFSL... ;)
 

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Either way, Iron Wolf fell into a bit of a slump at the end of its time in Great America. I really do hope that they refurbished the trains enough in order to minimize the roughness. From what I've heard Apocalypse was supposed to get new Stand-Up trains from B&M but due to time constraints or the more likely payment issues Six Flags just opted to have the trains refurbished and repainted. Kind of like what happened with Goliath @ SFNE.
 
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I am actually kinda excited to check this coaster out during our tour that starts next week.

Props to SFA, they were one of the parts who really hooked us up too.
 
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