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Getting aHEAD of myself
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Something is missing in this aerial flyover of the park... Look to the bottom right corner of your screen a little after the 1:40 mark.


Yup- Wave Swinger is completely missing. My understanding is that Der Wirbelwind at Busch Gardens was removed a few years ago and received extensive refurbishments. So- will Kings Dominion's Wave Swinger be receiving some love this off season?

On an unrelated note, the video provides an excellent view of the Delirium construction site.
 
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Joe said:
Something is missing in this aerial flyover of the park... Look to the bottom right corner of your screen a little after the 1:40 mark.


Yup- Wave Swinger is completely missing. My understanding is that Der Wirbelwind at Busch Gardens was removed a few years ago and received extensive refurbishments. So- will Kings Dominion's Wave Swinger be receiving some love this off season?

On an unrelated note, the video provides an excellent view of the Delirium construction site.

Not to poo-poo on anyone's party; but, Cedar Fair does have regulations prohibiting the flying of Drones over any of their park properties. Not sure what the relationship is between ParkFans/KDFans and Kings Dominion currently; just wanted to point that out. Don't want to get anyone in trouble by having the video linked on this site.
 
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Neat video. What's the parks policy about helicopters? I saw one hovering almost over the Intimidator track on Saturday afternoon. Seems like something they wouldn't want done as well. It stayed for a while and drifted over to The Volcano area.
 

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Drones are prohibited by Cedar Fair, and having them over park property can be punishable by law. I suppose the park just didn't care as the above video was taken during the off-season.
 

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So, uh, apparently you can "snap" the swings on Wave Swinger like on a flying scooter. This is the only swing ride I've ever been able to accomplish this on, and it's sort of terrifying (but in a really fun way).

By extending your legs like a rudder, you can catch enough wind to actually twist your swing completely outward or even backwards with no effort. Then, by quickly recoiling your legs, the chains "snap" and your seat dives down and inward, creating a sudden and slightly unsettling "dropping" sensation.

It's the exact same kind of snap you can achieve on a good flying scooter ride, but even more thrilling because it's just you, a flimsy chair, and the wind. And since it's so easy to twist yourself completely backwards, you can gain an insane amount of momentum for some truly massive "snaps."

This is the only wave swinger I've ever been able to snap like this. Der Wirbelind at Busch Gardens, for example, has an extra connection at the top of the chains, and also a rubber "stopper," presumably to prevent the exact twisting and snapping that Kyle, TPF, and I were performing on Wave Swinger today.

But the attendant never yelled at us during the three times we tried it, so until I get yelled at, I'm going to continue "snapping." It's a really thrilling sensation you can't find at many parks.
 
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EDIT: That sounds extremely dangerous... Maybe I am picturing a completely different scenario but it sounds like there's so many ways for that to go wrong.. Be careful!
 
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