I think it was a great year, got some good new coasters, parks are booming. I think it is overshawdowed by all the announcements for '05, which is going to be a banner year for the industry IMO.
So all in all, your thoughts and opinions on '04.
Disney: time to grow up-2004 was the mid-mark of what seems to be Disney's "growing-up" phase. Major new attractions were started, finished, or reached major step points in 2004 most centering around a more "thrilling" theme. Rides that come to mind-TOT @ DCA opened, Everest @ DCA saw a huge spurt in construction with most of the track installed, Typhoon Lagoon began its new Master blaster waterslide, Soarin' saw most of its construction this year, and the parks FINIALLY realized it was time to do something with the 20k Leagues Lakes.
Universal: time to get off our butts-considering the last few years didn't see too much at any of the Universal parks, yet in 2004 both Mummy coasters opened and both Shrek 4-D movies opened.
Cedar Fair: time to remove and remodel-Dorney removed Hercules and replaced it with Hydra, WOF removed Orient Express and replaced it with it's spinning mouse coaster, Knotts did a lot of shifting and adjusting to squeeze in Silver Bullet, and Cedar Point remodeled their Radisson hotel and the campground.
Paramount: time to switch things up-PKD built their first ride in a while aimed specifically towards kids, PGA switched their flying coaster for a water park, Carowinds switched a ferry boat ride for a flying coaster, and PKI completely switched the theme of their water park.
Hershey: time to step things up-with Dutch Wonderland firmly secured as the "chains" kids park, Hershey FINIALLY built a fairly extreme coaster and announced an equally intense coaster for 2005.
Six Flags: time to rethink things-SFI finally realized that customer service is important and spent a lot of money to retrain their staff (you can argue whether it was effective or not). They also realized that bigger does not necessarily mean better and that themeing can add a lot to a ride or a section of the park...
So what will the figures say in the end? 2004 was still an overall weak year for the industry. However, there will be a few parks that really made a turn this year for the better and will see LARGE increases in attendance. On the other hand, there will be a few parks that had a very bad year and will see large decreases in attendance. *** Edited 11/9/2004 1:38:05 AM UTC by Coaster Lover***
But enough of the tired English teacher thing ...
I'll agree with whoever said '05 will be the banner year. I think it'll be the return to the numbers of the early '00s when the coaster wars were booming. People are starting to go back to work, money's freeing up, and with Sandusky moving more and more towards the "Orlando of the North", I think '05's gonna be fun!
I don't see 2005 as banner year in terms of total number of coasters built. Rather, I see it as a year in which the few coasters that open have impressive stats [Kingda Ka, SheiKra, Hades] and/or interesting and unique layouts [Hydra, Hades, SheiKra, Powder Keg, and heck even Silver Bullet].
Hopefully 05 wont be a one year wonder but a sign of many good things to come.
As of 04 could of been better but companies seemed to be fine tunning things a bit more.
One last note with all these new rides due to open in 05 their is no excuse for discovery and other T.V. channels to not air any new roller coaster shows. *** Edited 11/9/2004 1:54:31 AM UTC by GIGAFORCE01***
...and with Sandusky moving more and more towards the "Orlando of the North", I think '05's gonna be fun!
I think that Cedar Point was a nice amusement park, but I don't see it as an Orlando in the making, where there are multiple, different, fantastic parks all really close. Attendance figures speak too, many people prefer to go down there still, and I dont think that Castaway Bay will improve the park's status that much.
Of the 25 announced coasters here are some stats-
Twenty-Five new coasters listed, 2 relocations, less than 5 clones, and quite a few new layouts and concepts. Japan is getting a Space Mountain, and and the origional is getting a makeover. I think it looks like a High quality year, which, to me, is always better than a High numbers year.
Not only that, but water parks are expanding, thats a good thing (and with a few unannounced yet), some major parks are getting flats, be it new, used, or different, and there's still alot more to go. Thirteen out of 18 Six Flags parks are getting something, and we've only heard so far from 3 of those officially, and of the 3, 2 are getting coasters (SFGAdv, and SFM), and one is getting a long overdue waterpark(complain all you want, it was needed.).
So far, I'm happy:).
We could have more Gio hypers, but then again, parks want to *attract* customers, not drive them away ...
Way to be all analytical Tekno ;) I think ShIkrA (or whatever the heck it is) is going to be the runaway hit of the season - it just looks so intense! Much agreed on quality over quantity.
Granted, not all parks have annouced next year's additions but so far there are only 25 new coasters on the dock for next year, of which only two are wood [and only one of those is new]... I don't see 2005 as banner year in terms of total number of coasters built.
Agreed. Unless Six Flags starts adding multiple coasters to multiple parks (as they did when they were "flagging" parks left and right), it is doubtful that the number of new coasters for 2005 will equal that of 1999 or 2000.
What I DO see are some fairly interesting designs. Italian Job looks to be a fairly cool launched coaster, resembling a Schwarzkopf speedracer more than Premier's FoF coasters. Powder Keg sounds pretty cool. Hyrda looks to have a great layout. BGT is getting a Dive Machine that is actually a full-fledged coaster. And Hades... what more can pictures say?
There will probably be more announcements (perhaps even another one or two wood coasters) but I think the theme of the 2005 season will be quality, not quantity.
*** Edited 11/9/2004 4:46:05 PM UTC by Rob Ascough***
I'll take another giga when one can prove to be better than something 208' tall. ;)
Meh, I've yet to ride a Strata- maybe next year in Joisey....
But based on my personal preferences, NOTHING could be better than that monstrosity on the Connecticut River...why do ya think R:UE is an Intamin hyper....and I don't see THAT one on rcdb anywhere...:)
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