2006, a Wooden Renaissance?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 1:13 PM
Out of the 20 new coasters so far next year, 4 brand new woodies, in Intamin Plug n Play in the states, with a possible record setting drop, The Voyage which is pure bliss, Two coasters from GCI, and then 2 classic relocated coasters?

Did someone say that wooden coasters weren't marketable anymore? I remember hearing that...This is way more than build this year, IIRC. "Things that make ya go Hmmmm...", and I ain't Freedom Williams or Zelma Davis...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 1:58 PM
The coaster renaissance has been in full swing for serval years now, which wood coasters have very much been a part of. Wood coasters will stay marketable as long as coaster designs stay interesting. But building something new is getting trickier everytime. Still, there is alot more new ground that can be broken.

Curious what new wood coasters you are talking about for 2006.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:05 PM
Can you grace us with a list, Tek?
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:12 PM
Scorpion, I was gonna make a thread about a month ago when I knew HW's was clearly wood about this very same topic. Thanks for doing so.

I said it before and I'll say it again. Soon we will have Wooden coasters and Mice that are only affordable to smaller parks. Expect a huge wooden comeback!

Future certain woodies
Waldameer.
Adventurland Iowa
Little A-Merric-A (Rebuild of the Lincoln Park Comet (The owner swears hes building it within five years)
Silver Dollar City (Wanna bet on it?)
Knoebels
Silverwood (Racing/Dueling)

Im sorry, A small B&M, Premier or Intamin is now going for over 10 million. The Maure Shones and Gerstlauers aint far behind.

It's the affordable option and the Mega Parks are gonna have to spend like crazy just to keep building marketable rides.

This Coaster HW is building has more action moments than several of other parks Mega coasters combined. Not knocking anyone but the lift me, toss me and make me feel alive and out of control without hurting me style. SUITS ME JUST FINE!

Chuck, who sees many a woodie comming in the next 5-7 years

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:24 PM
Charles, you left out SFGadv's yet unnamed plug-n-play woodie.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:24 PM
Intamin Plug an Play at SFGAdv

GCI Woody at Beech Bend

The Voyage at Holiday World

Starliner at Cypress Gardens and Meteor at Little A-Merrick-A (relocations)

and

Thunderbird (GCI Woody) at Powerpark in Finland

The list of under construction wood for 2006 per RCDB *** Edited 7/13/2005 6:26:03 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:26 PM
I don't think the argument was that wooden coasters aren't marketable in general. The discussion started by asking if Cedar Point -- a park with 16 coasters -- could effectively market a new woodie.

Notice the list of parks getting new coasters are are medium-small independent parks or chains with one exception: SFGAdv.

Still, good to see so many new woodies being built next year ;)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:31 PM
Forgive me for being clueless, but what the hell is an Intamin Plug and Play?
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:39 PM
Im just wondering Is S&S out of the wood coaster Buisness? I know several who rank Avalanche very high. I hope they aren't.

Chuck, who hopes someone scrounged enough off the top to retire. She'll never work again in this buisness.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:46 PM
Grind go to www.rcdb.com and look for pictures of Balder. That's an Intamin Plug and Play. Why is it called plug and play cause it's pieced together to build quicker.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:49 PM
2006 woodies, in order by name...
http://tinyurl.com/dn54f
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:58 PM
Ravine Flyer 2 (Waldameer) isn't for 2006, it's set to open May of 2007, but it will be another GG masterpiece.

*** Edited 7/13/2005 6:59:51 PM UTC by Rctycoon2k***

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 2:59 PM
The overall argument most people were making was that, moosh. But there was a person or two that said it wasn't gonna happen period.

KTS-Gator's link is defintly the list. With some others unannounced for next year (suposedly). This year there was One new wooden coaster, and no relocated ones out of over 80. Next year there have been 20 'confirmed', as much as possible, barring any Turbulent developments, 4 are new woodies, 2 are relocated classics.

The amt. of new coasters over the last couple years has decreased. In 2004, with 98 new coasters, there were 4 new wood, one rebuilt mouse. We already have more new and relocated wood for next year.

I'm excited.:)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:00 PM
Does anyone else realize how early this is in the announcement game? I know why they did it because of the size of the project but really, Most parks don't announce till AFTER peak season is over.

I didn't mention next years woodies as thats self explanitory. At least the ones known about. I mentioned projects I know that are in the works of either being aproved, being planned or generally know thats what they are shooting for.

Chuck, who wonders how many other small parks are in the market I don't know about. I've even heard mention of Lagoon and others but nothing is confirmed. 2000 had 7 wooden coasters. I hope we beat it. I honestly could see as many as 10 being built for next year. TGG just designs and consults and perhaps is onsite in that regard but the work for all intensive purposes is IN HOUSE on Voyage and the mention of People from New Mexico only leads me to believe they hired some of the crew who completed New Mexico Rattler.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 3:58 PM
Chuck,

Another woodie at Adventureland, what do you know?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:42 PM
Iowa,

All I know is they were interested in the recent past as well as Silverwood.

I honestly think some parks were waiting for TGG to get a foothold and see how they conducted buisness before going ahead.

Chuck, who also knows that park with Zingo wants another one and it's already designed to be half indoors

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:08 PM
What does everyone think about Knoebels getting a woodie?
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:15 PM
I think its a great idea, niece! But I doubt that'll happen next year.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:38 PM
Two projects Im pretty sure Fettermans involved in.
1. The relocation of Starliner and possibly restoring it to original specs like they did phoenix.

2. Little A-Merrik-An Comet.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 9:37 PM
What's with all these wooden coasters?! Everyone (see Scooby) knows that the people want Rocket Coasters! ;)

I'm really encouraged by this trend. I was saddened to see how few new wooden coasters were being built in the past few years.

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