A brief history of the business of building roller coasters

Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:40 AM | Contributed by Draegs

Perhaps no other creation in history has navigated the divide between terror and unadulterated joy as skillfully as the roller coaster. How did these feats of engineering become so popular, and who are the people behind them?

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:47 AM

"A good roller coaster is better than sex."

I don't know about that... But at this stage in my life I'd be willing to bet my coaster rides happen with more frequency...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:04 AM

It's much easier to marathon on a roller coaster, at least.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:12 AM

"Brief" ???

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:19 PM

Sadly, my wife doesn't take FastPass.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:58 PM

Yes, but mine allows re-rides.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:17 AM

Do you have to poach?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:08 PM

I'm tired of waiting outside the bedroom only to have rich uppity types who pay more cut in front of me.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:10 PM

Tommytheduck said:

I'm tired of waiting outside the bedroom only to have rich uppity types who pay more cut in front of me.

Then maybe you need to tell your wife to quit accepting FastPass.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:58 PM

Well, Fastpass wouldn't be necessary if capacity was highe...nevermind.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:10 AM

First contribution I make in years and it degrades into a thread on who can come up with the best sexual puns. Seems about right.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:16 AM

You win?

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:40 PM

These aren't puns, they're cold, hard facts.
And it didn't actually degrade, I believe it started with the very first post. :-)

But I enjoyed reading the article, even though most of it was info I already knew, as I've been around a loooong time. I wasn't a coaster enthusiast with Catherine the Great, mind you, but right after that.

So Kate the Great had the first ride relocation/retheme/rename program? That was a new one, even on me!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:58 PM

But did she count it as a new credit?

Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:03 PM

Only if you change positions.

Wait, are we still talking about sex?


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