A Coaster's Future: Who Decides?

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 1:26 AM
Hi all,

In one of my recent threads, I asked all of you 'which rides were past their sell by date'. I very much enjoyed reading everyone's comments; thanks to all those who contributed.

What did emerge from that thread is that few coasters seem to be universally approved or disapproved of; many tend to attract varied reviews and some even completely polarise opinions.

However, who exactly decides when a coaster should be replaced and what is the decision based on? One would speculate that the answer is something along the lines of a) the parks and b) based on some kind of profit/overhead equation. However, there are obviously other factors at play and, clearly, the parks don't always get it right.

Are we, as coaster enthusiasts, helping? I heard numerous critics of those who spoke out against certain rides in the last post. Aren't these opinions to be valued just as much as those that praise the ride in providing a balanced view of a ride's popularity?

I've never been approached by any park and asked for my opinion on a specific ride. Does anyone know if parks do this kind of research (at an official level) and if so, to what extent are the results of such research implemented?

Best wishes
*** This post was edited by BeyondOblivion 8/12/2003 5:28:33 AM ***

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 1:53 AM
I would guess it would have to do with a few things,

1) how the rides aged condition is it worth rebuilding or refurbishing, is the maint to involved or getting to involved.

2)parks future plans what direction they want to go

3)ride popularity

4) and room, if a park needs room to build something better.

I'm sure these are some of the questions parks ask themselves along with others, I would also say it would depend on the park.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:43 AM
Usually several directors will get together to discuss a ride's future. The park prez, the director of operations/rides, and the director of maintenance will put their heads together and come up with a plan. They will look at staffing costs, maintenance costs, and probably put those in a regression formula to see how much it will cost in coming years.

Of course, there are many more factors that go into the decision to keep or remove a ride (such as "popularity"), and those go into the decision too.

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