Beyond that, look at what the marketplace offers in terms of the many manufacturers out there, and look at what the market demands are. There aren't exactly a ton of new coasters going in this year. Arrow can't build anything if someone doesn't buy from them.
I like Arrow, but as Jeff said, they're gonna do good with parts alone...
Jeff-cheaper, perhaps? I don't know prices on either company, just a though. I'd love to see GG do something new soon, but are they pursuing some major contracts even? I know they've been doing some consulting and re-vamping/tracking/profiling of coasters, though.
And while I personally would LOVE to see more TA2K models (and of course more 4-Ds), the one Arrow Dynamics ride that there needs to be a lot more of.....you got it, MINE RIDES...
And even though there are other ways to launch coasters, I've yet to feel the pounding RUSH of Hypersonic's air-launch on any other coaster. (Course, I gotta get to CP this year to check out Dragster)...;)
the less than gee-whiz reaction to the one in Washington.
I think Enchanted Village got exactly what they wanted---a family-friendly coaster that looks great but doesn't scare off too much of the current (mostly waterpark) crowd. Given their other coasters are a standard corkscrew and one of the worst mice on the planet, it's still a step up.
Tekno, Gravity Group has been hired to build a new coaster for Big Chief's in 2005.
True, forgot about that one, thanks vator. I too would like to see Arrow do more, and obviously, GG speaks for itself as a top notch company. But right now, it just dosen't seem as if companies are looking for "The next big thing" with a few exceptions. Most parks are looking to get some more traditional and/or family type rides.
Oh, and Vator, love the sig, guess nitro dave was refering to me. What post was that in?
As for the Washington coaster, I'll just second what Moosh has been saying for over a year now-S&S delivered what Six Flags wanted- a solid, well-built family coaster. You can't fault them for giving the customer exactly what they asked for.
Back to the Arrow side of things, I just can't WAIT for Stan to call up the Sally folks in Jax and develop the "interactive mine ride"....I'd put up with all those Bulldog fans in Jacksonville for a chance to work on THAT project.....*drool*...:)
CCI's first coaster was the Sky Princess, followed by Zach's Zoomer.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Most parks are looking to get some more traditional and/or family type rides.
Families spend money (tm).
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