Backyard roller coasters pop up around the US

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:16 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Some families are opting to skip the lines and the costs at amusement parks this summer in favor of building roller coasters right in their own backyards.

Watch the video from NBC Nightly News.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:55 PM

Dang. More credits that are impossible to get...

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 2:21 PM

But with much lighter nighttime security for those late night credit grabs.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 2:58 PM

I'm bag-checking and wanding everyone at my side gate.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 6:38 PM

Since Ravenphile is busy today, he asked me to fill in:

"THEATER!!!!!"

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 6:59 PM

There's probably a joke here about it being cheaper to build your own coaster than to visit the parks, but....meh.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 8:03 PM

They made that assertion in the video piece.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 8:37 PM

Well there you go then.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 8:40 PM

I'd rather spend my $500 on 2 years of platinum pass and meal plans than on a single crappy backyard coaster. But that's just me.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 8:41 PM

I'm betting my backyard gets a new coaster long before Michigan's Adventure does....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:18 PM

I'd make a joke about a Dragon Wagon, but I think we all know I'd prefer a Go Gator...

(Thank God it's finally football season).

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Sunday, August 28, 2016 12:07 AM

And I'm betting Dorney Park is getting your backyard coaster not long after you're done with it.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016 7:28 AM

I love this!!!! If nothing else, its good to see families spending time together. The kid's drawing of the roller coaster reminds me of. . . . .me :)

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Monday, August 29, 2016 8:20 AM

Go Intamin said:

I'd rather spend my $500 on 2 years of platinum pass...

The money isn't really the point. If everything was about money, people wouldn't build/restore cars. They'd just buy another car.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 9:44 PM

There's a recent interview with Paul here where he talks more about his design process. I find it fascinating how he heats sand in an oven then pours it into the PVC pipes to evenly heat them in order to bend them into the proper shape.

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