Also another thing--Is it a law or something that floorless coasters have to have interlocking corkscrews? Just something I noticed.
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Stand Up's were just a passing phase IMO and I doubt we will see any more anytime soon but ya never know. The way they age compared to other Beemer's seems to be quite different.
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Personally I think B&M's best non inverted modle is WAY UNDER utilized. The standard sit down looper like Kumba, Hulk and Wildfire. When used in combination with terrain, These are my favorite non inverted type of B&M's
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The drops are amazing on both of those floorless coasters in the back and the foot chopper effect of the track is amazing in the front. The huge loops are amazing, the overbanked turn on B:KF is great and the Zero G on Medusa is splendid. Teh interlocking corkscrews are somethign you dont find on iverts except for the new for 2003 Nemesis Inferno.
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I'm sure B&M have other tricks up their sleeve. They have to in order to remain competitive.
It's funny. 2-3 years ago I couldn't have thought of what else they could do with coasters. Now we have flying and 4-D coasters, and I still wonder what else will coaster companies come up with?
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I think the more relevant question is, why do floorless coasters follow the same layout pattern or sequence. Well the answer has always been pretty simple to me. Neither B&M nor the park adding the ride is assuming the average park goer will ride more than one or two floorless coasters in their *lifetime*.
What, your going to pay for the extra r&d just so a few travelin' nuts won't run into the same ride twice? If it ain't broke, what the heck are they fixing?
While i like B&M inverts, stand ups, and hypers about a thousand times better than any floorless i've been on, I don't own a park. And of course, aside from Cedar Point and perhaps Holiday World, no park with the funds to build a B&M caters to the needs of enthusiasts. A park can build a floorless for a few mil less, come up with some ridiculous advertising claiming things that most enthusiasts know to be untrue, and the GP will still go. It bothers me too, but there's nothing really to be done about it. It's like fans of independent film or music will always feel like the "underdogs," because of the corporate influence over music. Unless someone drastically alters the public's opinion that music is something that should be shared universally, not owned like property, nothing can be done about it. And of course, i'm sure anyone who suggests that would be labeled a commie pinko anyways.
Ok, got a little off topic there, but it's a good metaphor, and the way i think of coasters. If you want to ride what you like, the only way to do it is to travel, and travel a lot. At least, as Americans, we are free to do that, and for that i am greatful. =)
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The Medusa over here (SFMW) doesn't have interlocking corkscrews. It's also one of two floorlesses that has a straight drop. I think it may be the only floor without interlocking corkscrews so far.
Kraken at Sea World Orlando doesn't have interlocking corkscrews. It has a vertical loop and then a corkscrew when you exit the tunnel.
That's not to say that parks still don't want inverted or sitdown coasters. I'm still hoping that we'll see more B&M sitdowns here in the states, hyper and looping. Who knows though? We'll see how things shape up in the next few years. Stan Checketts alone is enough to come up with some VERY interesting ideas... ;)
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