B&M Dive Machine at Cedar Point?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:52 PM

Hello everyone... no, I did not fall off the face of Earth! I haven't made a post here in years! But I came across something interesting today while browsing Cedar Point's Halloweekends page at https://www.cedarpoint.com/haunt that I wanted to share.

At the bottom of the page is a banner for this year's Halloweekends. On the right is Millennium Force's lift hill and 1st overbanked turn, but something quite interesting is on the left...

It's clearly a B&M dive machine coaster outline. It's pretty obvious from the lift, vertical drop, typical immelmen, and even a breakrun with another vertical drop similar to Griffon/Sheikra. The coaster looks almost like a mirror image of "Diving Coaster" at Happy Valley as seen here http://rcdb.com/4224.htm?p=0. You can even see the zigzagging steps to the breakrun and the support columns matchup perfectly with other dive coasters.

Cedar Fair doesn't own a single park with a B&M dive machine... so why is there one in this promo image? It would be a great addition to the Cedar Point lineup... and a good follow up to Gatekeeper. CP seems to get into "multiple-coaster-contracts" with companies; Corkscrew, Gemini, Iron Dragon, and Magnum all came from Arrow from 1976-1989... Raptor and Mantis came consecutively from B&M in 1994-1996... and of course Millennium, WT, TTD, and Maverick all are from Intamin from 2000-2007. With the last coaster being from B&M, I would expect there to be at least 1 or 2 more in the agreement.

Is CP sending a subtle clue? Or did CP's graphic designer just randomly pick a roller coaster for their banner? Will a B&M diver be flying over Frontier Town in 2015? I hope so...

-Twister

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:00 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

Is CP sending a subtle clue?

No.

Or did CP's graphic designer just randomly pick a roller coaster for their banner?

Yes. It's a fairly common practice.

Will a B&M diver be flying over Frontier Town in 2015?

No.


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:02 PM

Oh, I doubt that they're sending out subtle hints for 2015.

I randomly pulled up Carowinds / Scarowinds Halloween Haunt to check their banner, and guess what? I'm too lazy to check the rest, but I can only imagine.

Welcome back, though.

Last edited by RCMAC, Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:03 PM
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:23 PM

I stand corrected. Dorney Park's Haunt banner has the same coaster in it. Come on graphic designers... stop making me get all excited :)

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:30 PM
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Dorney IS getting a Dive machine. They just have to wait until it is being relocated out of Cedar Point. :-)


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:38 PM

Oh, that's ok, T-W-I-S-T-E-R.

You know since you've been gone there's been a hard and fast rule established here at CoasterBuzz, and that is that we are all required to check and re-check our facts before pos... post... post...ing... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I'm usually pretty good, but sorry, I just couldn't hold a straight face through that one...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:28 PM
Vater's avatar

Jiminy Christmas. It's a banner with generic coaster silhouettes. Why does everything have to be code for something new?

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:37 PM

That is funny they would use what appears to be a picture of Sheikra when Cedar Fair has plenty of their own impressive looking coasters the choose from. Of course 99% of the people visiting the web site won't notice/care.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:44 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

Not really. The designer was probably looking for a coaster that would look good and "coaster-ish" in silhouette while leaving space in the center for the various Halloweekends/Halloween Haunt etc. logos.


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:18 PM

Meh, Cedar Fair has more than 120 different roller coasters at their parks. Using an image of a roller coaster from another chain of parks that looks nothing like a ride at any of their parks on their web site is a little bit humorous to me.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:19 PM

They needed something with a Drop of Doooom... Muwhahahaha...

And Vater, please watch your spelling. It's Gee-ma-nee Christmas.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:38 PM
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Capitalize said:

Of course 99.9999% of the people visiting the web site won't notice/care.

FTFY


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:56 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Vater said:

Jiminy Christmas. It's a banner with generic coaster silhouettes. Why does everything have to be code for something new?

Because of all those silly, meaningless, poorly thought out 'games' that lazy PR people toss together leading up to announcements.

We've been trained...poorly.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:01 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

We go in the house?


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:31 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Not just in the house.

Right in the middle of the bed.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:37 PM
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Capitalize said:

Using an image of a roller coaster from another chain of parks that looks nothing like a ride at any of their parks on their web site is a little bit humorous to me.

Why? The point of the banner wasn't to promote a Cedar Fair park or coaster, the point was to promote Halloween events across the chain. The graphic chosen had the coaster elements while leaving space for the various park event logos front and center.


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:38 PM
bjames's avatar

Actually the silhouettes on both sides of the "halloweekend" lettering are identical copy-and-pastes. What's supposed to be wrong with that girl anyway?

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:39 PM

slithernoggin said:

Why? The point of the banner wasn't to promote a Cedar Fair park or coaster, the point was to promote Halloween events across the chain. The graphic chosen had the coaster elements while leaving space for the various park event logos front and center.

Why does it matter so much to you? Why does my reaction of "Hah, that ride isn't at Cedar Point or any Cedar Fair park; that's silly" require this much attention?

Its a web site promoting Cedar Fair parks. The ride isn't at a Cedar Fair park. They have hundreds of potential rides to choose from that actually exist at one of their parks; and they go with a ride at a Busch Gardens park. It's just that simple. To me its akin to when the park chains use the same stock video roll to advertise all of their parks/rides, but a step worse because the ride is not at any Cedar Fair park. Stuff like that amuses me in some small manner. Probably similar to inside jokes that Trekkies have? Whatever, too bad you don't agree that it's a little bit funny.

Last edited by Capitalize, Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:40 PM
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:45 PM
bjames's avatar

^You're at around 7. Given what you're arguing about, I'm going to have to ask you to go ahead and dial that down to about 1. If you could do that it would be great.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 11:57 PM
Vater's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:

We've been trained...poorly.

If by "we" you mean "enthusiasts who get off on following such nonsense," then yeah, I guess "we" have.

Winky n' stuff.

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