Bobsled Coasters

Thursday, November 30, 2000 4:23 PM
Hi, I am new!
I just wanted to know why more parks do not build these rides anymore. If you ask me, the provide a unique experience and are a lot of fun. Is the cost of building one too high? Do they not work out in the long run? I have seen the pictures of the two new ones being built over in Europe for the 2001 season and they look great. Parc Astrix is getting one as well as another park I cannot remember off hand. Give me your opinions on these rides. Thankx.
Thursday, November 30, 2000 6:38 PM
The only bobsled coaster I've been on is Disaster Transport at CP. IMO it is really sweet but has bad themeing and is way to short. I think one of the reasons not many of them were built is because leaves, water, dirt,etc. would fill the track it runs in. That would be a whole bunch of work to clean every day. The only way to prevent that would be to build inside, and building inside means more money.

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Thursday, November 30, 2000 6:41 PM
I think they are a 'swell' ride. BUT, they are not repeat rides. People do it once, then head to something else. Ex: Magnum at CP is a repeat ride. Disaster Transport is not. Both are good, but well you know the comparison. I think if they ever could build a really good replica of the Turns from Coney Island on a wooden trough with an out of control feeling from the trains, you may have a winner. I have been on several, and the reaction of the exiting rides is the same. Rather shame, cause the Mack example at PKD is really good. *** This post was edited by Agent Johnson on 11/30/2000. ***
Thursday, November 30, 2000 7:14 PM
I was just about to say, Mack's bobsled at PKD was very cool, even though the seats are kinda wacky. The problem to me is that none of them seem to go all that fast.

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Thursday, November 30, 2000 7:15 PM
Thee Flying Turns at Euclid Beach in Cleveland, Ohio recieved fabulous reviews during its days. Unfortunately the park has since been razed after it closed in 1969.

But i have to wonder how those woodie bobsled-type rides from yesteryear would stand up to today's thrill-seeker... I still wish some were still around.
Thursday, November 30, 2000 9:00 PM
Well, one of our maintenence guys worked on the one at Coney Island way many years back. He has rode the new ones, gives them 'one middle finger', and one 'thumbs down'. What can you do?
Friday, December 1, 2000 6:15 AM
He doesn't like the new ones or the old ones?
Friday, December 1, 2000 10:31 AM
I was a very small child when I rode the Euclid Beach Flying Turns, but it was one of the most thrilling coaster rides I was ever on. Maybe my age made it seem more thrilling then compared to how it would be now, but I remember the action being relentless. Nothing but nonstop swooping up the turns and rapid direction changes. It felt totally our to control, like it would crash any minute. Modern bobsled rides can't hold a candle to it.
Friday, December 1, 2000 7:57 PM
meangene, he prefers the old ones. The ran great, just had to keep the trough clear of loose objects, water, etc. I believe this guy is the only man left inthe industry that can even desribe them in detail.

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