Boston globe article about B:DK

Saturday, April 20, 2002 9:36 AM

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/110/living/Fasten_your_Bat_belts+.shtml

Great article which actually has some excerpts from a interview with Walter Bolliger explaining the design process. There is also a mentioning of the Markey issue of safety(What's a roller coaster article without examining the dangerous side of them:) ) There are some excellent phots of the ride on media day in the article but not in the internet version. Well written article especially the description of B&M being the Mercedes of roller coasters, I am sure some enthusiast told the writer that one;)

Cannot wait to ride this beemer in a few days. Cannot go tomorrow since I have to watch my C's destroy the sixers in game 1.

Interesting fun fact in the article was that B:DK cost SFNE 9.5 million dollars. Pretty cheap I would say.

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 9:53 AM
Very cheap! A new SLC costs more! Heck, a new boomerang almost costs that much!

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- Peabody

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 10:48 AM
B:TDK is rather inexpensive at only 9.5 million I was expecting it to be more in the 15 to 20 million price range,I definitely can see a possible clone of this ride in SFA's coaster roster in the near future due to the cost and small amount of space it takes up.Who knows it may just be the next B:TR.
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Saturday, April 20, 2002 2:03 PM
Yeah, this article is worth framing, espcialy with the gigantic photo of the floorless trains filled with people zooming over the front page of Section D. Also, that juicy picture of the turn thru the loop makes my mouth water. It is just so beautiful, note to the landscaper:great choice with those gazing balls, they really bring out the rides colors. IF any of you could see B:DK, you would definetly fall in love with the colors at first sight.

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Top 5 Steels-------------Top 5 Woodies
1.Steel Dragon 2000------1.Boulder Dash
2.S:RoS(SFNE)-----------2.Roar@SFMW
3.Medusa WEST----------3.White Cyclone
4.Fujiyama---------------4.Regina
5.Pyrenees---------------5.Excalibur@Funtown

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 2:31 PM
A lot of people overestimate how much coasters actually cost. MF cost 20 million and that was considered very expensive.

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Excalibur Crew for 2002!

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 2:56 PM
20 million is nothing compared to 50 million for Steel Dragon:2000, the largest price tag on a coaster to date.

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Top 5 Steels-------------Top 5 Woodies
1.Steel Dragon 2000------1.Boulder Dash
2.S:RoS(SFNE)-----------2.Roar@SFMW
3.Medusa WEST----------3.White Cyclone
4.Fujiyama---------------4.Regina
5.Pyrenees---------------5.Excalibur@Funtown

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 2:58 PM
Vertigo, FYI - Jeff doesn't allow sigs longer than 3 lines....check the TOS. So many people have tried to put their top 20 in their sig, and no one really cares anyway.

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- Peabody

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 3:45 PM

I thought MF was $25 million? Regardless, the thing that surprises me the most is that someone from Six Flags told the reporter how much the ride cost to build... which goes against company policy.

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Jes
Jes's Roller Coasters DJ Jes MCS
"Thank You Jeff Putz"

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 4:05 PM
Someone from B&M's crew gave us all the details about the ride not Six Flags.

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Top 5 Steels-------------Top 5 Woodies
1.Steel Dragon 2000------1.Boulder Dash
2.S:RoS(SFNE)-----------2.Roar@SFMW
3.Medusa WEST----------3.White Cyclone
4.Fujiyama---------------4.Regina
5.Pyrenees---------------5.Excalibur@Funtown

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Saturday, April 20, 2002 4:53 PM
I have noticed that a lot of enthusiasts seem to exaggerate the prices of coasters since a lot of people compare coaster lengths and types even though the company can be completely different. For example, some thought that the price of MF and Steel Dragon 2000 were comparable. Obviously, this is not true but people assumed they would be the same price since they are bpoth of relatively the same height, which completely ignores more important factors such as the manufacter, coaster design (lots of supports, etc.) and also the technology applied to the ride. A innovative revolutionary coaster will cost more due to R&D, complicted computer systems, all sort of things.

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Best Fortune ever!!

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