Coaster directions

Sunday, April 28, 2002 4:06 PM
At SFGAm all the coasters lift hills point north and south except for American Eagle and shockwave which face west. Is this just a way of planning rides so sun doesn't get into the riders eyes while going up the lift, and if GAm continues with this ride placement will this give us ideas on where the next coaster will be?

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Monday, April 29, 2002 8:03 PM

I think placement has more to do with the location of the ride.

At CP they point north, south, east and west.

SFMM's rides also point every direction except west....onl Log Jammer does and its a water ride.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 8:18 PM

Hmm at CP lets see.

Mean Streak- East

ID- East

Maggie-East

Raptor - East

Blue Streak - South

Gemeni - South

Corkscrew - South

Millie - North

DT - North

Mantis - North

Wildcat - North

CCMR - South

No ryhme nor reason but actually none of them point west, thats weird.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 4:01 AM
could be a coincidence.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 6:34 AM

...and here I was thinking lifthills always pointed UP...;).

It could be (*WAG time*) that they don't want you getting blinded by the sun just as you're beginning the ride.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 6:48 AM

rollergator said:

...and here I was thinking lifthills always pointed UP....

It could be (*WAG time*) that they don't want you getting blinded by the sun just as you're beginning the ride.

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You can't spell S:UF without UF....Go Gators! Let the pretzel loop tie you in knots...



You mean like X-Flight where you are absolutely blinded by the sun on the lift?

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 8:26 AM

Its funny someone mentioned lift hill direction... when I design in RCT, I lay out the park and coasters so the hills go every which way. Lift hills all going in one direction is kind of boring, it looks interesting when they're all heading off in different directions.

However, go to Wildwood and you'll see that pretty much every lift hill heads east (towards the ocean) or away from the ocean (west). I'm sure that, when Coney Island NY had tons of coasters, they all had lift hills aiming at the ocean, either because of space constraints or because it looks so cool to look out over the water when you're climbing the hill.

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