Coaster in new Microsoft "Really" ad?

I think Windows Phone 7 is going to be a flop, but I think the "Really" ad that launched today is brilliant.

Where's the woodie in the picture? The woodsy background has me thinking Beast but I only went on it once a few years ago, so it's probably not that. I'm sure a dozen of you will know right away.

It's not the Beast. The wood is the wrong color and the turn off lift 2 is the opposite direction.

However, I'm not recognizing it. I don't think it's anything I've been on.

As a side note, the music is "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.

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LostKause's avatar

Maybe Dania Beach hurricane, or KG Twister?

The coaster segments are at :21 seconds and another at :30 seconds.

Funny commercial, by the way.

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Maybe it's Timberhawk since Microsoft is in Washington and perhaps the ad was shot there. As far as Win Fon 7, I think it's the best idea they've had in the mobile space.

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It isn't Timberhawk because the turn after the lift is different than the one in the ad:

Dania Beach Hurricane has a different turn off the lift as well:

It's not Twister:

Having said that, it's not a coast I recognize.

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Maybe it was made in No Limits 2! ;)

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I've got a Windows 6.5 Samsung Omnia II and if given the chance, would not switch to an Android or iPhone device.

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Gonna take a stab at it:

Hullámvasút - Vidampark, Budapest, Hungary

It looks like a match, but my clue was actually at 5ish seconds there's a girl staring at her phone and a tram goes past in the background. The tram looks an awful lot like the trams in Budapest, which are pretty unique looking.

The turning in the first clip matches, the unique side-rails match, the colors match, the tightly-spaced crossties of the track match, the trees in the background match (there's a big park in that direction)... I think we have a winner.

Not really sure what the logic was behind filming in Hungary, but I'm pretty sure that's it.

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We have a winner!

Now why in the world would Microsoft go to freaking Budapest for two seconds of background coaster footage?

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The ad has been around for a couple of weeks now, actually.

There is no chance that the phone will be a flop. I've been at the company for almost a year now, and aside from the dev tools (the part which I'm naturally most familiar with), the entire effort changes everything I thought I "knew" about Microsoft. Of course, I also now know that it's pretty stupid to generalize about a company this big that's in so many different businesses. This is finally the product that's not "me too."

The trick at this point is consumer mindshare, and while I think they should have started sooner on that, techies have been watching carefully for a long time, and generally seem to like what they see. Heck, the press has had the phones for a few months now. CNET was all about WP7 today.

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Jeff, I felt bad about the "flop" remark as soon as I hit the "Submit" button. I'll just say that it's going to be an uphill battle.

I'm glad that I wasn't the only one that couldn't place the coaster. Budapest. Really?

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Here's the thing to remember about the phone market: Consumers are super fickle. The analysts predicted Android would have no chance, and we see how that worked out. This isn't a zero-sum game at all... I think there's plenty of room for multiple players.

Wait until you play with one yourself... I think you'll be impressed. I was even in earlier versions, and I've been an iPhone carrying Apple nerd since the start.

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I decided against buying one just because of watching Ballmer act like a babbling idiot on TV today.

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Yeah, that's a totally rational reason.

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I remember people telling me to get ready for the Zune, it was going beat the iPod etc etc - and we all know how that turned out. I'm not sure if they even launched it in the UK in the end.

I don't see too many people parting with their iPhones - but there is probably a market for those who haven't ventured into the Smart Phone market.

I think Microsoft have a big battle on their hands and it'll be interesting to see the result.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

The Zune didn't receive the nearly universal praise from early hands-on experiences that WP7 is getting. I've yet to see a rational take on the device that was anything less than "wow, pretty impressive".

I'm pumped that WP7 is coming to Sprint. I'm not convinced I'm ready to jump off the Android ship, but I've got until April to be convinced. :)

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I was a Zune adopter and pretty sorry that I was. Being a software developer that uses the Microsoft stack I see very little chance that I won't eventually end up with one of these phones only because one of our clients will want a custom solution using these phones.

That said, I think it is going to take something very different than what the market is offering right now in order for Windows Phone to make it. They have the reputation of earlier Windows platform phones to work against as well as a strong market that is dominated by Android and iPhone. I wish them luck. A more diverse market is always a good thing.

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Is it true that you can't copy/paste on them? And no Silverlight in the web browser?

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Nothing to see here. Move along.

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One thing it doesn't have (yet) is turn-by-turn directions. That's something I think Android excels at with Google Maps. Works better than my in-car GPS. Although I imagine Microsoft will eventually implement something similar with Bing.

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