Sunday, November 19, 2000 5:57 AM
most larger parks have been building major attractions about 2 for three years. (I think) Can anyone take enough profit in to keep this blistering pace. I see the lighthouse point project as great for cp, because they will have a source of greater revenue to invest in their top draws, the coasters. It all comes down to money, and something has to give. In my opinion, the building of coasters has already started to slow, as parks establish themselves. Now parks are a business, they dont just want to make us happy, its all about the $$$
Sunday, November 19, 2000 7:49 AM
They've always been a business. They're not just ding it for the fun of it.
Sunday, November 19, 2000 9:41 AM
Check your history,folks. Amusement parks as we know them have always been for profit. The first trolly parks were built to (A) increase ridership on weekends and evenings and (B) to use surplus power. They paid a flat rate for their power regardless of how much they actually used. Just another way to maximize resources. Even in the early years of the business, if a park didn't make a profit it was gone. The business of fun is a very serious business indeed.
Sunday, November 19, 2000 12:08 PM
Building hasn't slowed. Every manufacturer I talked to at IAAPA flat out said that it's mostly a two-year cycle, and many parks are on the same cycle for competitive reasons. 2001 might seem slow, but I think 2002 will be another record year.
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Sunday, November 19, 2000 12:18 PM
...and most parks say "Hey, I built a roller coaster in 2000". My opinion is that the parks wanted to kick off the new millennium(not really the millennium, but the general public thinks that)by adding a new coaster. I also agree about the two year cycle idea.
And the winner for the 1996 election is Bob Dole!(SNL 11/11/00)
Monday, November 20, 2000 7:40 AM
I agree with iluvcp I think most of the parks spent the big bucks to go out and say that they built a coaster for 2000. 2001, will be a season for the parks to build up their funds for 2002 or 2003.
You build it, I'll ride it