Front row view during the tilt part has got to be slightly unnerving. Wonder how fast it transitions from horizontal to vertical. During the tilt the front of train probably feels like the floor dropped out from under them while the back get the sensation of being catapulted. Hope a US/Canada park gets one of this in the next few years.
Once again... although the coaster looks nice... overall, it just doesn't impress me. All this is currently, is a single gimmick.
Why? The track length is very short, being only 568 meters which translates into roughly 2000 (very roughly, mind you) feet of track. That's very short for a coaster. Also, it only contains a single loop. Personally... I'd be slightly disappointed if it opened up in my home park.
I'm glad the USA doesn't get all these new experimental coasters when they first open such as the 'tilt' coaster and the 'vertical drop' coaster, because they currently are nothing more than a single new element gimmick.
In a few years, it should evolve into something great... no doubt about that! It'll just take some time & careful planning.
As X-Flight has evolved slightly from it's loading procedure on Stealth, and the next Thrust Air 2k, will show... it takes time for these coasters to reach their maximum potential, and I will be willing to wait!
So many people are complaining about Vekoma's Tilt Coaster already. It's a new concept.. give it time. Personally, it looks really great to me. I'm up for anything new.. and that transition from horizontal to vertical will definitely be unnerving!
You know, you guys are getting harder and harder to please. Think of the engineering that went in to this coaster. This is going to be one fun ride. If you don't want to go on it because it only has one loop, or its to short, then stand aside. Let the rest of us coaster nuts get in line and don't *****.
Remember how much it costs to design on of these things. The first one is expensive because of all the initial design work. After that they get cheaper to build. Everyone should be thanking Yamay Resort for making this coaster a reality, not something that stays on a drawing board (sorry dating myself), or never gets out of prototype stage.
This is just the first step in something to scare the crap out of all of us. Remember the picture from a year ago about one of these at SFMM? Lets hope we get some of these new wonderful creations in the US soon.
First everyone was saying "this will NEVER get built," "it looks too dangerous" "There is no way any park would want one," So now it is a reality and the coaster is bashed before it is even complete.
Face it folks, ANY NEW CONCEPT can be looked at 2 different ways, either as a gimmick (negative connotation), OR as an innovation! (positave connotation) I choose to say this is an innovation, and would love to see this comming to Knott's!
The whole point of this ride is the tilt itself, followed by the vertical drop. The rest of the coaster is just gravy after that.
BTW Jeff, what was that #1 Coaster Commandment? "Thou shall not hate a coaster before it is built." or something to that effect?
I'd only condemn a ride in proto for one reason, and that reason can apply to this design. Safety. Just looking at the tilt arm gives me serious reservations about riding the thing. I know I wouldn't want a brake failure while on it.
I think this ride is a revolutionary in how it is the only rollercoaster that i know of where the track also moves along with the train cars. I think we will see other rides where the trains and the track moves along the entire length of the ride. It is just too bad that Vekoma is developing it as how the one prototype will be cloned unrelentlessly, and thus not maximized to its full potential. It is too bad the train has to stop moving for the track to move.
*** This post was edited by Bob Dole on 3/22/2001. ***
all you haters, don't you think they have taken safety into consideration? this is a multi-million dollar project! Geez! They wouldn't build it if it wasn't safe. you know they have to test these things. also, I am having the same problem as Brian.
I doubt the ride would ever be built if there was a safety issue, one that can be foreseen anyway. I think it would be kinda cool to ride one of these, but it wouldn't be my first choice for my homepark. It does look rather small doesn't it, about 125ft I would guess. I guess vertical drops are the new thing now. Keep it coming!
*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 3/22/2001. ***
Even though the coaster has to be safe, just the fact that the only thing holding the car as it tilts is a brake is a little unnerving to me. I guess you guys have never played RCT. Brakes fail! Then what? Oh wait we have a different type of thrill ride! I just hope that all aspects of safety have been covered. I know for one, this coaster would have a hard time being built in Missouri where the safety restrictions have rose since the OExpress incidident.
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