Dark ride and roller coaster hybrids all the rage

Posted Friday, October 17, 2014 10:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Ride makers have finally figured out how to combine two theme park staples that rarely go together: roller coasters and dark rides. A host of new combo attractions mashing up roller coaster thrills and dark ride storytelling opened this summer in the United States, Canada and Germany, with more iterations on the way.

Read more from The LA Times.

Friday, October 17, 2014 9:48 PM

Whatever... we did this in 1999!

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Friday, October 17, 2014 10:43 PM

Yeah. That's what I was thinking. Dark rides and roller coasters go together like peanut butter and chocolate, but not in the way that they are perfect for each other. They are like peanut butter and chocolate in that it is a great idea that has been done for many, many years.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:30 PM

Fire in the HOLE!

Someone should educate that journalist.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:06 PM

Scenic railways.... ;~P

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:18 AM

Gator wins.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:03 PM

Space Mountain, The Underground, LoCoSuMo, Like this is new? I think FOF might have revived the trend but like Gator said, Combo coasters have been around or a century

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 5:20 PM

But-But-But ride makers have finally figured out how to combine the two, just now. It's NEVER been done before. It's a brand new idea. This is the new millennium. Plus, there are new iterations on the way! (LOL...)

They should leave it up to us to write the news stories about roller coasters?

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, October 19, 2014 5:20 PM
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Monday, October 20, 2014 6:15 PM

They did acknowledge Fire in the Hole as an early coaster/ dark ride combo. Perhaps they edited it after the fact, would not be surprised.

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Monday, October 20, 2014 6:25 PM

It's just a poorly written article by a top newspaper.

"The newest generation of combo rides... employ mid-course brake runs". I can't think of any steel coasters out there without mid- course brakes. Nothing high tech about this.

Despite showing a picture for Laff Trak, article doesn't even mention the new funhoused themed indoor coaster. The ride looks pretty sweet, a spinning ride inside a funhouse with blacklight paint. Other pictures show outdoor coasters and a few non-coaster attractions. Just a article thrown together.

Also, no mention of Kennywood's Exterminator, which is a nicely themed indoor spinning coaster.

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Monday, October 20, 2014 6:52 PM

Or Maverick.

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