definatly not..... look at holiday world, KBF, rat world, and IOA. those parks dont have hypers and they do a heck of a business. it's all about the market and targets the parks go after. hypers are a great draw. they give name recognition and publicity, but a great park doesnt need them. i'd take the Legend over any hyper, any day.
------------- 1 SRM 2001 t-shirt, $12; 1 used Gerstlauer lapbar, $50; Getting bruised kidkeys from the Legend, Priceless
I don't think a park needs a hypercoaster per se, but it can't hurt either. Would have I made the 9 1/2 hour trip to CP if they didn't have MF and Magnum. No way in hell. But I do realize that plenty of parks are surving without a hypercoaster.
I think the trend right now is to add a Hyper coaster as it is the most popular coaster type being added to parks. It isn't a necessity to survive but it is a big plus. I think Hyper's are following the same path that the Inverted coaster did. It has taking a bit longer to realize that Hyper's are the bomb.
I just got back from riding X-Flight for the first time, and the answer is NO! X-Flight is definately one of the best coasters I have ever ridden, it goes to show that you can do a lot with a coaster that does not have a tall hill.