Six Flags installing all of their inverts in their parks definitely reduced cost with the Batman layout. On top of that, it's a popular ride.
Another case of reducing cost would be the addition of the two Tony Hawk spinning coasters at two SF parks. They used the same layout that was designed for Mall of America with the installation of Timberland Twister.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
I'm sure Crashmando is right that it would cost less to buy an off-the-shelf coaster because the plans can be stored on a computer hard drive. The only added cost I would imagine would be for site excavation and evaluation.
I don't have any first-hand knowledge, but it sure SEEMS likely you'd get a better deal by buying 3 Deja Vus all at once as opposed to negotiating on three separate ocasions...of course, you'll need those savings later on to keep extra mechanics on staff, so that particular example might turn out to be a wash... ;)
You have to understand that at the time that no one thought it would work, including coaster enthusiasts. I can only imagine that the lines were probably huge for this ride in its infancy. Time Warner, then the owners of Six Flags, probably saw the success of the ride and ordered many more over the years.
You can probably also imagine how revolutionary this ride would've have looked back in the day. You don't have to be a very smart business person to figure out that the unique design of the ride would look fresh in any park you added it to, therefore, repeating the attendance upswing.
The SLCs basically are the same story. You've got a train that hangs beneath the track instead of riding on top it and there you go. I don't know if the price is any lower than a B&M, but if it is, that would be a reason to go with the Vekoma SLCs.
It also put many parks on the map, so to speak. For example, my homepark SFA when it was Wild World added Mind Eraser in 1995. Previous to M.E., they only had Wild One. Throwing in a major steel coaster like an SLC looked impressive in the television commercials, and got the park plenty of publicity. It was a smart smove for the then fledgling park.
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Anyone on the west coast did Xcelerator operate reliably the first year of operation? Its been so long I forget.
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