The term "Junior Hyper". Having a problem with that. How can anything 150 feet or so tall be a "Junior" anything. Okay... a hyper is 200 feet, so that makes this a "Junior". I guess my question is why then consider this thing a "hyper" at all. Why not just admit that it is simply a "steel coaster"... no record breaker, no hyper, no nothing... just a steel coaster.
I guess the question is, who has labeled this a "Junior Hyper." The park? Or coaster "enthusiasts". If it was the park, then it smells like a marketing ploy. If it was "enthusiasts", it sounds like just another term to throw around that means relatively little.
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Let's all refer to the name 'Megacoaster'. Or at least, that's what Intamin does. Anyway...this coaster's gonna rock! And to imagine that its only 40 miles from where I live...yummie!!! ----------------- All hail the King!
If some like to refer to a 150 foot coaster as a "junior" hyper, what is to stop some from refering to a kiddie coaster as a "tiny baby hyper" or something just as crazy. Point is, how come all of a sudden a 150 foot coaster is considered a "Junior" anything? Can't a coaster simply be a coaster? To be even more rediculous, why not just throw out the name "hyper" and call what we now call a hyper a "Junior Giga".
As Shakespear said, "A coaster by any other name..."
It has to be called the "junior hyper" because human nature makes us want to categorize and label everything. It's the same reason we ask someone what they do or where they live as soon as we meet them - so we can apply the stereotypes associated with that job or city and "know" them better. Labeling a ride a "junior hyper" puts it into a category in our minds, instead of letting it float around, untethered.
That's my quasi-sociological take, anyway. ;)
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Here. I'm going to try and make everybody happy. Lets call a hyper/mega coaster a steel coaster with no inversions, containing excess height, speed and airtime. In my mind that is what a hyper is. Doesn't have to be 200 feet tall. Therefore I would refer to a 150 foot hypercoaster like Goliath and Steel Eel at Sea World Texas, moderate sized hypers. Most likely the only thing moderate about this ride is going to be the overall size. It is still going to be a fairly intense ride with great speed and airtime. This is just my opinion and speculation on the subject. Hey, if you think about it, under critical qualifications, Magnum XL-200 is not a hyper, it is only 194 feet high! ----------------- Gravity is your friend!