Has anyone else noticed foreign competition lately

Thursday, May 24, 2001 1:26 PM
Just look at all of all the new foreign coasters within the past few years. TA2k in Japan, AIR, Steel Dragon 2k, Collosious (My spell check isn't working right now), ect. I guess it's because of the coaster boom. And if you look at the list, you can see a lot of them are record breakers (Not just with height and speed records).

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Thursday, May 24, 2001 2:09 PM
I have noticed it to. Japan park is getting super competative.
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Thursday, May 24, 2001 3:07 PM
The coaster business has become very international. CP had its record breaking coaster built by the Swiss. The Japanese had their record breaker built by Californians.
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Thursday, May 24, 2001 8:03 PM
I would hesitate to call it "competition."

People in Albany aren't really deciding whether they should go to Fujiyami(?), Alton Towers or Great Escape. Their choice is pretty much made up for them.

Yes, though, there certainly has been a coaster boom in the rest of the world. (It just took a while for them to catch up =-). )

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Friday, May 25, 2001 1:54 AM
Good point kpjb. Still, parks like to have the title of the 'tallest coaster' in the world or whatever for marketing reasons.

I wish my country would catch up! You coasters are the biggest reason why I would want to move to the States.
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Friday, May 25, 2001 2:21 AM
See, its not competition, its the fact that America is a trend-setting nation. American liesure is very attractive to other countries. Whether it be music, movies or coasters, many countries want to experience american culture.
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Friday, May 25, 2001 11:53 AM
I agree with Taipan. Although only local parks really compete with each other, "World's xxx-est" is a lot more appealing than "One of the world's xxx-est" or "xxx-est coaster this side of the Pecos River and North of the Mason-Dixon Line"

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