Ride of Steel said:
Maybe it's just a Cedar Fair thing to run multiple trains regardless of crowds...it doesn't really cost them anything more and more laps=happier people
That's where you'd be mistaken on two counts.
1) It does cost. The second train cost money to purchase and the extra runs cost the track and the trains wear and tear. Why would they do that so you could walk on instead of waiting a measly 10 minutes?
2) CF parks run single trains. On the average day @ VF (a park with comparable attendance to HW) you'll see single trains on all of the coasters except WT and the mouse. Additional trains are only added when the crowds warrant that. In fact, you'll even see single trains on WT if it's quiet enough.
*** Edited 7/19/2005 3:02:00 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
Not every coaster has to be a huge, monster of a coaster. Different people like different things....
Everyone loves a good coaster! The good thing about this hobby is though that everyones deffinition is different and the ones that most agree on get the favorites in a fair poll not based on attendance of parks.
Raven gets #1 in many polls basically because NOBODY says it's boring, rough or overhyped.
It's a good coaster that everyone can enjoy and even the thrillseeker gets THRILLS on.
That fifth drop at night in pure darkness is one of the most thrilling experiences in coasterdom followed by the insane dash through the woods. Short,Insane, Fun. Lets do it again and again and again. DARN, I gotta get down to Legend and then it's like Deja Vu all over again in saying I GOT TO GET UP TO RAVEN.
If its a blast, who cares whats best?
I *do* think that parks in general might want to revisit their policies re: when to add a second train. Maybe 15-20 years ago people didn't mind a wait of a 1/2 hour...now, if the line hits 20 minutes, it's time to add another train whenever possible. (If needed, go ahead and raise the admission to offset the increased cost....but DO it!)
Also, I think HW is expecting further expansion and *large* increases in attendance...otherwise, Voyage would be built with only two trains... ;)
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