It was best said by a guy on one of those recent coaster shows, "The only limit to the height which coasters can be built is what people are willing to ride." He failed to mention the money involved though... Money aside, I think we've only seen the beginning... ------------- -Dave Rutherford, who is drooling at the thought of an ultra coaster... *If things seem under control, you're just not going fast enough*
We will definately be over 400 ft and around 100 mph. S and S has already said their goal is to build a Thrust Air 400 ft high that goes 100 mph. They apparantly are ready to do it now. They just need a park that wants to make the investment. So I think that a Thrust Air of this size WILL be built in the next 10 years. Possibly the next 5 years.
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S&S has a ride that will launch you 0-100 mph in just over 2 sec. go up a 90 degree tower crest the tower at 350 ft. and drop 90 back down just like in the prototype. They are just waiting for a park in invest
I would expect Knott's to get into the giga or near giga market within a few years. We're going to see a bunch of copycats after the mad $$ Millennium Force brought in, and what the public thinks about it. I think we'll see 400 ft., or at least a 400 ft. shuttle coaster of some sort, maybe not complete circuit, but who knows, I never expected a 300 footer either.
I remember someone saying that they thought that the coaster wars would die down after 2000...and I really am not seeing that at all. If anything they are heating up. MM lays the smack down, and the other guys will NOT go quietly.
I think that the big parks will get better than the small ones. In Gurnee where SFGA they have a height variance so I doubt SFGA could build a 400 foot roller coaster. As parks like Cedar Point and MM get 450 foot rides, parks in tough towns will be left behind. In 10 years I think there will be a 500 foot roller coaster. ------------- See you in 2001 for twice the fun (hint, hint)
As high as our human respiratory system will allow us to breathe normally. And as high as the supports are willing to hold. Does anyone think that we will see a roller coaster as the world's tallest structure? I don't think so, but they could rival skyscrapers (Some already do).
Lynch, from the 20's to the 80's, we say about a 50 foot increase. From 1990 to 2000, about 100 feet. Who's to say that rumor about the Stratosphere coaster isn't true? I think S&S could do some interesting things with a TA2K format around that tower.
I'm certainly not saying it won't happen. I mean, really, who am I to judge? It's just my opinion I don't think it'll happen. Not within the next 10 years, anyway.
Do you have any idea how high S&S can take that? We know at least 300 feet, since they do Space Shots/Turbo Drops that high. We know Intamin said they can take their elevator lift system up to 750', so I'd imagine they could also work out a support structure to go that high as well.
We have to remember that height may be unlimited, but the cost is not. Millenium Force cost $25 million and Steel Dragon cost $50 million. I don't think too many parks can absorb that. Heck, Cedar Point has no new rides for 2001 because of the cost of MF. We may have come to a climax with full-circuit coasters.
Well, I was looking at Thrillride.com's ride review of Power Tower, and I found this at the bottom... "And now to address the inevitable question: how much taller can these things get? According to S & S Sports Power engineers, the Space Shot towers are within shouting distance of their maximum height, about 300 feet. But the Turbo Drop towers... well, those suckers are another story entirely. Turbo Drops - are you ready for this? - have no upper limit. If you've got the substantial financial resources to do so (and your local zoning laws don't forbid it) you can have S & S Sports Power deliver a custom-designed Turbo Drop that stands 400 feet, 500 feet, 1,000 feet... or taller. The very idea of a 1,000-foot-tall Turbo Drop... I have to go lay down for a minute..." Any takers? :) ------------- -Dave Rutherford *If things seem under control, you're just not going fast enough*
Skeebar, I was just about to mention that. I believe that we won't see 400 ft. coasters for a long time, but we will see some tall monsters that aren't coasters. Especially turbo drops, Intamin Giant Drops, and whatever else designers some up with. I can see freefall rides going 400 ft. in 5-10 years.