Thursday, January 11, 2001 4:32 PM
Since the giga- coaster has came out, my question is will hyper-coasters be none existant in let's say 10-15 years??? I know this sounds dumb but just to make conversation.
Talon is going to rock, roll, and take its toll!
Thursday, January 11, 2001 4:56 PM
I don't think so. Not every park can afford to build a multi-million dollar giga coaster like Millennium Force or Steel Dragon 2000. Hyper coasters, while still expensive, aren't nearly as expensive as a giga coaster, and they provide the same if not a better thrill in some people's opinion.

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Thursday, January 11, 2001 4:58 PM
No because not all parks can afford Giga coasters Mf cost 25 Mil, SD2k cost nearly 50 Mil, some parks zoning laws won't allow giga's and others don't have the room for one,I think we will shortly start to see hyper loopers, until recently all hypers have not had inversions, but i think we will see some hypers that have loops soon.

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Thursday, January 11, 2001 5:50 PM
You also have to look at this. Parks still make 100 ft coasters, and how long has it been since the first coaster passed 100ft

Number 1 And Only Cedar Point
Thursday, January 11, 2001 6:48 PM
As long as the coaster can thrill people and keep them coming back for more, there really is no reason that it has to be 300ft. Alot of 100ft coasters still pack a punch. But in all honesty, the hyper coaster will be the mainstay for a long time. 300ft coasters are going to be few and far between do to cost and restrictions.

Thursday, January 11, 2001 7:17 PM
Hypers will still be around a long time because not all parks will be allowed to go over 200ft. So those parks will probably go with 200 ft coasters and not 300. I'm still waiting for Florida to join the Hyper club much less the Giga club.
Thursday, January 11, 2001 7:25 PM
My opinion is I think Hypers will die out.
Enthusiasts will seek bigger, faster and different types of coasters in the future.
I don't think it will be in a park's interest to build a coaster that isnt bigger and faster then ones that are presently out there.
Its all about competition and to attract more guests and make more money!

Coaster Chic
Friday, January 12, 2001 3:46 AM
Jeff's avatar

CoasterChic said:
"My opinion is I think Hypers will die out.
Enthusiasts will seek bigger, faster and different types of coasters in the future."

Why? Will the 99% of park goers who are not enthusiasts stop riding 200-footers? Standing in line for Apollo's Chariot, people couldn't believe how tall the thing was.

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Friday, January 12, 2001 4:23 AM
john peck's avatar No. Hypers will indeed not die out. People will not stop riding or buying coasters that are 200 feet just because its not the tallest.
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Friday, January 12, 2001 9:15 AM
Hypers die out? They are just getting started!

They have only been around a little more than 10 years. A hyper coaster is still a very big deal. With all of the coasters in Ohio only three are hyper or higher, right? When Superman the Escape at SFMM (please no coaster or not debate on this one) opened up at 400 feet did that stop the 100 - 150 or 150 - to 200 foot coasters from being built?

Are there any plans to build another Giga anywhere in the world at this moment? Not that I am aware of.

SFO's new coaster is only 115 feet high and yet it is getting some attention since it is only the second of its kind.

There is no question that over time we have redefined upward, our expectations of coaster height. Wasn't Gemini (at Cedar Point) the tallest (125 lift, 118 drop) coaster at the time of its opening in 1978? But we have not yet come to the point that 200+ feet is a big yawn.
Friday, January 12, 2001 12:08 PM
I think woodies will die out. ;)
Friday, January 12, 2001 12:19 PM

Hypers will be around, don't you worry. Woodies will not die out because they give such a unique ride experience. Hopefully Boomerangs will finally die out. There's too many of those.
Jack, who can't wait for Opening Day 2001...
Friday, January 12, 2001 12:32 PM
I agree with that. Hopefully Boomerangs will die. I'm not excited about Deja'Vu either. Every park will want one of those and they will be just like the Boomerang.
Friday, January 12, 2001 1:16 PM
Spoiled rotten we are.
Friday, January 12, 2001 2:12 PM
Buzzo, as much as I would also like that, don't count on it happening anytime soon. They're cheap, occupy a small footprint, and WOF just received one in 2000. The Super Invertigo is an entirely different animal IMO, and I'm extremely excited by it. Not only is it nearly 200ft, but the thought of being held at 90 degrees, feet dangling in mid air, and then dropped 160ft twice, is going to make for a monster ride, despite the fact that it's a pretty tired design. Despite low capacity, this ride alone will bring in lots of peeps. The fact that it is just one of two vertical coasters for both SFMM and SFGAm, seems just too good to be true.

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