Tuesday, March 7, 2000 11:29 PM
With all of the new hypercoasters being developed, have we come to the point where loops are a thing of the past? It sure seems that way. Does a Hypercoaster or Gigacoaster like MF only refer to height and speed? I enjoy going upsidedown and I hope the new generation of coasters doesnt just refer to height and speed. My dream is a 400ft mega-coaster that goes 100mph and has 10 inversions. What do you think?
Wednesday, March 8, 2000 5:41 AM
Enthusiasts tend to prefer speed and airtime. The general public likes inversions, but honestly I'm indifferent about them. You don't need them for a good coaster. However, I feel that inverted coasters are probably best suited for inversions, as anyone who has been on a B&M inverted ride would agree.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2000 7:35 AM
There was a time in my past when the deciding factor on whether or not I would ride a coaster was if it went upside down. I've since grown to really enjoy loops. B&M inverted rides do the loops/rolls/etc. the best but other kinds are also enjoyable. I think that a park needs a balance of looping and non-looping rides just as it needs a balance of thrill and mild rides. Too many looping coasters seems a bit gimicky to me. CP added two nicely done looping coasters in the not so distant past. 3 loopers out of 14 total isn't bad. Honestly, I'm indifferent to airtime, actually, too much airtime is not a good thing for me.
Wednesday, March 8, 2000 12:18 PM
Plus Cedar Point has a different variety of looping coasters:Stand Up, Inverted, and a Corkscrew.
I love the feeling of going upside down, especially on a big B&M coasters, but I also enjoy Wooden and Hyper coasters etc. The key I think is variety. Cedar Point is a fine example of this.
Wednesday, March 8, 2000 5:38 PM
I'm reminded of my first ride on PKI's Vortex, circa 1988, and thinking it was a big deal. It might have had the record for loops at the time. Now that I've been on a few more coasters (not to mention there's better stuff out there), I find it a very average coaster.
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Thursday, March 9, 2000 11:12 AM
I think it's basicly a question if the park needs a coaster with loops or not. If a park has a variety of rides with loops, say Cedar Point, you don't need a coaster with loops to make it stand out (MF). It's basicly in the design and nothing to do with if it's the "in" thing, unless that is if they want to put in a mega looper.
Thursday, March 9, 2000 1:54 PM
Well I personally LOVE loops, it is just a great element that I enjoy. Airtime is also good, but speed is what I crave. I hope they keep loops as to me it is a necessary element in ride design. Not that you need one in MF or every ride made, but you do still need them. Those 6 inversions on Raptor is one of the best things I enjoy seeing the world upside down a great change. I have to agree with jeff that inversions and B&M are like bread and butter.
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Thursday, March 9, 2000 8:18 PM
I agree with the mix of looping and non-looping coasters. I enjoy hyper coasters. The reason I am saying this is because with coasters like Steel Phantom and possibly Shockwave being removed, I hope they still build traditional steel loopers in the future. But only if Arrow doesnt build them. 2 words """"ROUGH!!!!!!!!!!ROUGH!!!!!!!"""