Looking for a definition

Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:11 AM

I know this will probably sound silly to you, but can anyone tell me what is the exact definition of a prototype roller coaster?



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Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:19 AM
It's one that is the first of its kind.  One that tests out a new concept in coasters.  Examples include:  Stealth, Batman: the Ride, Son of Beast.  I would not include groundbreaking rides like Millennium Force, as they don't really introduce any new concepts.
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:22 AM
Yes, I believe the technological "leap" or a new use for an existing technology, is the critical aspect of what I would call a "prototype".  X, H:XLC, etc...
Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:23 AM

Wouldn't Millennium Force's cable lift be concidered a prototype, or is there a coaster with one that preceded MF?

Thursday, February 28, 2002 7:39 AM
Using Webster's Dictionary, by definition a prototype coaster would be:

 "An original model on which something is patterned.  An individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type.  Or a first full scale design of a construction. " 
By that definition, I conclude that a prototype is a coaster or ride that is actuallly constructed.  No just a design or idea.  It is a physical attraction new to the world of amusements that has not been tried or tested before.  Some great examples are: 

Stealth, FOF & X.  Each was unique when constructed and did not play off of other previous coaster's ideas. 

  I would not consider rides such as Son Of Beast or MForce prototypes.  Although they include unique elements in them, the actual basic ideas and principles they use have obviously been around for a long, long time.
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*** This post was edited by Shaggy on 2/28/2002. ***


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