Well, with the amount of money they are wanting to spend on expansion and a coaster, I see it within the 14 million range. It has to be over 100 feet to be seen from the "curb" with loops just as tall (unless they remove trees). And he wants to draw people, so I think he is willing to take a chance on something decent.
The park is really looking good this year. And the Twister is running so smooth. The last two bunny hops were finally retracked.
*** This post was edited by romeo1 5/28/2003 11:15:05 AM ***
I hope they build a new generation Arrow Looper. Tennessee Tornado is such a treat, it would be nice to have another one by Arrow, their technoligy has improved so much, plus I find them more interesting than the B&M ones.
I heard last year they were buying a 2nd-hand Maurer Sohne looper from Space World in Japan, there's nothing like that in the US, Maurer's looping rides look very Schwarzkopf, but that didn't happen - maybe that's it for next year? Remember, too, that Ed Hart's the guy who convinced B&M to sell a world-record standup coaster to little Kentucky Kingdom. They're not buying King Cobra, and they're not buying Shockwave. Mr. Hart wouldn't try to pass off either of those as "SotA" anywhere.
Why not? Look at Silver Dollar City, you would swear that park wasnt that big and they got a B&M coaster. Dollywood isn't that big and they got an Arrow Looper. It all depends on attendance and income, if you got the income and you know people will come then its worth the B&M or whatever.
"Remember, too, that Ed Hart's the guy who convinced B&M to sell a world-record standup coaster to little Kentucky Kingdom."
How difficult could that have been? Seems to me it's as simple as saying to B&M "We have the money and want you to do it." I doubt neither B nor M needed much convincing to say "yes!" to that sale...LOL!
------------------ SRM -- May 30-31 Vegas -- June 7-9 ACE Con-Quest -- June 11-22
"But it's doubtful that Chang's malfunction will end up being the most powerful impression the ride makes on visitors. The next week it was open and wowing visitors for its smoothness, awesomeness, and -- an unexpressed but clear tribute -- its ability to knock all articulacy out of their heads. It goes fast enough for the interstate, and puts more torque on the body than anything this side of the space shuttle (the warning sign as you enter says it puts up to 5 G's of force on your body).
Its designer, Bolliger and Mabillard, is considered to be the world's premier designer of roller coasters. The company, based in Switzerland, works on only a handful of projects a year, customizing each ride to the topography and requirements of the park.
"They usually have a two-, three-, four-year waiting list to have the opportunity" -- Hart's voice takes on a what-a-racket! chuckle -- "to spend $12 million to get a roller coaster! How's that for good business? How's that for good business?"
Hart says it's a coup for Kentucky Kingdom to have a B&M coaster -- usually they build for the Six Flags of the world -- and that when he first asked Walter Bolliger, one of the two principals in the firm, to build Kentucky Kingdom a coaster, Bolliger refused. "I had to convince him to sell me this roller coaster -- that's the truth!"'
"State of the Art"....why does this suggest a LIM coaster....must just be me. I think a LIM bowl would be a fine addition, esp. considering the park's current inversion count. Since the OTSR's have been removed, they seem to be doing QUITE well at the parks in terms of ridership and re-ridership...;). So that's my *official guess*.
edit: in addition, they're "pretty short", which helps keep the ride from view (helps keep the park's "feel" in tact). The ride footprint is also relatively narrow....I see spaghetti on the menu at Magic Springs...;) *** This post was edited by rollergator 5/29/2003 1:21:03 AM ***