"Needs to be" (future)

Friday, June 28, 2002 8:26 PM
Well. This segment is about what is needed for the future for roller coaster designers. First let me tell the story. Ok, Well I was on Raging Bull at six flags great america, my home park. I was thinking oh my gosh this ride really isn't that great. Ok, well anyways. I've also been to Cedar Point, Knotts, SFMM,PKI,IOA and I think that is it. I've been noticing that everything seems soo slow. I don't know about you buzzers but, There needs to be a major coaster going in soon. All the rides I've been on seem like nothing now. Does anyone else get this feeling? Like you need more power, excitment, speed, and even the steepness of a drop. So this is my little speech how there needs to be something bigger that M.F. Well, Till next time.
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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:59 PM

btpcheater said:
Like you need more power, excitment, speed, and even the steepness of a drop. So this is my little speech how there needs to be something bigger that M.F.


I'm not so sure, man. Bigger, faster, steeper means nothing. I'll take smaller coasters like Raven, Legend, Ghostrider, Lightning racer over MF and SD2K any day. Any of those have all the power, excitement, and speed you would ever need.

If coasters are boring you now, go do something else for a while and I'll take your place in line! :)

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Friday, June 28, 2002 9:22 PM

right on peabody. Coasters like Great American Scream Machine (SFOG) will always be thrilling. Yes coasters will be getting bigger, faster, steeper, but there will always be room for the little guys, and even then, they might be "bigger" than the more faster and steeper rides.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 9:40 PM
I could just be the trims on Raging Bull ya know!

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Friday, June 28, 2002 11:09 PM
And if you appreciate loops and stuff, remember that you can't have a 93 mph loop without a LOT of very expensive steel and a lot of possible breakpoints cause that loop's gonna be absolutely massive. If coasters forever got faster, we'd see the entire industry plateau in just a few years because costs would get too high
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Saturday, June 29, 2002 4:54 AM
Ya you have to appreciate smaller coasters more. I get that feeling a little bit too bit I love smaller coasters too.

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84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 7:24 AM
I suspect the next trend in coasters is not going to be bigger, steeper or faster. It's going to be smoother, more comfortable. The focus will be on train, car, lapbar, restraint, seat, ergonomics. It has to be. The vast majority of coaster enthusiasts are baby boomers, and they're now in their fifties and early sixties. They're not going to tolerate the head banging, knee bruising, thigh slamming rides these poorly designed vehicles provide. The parks will either adapt the trains or these people will stop riding. There are not enough teens and twenty somethings to compensate for the older population. So I could see a decade of upgrading the trains while behind the scenes engineers perfect the technologies like maglev which will open up the next wave of coaster breakthroughs.
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Saturday, June 29, 2002 6:45 PM
i'm thinking that the future of coasters is going to be steeper, faster, smoother, and less inversions...
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Saturday, June 29, 2002 6:49 PM

The vast majority of coaster enthusiasts are baby boomers, and they're now in their fifties and early sixties. They're not going to tolerate the head banging, knee bruising, thigh slamming rides these poorly designed vehicles provide. The parks will either adapt the trains or these people will stop riding.

I'm going to have to disagree here. Parks aren't providing for coaster enthusiasts, they are providing for the general public. Coasters aren't going to be directed more towards older patrons. I do agree, however, that the 'next generation' of rides is not bigger, but rather a new twist (IE: 4D) on things, and more comfortable rides.

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Saturday, June 29, 2002 10:45 PM
The guy, I feel just the opposite as you. I think we will see more inversions, MANY more. Look for Intamin to do the same for the looping coaster that they have done with hypercoasters. Just watch...

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