NICE!!! coney island has a few great rides, and alot of garbage. as long as they keep cyclone (maybe my favorite coaster ever) wounderwheel, and the spookhouses, i say build all new rides and give coney island what it deserves *** Edited 11/16/2006 6:15:00 PM UTC by neilpeart***
Yeah, I found those quotes pretty funny, especially the one about a coaster that goes slow. Laugh at enthusiasts all you want but at least enthusiasts give some pretty decent quotes, unlike regular clueless joes off the street.
If you're looking for a quote about a new coaster, why not go to enthusiast? After all, the article is hyping the new coaster so the quotes used should support the author's intent. That's like me writing an article about baseball and interviewing a bunch of people that like hockey.
But people outside a ballpark are there because they enjoy baseball. Someone walking the streets of Coney Island doesn't necessarily appreciate coasters. But anyway, the point I was trying to make was that the author's choice of quotes didn't really support the main intent of his article. If you're trying to promote plans for a new coaster, you don't quote someone saying they're not going on it unless it's slow. That, to me, pretty much discredits the news.
Really, if *I* were writing the article, I'd want both perspectives...
One or two quotes from enthusiasts (preferably local) might give some insight as to the amusement history of the area, maybe even the industry ramifications (say, how existing local parks might be affected). I'd also REALLY want to have some input from the local people who are NOT enthusiasts but might be affected by this *expansion*...
Coney is a nice little park, although I think they should let us bumper boat fans explore the WHOLE lake instead of a portion of it.
If they have so much money to expand, WHY are they not taking the Screechin' Eagle off of Mr. Couch's hands? If the price is right I am sure he would say yes. Some things in this life will NEVER make sense to me.
I found the park to be charming, in a non "honkey tonk" sort of way. :)
*** Edited 11/17/2006 3:40:29 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***