Just thought I would start a thread a see what everyone had for input. We started out with our traditional Wooden coaster, then we had the steel coaster with chain lift, , suspended, stand-up, inverted, launched, water, 4-D, looping wooden, etc. So what does everyone think is coming down the pipeline for the future as in new innovations for coasters???
But then its no longer a "coaster", that's just a car ride on rails. I honestly don't know where the next step will come from. I have some ideas, but I'll hang on to those in hopes I'll make millions some day ;) *evil laugh*
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Didn 't intend for this to be a "rip-off", Coaster Bob. I thought it looked like you were making a list of what all of the "World's Firsts" were. I didn't see how that related to what people thought innovations for the future were going to be.........If you tie those two to be one in the same, I apologize......
Well, the 4-D still has a TON of implications and also has a long way to go. The tilt coaster is another ride that has a lot of implications and hasn't really gone very far yet. Who knows what the designers are cooking up right now!!
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The huge expenses of building massive structures to achieve ludicrous speeds can be easily reduced by using launch systems as well as applied as boosters. See Speed: The Ride.
Read somewhere that Intamin are/were working on a 200mph launch! The above principle is essentially the same as powered coasters. Vekoma had a video of a continuous LSM powered coaster themed to a F1 racetrack. Pretty cool.
If you want real speed & efficiency, think MAGLEV. I.e magnetically levitated trains that can coast along or propel themselves along at any point on the track. Only friction is air resistance.
Even though I think this sounds a little crazy/imposible and maybe a little stupid, to some people, I think that a wooden stand-up would be cool. I mean they would have to widen tracks and have 2 person rows (like the first stand-ups developed) and the track would have to be smoother than any other woodie. I think something like that would really have a cool out of control feeling that only a woodie can give and it would be a really cool type of coaster.
Also I think that the 4-D type of coaster has a lot in store for it in the future if they can make it so it doesn't ware out so many tires, so it can be run everyday and not just on weekends(X).
Finally, I think and hope that flyers will advance and bigger, longer, faster, and ones with more and better inversions will emerge. *** This post was edited by Mike E. 7/11/2003 11:32:23 AM ***
I'm not sure of what the future of coasters will be, I think the 4th dimension should be very popular once they work out the bugs, and or another company makes a better one. Flying coasters also look like the next trend.
I personally have an idea for a dream theme park. It's somewhat of a cross betwean Disneyland and Islands of Adventure, only bigger, better, and much more expensive. I think that the best thing would be elaborate theming with no compromise for cost (truly a dream).
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