I am wondering why amusement parks remove a rollercoaster and then sell it. I will use my home park of Worlds of Fun as example. In 1988 they took out the Screamroller and placed Timberwolf in it's location. Obviously Timberwolf was a good choice to replace with, however WOF has plenty of land they could have used. TW did not need any major excavation as it basically sits on flat land. The old screamroller now operates at a park in Taiwan. Zambezi Zinger is another example. It was removed at the end of 97 and the lot sat empty until 2000 when they added Boomerang. To build boomerang, they had to do some evening of the land and remove the Zinger tunnel. Zinger now operates in Columbia, South America. Now you can argue that the parts for Zinger were scarce, which they were, however the new park obviously felt that was not an issue as they purchased the coaster and had to dig the trenches to house the course. WOF had six full trains for this coaster although they only used 4.
Another quick example would be the mine train from SFSL. It has been moved twice now.
Does it make better business sense to remove a coaster and replace it with a newer variety even if you still have plenty of land and the old coaster still functions efficiently and safely?
What other coasters have taken this path?
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