Hey everyone, just out of curiosity, what are some cool ideas for new ride designs that everyone has? One of mine is the Vekoma "Vertigo". It's a vertical boomerang coaster using reverse LIMs. The trains are propelled slowly out the back of the station and are locked in place up the vertical tower. Basically, it's like any other vekoma boomerang, just with vertical spikes and reverse LIMs. What are all your ideas?
A lot of people (including I)ARE considering the rumor that the new Dejavu coaster at SFMM will use LIMS or something to pull the train backwards up a 160-180 ft tall 90-degree vertical spike. But I wouldn't want the train to be pulled slowly. I want a rush of being forced back at high speeds and then stop at the top for about 5 seconds just to scare the heck outta of the riders who stare down.
I had an idea about a S&S ride with Vekoma Flying Dutchman trains. You get in and are laid back then you get launched up a vertical tower so your back is parallel to the tower. Then you hit the top of the tower and you are held in place before you are launced downward via compressed air.
Insurance would proably hate that, but I love it. How about ANY spin on the Boomerang. I would a turn added in on both sides, or anything. I think going backwards is ALWAYS good, and I would love a good cookie tosser. I know some people hate Boomerangs to begin with. Lay down coaster. Straight forward lay down. B&M are you listening??!
Krazy-At MGM Studios there is a ride called Twighlite Zone: Tower Of Terror. It is a freefall with just lap bars. ------------- Parks for 2000: SFEG,IOA,MGM,WDW,PGA,SFMW,SCBB,Lakeside. #1 Park-CP. #1Steel-Montu. #1Wood-Roar(W)
Acctualy, there are no "freefall's" with just lapbars. Tower of Terror acctually pulls you down faster than the force of gravity by using cables. Perhaps there is a freefall somewhere that only has lapbars but I highly doubt it, due to the odd postions you would be able to put you body in during freefall. Just my 2 cents.... Chris
Actually, in my opinion, if Intamin had gone with lap bars for their drop towers, a 12-year-old kid might have lived to see 13 out in California. But that is only my opinion.
The real issue of comment here: My understanding is that the original Invertigo coaster was supposed to have LSM-driven lifts on it, but Vekoma had major problems with that system and abandoned it in favor of a more conventional chain lift.
You did know that the LSM drive used on Superman: The Escape was licensed from Vekoma, didn't you? :)