13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones
And sorry, Gary Dowdell, we usually agree, but some of your complaints about these rides being underwhelming due to length, having back to back thrill elements, or presenting capacity problems are real head scratchers. I don't know, all I can figure is maybe you ride rocket ships for a living, or something, and are spoiled!
I mentioned in my original post that all of the RMC coasters I've ridden thus far have been fun, smooth rides that are all very re-rideable. They're all in my top-30 overall coasters (out of nearly 250), which is no small feat as I've ridden the vast majority of the notable coasters in the US and Canada. I "get" why the RMC coasters are popular rides with enthusiasts, but to me they're all very good rides that fall short of the top shelf.
The lower-capacity nature of the RMC rides is a just a personal quirk of mine. Right now the nearest RMC to me is Goliath at SF Great America. I waited 25 minutes for my only Goliath ride a few weeks ago, but only because we had roughly 100 people in front of us when the ride opened for the day and we waited 3 extra trains for the front seat. My friend and I got off the ride and both of us said "it's fun". We would have liked to have gotten a re-ride, but the line was already 75 minutes long by the time we got off. There's just no way we were going to wait that long for what essentially amounts to a 30-second experience.
Part of the reason I'm excited when I see a B&M coaster announced in the US or Canada, particularly with the last few installs, is that you know that it's going to be a really good ride AND have awesome capacity. Even Thunderbird pulls through more than 1,000 pph with two train operations. Banshee at KI very rarely sees lines over 20 minutes because it's a line crusher. Banshee has been a real blessing for locals because - in addition to being a great ride - it's one of the coasters that you know you can get on quickly no matter how busy the park is. Fury 325 is IMO the best ride in the US and moves through a ton of people. All things being equal I'd rather ride a good ride with a shorter, quick-moving line than a good ride with a slower line.
I think the causal data point there is Cedar Fair vs. Six Flags, not RMC vs. B&M. I think if the SF rides had good crews and non-terrible policies, they could eat people as well.
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
My opinion is with the addition of a new roller coaster coming to Cedar Point in 2016, It would cost them way too much money to RMC Mean Streak in the same year. If anything is going to happen to Mean Streak, I bet we'll see a move in 2017. Plus next year Mean Streak is celebrating 25 years. W00T W00T!
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