Next park to get Volare?

Monday, August 19, 2002 5:32 PM

The only park I could really see getting one is SFKK, just due to the fact that it is so similar to SFEG. What park do you think is next in line for one of the Zamperla Flyers?

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Monday, August 19, 2002 5:38 PM

I hope none, and I really hate to say that :( Those cars are really unfriendly to many folks. It can even hurt your throat/adam's apple. It isn't unommon to hear riders overhead yelling not out of fun, but pain :( I recall one rider heard overhead "Ow ow ow ow ow ow ouch!!!!". This isn't that it is rough or anything, just painful due to the cars.

A comfy flying seat can be done (see B&M....shoot, even the Vekomas aren't bad) and that is a neat little layout that Volare has! Here's hoping for an improvement. I wish nothing but good things for Zamperla and their rides. In my opinion, they need improvements on volare to make it reach it's potential.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 5:46 PM
Rumour (gasp - the "R" word) had it that the "higher-ups" from PCW gave one a try and decided against adding one to the park.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 7:54 PM
Yeah, they aren't the most comfortable rides. I think if they made a more portable version, they would be more popular among fairs and such.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 5:51 AM

They could always redesign the cars, you know?

If the restraints were more comfortable, I am sure that a lot more parks would add those coasters.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 6:23 AM

The thing with the volares is the cost. They are close to 5 million dollars. Now, why would a park want to spend 5 million on that thing instead of spending a little more to get a B&M invert or an Intamin Impulse is beyond me.

Zamperla called me up and tried to sell one to one of my clients. When they told me the price, they asked me could they put us down for one. I told them "uhhh, I dont think so man!". They also mentioned they could only build 3 per year and they already have 2 ordered for the 2003 season. Now, that was over a month ago when they called so they might have found a 3rd buyer for 2003 already.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 7:17 AM

It sounds like the restraints are WAY too similar to those found on the Kite Flyer.....esp. Peabody's mention of the throat/adam's apple.....Zamperla definitely needs to *tweak* those suckers for some additional comfort....

but then again, if parks are ordering them....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 7:31 AM

$5 million sounds like an awful lot!

Well, if they sold 2 for next year with a third in limbo, then things aren't too bad, are they? :)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 10:53 AM
Just a little more for a B&M invert?! I don't know about a little bit more. I mean The Batman rides are running what, $10,000,000 and that's with the design already guaranteed and engineering all completed. And that's DOUBLE the money, that doesn't sound like a "little" more to me.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 11:16 AM
Yea, but they are relaible not painful and very well thought of rides. 5 million is alot for a minute or 2 of pain.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 2:17 PM
You get what you pay for. If I was a park owner I would not buy a Volare. I'd shell out the extra $ for a nice Swiss ride. Heck, if my budget was only $5 I'd be on the horn with GCI or TGG.

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- Peabody

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 2:18 PM
But think about it, if a small park has save $5,000,000 for a coaster and they don't want any payment plan because it could be risky, a park is not going to say Oh, but B&M is so much more reliable and less painful so I'm going to take an additional $5,000,000 that I don't have and buy a Batman clone. RIGHT, not every park has an endless supply of money!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 3:16 PM
But SFGAMDie HARD, It would be a much smarter financial move to build a B&M. If you go to a park you want to enjoy the ride. If you go for that extra money, you get a better ride. If they bought a Volare type of ride, and nobody enjoyed it, then why would you have any desire to go back to the park? If you enjoyed the B&M (which most do) then wouldn't it be another reason to go back to the park. With the B&M, you would get your cash back much faster than with the Volare ride. Then you can add more improvements and rides faster.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:16 PM

Batman clones are not 10 million dollars anymore. They are in the 7-9 million dollar range. When B&M introduce a new design, the older ones drop in price anywhere from 10-25%. Heck, SF got Gambit for 4 million.. a STEAL of a deal considering that its not that old and will still give a great ride. Once the flyer recoups all of its R&D costs, its price will drop about 10-15% also.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:42 PM

I was thinking that it would make sense for SFMW to get one because it is kinda like a Wild Mouse but with inversions and flying. Also it isn't very tall and compact, so it could go in the back of the park.

I still am not sure how SFMW is going to be the North Cal park of choice in 2003 with what PGA is putting in next year. SF is gonna **** their pants.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:46 PM

OR, for what, $8M I could pick up an SLC....tough choice there, huh? Chris G., if it should happen that you want an early retirement, I want your job.....bad! Having a hard time imagining who could be picking those Zamperlas up...must be non-U.S. parks.....shoot, I'd pass on the B:TR clone for a Talon myself....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:53 PM

SFGAm;s next new coaster: Superman: Ultimate Flight, a Zamperla Volare!

Please note that this post is dripping with sarcasm...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 6:57 PM
Rode it today, and let me tell you, I was disappointed. I actually liked it more on opening day. Even with a little extra padding, the thing is uncomfortable as hell. I really don't like saying this, but I wouldn't care one bit if they moved this ride out in a couple of years.

BTW, Twister II is running great! Best coaster in the park!
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TOGO!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 9:17 PM
PT300-I know this will sound very hypacritical of me, cause I used to bash Twister II, but I like the ride also. I have been on it 20 some times this year already. The line is usually relativly short, which is really nice. As far as TFC goes, as long as it is there, I say keep it. But it's not like I would be pissed if they removed it. It just ups the coaster count. They could probably fit a nice flat next to the ride though.
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