Oakwood plans £3m rollercoaster

Posted Friday, April 2, 2004 8:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Oakwood theme park is set to spend £3m on a new rollercoaster ride aimed at widening its appeal to younger people. The ride will open in 2005.

Read more from The BBC.

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Friday, April 2, 2004 9:35 AM
The article doesn't mention what kind of coaster it is, but I will. It's a Gerstlauer coaster with a 97* drop and two inversions [loop and zero-g].
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Friday, April 2, 2004 11:34 AM
I think that a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter will be a good fit for the park, especially considering that it will be their first major steel coaster. It looks to have elements that will not only encourage folks from within Wales to come check it out but also not scare away potential riders and damage it's family friendly atmosphere. I found their comments interesting on how they don't want to get too "thrilling" with their rides and risk bringing in the teen market. I'm glad to see that even though the park is taking a step in a new direction, an effort is being made to protect the atmosphere of the park.
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Friday, April 2, 2004 5:41 PM
I like it. They're going on like steel is the greatest new innovation to hit the industry.

Still, any park with a Toboggan is automatically a winner in my books. They seem to be slowly building a fairly nice lineup of attractions to please everyone.

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Friday, April 2, 2004 8:23 PM
They only want an attendance increase of 20,000 with as big an investment as this?
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Friday, April 2, 2004 8:49 PM
This is pretty much my home park (although its still quite a way) the staff here are the nicest staff you will Ever meet. nothing seems too much. I think a eurofighter will serve the park well. although i was hoping for a O&B woodie lol. looks like i will have to get some construction pics :)
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Saturday, April 3, 2004 2:58 PM

Mantis man said:
They only want an attendance increase of 20,000 with as big an investment as this?

Uh, that's 20% of their yearly attendance. 20% is a huge attendance increase.

-Nate

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Sunday, April 4, 2004 6:10 AM
Actually, it's more like a 5% attendance increase - if you take the time to read the article, it says they're expecting 400,000 total this season.
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Sunday, April 4, 2004 12:35 PM
Oakwood is a great park, the beauty of it is that it is not as busy as the majority of parks in the UK which means you get loads of rides, get treated well by staff and therefore it allows you to relax and have fun! The only reason for low attendance is it's location, but it is well worth the effort.
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Sunday, April 4, 2004 9:20 PM
Even so, a 5% attendance increase is a pretty normal expectation from a new coaster.

-Nate*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 4/4/2004 11:06:52 PM ***

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Sunday, April 4, 2004 9:31 PM
That's true, I was going to mention it in my post, but I guess I forgot.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 1:13 AM
Latest News is that the coaster won't be open until 2006, possibly due to the incident on Hydro last year.

Also, I've know there to be 10,000 - 12,000 people in the park in one day.

And, as a former staff member thanks to roomraider for the compliment.

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