I was wondering, are there any other launched B&M's other than the Hulk? Also, are there any other dueling B&M's other than Dueling Dragons? I don't think so... How did IOA get so lucky to get two first of a kinds?
I think they would've been better off to have only one dragon, then build another different coaster type. DD is always a walk-on and would probobly let it have longer lines which is better for IOA. They could have added a hyper or floorless or another new innovative thrill ride. Bittersweet move for IOA. Just my .02
I think they have a height limit, not sure. But anyways, is Dueling Dragons always a walk on? I went there July of 2000 and it was...we walked right up to the station just behind a few people. I didn't know it was always like that :)
Koaster King said: "I think they would've been better off to have only one dragon"
I'm gonna disagree with you on that one. Those coasters are so unique, and quite honestly, each coastr on its own merit wouldn't be anything special. IOA is all about unique rides, and Dueling Dragons is one of the most innovative twists on roller coasters I've ever seen. Those near collisions, and the foot choppers on the other track or supports are some really great coaster moments. I for one am really glad they came up with that idea. As for adding a new coaster, I think it's gonna happen within the next few years.
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There are no other B&M Launched & Dueling coasters that I know of.
The Dragons are a walk-on when the park opens, then no more as the public makes its way to the Lost Continent :(
DD is great fun, IMO, more fun than the Hulk due to those near-misses. I agree with themeparkne on what he said about them.
The Hulk & DD are big hits, so it's likely B&M will build another coaster in the park. After all, they built Kraken up the road and Kumba & Montu near by. Since there is a Floorless nearby, it would be a Hyper. Or not as IOA has a height limit. After all that's why Hulk is launched and has aircraft warning lights on its high points. A B&M Flying coaster perhaps to succeed SW5? That would make another first for IOA, well in the US.
IOA has Universal Studios to the right, US City Walk in front. Please refresh my memory, what's behind and to the left?
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Considering what they did putting the park itself in such a small space, I think they'll find a way to expand a little more. They do have some vacant land just south of the Dudley Doo Right ride area that could possibly be used to expand the park and still build hotels. You can see this property after taking the Universal exit off of I-4.
themeparkne, I meant that IOA would have been better off as a business. What sounds better: 2 dueling inverts, a launched sitdown, a junior suspended and a family coaster. Or a launched sitdown, a junior suspended, a family coaster, an invert, and a woodie(or a TA2K, or floorless, or vertical drop)? It's a question I'm asking you guys.
I believe IOA has some more new rides coming because in "Ameraca's Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills"(a roller coaster dvd) they have an interview with two main designers and when they are asked about future rides they say there are some but they are classified.
About Dueling Dragons being a walk-on... The reason for this is that there is a total of six trains running. Three on each side. When there are two on each side the line usually moves pretty slow but with three it is almost always a walk-on. That is a lot of riders per hour! ------------- "This time I think ... I think It's ... going to work!" - Dr.Bruce Banner
The only place i saw enough room for anything decent in size was between JP the ride and Flying Unicorn.Theres also a lot land right behind Marvel Superhero Island.Part of that land is for the new Royal Pacific hotel.
IOA is about building hotels now. Period. That is real hard revenue. Spiderman cost less than $90 million, not $250 million. That is the whole package, building, training, marketing rights, IMAX equipment, etc. Same ballpark as the $70 million for MIB next door, which is just a bit better, or the new Back to the Future at USJapan, which just opened. A new coaster is several years off.
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Sure, the lines don't seem to be long very often, but why complain? I'll take a walk-on every day. Remember, too, Florida isn't really known as a big coaster area, so they have to build up a base of enthusiasts before there will be tremendous lines. Enjoy it while it lasts! :)