Pondering the best coaster options...

Saturday, October 7, 2006 7:40 AM
Just wondering... if I were to recieve a very large (nearly 11 million) settlement in the upcoming future. I was thinking about buying a rollercoaster. Just for ideas to ponder, what would be an Ideal ride you would request built if you had that money. I just want something superb. Airtime. Laterals, and pos. G's are what do it for me. Thanks for your input.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 8:39 AM
Find land with a ravine and buy it. Then build a ravine coaster (wood or steel) that hugs the ground for most of the ride. You probibly wounldn't need as much wood if the ravine is laid out right, saving money for other elements.
Famous ravine coasters: Kennywoods Thunderbolt, Puritas springs cyclone. just to name a couple.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 9:44 AM
Assuming you dont want to spend it all in one place, as far as getting your money worth. I would givee gravity group a call and have them build you a mile long monster with some of their new ideas. I mean, heck, they sold holiday world the voyage for only 6.5mil, a steal if you ask me.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 12:14 PM
If you're going to buy a woodie and plan to keep it a while, you better bank 1/3 to 1/2 of what you spend for maintenance. That is, of course, unless you have a very good source of ongoing income.

By the way, are there any privately owned coasters of any size out there? Anybody know what kind of coaster was/is at Neverland?

But if I just had to spend $11M on a coaster, I'd be talking to Walter & Claude about a personal sized Raging Bull. And one of the trains would be a prototype with just two tight fitting ski boots to stand in and two fixed poles to hang on to. Now *that* is what I would call a stand up coster!

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 12:30 PM
Rebuild one of two classics: the Rye Aero Coaster or the Woodcliff Pleasure Park Blue Streak.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 12:57 PM

Mister Halo said:
By the way, are there any privately owned coasters of any size out there? Anybody know what kind of coaster was/is at Neverland?

Neverland has a small kiddie coaster. It appeared to be a Wisdom or a Zamperla.

It's still there too, the place is still completely intact, it's just "hibernating."

*** Edited 10/7/2006 4:58:12 PM UTC by pkidelirium***

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:12 PM

Mister Halo said:
If you're going to buy a woodie and plan to keep it a while, you better bank 1/3 to 1/2 of what you spend for maintenance. That is, of course, unless you have a very good source of ongoing income.
I was thinking the same thing. You could always sell rides on the coaster, though, to make money.

The biggest problem you would have, I think, is getting the government to zone your land to build a roller coaster like that. Since you're not building an entire park, I doubt they would allow it.

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 2:22 PM

SFoGswim said:


The biggest problem you would have, I think, is getting the government to zone your land to build a roller coaster like that. Since you're not building an entire park, I doubt they would allow it.


Actually there are a number of red states that still allow building pretty much whatever you want without pesky permits. Now if you wanted to build it in, say, the People's Republic of Maryland, then you would likely be out of luck. Just ask Adventure Park.

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 2:25 PM
Does anyone know how much the new Intamin Wood Coasters are with the prefab track? Seems it would me much easier to maintain personally, and I've heard wonders about how the train tracks. What do you think?
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 2:30 PM
You're the kind of person who spends every penny they get, arn't you?

I believe the rule is. Any large sum of money you aquire shouldn't be spent, but rather, only spend the interest made off of that sum.

Just my opinion I guess, but go wild!

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 2:56 PM
Just remember you will have a massive electric bill, maintinance costs, buying the land, getting the utilities ran out to the location, upon many other needed to construct and run a roller coaster.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 3:26 PM
^and Insurance. Lots of insurance.
:)
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 3:41 PM
Why not just buy a small park and run it with that much money.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 4:10 PM
If this is something that'll actually happen, I'd start off with a used Arrow loopscrew or something and work from there. They can be had very cheaply and from there, if it's something you wish to pursue, you can go from there.
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 4:32 PM
I can't beleive anyone is actually entertaining this stuff.....
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 4:37 PM
Yes you can. ;)
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Saturday, October 7, 2006 5:42 PM
Yeah. ;) Hey old timers...who remembers Titanfan_13? :)

Food for thought. If someone really had money and resources, and really wanted to build a coaster don't you think they wouldn't be asking internet coaster nerds how much something costs and, oh, I don't know......maybe contact a coaster manufacturer to answer such questions? :)

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 5:49 PM
Well, you gotta start somewhere. As for 'entertaining this stuff,' it is almost the off season.

If he really is serious, I'm sure he'll come to his senses before he actually builds a rollercoaster, but maybe not before the money is all gone.

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Saturday, October 7, 2006 6:05 PM
What kind of moron spends an inherited $11 million on a personal roller coaster? That is so uneconomical and stupid on so many levels. For less than about a million, you could travel the globe visiting every park in the world and staying in the nicest hotels. Why spend over $6 million on one roller coaster you'd just get bored with after a year or two?
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Sunday, October 8, 2006 12:29 AM
I WOULD! :)
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