Proposed Omaha park to feature unique rides

Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:13 AM | Contributed by Sawblade5

The proposed amusement park in Council Bluffs will have one of the most unique roller coasters anywhere, a spokesman for the developers said Monday. It will be a combination of wood and steel, with the benefits of both types of construction, said Steve Minard, president of Metro Omaha Theme Park L.L.C., a subsidiary of Papa's Park of Iowa.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:42 AM
So, they're building what ... a Gemini or a Villain? Either way, that one doesn't sound very "different" but they did mention an "X-coaster" so it looks like that post yesterday was correct.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 6:12 AM

The word was UNIQUE not DIFFERENT. There are not too many "gemini" type coasters, there are some, but I would consider them the norm by any means.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 6:13 AM

True. A mere combination of wood and steel would not make a ride "unique." Rare, maybe, but hardly unique. Examples:

Steel on Wood: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Gemini, Thunderation

Wood on Steel: Coney Island Cyclone, New Jersey's Great White, Hoosier Hurricane, Villian

On the other hand...a steel multi-looper with wooden supports would be a first. A dense wooden support structure, combined with stunts possible only with steel...now THAT would be something to behold. How about a racing/dueling coaster on a wooden support structure, with a wooden track alongside a steel one? All the better if it could be done without overhead restraints.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 6:30 AM

Sounds like steel on wood to me... the "springy action" of wood with the "smoothness" of steel.

But... he said "X-Coaster"! Is this the first official hint that another 4D may be being built?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:31 AM
A 4D coaster will not be built there, especially after what is going on with "X" right now. A new park just doesn't have that type of budget. Not that I would mind considering I only live a state away...:)
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:51 AM
i think they are thinking about adding a 4D, because there is only one other designed coaster that ride on the side, and i believe thats a setpoint. I think they said "might" be built because of the hearings with Arrow, "might" because Six Flags could get rights to the 4D and they couldn't get one, or if some such as S&S takes over, and prodices more 4D's, then they could get one, it all depends on a stupid little hearring.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:56 AM
Did you guys read the article? It said there are 10 of these coasters in the country already. I only know of one 4d coaster.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:16 AM
CPLady's avatar What about Disney's California Screamin? Doesn't it have a wooden frame and steel rails? If I recall from the recent coaster shows, it was built to look like an old style wooden coaster, but runs on steel rails, is launched, and has a loop.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:31 AM

Yes CPLady it's mad to LOOK like an old style wooden coaster. The wood looking supports are steel though, it can be confusing though.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:33 AM
Sounds like Inamin wood to me.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:34 AM
corey lee, there are ten of the steel/wooden coasters, not 4d. Did you read the article, genious?
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:46 AM
Sawblade5's avatar THe point about there's only 10 of these in this country sounds like A Wood on Steel. They're way more than 10 Mine Trains with wooden structures in this country. Wood on Steel are more rare than that.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:03 AM

I agree with IOArles. That makes sense.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:05 AM

Wait...nevermind...I hadn't read the article yet.

Only 10 in the country ? Hmmm...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:05 AM

Sawblade, that isn't true at all. Cheetah,Villain, and many other CCI coasters are now built with steel structure. It isn't even a new idea, it was invented back in the 20's. I don't think such a ride would be so unique.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:58 AM

Hey B&M rocks, that was my point.

And its genius!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:26 PM
CPLady, California Screamin' has steel supports that look like wooden supports to keep with the boardwalk look.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 1:54 PM

Whatever it is, it will most likely be at least partly wood.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 2:20 PM
The wood/steel hybrid coaster and the X-coaster are two different things. I also note that the cars ride along the side of the track on the x-coaster. That does not sound like a 4-D to me. That sounds like that setpoint racing coaster that they mention on their site. I am interested in seeing just exactly what the hybrid coaster will be.
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