Looks like we're getting not 2, not 3, but a whopping FOUR rockets from IntaRide next year, this one in Aussie.
Superman theme, with a special indoor section (rumored to be something with the launch).
To all the nay-sayers that said Intamin was doomed, we wouldn't be seeing these alot in the future, I say fooey on you! You were wrong, and your all knowing license has been revoked;).
On another note, what did IntaRide/Intamin do to these companies to make them think Rockets were a good idea after Xcelorator and TTD's problems? Three already running, four for next year confirmed, one in 2006 @ Thorpe, and Blackpool is still trying to possibly break the height/speed record in the next couple years with one as well.
I need to bottle and sell what these cats are telling people to make them buy these right off the shelf like they are...
1. Contracts already signed.
2. Easy way to break records (See Kingda Ka)
3. A totally different experience to the said parks that are ordering these. Intamin seem to be the only company offering this experience.
While I agree that many times contracts are signed before hand, Xcelerator came out in 2001, TTD in 2003, correct?
Wasn't that enough time to see the problems? Not that I'm complaining, and hopefully the issues have been mostly resolved, which it looks like we'll find out next year (or we'll have 4 parks with lots of upset people).
Granted, Storm Runner didn't get a lot of negative attention like some other coasters of the type have gotten their first year, so hopefully we'll see more and eventually I'm sure the problems will work out.
Like I said, all the people that said it was going to be like X in that we wouldn't see any for a while were obviously wrong. I'm thinking I was never one of those, but could be wrong. Either way, when I do finally buy Camden, I'm putting a Kanonen sized rocket for me and Tina in there ;).
I didn't really like Top Thrill, I mean, it was an awesome thrill ride, but not a great coaster to me. I'm holding back on Rockets in general though, I'm going up to Hershey next year and if I don't like a Rocket with a longer layout with inversions and a few elements, then I'll probably never like one.
And as far as I know, TTD and KK are the only ones that are essentially up and down.
Here's a unique idea for a rocket:
1 train, Wicked-Twister-like layout, except the 2 spires are connected, forming a circuit (maybe a zero-g or 2 along the top). Launch it with enough speed to successfully make it through the circuit 3 or 4 times, and on the last circuit, you shoot the breaks up, and after the train is stopped, you let it coast back into the station (similar to TTD when it doesn't make the top of the hill)
1 launch, 3 times around the track. The launch would give it enough speed to make it up, across, and then down, and then through the station 3 times before the movable breaks spring up (like they spring up when TTD launches)
Kingda Ka, Rita at Alton Towers, Kanoen, Superman at WBMWA and two more at a as yet un-named park in Japan and China.
That'll be 10 by 2006 so far...
If it runs, I will be there eventually!
I did not think that Intamin was doomed, but I wondered if less rocket coasters would be built after the others' problems. Guess I now know.
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