Simulators not as popular as coasters, despite years of R&D

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2001 4:44 AM | Contributed by Krazy

It wasn't that long ago that technology addicts were predicting the exploding popularity of simulator rides and their dominance in amusement marketplace. However, today roller coasters are still the better investment from a popularity standpoint.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 4:59 AM

Nitro: The Most Explosive Coaster on the Planet explodes at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2001.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 5:20 AM
Simulators are kind of neat once in a while but they are still a far cry from an actual roller coaster ride.

I'll even take a cheesy dark ride with 40 year old effects over some new fangled technocrap!

Nothing is more irratating then watching an otherwise decent program on amusement parks only to have the last half of the show devoted to arcades and simulator rides.

everything's better with a banjo
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 5:58 AM
A quote from the article... "and you'll see how far coasters have come: You get more thrill, fewer injuries." It's about time someone in the media got it right!
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 7:20 AM
I saw some show one time talking about cyberspace mountain. I thought it was a neat idea to design and ride your own coaster, but the thing I really enjoy about coasters is the wind in my face and pulling g-forces. I just don't see any of that in a simulator. Now you give me a simulator that will pull me down into the seat, rather than lean me forward then lean me back, then maybe I'll ride a simulator more often. Until then, keep the real things coming!

"Did you make a copy? Because if you made a copy, we could watch the copy."
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 7:21 AM
There's just no substitute for falling 200 feet with an 80 mph wind ripping through your hair, or flying upside down 7 times. That thrill cannot be reproduced by a computer. Not to mention the whole atmosphere surrounding the coaster: the butterflies on the way up the lift, the fantastic view. Unmatchable.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 7:22 AM
Didn't I predict this ten years ago? :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 7:26 AM
That's why SFMM just built three, and likely will build another. People always say the park lacks family rides, but the park's yearly attendance does NOT reflect that statement.

I'd like a tall CCI out and back, and a grande nonfat Latte to go please! *** This post was edited by DWeaver on 8/1/2001. ***
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:03 AM
Yet another ground breaking report from the magazine, "Duh."

.:| Brandon Rodriguez |:.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:25 AM
Rollercoasters even look better. Which would you rather see, a tall and powerful looking structure jutting into the sunset, or an oversized shoebox mounted on a pogostick?

Rollercoasters are the secret of life!
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:59 AM
"Compare the brand-new Nitro, the tallest coaster on the East Coast, at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure, to the park's 1989 Great American Scream Machine with its ultrashaky, brain-jarring loops, and you'll see how far coasters have come: You get more thrill, fewer injuries."

I hear ya! I love Arrow mega loopers, but it is true that roller coasters have come a long way.

Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:06 AM
Yup. And the good thing is, they will just get better and better.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:08 AM
A simulator is a nice change of pace from time to time,but I think a park would have to be crazy investing the type of money that IOA invested in Spidey.
I'm not saying it's a bad ride,I'm just saying that type of technology is just abit to pricey for what the park could have gotten in return.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:09 AM
Long live Roller Coasters!!!!!!!!!!!!

Current Favorite Coasters:
1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Incredible Hulk, The
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:14 AM
.....No ****......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 9:44 AM
I agree with the report. But I'd have to say the top reason for me to fly from Cal to Flo is to ride Spiderman. The drop on that one is amazing! (Just don't look to the side where the fire extinguisher is!)
Overall though yeah...what he said.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 10:54 AM
roller coasters r better than simulaters
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 11:20 AM
the sad thing is, I still think Star Tours at Disneyland is the best simulator, I like it more than Back to the Future or Star Trek:Experience or Body Wars or any other one. Even though it doesn't move as much and has a somewhat lousy film quality, it still works for me. Every simulator ride that came out afterwards I hated, unless the movie was really funny. So the other ones that are passable are the Devil's Gold Mine Car ride at the Excalibur hotel(funniest sim movie by far) and Stan Lee's 7th Portal (even though those sim-theatres suck, the movie is silly enough to be worth it)

Everyone knew simulators would never replace rollercoasters, that's absurd.
*** This post was edited by djansi on 8/1/2001. ***
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 11:57 AM
there are lots of good simulaters, but they just cant compare to coasters.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 12:27 PM

What looks more intense to you, a large building with cars and whatnot inside, or a 250 foot drop that looks almost vertical from your angle, or maybe the loud montrous roar eminating from the belly of B&M trains as they take thier victims through a maze of twisted tracks. Of course the building!!!
The SFMM Salvi:
"Goliath Jr. looks to intense for me"
"I want to go on something more exciting than X"

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