1. I've heard something about a hybrid roller coaster. What is that?
2. How many of these hybrids exist, and what are their names?
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3. Is this topic allowed, according to TOS? My last topic got closed. (I'm still new around here and have yet to learn which topics are allowed and which are prohibited.
Is the topic allowed? Why wouldn't it be? Welcome! I usually don't post but it is almost 4am and I can't get to sleep.
The Terms of Service you agreed to when you set up your account included a list of unacceptable topics. My guess is that, like most people, you simply scrolled down to the bottom, accepted the terms without reading through it, and missed it completely. Look at item #4 here. While you're there read it through all 10 items...you'll find some useful hints and tips in the list for new members ;)
Unfortunately Patrick is only partially correct in his definition of a hybrid coaster. The term also refers to a ride that is a combination of two ride types. For example there used to be a ride at Silver Dollar City in Branson called Buzzsaw Falls. It was part coaster, part flume ride.
If you have not done so already I strongly suggest you go to the Roller Coaster Database [www.rcdb.com] and bookmark it. It's a great resource tool and you can find info, stats, and pics on coasters around the world. It can be very helpful for trip planning too.
Again, welcome! :)
*** Edited 6/17/2007 2:30:36 PM UTC by Mamoosh***
Probably, any coaster that could be described as merging two different design types can be called a "hybrid".
So as a suggestion, you could've said "What defines a hybrid coaster?", or "What is a hybrid coaster" as your thread title and then you could've asked more questions in your initial post.
There could be a number of types of coasters that could be considered "hybrids" in some way. These might include:
Coasters with both a lift and a launch section
4th dimensional coasters such as SFMMs "X".
Enclosed coasters that are also darkrides
Coasters with a splashdown section
Coasters with both wooden and steel track sections
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