Speed is not king for all roller coaster fans

Posted Wednesday, June 7, 2006 9:26 AM | Contributed by Jeff

With continuing interest in coasters, this year about 22 new rides are being built in the United States, 20 in Europe and 15 in Asia -- some made of wood to cater for families and people who like less extreme rides.

Read more from Reuters via The Boston Globe.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 10:28 AM
"some made of wood to cater for families and people who like less extreme rides."
I really hate comments like that. The person who wrote it oughta take a little Voyage... :)

*** This post was edited by millrace 6/7/2006 12:52:04 PM ***

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 10:59 AM
children rides today are not really for children look at road runner at six flags over georgia it hits over 30mph .all parks should copy wild adventures roller coasters because they truly have coasters for children that need motors placed throughout the ride because with out them the ride would stop now thats the type of coasters that should be built for children not 30mph coaster, they also have some a little faster ,or if your child really want speed they have 3 roller coasters that go over 60mph.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 11:10 AM
I think that sentence has motors placed throughout it to keep it from stopping.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 11:37 AM
Depending on its size, a large or even compact twister type woodie can be more intense than almost all of the steel coasters out there.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 12:27 PM
Does steel just look more intimidating?

Thrill-wise: Chang vs. Voyage?

Voyage

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 12:39 PM
That seems like an unfair comparison...
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 1:03 PM
How about Beech Bend's Looping Star :( vs Holiday World's Voyage! :)
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 2:58 PM
Looping Star is kinda cute. It would be much better if it had real seats, better track, better layout, lap bars, smoother brakes. . .oh, well, nevermind.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 4:32 PM
Well said Gomez. I appreciate what Voyage is but you don't need sheer size to make a coaster fun or intense. Smaller designs can be very powerful, as I'm sure will be the case with Waldameer's Ravine Flyer II.

Nice to see wood coasters getting some downright positive press, though!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 4:37 PM
mas- NO ONE should ever copy Cheetah. or the boomerang. Come to think of it there was nothing that spectacular at Wild Adventures. If you want your 3 year old to ride, yes, 30 mph is pushing it. But look at Zach's Zoomer at MIA, great junior coaster for those in-betweeners.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 11:31 PM
...or Sky Princess at DuWo. What a great Jr. woodie that one is.
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Thursday, June 8, 2006 1:27 AM
C'mon.... Gimme speed,

and what you need to make it real.....

I know I want speed and height versus rides that work consitantly.

:) (jk)

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Thursday, June 8, 2006 12:29 PM
Forget speed,

go for inversions!

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Thursday, June 8, 2006 12:39 PM
I guess I'm one of the few speed freaks lol. Oh well, everyone has a preference I guess.
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Friday, June 9, 2006 1:16 AM
Cheetah is not that bad for a small woodie, as for boomerang, I prefer more speed. The park itself is a great place to take little ones to.
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Friday, June 9, 2006 12:19 PM
^ Cheetah WAS really "quite good"....for about 6 months...last time I was there (WA), re-rides were readily available, but no one took them up on it...
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