Tuesday, September 21, 2004 6:09 PM
Who has been to their park and what's it like? Does anybody have any pictures?
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 6:34 PM
If you're refering to the "park" they have at their manufacturing plant, then this "park" is not open to the public. It is only open to the press and select people from the local area when they are dubuting new attractions.
If you're refering to the park that S&S WANTS to build, at this point, it's still just a dream.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 8:22 PM
It would certainly be an interesting idea, having all S&S rides, particularly now that they make a whole lot more than just drop rides.
But I don't think its happened yet, and may or may not even be a concept they are still working on.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 9:53 PM
A local reported in to Screamscape that the S&S Family Fun Center already has a huge go-kart track about finished and pieces of rides spread out all over what looks to be an old west themed park:
If true, will be very interesting to see what kind of TA2K and 4D Stan puts in his own backyard!
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004 2:09 PM
I somehow doubt that large coasters like a TA2K and 4D would make it into the park. I imagine it being more of a showcase for the company's new flat rides and small coasters. Of course, I'd like to be wrong about that and see some serious S&S coasters in there as well.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 2:42 PM
The only S&S coasters I want are the wood ones! Especially if they are as good as Avalanche.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 3:51 PM
Well, here's a question: how much land does the S&S Ranch cover? Is there room to keep the stuff they showcase without taking it all down?
If there is, they really could open a substantial park.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 4:02 PM
I'd imagine that the rides would be taken down if they are sold, not because there is a lack of space. Of course, I know nothing about this place other than the fact that it has the possibility to be one of the more interesting amusement park concepts to come along in a long time.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 4:07 PM
I haven't heard about the amusement park they want tot build. Does anyone have anything on this.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 9:31 PM
In that past, a lot of what was there was kind of proof of concept rigs. Not complete rides, just pieces of them used for functional tests and rider impressions.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 10:34 PM
Actually if I were them, I *would* build a 4D, so that they could show potential customers a model of the 4D that actually works well and can achieve reasonable capacity.
Thursday, September 23, 2004 5:25 PM
Building a 4D with the intention that it will eventually sell rides is an expensive proposition. I would think that prototypes of those wacky rides that get shown from time to time would be better choices for theme park "content".
Thursday, September 23, 2004 8:19 PM
Rob, I think that "wacky" is an understatement. Just think of some of the rides at S&S that don't make it off the drawing board. Now *those* have to be wacky.
Thursday, September 23, 2004 11:08 PM
I would image that S&S has some very cartoon-esque designs that never made it!
Friday, September 24, 2004 9:27 AM
Stan is, and has been, a hero of mine, and I wish him HUGE success in any and all of his endeavors. That being said, a proving ground of sorts might be a success as such, but I don't see it becoming a *popular park* in the middle of nowhere.
SWAT, for instance, is a ride that I *loved*, but with only the one installation, it's not necessarily a ride that a lot of GMs have had the opportunity to ride...having a whole *stable* of rides available to test out means it would become more likely that visiting upper-level managers could find SOMETHING that fits their needs more closely in terms of throughput and demographic *draw*....
H:XLC remains my favorite LAUNCH on any coaster (not ridden TTD yet, but it outpaces Xcel by a considerable margin for me).
I think the S&S park would make an excellent *proving ground*, but as for a PARK, it's a virtual certainty that the park would lose money....not that *I* wouldn't visit...:)
Friday, September 24, 2004 9:48 AM
That's probably what it is: A ride showroom that the company can use to recoup SOME of its losses by opening it to the public.