Themeing- The coaster company or park?

Sunday, August 12, 2001 2:25 PM
Most of the time is themeing the job of the company who built the coaster or do they leave that to the park? In example Batman Knight Flight has a batman themed station, was B&M in charge of adding themeing or was it Six Flags. Same with the western themed Villain station, was it CCI or SF? I'm guessing it is the park but I'm not sure. Also does Disney theme coasters themselves or do they give the themeing plans over to the coaster company?
Sunday, August 12, 2001 2:42 PM
I would imagie the park informs the designer of the intended theming, then the designer custom builds as much of the ride as they can to conform with it i.e. the trains, wheel covers, track colors, etc... From that point on, I would imagine that the rest i.e. the station, landscaping, the queue, etc... is up to the park to hire contractors for. But that's only my guess.
Sunday, August 12, 2001 9:12 PM
I think you're on the right track, Long Live the SKY WHIRL. As far as I know, the coaster manufacturer isn't responsible for any of the theming, and the park would dictate the colors they wanted to match the theme that they already know the ride is going to have. I don't even think the coaster company is responsible for queues, other than the platform itself (if that). Disney, as far as I know, contracts their theming out to other special effects gurus and so forth, giving them the guidelines, details, etc.

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Sunday, August 12, 2001 9:41 PM
Disney does virtually all their stuff "in-house", even ToT is one of the few drop-rides that isn't Intamin or S&S. Alpie was done by a company out of St. Louis who I have been unable to locate on the web - even tried to track them down. I'd love to work in theming for parks, esp. Six Flags and indie parks. Probably a good idea for my masters(?)...
Sunday, August 12, 2001 11:32 PM
Disney Imagineers do the vast majority of the Disney themeing and design. As for the Tower of Terror....Disney got advice from not a ride manufacturer but an elevator manufacturer....Otis Elevators.
Monday, August 13, 2001 8:05 AM
I had a letter written to me awhile ago from Six Flags Magic Mountain answering some of my questions. One was about how they theme the ride. This is what Angel repied:

"I'm delighted you are such a roller coaster fan and interested in designing them. Six Flags purchases new rides directly from ride manufacturers and then works with the manufacturer to custmize the ride for the park it is being placed in. After that park designers set up the stage with theming. And finally our marketing team produces thelogo alongwith the collateral and advertising message to wrap up a synergetic introduction campaign."

So I guess that means they both work on it;)

Later she wrote something really cool not related to this. "Six Flags is commited to being the 'thrill ride' place to be fore fans lik you. We plan on making a spectacular announcement regarding out plans for 2001 in early December." Pretty cool huh:)

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