Thrill ride designers push limits to beat short-lived records

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Designers say they will continue to push the limits of speed and acceleration at least until the attractions are so extreme that they no longer attract enough riders to justify the construction costs.

Read more from The LA Times.

[Ed. note: -1 to the reporter at The Times who actually believes the Thorpe Park disembodied test mannequin story.]

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:48 AM

Sigggh... How many news agencies in the US are going to report this marketing stunt as fact? Even Yahoo is guilty...

Last edited by pyrocoasterkid, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:48 AM
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:21 PM

"Thorpe Park, outside London, recently was forced to redesign a new roller coaster called the Swarm after several mannequins used to test the coaster lost limbs on the ride."
I thought that a) the weight dummies don't usually have limbs, and b) don't they perform a pull-through with some sort of clearance template before a full test?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:41 PM

More like -10.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:25 PM

They forgot to include that an exorcism had to be performed on Saw. Thorpe staff pushed the limits of the number of ghosts guests could handle on a ride with wanton and apparently unauthorized Ouija board use.

Last edited by Cropsey, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:26 PM
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Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:36 AM

janfrederick said:
"Thorpe Park, outside London, recently was forced to redesign a new roller coaster called the Swarm after several mannequins used to test the coaster lost limbs on the ride."
I thought that a) the weight dummies don't usually have limbs, and b) don't they perform a pull-through with some sort of clearance template before a full test?

The video of the test dummies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xi7BEWVF4o

That is what happens to dummies who don't keep their arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.

This was just another stunt for publicity - you can see those weight dummies on the other rows in the video.

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Monday, March 19, 2012 10:20 PM

Regarding the topic of the thread, from what I've heard, SFGAdventure will already beat the worlds largest drop ride next when Lex Luthor hasn't even opened yet. The rumor is there will be some sort of drop attached to KK like Superman at SFMM.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:32 AM

...And they will provide a trolley service to get to the ride. lol

Seriously though, It sucks really really bad that these parks are building such low capacity, record-breaking rides. "Don't want to wait all day for our 300 pph amazing new attraction that the our 50,000 daily guests want to ride today? Rent a QBot NOW!"

To heck with record-breaking. I want to see responsible capacity at these parks.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 2:12 AM

LostKause said:
I want to see responsible capacity at these parks.

You're oversimplifying again. :)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:34 AM

Maverick00 said:
Regarding the topic of the thread, from what I've heard, SFGAdventure will already beat the worlds largest drop ride next when Lex Luthor hasn't even opened yet. The rumor is there will be some sort of drop attached to KK like Superman at SFMM.

Source, please.

I've heard nothing about this, although it wouldn't surprise me in the least after SFMM's announcement. But GAdv is already opening a StarFlyer and several flats this season, so I don't see this so-called KK drop ride before 2013, if at all. Isn't Luthor supposed to open this year?

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:38 AM
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:02 PM

Mike, SF had this as a possibility on one of their surveys, according to Screamscape.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:18 PM

I took that survey. As Screamscape says, there was no reference to or indication they were considering it as an adjunct to KK. So it's pure speculation. Makes sense, but it's speculation nonetheless.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:23 PM
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