Seems like most new coasters do not feature lights that run along the track. I love the way The Scream Machine at SFOG looks at night with its lights on. It adds nice little touch to a great ride. Are there many other coasters that have track lights?
Lights along the track are good... but not all the way.
I like it on wooden coasters, but I don't want it for the entire ride... maybe the first drop or 2, then no lights for a turn, possible helix or couple other drops. then more lights.
If the entire track is lit up, it kind of ruins the experience of riding at night. It's nice for part of the coaster seeing the lights rushing by... but no lights enhance it even more because for the most part, you don't know what to expect next especially if it is virtually pitch black!!!
I think it'd be cool to have lights on the first 2 or 3 drops of a coaster that followed the coaster train. I think it would look kinda cool :).
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Unless it has changed for this season, Magnum XL-200 has running lights along the lake side of the lift hill. What they took out was a strange high-tech strobe configuration that broke down frequently. Blue Streak only has lights on the outgoing side of the ride. I think Cedar Point views the coaster lights as being mostly for the benefit of people outside the park.
Hersheypark has lovely tracer lights on both handrails of the full length of all four of their wood coaster tracks, and along much of Sooperdooperlooper.
Stricker's Grove has actually installed chase lights on the Tornado lift hill if I remember correctly.
Kings Island has tracer lights on Racer and on the Vortex lift hill...and floodlights on the Beast. :)