i was just wondering cause so many rides now a days are adding tunnels-but do u guys think that this element really adds any scare factor to the ride? or if it does anything at all? im kind of impartial to it and think that they could be left out sometimes. however, i know some rides have lights, noises, fog , water, etc...and some rides are designed so that the tunnel is constructed over an element of the ride ie, a helix(like the beast)that it just adds more excitement to that already thrilling element. oh yeah,, the bunny hops too on magnum,,,the tunnel may serve some purpose there. what do u all think?
I think that the tunnels on alot of rides don't do too much for the 'scare factor'. I personally don't like the coasters that drop into tunnels (i.e., Desperado) because if a gust of wind catches you the right way, you can get a really horrible whipping effect on your neck. (Your head bends back too far, too fast) Don't get me wrong, I still love these rides, but I just don't like the tunnel after the drop.
Anyway, more on topic, I agree that tunnels with fog, lights, etc. have more of an effect on the ride. Going through a tunnel after a drop that is completely dark, though, is kind of pointless, I think. ------------- If bees make honey, then do earwigs make chutney?
Tunnels at the bottom of hills like Beast, Legend, and Raven really hide whats coming up and make great head choppers. Rididnt the beast flying out of the second tunnel at night is just insane. Tunnels on the bunny hops of magnum surprise ya too. Tunnels on rides like MF dont do much if ya ask me.
I think tunnels rule. For some reason tunnels just add to the ride. I mean think about it, alot of the top ten wooden/steel roller coasters have tunnels. The Raven, Magnum, M.Force, The Beast, Montu, and many more all have tunnels. I find that the tunnels on Montu makes the ride so much better. If you put Montu in a field with no tunnels it wouldn't come close to how good it is now!
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I think tunnels are great! Goliath's is awesome, filled up with Smoke. Plus I belive they made it because they didn't think it would look good without one. They can look so tiny and make you think your head's gonna get knocked of. Plain and simple...tunnels are great. ------------- This Space For Rent
I love tunnels and landscaping. It adds to the perception of a ride as "permanent" and makes a coaster far more enticing.
Also, if you look at how Oblivion enters its tunnel when it is still extremely steep, it makes the drop look far more exciting, as only the steep parts are presented to the crowd. The pullout is hidden underground well, well below you. It's like taking an elevator halfway up the first drop of a hypercoaster to watch the train thunder down whilst it is still steep!
I don't really like tunnels that look as if they are buildings in their own right. I prefer the sensation of diving into the ground.
I like the tunnel at the start of the Giant Dipper at San Diego's Belmont Park. It is actually pitch black (can't see your hands in front of you) and is even slightly disorienting! It is a great start for a ride! Psyclone's tunnel is stupid.
Tunnels are totally essential to all great coasters.
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Speaking of making rides loud, the first tunnel on MF at Coastermania night ERT this year was defeaning! I mean it would have literally hurt your ears if there would have been long enough exposure. It was totally awesome!
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