Ugly Coaster Stations

Sunday, March 20, 2005 1:30 AM
Out of all the coasters Ive ridden, the two stations I found unattractive were the Corkscrew at Michigans Adventure and the Chang coaster at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Feel free to list some of your own opinions.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 1:35 AM
Zonga's Shed at Marine World.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 1:38 AM
Who the frik cares about the station? Does it have anything to do with the ride? There are a lot of pretty rides (e.g. Mean Streak) that are not worth the time of day. Then there are the ugly ducklings with great rides, so what is your point?

Stations are just what they are, rate a ride by station, well, some priorities seem way out of whack. Give me an ugly station with a great ride, I will be Cinderfella anytime.


Sunday, March 20, 2005 1:54 AM
Uhhh..calm down Cinderella. If you read the previous posts correctly you will see that nobody mentions anything about coasters.

They are talking about stations not coasters. Hence the name of the thread.

*** Edited 3/20/2005 6:55:25 AM UTC by MrX***

Sunday, March 20, 2005 2:07 AM
My vote would also have to go to chang at kk, and corkscrew at mia.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 2:41 AM
The station is very important! Its your last impression of the ride.

And would someone Please PLease PLease tell me why most stations are raise so high off the ground? I've never been able to figure that out! I'm sure I am just totally missing something. I mean sure, I love X and Scream, but I dont want to actually have to WALK up all those stairs! Why can't they all be like dueling dragons. Down is better. (and yes, I do buy peanut butter AND jelly in ONE jar)

Sunday, March 20, 2005 2:57 AM
Might be one of several reasons...

1.)Trains usually need gravity to move forward.
2.)There isn't enough room for a lift hill to extend all the way to the ground for a particular ride
3.)It makes it easier for maintenance to service the ride.
4.)It makes it easier for the operators to see the rest of the ride.
5.)It builds up excitement as you climb higher and higher.

Sunday, March 20, 2005 4:55 AM
Why can't they all be like dueling dragons. Down is better.

Dueling Dragon's station is not at or below ground level.

Sunday, March 20, 2005 5:49 AM
The enclosed station of El Condor at Six Flags Holland, now Walibi World wins that price from me .
It's a concrete shack that looks, feels and smeels like (and maybe even was) a cow stable with extremely ugly paintings on formerly probably white walls over a dirt floor - we had to stay in there for close to an hour before we could ride.
The ride is one of the first Vekoma SLCs and rides accordingly - so we ended up with some regrets.
I don't know if they did anything about it since, we were there about 2 years ago.

To be fair, the other stations and coasters are much better.
The woodie, which is really fun, is called "Robin Hood" and has a medieval castle as a station and in line for "Superman" (which is now called Xpress - I'm not sure how they changed the station) you are slowly moving through the offices of the daily planet before you set off on your mission to save the world by riding the coaster :)

The station to Goliath is techie and futuristic without any additional themeing or story and I like that best, personally - it's just the machine it is, period.
I'd definitely rather look at some metal, green, gras, trees than be enclosed by smelly plaster walls with cheap artwork - but that's maybe just me.
*** Edited 3/20/2005 10:52:29 AM UTC by superman***

Sunday, March 20, 2005 8:12 AM
I'm gonna say Great American Scream Machine and SFGADV and Rebel Yell at PKD.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 12:57 PM
What's so bad about Rebel Yell's station other than the never ending series of ramps you must traverse just to get to the airgates?
Sunday, March 20, 2005 1:33 PM
I know this topic is ugly, so let me just say Viper (SFMM). On the other hand one of the best themed stations I have ever seen still goes to Jaguar at Knott's.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 3:25 PM
I do love Jags' station, but with that, Mummy, and a few others that are really VERY dark as part of the theming, wondering if they shouldn't use SOME sort of recessed lighting so people don't end up falling and possibly getting hurt...esp. considering CA's litigious climate...

Of course, on the whole I'd rather discuss GREAT-looking stations...;)

Sunday, March 20, 2005 3:26 PM
I'll have to agree with DisasterAmy that corkscrew at michigans adventure is a horrible station. When I was in line I was like I cant wait till were done cause i'm never going back on this again. The coaster had something to do with that too.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 3:33 PM

Marky Mark said:
I know this topic is ugly, so let me just say Viper (SFMM).

Viper at SFMM? Thats probably one of my favorite stations in the park (based on looks). Its no Disney theming, but it definately evokes the Southwest theme nicely.

Most have been lucky enough not to see it, but Flashback's "station" is worse than the average carnival coaster.

Heck, even Deja Vu and Scream have pretty "blah" stations, though neither is neccesarily ugly.

Just defending Viper, as I still think that its among the best in the park.

Sunday, March 20, 2005 4:02 PM
I still think the best station I've ever seen would be Drueling Dragons. Although it has a very long line I don't mind going through it becuase of how detailed everything in it is. I think I.O.A. did an amazing job with the Dragons.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 6:03 PM
Scream! @ SFMM is pretty plain, let alone the coaster, lol
Sunday, March 20, 2005 6:12 PM
The Phoenix at Knoebels has a butt ugly station. Rusty columns and trusses exposed. From the outside it doesn't look that bad but on the inside blah. I was hoping after Twister was built with a beautiful station Knoebels would fix up the Phoenix's. I guess they figure it serves it purpose so why spend the cash.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 6:23 PM
I really never liked the over use of sheet metal that Six Flags and other parks build many of their stations from. Like Scream and Nitro for example. Unless they're trying to theme them as warehouses.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 7:12 PM
While for some reason I like the ride, Disaster Transport has to be the ugliest thing I've ever seen. The blacklight paintings, the assembly line room/repair shop, and the most unattractively plain loading station ever (IMO). Like the ride though.

Chang also is attrocious, but it wouldn't be so bad if they kept up the landscaping. The actual loading station is typical of most steel coasters though.

My vote for the best is also Dueling Dragons...awesome! But even some of the most recgnized coasters on the planet have really boring themes on their stations. My example...Millenium Force. Cool color scheme, boring design on the station. *** Edited 3/21/2005 12:16:14 AM UTC by Chadley***


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