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.
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.
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)
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.
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***
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...;)
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.
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.
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.
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***