USA Today profiles 2003's greatest new attractions

Posted Friday, May 23, 2003 7:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

USA Today profiles five new attractions that range from giant coasters to simulations.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 7:28 AM
What is the 'real' ride hight of Superman: Tower of Power?
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Friday, May 23, 2003 8:33 AM
08/15 as the official opening date of Mission:Space? That's much earlier than planned (Oct).
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Friday, May 23, 2003 9:55 AM
Jeff's avatar I thought that was accurate for a soft opening, actually. The "official" opening was supposed to be October if I remember correctly.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 10:59 AM
Rock 'N Roller Coaster, Soarin' Over California, Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain DLP, and Test Track are "very average amusement rides"?? Riiiight. I've never seen something like any of these at a CF or SF park.

-Danny
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Friday, May 23, 2003 11:10 AM
Jeff's avatar Who said anything about SF or CF? They are average rides. Variations of them have been done before. They're not "gee-whiz" Disney rides.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 11:24 AM
Well, I consider SF or CF major parks that have "very average amusement rides" unlike Disney and Universal who are generally in a league of their own. Maybe if you visited Disney for the first time in the past couple of years, everything would be very "old" in the sense that the hype has already been long gone. But when Test Track, Indiana Jones, and RnRC first opened, I was seriously "gee-whiz"ed about all of those! I had no expectations for SOC and I thought the ride was brilliant and way above what I imagined it would turn out like. At the time they were built, I don't remember thinking there were many, if any, similarities between those and what Disney or any park had done before.

Now, if you want to talk rides like Winnie-the-Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Aladdin, etc. being "been there, done that", I might agree with you there.

-Danny
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Friday, May 23, 2003 11:57 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar From the article:


"As the coaster wars wind down, (Paramount) is differentiating itself with this new class of huge ride,"

I love that line - I couldn't agree more. The coaster boom of the late 90's early 2000's is coming to an end. Back to a handful of new coasters each year. With a slower economy, the next few years could see a sort of "flat ride boom". Cheaper for the parks, but still something you can totally market around (like Delirium).

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Friday, May 23, 2003 12:04 PM
Vernon -

The Superman Tower of Power (entire) structure stands 113' above ground.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 12:05 PM
Rctycoon2k's avatar RnRC is / was in no way "new" and "innovative". Vekoma has done projects using LIMs before RnRC. Test Track I don't see as a new thing. Indiana Jones I can see, maybe, but nothing at Disney (with exceptions) are that revolutionary.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 1:00 PM
The towers on Superman Tower of Power are about 270', the same as Warner Bros. Movie World in Spain. The additional structure on top, plus the flag pole give it its record-breaking height of 325'.
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Friday, May 23, 2003 1:36 PM
I hate it when Six Flags does crap like that. It's like them saying that X-Flight has 8 inversions. Whatever!
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Friday, May 23, 2003 3:54 PM
rollergator's avatar Lord G....couldn't agree more.

The overwhelming irony of course, is that as *coaster enthusiasts*, we praise some of these new flat rides, to the possible detriment of additional coasters being built. It probably is *for the best* in the long run, however, if it makes parks more profitable, bringing in the families to foot the bills for the additional coasters later on...

bill, prefers the shorter S&S towers in general anyway, as they give a better "pop at the top"...:)

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Friday, May 23, 2003 5:42 PM
But MNguy, the ride actually stands that tall. That is just smart marketing and the GP never really knows the difference. Besides, I believe the same thing could be said about any other S&S tower with a top connector (which is the same as counting the pole); the height of the connector is included in their height also (which does mean the precious Cedar Point is included too).

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Am I really that shy?

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Saturday, May 24, 2003 4:10 PM
If you look right here. You see that Cedar Point tells you that you will go 240 feet. The tower is 300 feet tall. They're not lying to you. http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/inside_park/rides/thrill/powertower/index.cfm

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Tuesday, May 27, 2003 9:44 AM
Yep, SF lies about statistics and no other parks do (sarcasm).

It's marketing; almost all parks stretch the truth when it comes to the stats of their rides.*** This post was edited by Mr Rush 5/27/2003 1:45:22 PM ***

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Monday, June 2, 2003 5:36 AM
Despite the height dispute, doesn't Superman: Tower of Power sound dangerously close to CP's Power Tower....?

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