Do you think that coasters are no longer going to be built because water parks are make more money?
Look at Cedar Point, they have 16 wonderful coasters. Flat rides? Sure they've got an S&S tower, and with maxAir it's a bit better, but up til very recently their flat ride collection sucked. What was drawing the people? The coasters.
Who visits for coasters? Teenagers, people in their twenties and SOME families.
Cedar Point,because it's so big can base all of earn all it's money and base it's business of the coasters, but for the average park, it's not easy.
Look at holiday world ? They only have 3 coasters but they have variety. They have an awesome water park along with the free Pepsi and sunscreen, as well as the addition of various thrill rides.
Do you think that water parks will become popular now just because they are reliable and draw guests, or is it really because the park lacks any variety in the first place? Up to the past few years, theme park water parks, aside from Disney, have been pretty dull.
What parks are doing now, isn't it just catching up in terms of water rides?
Eventually it will go back to coasters, and then back to water parks.
I think it's the variety that keeps the people coming. Sure 2 coasters within 3 years of eachother that were over 300 feet will attract people, but the variety of the water park will help bring what ever the coaster didn't accomplish.
Any thought? or do I have this entirely wrong?
While he has some valid points - water parks are indeed popular and do pull in a lot of people as Holiday World and other parks have proven with great sucess - coasters will still continue to be built each year.
You gots nuttin to worry about! ;)
I think coasters will continue to be built as well as waterparks parks are now beginning to realize that they should draw families since they have more money to spend and that = variety. because a park should cater to the whole family = kiddie rides, mild flats and trains for those with little ones...roller coasters and thrill rides to entertain adults and teens. and waterparks seem to cater to familys too teens love to hang out at waterparks and kids well they just love water
In the beginning, there were ice slides, and while fun, the buttocks were cold.
Later came the wooden roller coaster, and, lo, how there were many. Plentiful, yay, but their variety was limited, for they were all wooden. Sure, there were Viriginia Reels and Flying Turns, but they were lambasted by the early-20th-century enthusiasts. "Gimmicks!" they shouted.
Then came the Great Depression, and many a fun wooden coaster were dismantled and turned into matches and Lincoln Logs.
But, huzzah, then came the second half of the century! A mountain of a coaster was built in Anaheim, and it did spawn little mine trains, and the public's appetite was whet.
In the crazy and psychedelic '70s, a few men on different continents thought, "wouldn't it be groovy if our mine trains went upside-down?" And then they did. And many corkscrews were placed in tiny parks of amusement across the land.
But these little loopers were not enough! The public cried out for more, more, more loops! And, yay, they were built. One park would boast, "I have the most!" Then another would come along and make one with one loop more.
The competition grew so fierce that it was called an "arms race." But late in the century, it seemed that loops weren't enough. "We need something different," said the park owners. And so the mighty designers sought to put riders in different positions: standing, dangling, flying. And the public did eat up these rides... for a time. After some years, the enthusiasts did shout, "Gimmicks!" and few more were built.
"If standing or flying or reclining is not what they want," the park owners said, "then let us give them height and speed!" And the designers did comply. And rides reached farther and farther into the sky. "Why does parking cost $10?" the public would ask. "Why?"
And one day, an enthusiast questioned it all. The enthusiast wondered why parks would build multimillion rides so very tall when a child playing in a pool seemed to have the most fun of all.
And, lo, that enthusiast posed that question on Coasterbuzz, with a certain confident burning in his heart that his sincere query would ultimately be mocked in verse by an exhausted editor.
Plus, with global warming and all...;)
Not to say the stratacoaster bubble has quite popped...I smell the stink of a few more future failures.
But in the meantime, both before and after, sensible coaster and slide expenditures will always fare well.
Eventually the $60 million waterpark resort... market will be saturated.
--who wonders if they use that 'red dye' in SFGAms new HH
A nice variety of flat ride experiences, along with the aforementioned water rides, goes along WITH the coasters (and I guess upcharges where applicable), to make up your so-called "ride package". Even the entire ride package represents less than half of what a park needs to have. Infrastructure, landscaping, STAFF (love good staff), shows, maybe wandering musicians, and other *attractions* make up the overall park experience.
Of course, ALL that being said...since I have about 3 hours' total at BGT tomorrow morning, I'm going for SheiKra alone! ;)
*** Edited 6/17/2005 5:17:32 AM UTC by rollergator***
- Bumper cars ride on a flat surface
- CP's Calypso rides on a tilted flat surface
and Tilt-a-whirls would be more of a 'stuffed crust' ride...
Rollergator, who has ever said that a rapids ride or a shoot-the-chutes ride is a flat ride? There again, it misses one of the definitions for being a flat ride, and that's the fact that you can't transport a rapids ride or shoot-the-chutes to the next fairground--yet. Yes, I'm aware that they have portable log flumes, but they're log flumes.
I know it's splitting hairs, but no one ever came up with a definition for rides like MaxAir or Iron Eagle that are clearly not flat, and are very tall during their ride cycle. To me it's sort of like people who win SUV's on reality shows and fawn over their brand new car. I'm sitting at home going "It's not a car".
*** Edited 6/17/2005 1:52:26 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***
If a ride was truly a 'flat' ride, then we'd have loads of 'Queue: The Escape" rides, and where would the fun be in that?
Boy that takes me back to a certain South Park episode where the boys are at an amusement park in line for a ride they don't even know what it does. Turns out they were in line for "The Line Ride" and at the end of the line that was it. "Thank you for riding The Line Ride." Too darn funny!
*** Edited 6/17/2005 2:13:07 PM UTC by cyberdman***
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