Visionland officials expect new coaster to be big draw

Posted Thursday, March 17, 2005 2:48 PM | Contributed by Godsentone

Visionland's Zoomerang roller coaster is expected to not only be a boon to the park, but also to Bessemer as well. The new steel coaster from Australia is to make its debut when the park opens May 8.

Read more from The Birmingham News.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 3:05 PM
Mamoosh's avatar A steel roller coaster is often seen as a star attraction at an amusement park and can be a big draw for new visitors, and especially, coaster enthusiasts, park officials said. Officials said there is a huge demand for this type of new attraction at Visionland.

While I don't see this 'Rang as the reason many enthusiasts finally decide to visit the park I do think the park will see a nice increase in attendence. 25%? That's an awful big jump in numbers...I wish them luck!

mOOSH - ironically visiting V'land for the first time this year.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 4:00 PM
A Vekoma Boomerang will increase attendance by 25%???
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 5:11 PM
If a Zamperla flyer can boost Paramount's Canada Wonderland attendance by 30%, a Vekoma Boomerang can do the same. Miracles can happen.
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 6:16 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Ironically that is the same year PCW had to double its supply of Advil ;)
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 6:17 PM
Wow, visionland is the most retarted park in the country. *of course a little tiny steel coaster will spark attendence*
No all of us in alabama just go to sfog or make a trip to orlando or somewhere. I hate visionland why didnt cedarfair offer more money to buy it.

Mamoosh I would advise you not to go, unless you want to spend more money then you want to and bored the whole time.
I would know, im an alabamian or whatever.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 6:23 PM
25% over a boomerang? hmmm...

-- alan "heh.. heh... you said boon.... :)" jacyszyn
*** This post was edited by SFDL_Dude 3/17/2005 6:24:07 PM ***

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:39 PM
Iwilljumpthefence, I have a feeling Moosh will have just as good a time at Visionland as at SFOG. From his previous posts, he knows how to appreciate the local indie parks...unlike *ahem* some others. Rampage is worth the admission price alone. Plus they have beer and turkey legs.
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 8:25 PM
Mamoosh's avatar And he's assuming I have to pay to get in the park ;)
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 9:49 PM
This is in response to IWillJumptheFence. You will have to forgive the original (mis)management for not taking Cedar Fair's extremely generous offer. And please don't take the normal Alabamian appraoch and hate everything and constantly talk of how there is nothing to do. This is the largest attraction ever added to Visionland, and the GP has no clue what a boomerand is in relation to another another coaster. Sure a boomerang is very low on my list of coasters I would like to see there, but it is better than a coaster by an unknown manufacturer or a zyklon or something.

Anyone planning to go to Visionland will enjoy one of the best wooden coasters in the world and a park on par with dozens of other places most people on this board have gone out of their way to get to.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 10:14 PM

Wow, visionland is the most retarted park in the country.

Wow, what irony.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 10:21 PM
Jeff's avatar Daddy says I'm the best...
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 10:27 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Birthday card found in Visionland gift shop:

"Happy Birthday Uncle Father!"

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 10:37 PM
Hey, if they can make it as [relatively] smooth as the Boomerang at Knott's, they may not even have to worry about Advil. :)
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 10:56 PM
Now come on, that card was was at Beech Bend and Camden Park. Here at Visionland we only had the "Happy Birthday Cousin Father!" card.
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Thursday, March 17, 2005 11:23 PM
No, Camden is in southern West Virginia, so it's "happy birthday little sheep"...
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Friday, March 18, 2005 4:04 AM
I'd like to say that according to the local officials of the Birmingham-Bessemer Area, this news is great news b/c it gives a thrill never seen before in Alabama. Not to mention all the records for a park in this state:

1) First Steel Looping Coaster

2) Tallest Coaster (If it will be the stated 125 feet instead of 116 posted by RCDB)

3) Most Coasters

4) First Coaster to travel forwards and backwards

5) Most Expensive Coaster

6) First Non-Continuous Circuit Coaster

And if you guys paid close attention to the article, Visionland knows their place in this theme/amusement park industry and the following statement validates that fact:

"The additional attendance means more motel room rentals, more people eating at restaurants and just the overall adding to the tax base," Spahn said.

A steel roller coaster is often seen as a star attraction at an amusement park and can be a big draw for new visitors, and especially, coaster enthusiasts, park officials said. Officials said there is a huge demand for this type of new attraction at Visionland.

"We're not Six Flags," Spahn said. "Birmingham can't support a Six Flags, but it can support something in the middle, which is what we are. Visionland is a phenomenal theme park. It's good for the state and the Birmingham area."

"The coaster will introduce a lot of people to Bessemer for the first time," said LaTasha Cook, vice president of the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce.

So you see it's all about Marketing the entire area, city and state to draw more visitors from all over. Give Visionland credit for not putting all their apples in one bunch like they did when they first opened. Much smarter management will definitely mean bigger and better things for the park in "Due Time."

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Friday, March 18, 2005 5:55 PM
Actually Zoomerang is not the first steel looping coaster in Alabama. Corkscrew, formerly at the Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham and now at Canobie Lake, holds that honor. It operated from 1982 to 1986.

http://rcdb.com/id659.htm

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Saturday, March 19, 2005 3:25 AM
Good observation!!! Excuse me still the First Triple Looper in Alabama.
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Saturday, March 19, 2005 10:08 AM
Now you're talking Godsentone. ;-)
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