What about the future?

Sunday, April 22, 2001 4:49 PM
What rollercoasters if any, do you think will be around 50 years from now? Rides so classic and enjoyed that parks wouldnt even think of dismantling, like the Cylclones, Shuttle loopers, Thunderbolts, comets, Grand Nationials and other such classics.

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Ghostrider = good
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Sunday, April 22, 2001 5:00 PM
Magnum, Corkscrew, and (hopefully not) the Windjammer
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Sunday, April 22, 2001 5:02 PM
I think just about all coasters will probably remain except old Arrow loopers & clones (ie: Vekoma Boomerangs & SLC inverted).

Just like old historic places and pack rats, people don't want to let old things go!

"It's old, quit hanging onto it... let it go!!"
"But it has history!!!


As it becomes an "ACE Coaster Classic",
certain coasters may remain around for decades to come even though there's much bigger, better, prettier, and far superior in every way!
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Sunday, April 22, 2001 5:07 PM
Intamin's new track design appears to be built to last. We can only hope. But seriously, 50 years? I sure most will still be around, I mean, we aren't tearing down that many coaster. A better question would be 100-150 years! Just imagine where coaster technology will be then!

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I'd Rather Be Riding Rollercoasters
www.mycoasters.homestead.com/mycoasters.html
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Sunday, April 22, 2001 6:23 PM
Lets see here 50 years, I'll say most of the coasters that have been built will still be standing.

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Dorney Park just... rules!
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Sunday, April 22, 2001 6:31 PM
I believe that most custom rides will still be around, but many clones will not. This can be seen why what has already happened in coaster history.

Look at clones of past decades there were many Arrow shuttle loops, and many Intamin/Schwarzkopf shuttle loops. (Not unlike the boomerangs and SLCs of today) The vast majority of them have been moved or removed from their original location. Many are in pieces. I can't even think off hand of an Arrow shuttle still at it's original location. I can only only thing of 2 Intamin/Schwarzkopf shuttles at their original locations. (Heck, think of the other Intamin/Schwarzkopf full circuit clones.)

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- Peabody
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Monday, April 23, 2001 5:28 AM
It all depends on what happens in the "industry."

Back during the first Golden Age of the 1920's, there were coasters all over the place. Then, as new forms of "entertainment" became available in the 1950's and parks started to loose some of their draw, one by one parks, and coasters, started to disappear. By the 1970's, the "traditional" amusment parks were closing right and left as the "industry" began to be dominated by the Themeparks, and along with these closures came the loss of many classic coasters (the most recent victim, the Coney Island Thunderbolt).

Right now, the Themepark industry is booming, and with it, coaster consturction and popularity. But who knows what the next 5 decades may bring. Truthfully, it would not surprise me to see the number of parks start to level off, with the few remaining "traditional" parks closing (good examples, Americanna and Conneaught Lake). Also, as land availability becomes more and more precious, coasters that are in existance now will start to disappear to make room for newer rides as technology advances become available.

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I promise I won't go off on a rant about those @#$%^&*! Toboggan's again.



*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 4/23/2001. ***


*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 4/23/2001. *** *** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 4/23/2001. ***
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Monday, April 23, 2001 2:08 PM
SLFAKE hit it right on the head. Coaster popularity hjas waxed and waned and will continue to do so...

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Decisions determine destiny; Destiny determines decisions.
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Monday, April 23, 2001 2:48 PM
Now that we have seen what they're doing with the first drop on that Mega from Intamin in Germany... You know, the 90 degree twist... I bet they plan to scare the heck out of us with a 300 footer that twists all the way down. Now that would rock!

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It's still not tall enough!!!!!
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Monday, April 23, 2001 3:33 PM
Same rides... New technology. I don't think anything out there has been built to last 50 years. Look at new homes. Heck my parents was built in 55 and it's like new. Homes built in the last 10 years are falling apart.

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It's still not tall enough!!!!!
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