what coasters were the hype before 1999?

Wednesday, February 20, 2002 11:56 AM
im just interested because i moved to the US in 99 and it wasnt until then that i became an enthusiast.  even then, i wasnt really into coasters before 2000(Superman: RoS!)

anyway, what was considered all the hype?  i hear my local Volcano: The Blast Coaster was pretty famous when it opened....so what do you all say?  im just interested in a brief background, not what you personally thought was the best.  just what was talked about alot(like X has been talked about lately).  so what do you all say?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:01 PM
Superman: The Escape was quite the big deal as I remember correctly.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:04 PM
I don't know if this was being talked about alot but Top Gun: The Jet Coaster at Paramount's Carowinds opened in '98 and many people think its one of the best inverts (including me)
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:04 PM
Well, I hyped Top Gun at Carowinds up for about 3 years :P. Come to think of it, I'm still hyping it up 3 years AFTER it opened :)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:07 PM
Some standouts as far as being anxiously awaited in recent years, but prior to 1999 were:

Outer Limits: Flight of Fear

Batman: The ride

Legend

Raging Bull and Apollo's Chariot

Stealth (I believe it was constructed a full year prior to it's openeing)

Knoebel's Twister

There are plenty more... but these are some I heard lots of talk about a few years back.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:17 PM
RB and AC were in 1999, so really that doesn't count. I myself didn't really become an enthusiast until 1999, so I only knew of the hype around my home park's (SFGAm) coasters. The one I remember being hyped up the most was Viper in 1995, because it was brand new. I remember the Golden Grams commercials with it, and how I laughed at it for not being Viper in the footage. Little did I know that it was Viper, just not SFGAm's, as I recall, it was SFMM's.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:24 PM
Hymmm...does anybody else remember the hoopla over Volcano:The Blast Coaster?
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:30 PM
It was pretty hyped-up, but PKD couldn't get the vertical "Volcano" launch down pat for quite some time after it was supposed to open. Eventually they figured out something, which included removing a row of seats from each car to make the trains lighter. Consequently, this created monstrous lines. PKD later fixed the problem completely, and added the previously removed seats.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:40 PM
Remember when Mantis first came out?  I remember going to Cedar Point's old skool website just to drool over the pictures, especially the one of the vertical loop. 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:44 PM
Lol Antuan, I've still got old school website on paper in a binder somewhere. It was such a plain website, but easy to print out!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:01 PM
Wouldn't be one of these sites, would it? :)
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:36 PM
jeez.....CP's website has been improved alot.......if that were its site now it would make the park look a little cheap(as a general park guest, not an enthusiast who knows about it).
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:47 PM
Youve got to rember this was in 1996!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:56 PM
How about Wild Thing at Valleyfair in 1996 Morgans first hyper coaster.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 3:35 PM
how would i remember that that site was in 96?  i was still making wooden forts in the woods.  i remember when an unknown coaster at holiday park(germany) was the next best thing for me.

if you were going to ask, that HIGHLY upsets me.  i went to both europa park and holiday park.....grrr                     

expedition G-force would have been nice :-)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 3:39 PM
Definatly Alpengeist! My aunt went on it in 1996 and she raved about it for months. Also Kumba, Damn a didn't stop hearing about it!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 5:59 PM
Wasn't Alpengeist opened in 97?  That's what RCDB says.
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Thursday, February 21, 2002 7:50 AM
Since the question is which coasters were they hype BEFORE 1999, I would say there were a lot.  Magnum comes to mind initially because it was the first coaster to top 200 feet.
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Thursday, February 21, 2002 8:03 AM
The FL coasters mentioned were quite the rage 'round here, but the ONE "distant" ride I really wanted to get was Steel Phantom...the second drop WAS everything I had hoped for and imagined.

Now if only GregLeg invited us, we'd go check out PR...;)

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Thursday, February 21, 2002 8:17 AM
I remember, when S:TE opened there was a photo on the front page of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.
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