what ever happened to suspended coasters?

Friday, July 6, 2001 8:52 PM
they were very fun and unique rides better than inverted.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 9:11 PM
I think they just didn't pack enough punch anymore with all the new designs. They are a great family coaster, and a lot of fun to ride, but they don't draw people to the park anymore. They're fun to ride if your there, but would you travel to ride one.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 9:15 PM
they should try taking the shoulder restraints out. Even though they are already fairly smooth, I don't see too much of a need for OTSR's on any that i've been on.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 9:24 PM
well i think that rides like big bad wolf or top gun at pki or some of the best coasters ever made.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 9:35 PM
I agree TMTCC about Top Gun at PKI. I believe that was the last suspended ride by Arrow. I really think they should work more on this concept. Top Gun was so smooth and fast and the transitions were awesome I really think they can do more with it.

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***Why can't all parks have a Millennium Force?***
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Friday, July 6, 2001 9:55 PM
Maybe since the inverted coasters came out that people are looking for bigger, better thrills!

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"Pootie Tang!"
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Friday, July 6, 2001 10:33 PM
I'd love to see an inverted suspended. You'd ride with you feet dangling like an inverted, but they could swing like a suspended. No loops or inversions though, probably would not be possible. But I think that would be a great ride.
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Friday, July 6, 2001 11:48 PM
I agree with Enigma13. Newer designs have surpassed the suspended coaster for sheer thrills.
The Big Bad Wolf at BGW is probably the best in it's class. It's a great ride because it truly gives you a sense of speed when you travel through the village mock-up.
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Saturday, July 7, 2001 5:53 AM
While I love suspended coasters (Iron Dragon Crew '98, CP), it is unfortunate that they've fallen by the wayside to higher, faster, and upside down. No, it isn't possible with the current suspended technology to have them do any inversions, and even getting greater height/speed is tricky, since the shocks can only handle so much. I think they're wonderfully unique because they do allow the "swinging" motion, making the ride seem more natural and relaxed, not as controlled. But for the general coaster-riding public, bigger-better-faster is the rule, and it's too bad the suspended class doesn't compete so well. But I love 'em! :)

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Po!nt of View: A different look at Roller Coasters.
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