This year i expected to see some different coasters built. i was hoping to see a new 4d somewhere, or another floorless, or maby a B&M flier.nothing, the only suprise to me was storm runner. i know that parks are coming off a slow year but isnt that a perfict reason to build something cool, too atract new guests. I am just a simple enthusist who failed marketing class but isnt it enough to konw what would help a park and what would fail a park.
Building too many rides will fail a park. Six Flags found that out the hard way, due to all their new debt and not getting their Return On Investment. With this soft economy, we are lucky to see any coaster at all. Im quite content with the announcements so far this year, personally.
Well, just to put my 2 cents in here, there were quite a number of different coasters built last year (Floorless, rocket, inverted, impulse ect) and there are only so many types that can be built in each market at different intervals I suppose. Perhaps it's just an "off" year so to speak.
The late 90's early 00's were an unprecidented time of growth and building for roller coasters only remotely comparable to the original "golden age" of the rides. It's also the time that many current enthusiasts discovered this whole 'subculture' on the internet and became interested themselves - now I see a lot of people echoing your thoughts, fearless ben, wondering why there aren't 50 or 60 new coasters built every year.
It just doesn't happen that way...long term at least. The last few years were the exception, not the rule.
When did Captain Obvious, protector of all things wavepool, move to an overall waterpark focus?
But, I do agree that waterparks are the way to go for now - although they're approaching the same market saturation as coasters. Face it folks, not every park can/wants to have one of every kind of coaster. Not only is the money dried up, but there's a lack of new products, space, and probably interest right now. A new coaster used to be something to draw in record crowds - now that only applies to the smaller parks, and places like Six Flags parks can install new coasters and LOSE attendance ...
I think what people are wailin' about is the perceived lack of big ol' monstrous honkin' giga-hyper-loopers.
Seems these days they're only going up in CF parks--and since they only have relatively few of them, there ya go.
Meanwhile, HW has been posting one record season after another--and where are the gigahypers? The record-breaking $15 million wacky-colored people-gaspers? Or even the $3 million 'low-budget' woodie? They've been drawing people from hyperwoody, launch-a-steelie and Six Flags country with a blistering barrage of record-breaking, first of their kind waterslides, people. I can't be the only person who's figured this out.