Whatever happened to?

Saturday, August 6, 2005 4:50 PM
There are a lot of coaster concepts that you hear about and think "That sounds cool," but then they never get built and then years go by and you never hear of them again. An example: I think it was Arrow or someone wanted to build a coaster that sat 10 across to compete with B&M's 4x8- they wanted to build 10x10- think of the capacity! That was several years ago that was announced and nothing since.

Other examples that are more recent at least seem to pop up in RCT incarnations like Pipeline, Screaming Squirel, and such...whatdayathink...are these dreams of the past or still worth building?

Saturday, August 6, 2005 5:28 PM
Most of 'em are pretty pointless, and apparently just a lot of potential one-upsmanship, with no real intention of building.

It's kind of like concept cars. They look cool, but aren't even kind of practical.

I don't know what we'll see, but I highly doubt we'll ever see a 10x10 coaster flying down a ravine near you anytime soon.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 5:33 PM
Well they have a screaming squirral built and operating. The pipline I'm not sure about. As for the 10x10's, the forces on the turn would be huge.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 5:48 PM
100 people on one train? The support structure would have to be probably twice as big/strong as that of a typical coaster.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 5:56 PM
It's at the same park the Arrowbatic is, etc.

Of course, there was a coaster that sat 80, and with SINGLE FILE seating to boot! :)

Sunday, August 7, 2005 11:49 PM
Oddly enough, the day after I posted this thread I did see the aforementioned Squirel in operation at a park in Italy on ThemeParkReveiw.

And that is actually another thing- all these kewl looking "one-of-a-kind" gimmick coasters seem to go to Europe- while here in the States we just keep getting bigger versions of things already existing.

I'd like to see a park like CP get something that is truly unique and different, but it seems that anymore parks are trying to sit back and let someone else do all the discovery and then open a clone after they see it is successful.

Monday, August 8, 2005 1:38 AM
Personally, I see no reason to ever have a ride like that at CP, or any big park. The throughput is mindlessly low, and from all accounts, the ride is terribly boring, and painful.

Let Stan build another insane air launched machine, or try his hand at another concept, but the Screaming Squirrel can die a quick death.

Monday, August 8, 2005 5:47 PM
I don't know... those X-car coasters may have a small capacity, but dang they do look like fun! I'd probably go on the Screamin' Squirrel just cause it's named after a cute fluffy (WE'LL TAKE OVER THE WORLD) little animal...

Now, you'll excuse me, I must... go... feed... the squirrels...


Monday, August 8, 2005 6:28 PM
What ever happened to the patent a few years back for the B&M 4-D coaster?

I remember shortly after X came out, there were some leaks about B&M having their own version of the "4D" coaster that didn't look quite as attractive in the blue-print drawing, but probably had some potential.

Monday, August 8, 2005 7:04 PM
If you read my pos6 correctly I want's referring to the screaming squirrel in particularly- just innovative NEW concepts in general.
Monday, August 8, 2005 7:35 PM
Count me as someone who would still like to see a ArrowBatic
Monday, August 8, 2005 8:17 PM
I know what you're saying Brownstreak, but I was ranting in general. ;)
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 11:53 PM
I think the American market needs to switch directions, but not so much in innovations, just in genres that aren't terribly common or popular. new ride concepts shouldn't be abandoned, but I think we could do with more heavily themed scenery rides like Dueling Dragons, for example, and (no one will like me for saying this) more hyper coasters! with the resurgance of Arrow under Inatmin's influential wing, and B&M gobbling up all the demands for loopers, I'm praying Arrow gets back to its bread and butter hyper coasters and shows the world just how good pure speed and airtime can be WITHOUT flipping upside down. only time will tell.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 12:32 AM

Incidentalist said:
Count me as someone who would still like to see a ArrowBatic

ROFL, I *worked* trying to get PKI to buy one...they went with Sonny... Go figure...;)


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