Whatever happened to "vertical" coasters?

Monday, June 24, 2002 3:16 PM
I'm referring to rides like Oblivion with the (almost) vertical drop. I think that's the only one I have seen or heard of, and am wondering if there will ever be any more.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 3:19 PM
B&M made a second, G5 in Taiwan. Vekoma has a tilt coaster with a vertical drop, Intamin and S&S both have coasters with 90* drops, and of course X has a near-verticle drop as well. I suspect you'll see more on the way ;-)

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Monday, June 24, 2002 4:02 PM
We don't want them, they are one trick poneys.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 5:40 PM
How can you make that assumption without riding one? Don't judge something until you ride it. Many rides which look like a one trick pony turn out to be more.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 7:02 PM
Actually it is, it has one vertical drop and thats it. You don't have to ride it to see that. Power Tower is a one trick pony but people still like it. Just because it has one good element doesn't mean it sucks

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Monday, June 24, 2002 7:37 PM
I love how everyone forgot to mention Deja Vu. There's three more with vertical drops. And it has two!
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Monday, June 24, 2002 7:56 PM
Jephry, there is more than just the drop, not much more, but there is more. :)

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Monday, June 24, 2002 10:29 PM
Probably because parks realized there is nothing more to them besides a drop and a turn. Just as Teenage Ninja said, they're one trick ponies. Yes, Power Tower is a drop, but then again, it IS a drop ride. Coasters CAN have more than one drop and a turn but the vertical dive machines don't (yet) which is why they'll never become really popular.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 4:48 AM
ALso I think vertical coaster like HS XLC, Deja Vu and others are not reliable for a park because htey break down so often.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 5:05 AM
Yup, G5 + Oblivion = One Trick Ponies. I like that word... Pony.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 5:29 AM
But Oblivion is still one of my favourites, it may be just one drop but it's the best drop i've ever ridden.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 5:31 AM
Like I said, there is nothing wrong with a one trick pony. It probably has a really great drop.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 5:35 AM

Hard to tell from the pics, so can anyone tell me if Shaft of Terror is a one trick pony?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 6:06 AM
Is it a requirement that because Oblivion is a one trick pony, that all future vertical coasters be too?
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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 8:34 AM

Teenage Ninja said:
We don't want them, they are one trick poneys.

Speak for yourself, YOU don't want them. From the mouths of several people who *have* ridden Oblivion, it is Alton's best coaster. The drop may be just that, but it's pretty damn impressive. Look at it this way... Xcelerator has a vertical drop and a couple of overbanked turns. Everyone loves it. Impulses, TA2K's, they all have the same deal, and everyone loves 'em. I'm told B&M's holding brake at the top of that vertical drop does wonders. I'm sure that if an American park installed a clone of Oblivion everybody would be happy. NEVER judge a book by its cover.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 8:38 AM
The problem seems to be not that they are one trick ponies, but that they are expensive one trick ponies. Adding more elements to them will increase the price tag of these already expensive rides (I'm talking about B&M dive machines). If a park wants one, it will get one, simple as that.

As far as coasters going vertical, there has been several (all mentioned above) built in recent years and I see no reason why they'd stop now. As far as Shaft of Terror goes, from the pics I've seen it also appears to be just the one trick. But it does appear to do more than the dive machines, just nothing special after the first drop. I think it's drop also twists, so does that make 2 ponies, or just 1 big one (or maybe it's a 1 trick mule).

Personally I want to ride a vekoma Tilt Coater, now that looks scary and fun. Plus it definately is not a one trick coaster.

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