Who picks up the bill for ride modifications?

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 8:33 PM
I was just thinking about all the downtime on some of the newest coasters, TTD, X, and Deja Vu.

They are all new high tech designs never seen before, and they all had their fair share of downtime and modifications. I was just wondering who has to pay for needed improvements like the new cooling system on TTD and the new train designs on X?

I would think that precautionary things that the ride doesn't need to run properly but to possibly help relieve some downtime would be picked up by the park. Sort of like buying a bigger motor for your car it runs fine with the old one but you wanted to do it to. Things that are needed to keep the ride safe and running such as the new seats on X would be considered a design flaw and be paid for up by Arrow. That would be like a recall on a car from the manufacturer such as faulty seatbelts.

Do parks get any compensation for downtime and upkeep? Look at Windjammer at KBF. They had problems with the train stalling on the track in a slight wind and eventually closed the ride after only 4 years. In that short amount of time they spent over $2 million on maintenance and inspections. I would consider that a severe design flaw. I know Knotts went to court over it but I don't how did they make out. I know if I spent $9 million dollars on a new ride I planned to have running for the next 20 + years and spent another $2 million in upkeep in only 4 years and had to remove the ride because it was extermely unreliable I'd be pretty pissed.

After reading all that here are my questions again!

Who pays for needed changes due to design flaws from the manufacturer?

Who pays for upgrades that aren't required but the park thinks will help with reliability?

Can parks get compensation for severe downtime and high maintenance costs?

Signature will be closed today. Sorry for the inconveinance.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:54 PM
I believe it depends on the situation. If it is normal wear and tear that is to be expected, than the park obviously pays for it. Such as replacing wood on a coaster or something.

If it is something that is a flaw in a new ride I think it comes down to a blame game and whoever loses pays the price. Like if brand new brakes don't work, I'm pretty sure the builder would be responsible for replacing them.

"Here's my ten cence, my two cence is free"-Eminem

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:57 PM
In most cases if there are problems with a new ride the manufacturer picks up the tab. This is usually the case with a prototype. The case with TTD maybe different due to requirements set forth by CP originally during the planning stage.

Without seeing the sales contracts(each one is different) it's difficult to know who is responsible for what. That's why they have legal depts.


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