Wood Coasters - A Thing of the Past?

Wednesday, February 5, 2003 6:41 PM
Well, yes and no. If Riverview was developing today, I'm certain they would have a lot of steel. There are things you can do with steel that simply can't do with wood, and they're a lot of fun (inverted, launched, etc.). There's no doubt that a park should have a lot of steel. The way I see it, a park ought to have a lot of different rides, because different=new, and new=attendance increase. However, each wooden ride is very unique, in ways that two similiar steel rides would not be. For example, I conisider Magnum and Millennium Force, two fairly different hyper coasters, to be much more similiar than American Eagle and Blue Streak, two similair wooden coasters. A new wooden coaster is just that: New. So I'm not saying get rid of the steel. I'm saying that wooden rides are unique enough, even with what "little" they can do, that you can have a large amount of them, and still have a variety of thrills.

I hear America screaming...

Wednesday, February 5, 2003 10:36 PM
I don't see that wooden coasters will die out. They go through their lulls as well. We had a rather steep drop in coaster builds and wooden coasters took a dive along with that.

As others have mentioned, however, wooden coasters are still being built. S&S has their wooden coaster division, TGG is around and looking to build and there's always Intamin and GCI.

I think wooden coasters will be fine. They're always a nice addition to a park.


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