What's the best ride line-up in an 'off the shelf' amusement park?
Here's a thought exercise for you: If you were assigned to create the line-up for an amusement park, using nothing but existing, "off the shelf" amusement rides, what would you choose to include in the park?
Let's try to keep the size of the park reasonable here, so we'll say that it should include between 16-20 attractions for its "opening day" line-up, and that it should offer more family rides than thrill rides, so no all-coaster line-ups. We're trying to create a line-up that includes high-quality attractions that will appeal to as broad an audience as possible, to increase the chances that whoever develops this park will be able to make enough money to keep it going.
Using that as our criteria, here's what I would nominate for inclusion in our "off the shelf" amusement park:
Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper Coaster
Bolliger & Mabillard Flying Coaster
Great Coasters International Wooden Coaster
Intamin Rapid Ride
Intamin Multi Drop Ride
Vekoma Family Coaster
Mack Interactive Boat Ride
Sally Interactive Dark Ride
SimEx-Iwerks 4D Theater
Zierer Wave Swinger
Zierer Flying Fish
I'd also include a carousel and a dry/wet playgrounds among the family rides, but I don't have a preferred manufacturer or model for those, so suggestions there are welcomed!
What do you think? What manufacturers and models would you like to see in your park? Let's try to work toward some consensus here, to help the people who actually make these decisions hear what we, as fans, most would like to see added to their (very real) theme and amusement parks!
When people refer to "off the shelf" rides, I am puzzled by this description. I know many theme park fans make the distinction when comparing rides, but who buys such attractions. It seems to me most rides are custom one of a kinds. They might be similar, but the rides are designed to fit in a particular space and at the pricing level desired by the buyer. What is clear to me is many amusement parks have a collection of rides that seem to not follow any particular theme. Thus, the rides are "off the shelf" by default.
My definition of off-the-shelf would be an existing ride system that's available from a vendor, as opposed to a first-of-its-kind system, or other custom design. Furthermore, these are widely available systems, not tied by an exclusivity deals to a specific customer.
Anon, think about what you would find at a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part all those are "off the shelf" rides. These are basically rides that manufacturers either have a stock model for or use standardized technology across all ride systems. The layout or theme may be unique, but that doesn't make rides lose their "off the shelf" status. For example, Silver Bullet at Knott's and Batman at SFMM are very different rides but are both B&M inverted coasters, so they are "off the shelf" attractions.
A log flume is always a win. Or maybe a Mack water coaster? I personally think that the Mack interactive boat rides are vastly over-rated, but my only experience is with Dollywood's version. I'm also not quite the target audience. Also, how about a Scrambler or a Troika? They are always quite fun.
Assuming no lawsuits, how about the following?
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