A photo tribute to the floorless coaster
From time to time I pull out some of the photos shared by Theme Park Insider readers of great attractions around the country and world. Today, it's a tribute to Bolliger & Mabillard's floorless roller coasters.
We start with the world's first floorless coaster, Six Flags Great Adventure's Medusa, tricked out for 2009 and now known as
Bizarro: Batman: The Dark Knight: Hydra The Revenge: Superman Krypton:
And now, my personal favorite, SeaWorld Orlando's
Now, the newest, floorless dive coasters:
And finally, a POV video from Kings Dominion's
(By the way, we could use some decent shots of
Scream and Medusa, if you want to help us out. Click the links to their profile pages, then hit the button to upload a photo. To my great regret, there appears to be no way to get the LA Times to either publish or send me the live-narrated POV video of me riding Scream on its media preview day.)
Update: Here is Scream:
Question: how does Russell Meyer get special privileges to shoot on-ride videos? If I tell the ride operators I am a Theme Park Insider, will they let me do that stuff too? ;) Nice work, Russell, again!
We get invites to media preview days, when parks typically mount a lipstick cam on the coaster to film POV/Reverse POV. Russell's done two of them, I did the most recent one at Magic Mountain, and I did two for the LA Times a few years back.
(raising hand for Manta, not like I won't be there anyways)
On a smaller scale, I'll get you some still photos of the Prowler... but not sure on the video. Unless I can sneak my ultra fancy Cannon PowerShot out of my pocket and snap off a quick video for you! ;)
I submitted a picture I took of Scream in either August 08 or June 07. It'd be great if someone had a picture of the other side of it where you see all the loops. Hope it helps.
When is Manta scheduled to open and when is the media preview day scheduled? (I will be in that area from May 8-16)
They all seem to have very similar elements. Yes, they're smooth, but how unique is each ride from the next? I've ridden some of these and, honestly, I couldn't differentiate my experience on one from another.
Dont know if you can include these in the Floorless coasters but you do dangle your legs lol
Manta is May 21 for media, May 22 for the public.
Josh,I totally agree with you. After looking at the photos, steel coasters are all starting to look alike to me too. I've been on enough different styles of steel coasters, to start going ho-hum another one to try, when a park announces the opening of another steelie. But then, my grandson is getting hyped up about next years coaster trip.
To put what I'm trying to say in perspective -
Hey, I'd put Raptor on that list (says the CP'er).. It's a B & M creation, and floorless! :) It is a bit older than most, I believe, and I don't really have any good pictures of it, either!
While an inverted coaster certainly hasn't got a floor, it's not classified as a floorless...
Robert, even with a better production crew, can they really do much with onride on a flyer? I've never seen terribly good flyer POV footage...
I guess we will see. But there is great promotional value in having POV on the Web, so if I were running a park, I'd sure want to find a way to create it.
Whoops, sorry then. Guess I didn't know there was a difference! :) Some theme park insider I am! haha
When is Media Day for Manta.
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