Vote of the week: Which coaster company are you most thankful for?
Theme park fans give thanks for a great many things this time of year: family, friends, vacation time... and, of course, the folks who bring up some of our favorite rides.
Here are 10 top companies that were on the show floor at the IAAPA expo last week. Which is your favorite?
Tell us why, in the comments.
Why not Disney Imagineers or Universal whatevers?
While Imagineering and Universal Creative are responsible for designing the basic concepts for their coasters, especially the thematic elements, the coasters themselves are built by established coaster manufacturers: Expedition Everest and Rock and Roller Coaster - Vekoma, Revenge of the Mummy - Premier, Dueling Dragons and Hulk, B&M.
How do I love B&M? Let me count the ways...
True, I will remember the Universal Creative thing in the future.
I was inclined to vote for B&M like everyone else but without GCI the coaster collection at my local park (Worlds of Fun) would be really passé. So, thank God for Great Coasters International and the Prowler!
What, no Rip, Ride, Rockit fans?
I love so many different coasters for so many different reasons. However I have to give my vote to Intamin for setting the gold standard with Millennium Force. I cringe at the day when that coaster is no longer operational. I will agree with the other posters that there were some outstanding hits this year. GCI rocked our socks with Prowler, not to be missed @ night. B&M did not disappoint with both Diamondback and Manta
Well, I don't think a lot of people have been on it. But I love that ride!!! I rode it like 5 days after it opened.
I am most thankful for Great Coasters International! ...not just for their coasters, but for being a great group of people as well.
I also voted for B & M!!!!!
I've got to go for the Gravity Group for one simple word...Voyage!
[the now bankrupt] Arrow would have my vote solely because of Cedar Point's Magnum. Since S&S purchased Arrow, that's where my vote goes.
I would like to add Disney's in-house coaster designers. They have created some of my favorite coasters.
Intamin, they make most of my favourite coasters, and push the boundaries.
we love the Griffon
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