Cedar Fair likes to make sport of swerving it's fans, so they could be fudging numbers like mentioned above. The B&M hyper rumor has been the most talked about, but I know that 11 million is about half the cost of Diamondback....not nearly enough to cover
I know that sounds like an odd point of contention, but when you read the bulk of the article it goes on to talk a lot about the tax breaks that the park is getting and what kind of previous arrangements were set up between the state and the park. The 11 million isn't necessarily the entire pricetag. They could have moved the numbers around in any number of ways to fit that amount within the constraints of the preexisting tax deal.
All the B&M hypers out there (or at least the last few installs) have run around the 20 million dollar range...
Eleven million for a woodie sounds pretty steep. I believe wholeheartedly that this is going to be the 250 foot racing themed B&M hyper that's been rumored for months and months. The only part of that rumor that hasn't panned out seems to be the early one about the coaster being (no joke) Dale Earnhart themed (with the name Intimidator). For a brief bit the KD and Carowinds rumors got intertwined and for a month or two it was believed that Carowinds was getting a B&M giga, but that eventually got debunked (that was May and June).
I know it's hard to say "keep waiting," but at this point there's nothing solid to work with. Only a week and change until we can settle all this for good.
Anyway, if it IS B&M, here are the 7 types of B&M coasters (as I've said in threads):
Hyper (as in Diamondabck)Diving (Griffon)Floorless (Medusa)sit-down (Kumba)inverted (Alpengeist)Flying (Tatsu)Stand-up (Georgia Scorcher)
Ok, hyper is too much cash. plain and simple. diving ... it seems like they only make them in the US is only Busch parks (and also too much money).Floorless COULD be possible, like Hydra at Dorney, and that was 13 mil, which seems like one of their smallest projects.Sit-down is also possible, but it would probably have to be compact, but keep in mind, they did make one very recently, but I can't think of it...Inverted is possible, like maybe something along the lines of a Batman the ride clone (NOT THE SAME, BUT CLOSE), but I don't know how much those costed.Flying is usually pretty expensive, probably because of the complex trains...Stand-up... wow they haven't made one since '99, I think, for no reason, in my opinion.
ACTUALLY... It could be stand up... like maybe it's a new, different type of trains, so it's record braking, like maybe the shortest stand up coaster?
I know, bad idea, but I'm throwing it out there.
Still, a new B&M floorless coaster may be the answer. Even adjusting for inflation, Hydra's $13m price tag in 2005 would only rise to about $14.5m in 2009 dollars. You might be on to something, young man....
Good one, Robert! It could also be a record breaker as the "Most Hyped Non-Event In The History Of Amusement Parks!"
Yeah, Robert, as I said before, it could be the SHORTEST (in length) B&M ever, which could make it really cheap... :P Oh, and Robert, I know this is TOTALLY off topic... but did you kick Jake Rivers off the site?
Oh, thx, that's what I was thinking of. The new B&M sit down was Led Zeppelin: the Ride (now is Freestyle Music Coaster or some crap) which was made in '08.
And how do we know it's $11 mil? What source?
If there is B&M track onsite and the hyper rumor is true, then something is off on the story, or they are talking about another attraction or expansion in addition to the B&M.
Eli, Hydra opened in 2005, but you're right, was probably paid for some time before that - however, inflation has increased so slightly that the growth between 2004 and 2005 would produce a minimal change from what I posted. So the numbers should be okay.
As for Jake... he's right where he belongs: confined, banned from a computer, and just hoping for a nice gift from his ex-TPI friends... like soap-on-a-rope.
Regardless of what the ride turns out to be, I'm encouraged to see CF invest more in this park. We've felt a bit like the red-headed step children of the Southeast since CBS/Paramount sold CW to CF several years ago. With Busch, Kings Dominion, Six Flags Georgia, cheap tickets from Raleigh to Orlando, etc., there have definitely been plenty of theme park options come spring time. But to have a decent park in your backyard is priceless. I admit, Carowinds barley qualifies as decent, but this ride can't hurt their fun-factor!
It feels like yesterday that we were being bombarded with Carolina Cobra commercials here in the Charlotte area - we can only go up from there, right? ;)
Are you guys in Charlotte stuck with all those horrible "Ride Warriors" commercials that show attractions that aren't even at Carowinds? I've gotten REAL sick of that one.
Steve L, Steve F is just saying that "what if the new coaster has more than a 90 degree drop?" That's not saying it's the first in the US, but that it's just significant. I think only 3 companies have ever made a drop over 90 degrees...