Keep in mind, though, that while I like the flying- and floating-sensation on roller coasters, I'm not a fan of whipping and spinning rides. I just don't like that sensation. Think of this as a vertical flat ride, with the spinning on the y-axis instead of the traditional x-axis. (Yeah, I'm a math geek.) If that sounds fun to you, you'll love Green Lantern.
Gratz to SFMM on claiming the coaster crown, and kudos to them for continuing to add unique coaster experiences. This new coaster may not be for everyone, but with 18 to choose from, who cares?
So, has the "Coaster Capital Of The World" signage come down at Cedar Point yet.... or are they thinking of getting a piece of the crown back next year...?
I bet that anything is possible with Cedar Point. I know the new CEO has to grapple with the shrinking debt from taking on Paramount Parks. But, I think it would have to be 2 coaster in order to take on the title again. However, there is nothing to say that they can't push their alternate claim "America's Roller Coast".
And yeah, with their money issues I figured they'd just build one new coaster and be "tied" - at least they'd have part of the crown.
Anthony, the pause between the thrills is called "the wait times."
Instead of a new coaster, CP would be better off rehabbing the Mean Streak in the style of Texas Giant. They are after all, pretty much the same design by the same designer, although Mean Streak is a little bigger. Mean Streak just isn't that popular anymore. In this era, the coaster war doesn't just mean quantity, but also quality.
Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is a great example of quality over quantity. Without Big Bad Wolf the park has just five coasters (one of them a kiddie coaster) and it still soundly thumps Kings Dominion in attendance which has fourteen coasters in operation (of which about three - Volcano, Dominator, and Back Lot Stunt Coaster - are worth repeated rides). Why does Busch win? Well, because the park is really a top notch experience, and their coasters, while limited in number, are all excellent.
Furthermore, new coasters are largely overrated when it comes to attendance drawing power. You need look no further than SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios Orlando - both parks added new coasters in 2009, and both parks had attendance skids that same year. It is time for park designers to start getting a bit more creative, not only with coaster designs, but with all their attractions, and with their attraction selections as well.
And yes, Derek, the Iron Horse treatment would be awesome on Mean Steak. In fact it should be mandatory for any Dinn Corp woodie (hello, Timber Wolf)!
What you think Robert? Could it be a good idea or do you think that it has too many spins and flips for the average Disney`s rider?