on March 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM
I've never rode a coaster that integrated music and a great ride better than Zep. And Life In The Fast Lane was one of the better mine trains I've been on, song or no song. Maximum RPM was not up and running when I visited HRP shortly after it opened. Nights In White Satin..The Trip was mind-blowingly good too. I'm so glad I got to that park before it died. It was one of the five best days I've ever had at an amusement park. Thanks for the article.
on March 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Nice article, but I think EuroDisney's Space Mountain beat the US one to having a musical score. I used to reride it just to hear the music! (It's changed now, and is not as good)
on March 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Good article. One note is that while Space Mountain was the first coaster in the US with onboard audio, Casey Jr. at Disneyland Paris was the first ever to have this feature (if you don't count this as a coaster, French Space Mountain still beat the US version by a year). It will be interesting to see if coasters continue to be built with onboard audio as, while it adds something to the ride, it is expensive to maintain the system and if not maintained will fail within a few years on any coaster with significant forces.
on March 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM
Music on coasters is fantastic! Music on any type of ride is great, as a matter of fact. Rock'n'Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit are made that much better because of the on board audio. California Screamin' had some really good music going on but unfortunately it is NOT working. I've been on that ride several times over the past year on different trains and music on that thing seems to be a memory of the past.
on March 12, 2013 at 8:04 PM
I was on California Screamin' just last week, and the sound and music were working just fine.
on March 13, 2013 at 6:10 AM
Very nice topic – I enjoyed reading this..
From 126.96.36.199 on March 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Rockin roller coaster is definitely the best!
on March 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Led Zep was a fantastic coaster. The music was off the chart. I live in Myrtle Beach and had the opportunity to ride this coaster at least 50 or 60 times. I now pass by Hard Rock/Freestyle Music Park almost everyday and shake my head at the whole park sitting idle. With the exception of the Revolutions crew, no action at all. Disney, please come to Myrtle and revive this outstanding ride. I am sure the Eagles and the Zep guys would love to get their music back on a roller coaster and many of us would love to ride these great coasters again.