Do we over look Intamin?Six Flags America: Yes, Intamin is so sweeeeeet.... but I'm starting to notice some down-time on one of their coasters... tell me if you see the same for Intamin coasters you're close to.
From Eli KatzmanMy home park (SFA, of course) has one Intamin coaster (I won't go into details with why I'm disappointed with the park), Superman: Ride of Steel. So far this year, I've been to SFA 4 times since April 26th, opening date. I'm pretty sure 3 out of the 4 it has had "technichal difficulties" of some sort.
Posted June 27, 2008 at 6:43 PM
Opening day): waited an hour 15 minutes for them to finally get it working at the beginning of the day.
This is just an example. Do you ever find problems with your Intamin coaster (If you go on one frequently)?
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From Christy ShumanOh I can think quite a few right off the bat. Volcano-KD, Kingda ka-sfgradv, TTD-CP.
Posted June 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM
From Peter StephensLaunch/catapult coasters are more likely to have issues due to the level of technology involved. So, KK, TTD, Volcano all have to "pass a test" that lift coasters don't. I'm surprised there isn't MORE down-time. (NOTE: The experience is worth the wait!) You have to wonder how many more launch coasters will be built. Intamin AG is obviously the leader, but these rides are rare, expensive and prone to breakdowns (meaning fewer happy riders, less guests, less profit, etc.) I hope they aren't a dying breed. (For now, the novelty should keep the existing ones running for a while, even if they are expensive to run.)
Posted June 29, 2008 at 10:49 AM
From Derek PotterI don't see too many problems with Cedar Point's rides. Dragster had it's problems in the beginning but has become a lot more reliable in recent years. I've never heard that Wicked Twister ever had extensive downtime. Millennium Force has the occasional problem with it's cable lift system, but again, downtime is minimal. Let us not forget also that Intamin designs and builds a lot of other types of rides.
Posted June 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM
Intamin has brought about a lot of technology that other coasters just don't have. Cable lifts, magnetic brakes, various launch systems...etc. Naturally these rides, like every other one, would have a shakedown period. It's not whether or not the rides malfunction, but what the park does to prevent and fix the issues.
From Eli KatzmanNo, not all boost coasters from Intamin are a... well, not a waste, but a... a 'letdown'. Look at Stormrunner. It rarely brakes down. When it does, they get it right back up and running right away. Oh, Christy, sorry about Volcano, I forgot. Sadly, though, stormrunner is the only one I can think of. How is Xcelerator doing? After all, that was #1. I want to ride it, though!
Posted July 2, 2008 at 6:51 AM
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