Do you think Busch Gardens could use a mine train coaster?
Busch Gardens Williamsburg:
Most parks have a mine train type coaster. Do you think it is something the Busch Gardens parks should consider adding to their coaster line-ups?
From Jesse Key
Posted August 17, 2009 at 4:46 PM
Now that the Big Bad Wolf will no longer be in operation at Busch Gardens Europe, there seems to be a missing roller coaster which would be one that has a broader appeal (not just for intense thrill seekers) and be maybe more family friendly. Most parks have a roller coaster that is a little more tame, but still fun. A lot of parks have this type of coaster in mine train type roller coaster (And it seems to me it's a popular type ride at a lot of theme parks). Neithor Busch Park has a mine train type ride.... Do you think that a mine train type coaster is something maybe the Busch Parks should consider getting?
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From Brandon S
Posted August 18, 2009 at 12:42 AM
I don't think they should. I just think that they should do something more original, I mean like you said, most parks have them.
Oh, you mean like a family coaster? I kinda see what you mean, because big bad wolf was a kinda intense starter... and they don't have a kiddie coaster, do they?
From Tyler S.
Posted August 18, 2009 at 8:09 AM
Yeah they have Grover's Alpine Express.
From Jesse Key
Posted August 18, 2009 at 12:41 PM
Yeah, like a family type coaster I guess. Not something that only is made for children, but not something that is super intense. They don't really have that middle ground covered in that park with a coaster to link you from say Grover's Express to whatever you'd say the least intense would be (Loch Ness) of thier 4 Steele Coasters. If not a mine train, then something cool and original..... but mine train coasters seem to be popular at parks to me (coasters like Big Thunder Mountain, Carolina Goldrusher.... etc.)
I am a big believer in the theme park principle that if a ride doesn't fit the theming, or is plopped down for the sake of having another ride, than it should not be there. I just dont see where a mine train coaster would fit at any of the WoD parks.
As far as I'm concerned, they can have the Cedar Creek Mine Ride from Cedar Point for free (plus S&H). I doubt many CP visitors will miss it.
It could, but it is a little late to get a mine train. No if they need a coaster, they either need a GCI through their thick woods or a B&M flyer to replace Big Bad Wolf.
From Jesse Key
Posted August 18, 2009 at 8:16 PM
I think a wooden coaster through the woods would be cool. Although I do think adding a flyer would be cool, I don't think it would feel the coaster gap I was describing earlier because I think most flyer coasters have too high of a hieght requirement to consider it a fun for the whole family type coaster. I know a lot of times we want to think about what we'd like to see and many people on this site are really into thrills..... (the highest, the fastest, etc.), but not everyone visiting a themepark wants to have a super intense ride experience..... and families are a big market that a lot of amusement parks try to reach. If you were an Adult who was not an adrenelene junkie, but did not want to spend all day in kiddie land with your kids (say if your kids were 9 ish or so), they don't really have a coaster that fits with that scenario with BBW being taken out. Of course, I don't know..... Maybe they have plans to replace it with another coaster that will help bridge the gap between the kiddie coaster and Loch Ness. Would you say for a themepark to be very successful, it needs to have something to offer a variety of people?
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