Why no Mega-Lites in the US?Why haven't US parks been adding any Mega-Lites?
From Ryan PickhardtI've been wondering lately, why haven't any US parks added an Intamin Mega -Lite? They are small and compact, but have awesome airtime and a great layout! One would think that many smaller parks would be eating these up!
Posted June 3, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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From Bradley KeithThat's a really good question...
Posted June 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM
I think it's because the U.S. overall seems to prefer B&M. I'd think a smaller park could end up with one pretty soon and they'll end up in other places as well, like eurofighters (though we don't have many of those either). I could see one at Mount Olympus or Holiday World sometime (no time soon though). Both parks lack a steel coaster not counting kiddies. If Kentucky Kingdom ever reopened a mega lite would be the "big coaster" Ed Hart says he will build. It seems like in the US smaller parks wanting a good coaster build woodies because they tend to be cheap, but that could change pretty soon.
From Russell MeyerWhat do you call Skyrush? It's technically a hyper, but has a very compact layout.
Posted June 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM
From Ryan PickhardtI have a feeing that we are going to see many more similar ideas of compact coasters. El Locos, Euro-fighters, Mega-Lites- these are just the beginning for the compact coaster! There will still be massive roller coasters that will try to be the best, but industries are getting smart and are trying to make small coasters that pack punch! Look at the wild mouse! It seems like every other amusment park has one because they're cheap and small! Just thinking about what new ideas to come give me chills of excitement!
Posted June 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM
From AJ HummelMy theory on this has been the following:
Posted June 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM
-A Mega-Lite is a bad choice for major parks as the capacity isn't high enough (theoretical is only 800 riders per hour) and it doesn't look too impressive compared to larger rides.
California's Great America
and possibly one or two others.
From Bradley KeithYeah, all of those parks would be MUCH better with one. I could see one at:
Posted June 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Knotts (if miraculously they can fit something in there)
SeaWorld Orlando- this wouldn't happen for years but it would be a good 3rd major coaster.
Silverwood Theme Park- They've surprised me with their collection of rejects from other parks and they're becoming a big ticket place. Maybe in 5 to 10 years they could have enough money for one.
Valleyfair- In the last few years Cedar Fair (and Six Flags) have FORGOTTEN their smaller parks. Show them some love! A mega lite would fit right in there.
Kings Island- maybe not a mega lite, but if they don't use the Son of Beast space on ONE coaster and instead multiple rides a eurofighter or el loco would fit right in at the Action Zone area. I think Flight Deck is a goner too so Kings Island has a lot of space available in the next 5 years or so.
Maybe my choices could be a little ridiculous (especially Seaworld) but hey, you never know.
From Andrew DoughertyLake Compounce could easily ditch Zoomerang and a few surrounding little things and build one.
Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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