Discussion in 'Roller Coaster Construction' started by Temleh, Aug 3, 2015.
Here is an awesome Icon montage created by Coastervideos (mov(e)motions):-
To be fair, that's a pretty sweet video, some lovely footage in there.
But it still looks slow.
News must be slow today:-
Was the person who filmed that drunk?
Trapped 12 foot in the air on a flat piece of track. Terrifying!
The Mirror is written for idiots by idiots, did you expect anything better from them?
I love this article, lets take some time to deconstruct it.
Well you would be shocked if you were trapped 12ft in the air. And that shock would sustain itself for the whole 15 minutes.
Why would they need to stop the ride as they investigate I thought it had already stopped?
They didn't know what was happening? Had they not figured out the ride had stopped? Or were they just looking round confused trying to understand why the scenery wasn't speeding past so quickly?
Daunted for the prospect of what? Being evacuated and having to ride Infusion instead?
Thanks for that Greg. Just 10 or 12ft would've been fine, but I'm enjoying the image of two 6ft guys walking around pleasure beach on top of each others shoulders.
Well you would be.
No, 15 minutes actually.
Not quite as dramatic...
What a relief. I would've thought a car slowly stopping on flat track at 12ft would result in at least a few broken bones.
I would imagine they would've been slightly less excited. Only a bit though.
The trained staff - I assume that's the two guys on top of each others shoulders.
Thoughts and prayers to all those concerned. Horrific incident.
Can;t wait for the Good Morning Britain appearance.
On a different note, I actually heard something very interesting about Icon's apparent success for Blackpool; the ride apparently needed to bring in 100,000 new guests to meet Blackpool's attendance targets, but attendance in 2018 has actually gone down by 200,000 compared to 2017, apparently. Why does everyone reckon the ride's apparent lack of success has been?
I'm only on my mobile, so won't write a long response, but that sort of stat is only worthwhile if you compare it to the rest of the country.
If every park has seen a decline in visitor numbers by 10% (for example), but BPB has seen a decline of 5%, then that's where you'll see the worth of the investment.
It's hard to look at one park in isolation, and draw those kinds of conclusions about success/failure.
Where is this source?
I usually judge a ride's success on how many people in my office have heard or are willing to go ride, and although there was nowheree near the buzz that Smiler had when it opened, there was some real interest and alot of talk about it. Although Wickerman was generally more favoured and discussed. Not what I predicted to be honest.
I just generally don't believe when enthusiasts call something a flop or state facts about how rides have failed to bring in attendance coz it's usually based in biased speculation. Gimme some facts. Also attendance has been reduced by 200,000? How can that even be possible with the summer we've had.
Here's your source for the apparent info on the attendance decrease: https://towersstreet.com/talk/threa...h-general-discussion.147/page-274#post-243292
I'd hardly call one person's statistic a source.
Is anyone going to Pleasure Beach on Sunday? I'm filming a documentary about Mack Rides and I'll be asking enthusiasts about their views on Icon as well as Mack Rides in general. If anyone is interested please let me know
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Giving out names of sources when it would threaten their jobs isn't really my style... You'll just have to take my word for it.
I would be interested in where the 100k extra visitors target came from. Anyone know what factors informed this target? Is it linked to the spending on construction and/or marketing or something?
A 200'000 decrease is shocking is it not?
Even moreso in a new-ride-year?
Even me in my incessant pessimism can't' see it being that bad.
When was this data taken? It could of been before the main summer for all we know, the season isn't over yet.
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