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    Predicting the most successful new coaster type of the 2020s.

    Isn't this a very roundabout way of saying "the biggest coaster ever built will also be the most expensive coaster ever built"? Kinda goes without saying, really. And also a counterpoint to the whole T-Rex thing: if you're going to shell out for the most expensive ride ever built, why would you...
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    Future of theme parks from a sustainability stance.

    If you are fine with extremely basic, back-of-the-envelope level of calculations, here goes: Weight of train = ca. 10,000 kg Earth gravity = ca. 10 m/s2 Force required to lift train = Weight*gravity = 100,000 kgm/s2 = 100 kN Energy required to lift train = Force * distance = 100 kNm/m = 100...
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    TusenFryd to build swing launch coaster for 2021

    Very unlikely, though. All the three Dive Loops of this layout have a twist into an inverted position at the top/entrance, while the whole point of Axis coasters is to do raven turns, which don't twist.
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    Thorpe Park: What could the future hold?

    The way it's marketed, it seems like the smell pods would be the most notable thing about the attraction entirely. I expect some sort of maze, escape room or other stuff built with tarps and simple carpeting in an existing building, meant to last for a season or two if even that.
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    TusenFryd to build swing launch coaster for 2021

    I'm not entirely sure if I believe that. Such an ultra-compact, launched flyer seems like it would be a little too radical for B&M, which usually sticks to very conservative designs. This one would break too many of their conventions at once. Also, Parques Reunidos shelling out for a B&M coaster...
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg Project 2021 - 355ft Height Waiver Filed

    Incidentally, building launched shuttle coasters is a quick and easy way to beat almost every scenario in most theme park games. Low costs, high capacity, high Excitement value. Of course, that may not entirely be the case in real life, but of all the park managers out there, there must have...
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg Project 2021 - 355ft Height Waiver Filed

    My thoughts were more along the lines of "Superman: Escape from Krypton: With Extra Bells and Whistles".
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    Busch Gardens Williamsburg Project 2021 - 355ft Height Waiver Filed

    I doubt it. The advantage of using a swing launch is that you only need one third of the launch track to reach the same speed as a conventional launch. That means less hardware to install/maintain (even if it might be more maintainenance intensive, as each component sees three times as much...
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    Legendia | Unknown | Hafema Rapids | 2020

    *whistles innocently*
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    Chessington World Of Adventures Have Revealed Elmer's Flying Jumbos In 2020

    Wait, with the "Cheddington" and all, I thought this was about Elmer Fudd the whole time. Guess I should pay more attention to English literature.
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    Disney's Hollywood Studios | Star Wars Galaxy's Edge | 2019 Park Expansion

    One little observation I have about this ride in relation to the newest Star Wars movie:
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    Predicting the most successful new coaster type of the 2020s.

    Of those listed, I have the most faith in STCs or GCIs, simply because they are smaller, less complex, and cheaper than the others. Flying and Axis coasters have trains that must be a nightmare to maintain, T-Rex coasters are too big for most parks to fit/afford, and the rapid switch swing...
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    TusenFryd to build swing launch coaster for 2021

    Could you try to dig out a source for that? I'd be really interested in seeing it!
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    Six Flags Chinese Parks in Trouble

    Man, Six Flags really aren't lucky with their overseas parks, are they? La Ronde is doing OK, Six Flags Mexico is apparently well-liked, but of all of Six Flags' attempts to operate parks outside of the US seem to have failed. Six Flags Holland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and France(?) were sold...
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    TusenFryd to build swing launch coaster for 2021

    On closer inspection, I think this might not be a Gerstlauer after all, as was initially suspected by the guy on TPR. The station seems to depict a much longer train than has ever been put on a Gerstlauer Infinity. It seems more similar to the train of Star Trek: Operation Enterprise, another...
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