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  1. Pokemaniac

    Fun with Gantt charts: Is your park maintaining its attraction lineup?

    I'm not really sure what made me drop down this rabbit hole, but I guess it's a combination of fascination with statistics, topics popping up in recent conversations, and procrastination. Thesis due in two weeks? Time to do a bit of theme park analysis! First thing first: what is a Gantt chart...
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    How many time zones have you ridden coasters in?

    (click for link to bigger image) The world is a big place. So big we've had to divide it into countries, hence politics. Many of us have creds (ridden coasters) in many different countries, as evident by this old thread. But the world is also divided into time zones, also known as UTC Time...
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    Coasters and how they got there: stories from a fly on the wall

    I realized lately I've done a few of these stories already, and figured we could have a separate thread for them. Sometimes, parks make strange choices when it comes to new attractions. Either they're getting something really similar to what they have already, or something that seems completely...
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    Coasters that were built too early?

    I've decided to take that long and rambly post I made in the SFMM Raptor thread a step further. In case you didn't read that post, here's a short summary: From time to time, a small revolution occurs in the coaster world. An entirely new coaster type comes out, or somebody figures out how to...
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    Looking back at the 2010s

    2019 is about to be wrapped up, and in a couple of days the 2010s will be over. I figured it would be nice to discuss how the coaster scene has changed over the past decade. In my opinion, the 2010s have been quite eventful for amusement parks. To illustrate, let's compare some coaster rankings...
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    TusenFryd | Dragen | Gerstlauer Invert | 2022

    (Østlandets Blad - paywall) All right, that's all in Norwegian, so let's try a stunt translation into English: Personally, I'm cautiously optimistic! The new attraction for 2020 probably won't amount to much, but even a leased flat ride will breathe some fresh air into a park that hasn't...
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    Thorpe Park - Trip report and musings

    Finally got some time to do this. Anyway, a little over a week ago, I went to Thorpe Park in England, UK. I presume most of you are familiar enough with the park that I don't need to introduce the rides, and in any case others have done that better than me before. I don't think a straight-up...
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    How often do established parks really add new rides?

    I know the thread title sounds a little like it belongs more in Q&A, but have some context: It's a fairly common complaint out there that one's home park "so rarely builds any good rides anymore". It feels like your favourite park hasn't got a good new coaster in forever. That the park is...
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    Are Giga coasters worth it?

    This became a small point of discussion in the Orion thread, but I figured it would be better to make a dedicated thread for it instead of mixing it into the construction thread. So yeah, Kings Island's recently announced coaster Orion seems not to have wowed people to the degree the ninth...
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    The next manufacturer to go big?

    We all love Mack Rides and their exciting new creations. Helix, Copperhead Strike, Flash, that rumoured coaster for Universal Studios... they're pretty awesome nowadays, and news of a new big Mack coaster is met with much rejoicing. But do you remember their image before Blue Fire? They were...
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    We need to settle on a term for back-and-forth launches

    I think you're all with me here. It started innocently enough with Intamin's impulse coasters back around the turn of the millennium: They launched a train forwards with some speed, let it coast up a tall spike, stall and roll back, launched it backwards through the station as it did so, up...
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    Parques Reunidos visitor numbers

    Hello! The Spanish theme park operator chain Parques Reunidos has been in some focus on these forums lately, mostly related to the news around their acquisition of Belantis. Personally, I find them to be the worst park operator in the Western hemisphere, and I have some problems understanding...
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    CoasterForce's favourite coasters 2018

    2018 is over, and so is its coaster season. The end of the year is an excellent occasion to find out which coasters have been thrilling our members the most, not only in 2018, but across all previous years as well. It is time to declare CoasterForce's favourite coasters as of 2018! To do so, we...
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    The biggest thrill in the smallest package?

    There is a certain correlation between coaster size and thrill factor. Fan favourites like Skyrush, Steel Vengeance, Kärnan or Taron stand several dozen meters tall, feature thousands of meters of track, and/or or sprawl across large areas of land. Additionally, they cost a fortune and may...
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    Parkitect - Specialized Studios returns!

    With the imminent release of Parkitect (one week or so from now - get it while it's still in Beta and priced accordingly!), I figured I'd step up the pace of a park I've been working on. I managed to get it finished in time for the game's release, so I can start on version 1.0 with a blank...
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    Does it pay off to build big?

    I've thought about making this thread for a while, but decided to wait until the most appropriate day of them all: When Six Flags make their announcements. As you may have noticed, Six Flags have built up a reputation in recent years for investing small and buying identical attractions in bulk...
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    What is Everland up to?

    Ah, Everland, South Korea. I saw the park mentioned in a recent thread and remembered: "Oh, right, they're the park that has T Express! And formely Eagle's Fortress! Ostensibly two of the greatest coasters in history, or so somebody said once way back when, maybe. I can't remember having heard...
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    Is your home park doing well?

    No park is entirely perfect from a coaster enthusiast perspective. We all know that our home park - or other favourite park - could be better than it currently is. Building bigger and better coasters more often, for instance. But that's usually just a matter of us enthusiasts always wanting more...
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    What the heck happened to the UK coaster scene?

    This is another topic that sprung out of a Discord discussion. Maybe it should be in Q and A, but since I feel there is no straightforward answer, I'll put it here instead. The topic in a nutshell: Between 1990 and 2005-ish, the UK had around a dozen parks that built coasters that would feature...
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    Next rides on the chopping block?

    We all love to see the opening of a new and shiny ride at our favourite parks. What an addition! Look at those lines! A ride for the ages! But before you know it, 25 years have passed and the ride is suddenly a quarter of a century old. The park has grown around it, guests have become bored with...
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