I'd hedge against this on a simple basis - trendline. Fun Spot had already been hard at work dropping in solid additions between White Lightning and Mine Blower. I would also swear we had received tipoff they were eyeing RMC? Undoubtedly a hilariously world-class attraction coming to a small park - but not the most surprising.Arie Force One, the multi-million-dollar RMC that clearly promises to be wildly innovative and wholly world class in nature, is coming to what is essentially a municipal park/permanent local fair in Fun Spot Atlanta. No one would dispute that this is a shocking development on several levels.
But this got me thinking: This is, as far as I know, THE most surprising addition to any park I have ever known — or at least that I can recall.
Can anyone think of an equally or more surprising addition of a coaster to a park ever?
This is pretty bang on - I'd air on the side of Millennium Force's announcement specifically. Both coasters, in general, pushed to limits previous thought unimaginable, completely unanticipated by the public. MF itself broke ten world records when it opened, and completely transformed the park in it's wake. Did a quick google search, this article write-up on Ultimate Coaster gives a good "feel" for how shook the public was at the announcement:Perhaps not as surprising as the above, but Top Thrill Dragster was quite surprising mainly because of the timeline.
Sure it’s a giant coaster at a giant park, but only 3 years after Millennium Force. In 2000 CP open the first 300 foot coaster. The record only last about 20 minutes before Steel Dragon 2000 opens. The two coasters are on opposite sides of the planet, so not really competing for guests. Nobody else in the Western Hemisphere has a giga, yet here come CP in 2003 saying “Ok fine, we built one that’s over 400.”
It's usually by adding the clause "full circuit" somewhere in the small print.Sorry to go off on a slight tangent, but out of interest, how did Cedar Point get away with referring to MF as the world’s tallest when the Intamin Reverse Freefall coasters existed 3 years prior?
I knew someone would say it’s not surprising given the context of larger Fun Spot designs. Fair enough, I’m not saying you’re wrong as it’s a valid point.I'd hedge against this on a simple basis - trendline. Fun Spot had already been hard at work dropping in solid additions between White Lightning and Mine Blower. I would also swear we had received tipoff they were eyeing RMC? Undoubtedly a hilariously world-class attraction coming to a small park - but not the most surprising.
In recent years, I think Legendary Twin Dragon was one that stunned me the most. It's an Intamin Impulse coaster, a coaster type that saw seven models built between 1998 and 2003. A defining example of a "flash in the pan" fad coaster that got popular for a very short while, until all the drawbacks became so apparent that nobody ever wanted to build them again. It took only five years between the first and last installment of this coaster type ... until 2021, when Chongqing Sunac Land decided to build another one, and grab the world speed and height records for inverted coasters while they were at it.
Building upon China and old Intamin concepts that flopped somewhat in the West, I know of at least one Chinese park currently building an Intamin spinner… which the West only ever tried with Bakken’s Tornado back in 2009. Hearing that parks were going for those again certainly surprised me!An honourable mention goes to Barracuda at Hainan Ocean Paradise. I remember the announcement of Fahrenheit and have always considered it to be a very cool coaster, but apparently the concept didn't sell well, and the Intamin contraption from 2008 remained the only vertical lift multi-looper Intamin ever made ... until again, somebody in China must have read an old brochure and said "We'll take one of those!"
The 1999 announcements for the year 2000 were simply shocking for anybody who lived in or near Ohio; Millennium Force, Son of Beast, the the Six Flags Ohio rebrand of Geauga Lake with a massive B&M floorless, a large CCI woodie, and the first Intamin Impulse outside of Japan. It was insane.
2 in fact. One at the same place as Barracuda and one at Nickelodeon's new park. Beyond that a Chinese park is also opening a Zac spin soon. Intamin seems to have had some sort of old rode yard sale in China.Building upon China and old Intamin concepts that flopped somewhat in the West, I know of at least one Chinese park currently building an Intamin spinner… which the West only ever tried with Bakken’s Tornado back in 2009. Hearing that parks were going for those again certainly surprised me!
I wonder why Chinese parks seem to like reviving old Intamin products?