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  1. Pokemaniac

    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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    Best coaster layout?

    Thread inspired by @roomraider: We all know Taiga at Linnanmäki isn't it, as evident from the discussion in its construction thread (from which the above quote was lifted), but which one is it then? Which coaster has the best layout in the world? Note that a good coaster does not necessarily...
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    What to do with parks that can't grow anymore?

    A thought that popped into my head the other day, while reading about speculation of a Giga coaster for Kings Island. Among the arguments for the plausibility of a Giga, one was "They basically have everything else already". And I realized then that this is true for a whole lot of parks out...
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    How much is it common for parks to invest?

    This topic idea sprung out from a recent Parques Reunidos discussion, as well as my chronic grudge for that company in general. As is usual in this section of the forum, the thread title kind of says everything. How large parts of their profits/revenue is it common for parks to spend on...
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    Norway's Supreme Court rules that Hunderfossen Familiepark is allowed to keep Il Tempo Extra Gigante

    Source in Norwegian. Okay, maybe a little bit of explanation is in order. This case has been going back and forth in Norwegian media for the last year-and-a-half or so, but I haven't found time/remembered to publish anything about it here until now. So, this is Il Tempo Extra Gigante, a...
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    Things your favourite park could build to thrill you (as cheaply as possible)

    It has recently been discussed in some threads how certain parks, chains - heck, whole countries' entire amusement scene - aren't exactly swimming in money. Times are tough, parks are less profitable, competition isn't what it used to, or previous thrifts of extravagant spending have put the...
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    Coasters you really like (but haven't ridden)

    We all know one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and that one shouldn't really judge a coaster before you've been on it an unspecified number of times. However, that's not always so easy. Often, you come across coasters which look amazing in pictures and videos, other people say they're...
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    Most forgettable coaster you've ridden?

    Some coasters are masterpieces. The best you've ridden. Good enough to be put near the top of a list you're keeping. The coasters we live and breathe for, that we could ride all day, the ones we plan our vacations around. On the other hand, there are the bad ones. Those rough enough to give you...
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    Specialized Studios - Parkitect - Final release!

    I already posted this park on the Parkitect Reddit, but I guess it will find a broader audience here. And Parkitect deserves a bigger audience, because it's turning into quite a good game! Originally, this park was intended as an experiment to see whether a pay-per-entrance strategy with free...
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