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Is Mystic Timbers a clone or near-clone of Prowler?

Matt N

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Hi guys. Whenever enthusiasts seem to review Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, I’ve noticed that it’s often compared to Prowler at Worlds of Fun, or cited as riding incredibly similarly, and I also remember comments comparing the ride to Prowler being thrown around during its construction.

So my question is; is Mystic Timbers a clone or near-clone of Prowler, or is it merely just a similar style of ride?
 

Hyde

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I'd air on the side of "iteration"; both coasters share a virtually-same layout, with Mystic Timbers throwing in some trick track and a joint-bridge to span the White Water Canyon lagoon. They not clones, but they're obviously built by the same company on a development timeline.

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But this also isn't anything new - countless coaster companies have gone with similar iteration approach to building gradually better and better coaster selections. B&M Inverts, Floorless, and Stand-Ups; Dinn Corp. large-scale woodies, and Arrow multi-loopers all have a similar "this is a lot of copy and paste" vibe to their layouts.
 

Matt N

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Ah right. Thanks @Hyde!

In terms of the sphere of woodies, is this similar to the relationship between Megafobia & Rampage, where they’re not quite clones of each other, but they share very similar layouts?
 

Hyde

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In terms of the sphere of woodies, is this similar to the relationship between Megafobia & Rampage, where they’re not quite clones of each other, but they share very similar layouts?
Would certainly track - Larry Bill designed both at CCI 2 years apart. General "bias" in design is rife with designers, and it would make sense to see similar layouts/elements in two back-to-back builds.
 

CanobieFan

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Lol. Someone saw my spoiler in the trip report, eh? I wouldn't call them clones but I would say....spiritual successor. Timbers is definitely inspired by Prowler.
 
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