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About Coaster Cow

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    When I grow up, I want to breed donkeys!
  • Birthday 11/30/1993
  1. Hi all, I am the President of the Theme Park Entertainment Group at Cornell University. We are an independent student-run organization affiliated with the Themed Entertainment Association, and we are proud to announce the third annual Cornell Theme Park Design Competition, presented by HSI Immersive! This year's iteration will challenge teams to integrate new 3D technologies into an attraction package for a national theme park brand. Teams must include 2 to 4 university students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program, and can be composed of students from any discipl
  2. Here's another older article for anyone interested: Susan Ingram on Industrial Europe and the Commodification of Leisure. It differs quite a lot from the last one but might be of interest to some of the history buffs on the site. Great to hear from you Arne! Sorry about the delayed reply. It's very cool to hear from someone pursuing landscape architecture as a possible route into theme parks; I am currently in a planning program but will most likely be entering a landscape architecture program for graduate school with similar intentions. Thanks for the literature recommendations, I'm
  3. AJ: I've really enjoyed following your work over the past couple of years! I've been mulling over half-baked work of mine similar to your Third Place project for some time now, mostly trying to analyze the urban failures of the 70s, 80s, and 90s for lessons regarding economic development and political processes. I'm sure you've heard of the Disney-backed urban entertainment center concepts and their offshoots, but if not you might find them interesting. Also, there's some placemaking theory within landscape architecture that I remember seeming relevant to urban leisure design; let me try to fi
  4. Thanks for the feedback guys! Samuel: I agree with a lot of what you're saying here.Your assessment of using these concepts in architectural or city planning work pretty accurately reflects what I am pursuing. I disagree to a certain extent about the value of applying disciplinary scholarship to industry. Universities are increasingly looking for interdisciplinary work that pushes boundaries of the standard fields of academia. My view is that professional tracks of study as dictated by national organizing bodies (as seen in law, medicine, architecture, engineering, etc) often carries t
  5. Hey everyone! I've always loved this forum because of the incredible informal knowledge that many of you have on various aspects of the themed entertainment industry. I've been a member since I was a teenager, having joined seven years ago, and so I really have grown up with the site as a backbone for my interests in theme parks. Over that time, my long-running hopes of pursuing theme parks professionally has blended into my university studies. I've began to develop a basis for applying theory from various academic disciplines to themed entertainment, a field that lacks significant scholarship
  6. Sorry for the double post, but registration is now open! Sign up at cornelltpeg.weebly.com/design-competition.html. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 16th, so don't delay! We recommend that if you are at all interested you sign up; that way you can see the prompt when it is released and decide if it's something you have the time or interest to complete.
  7. Hi all, I am the Corporate Outreach Committee Chair for the Cornell Theme Park Entertainment Group. We are getting ready to host our second annual Cornell Theme Park Design Competition, and I wanted to spread the invitation to compete to TPR! The specifics of the design prompt will be announced when registration ends and the competition period begins, but it will include taking a medium-sized attraction/land from blue sky concept to site planning and financials. Any group of two to four full-time university students can participate, any major is welcome and groups can be composed of me
  8. I missed the last few updates, but congratulations! The quality of this model truly shows the passion that roller coaster enthusiasts have for their hobby and its history, it will be a great piece in the eventual museum.
  9. It's Xcelerator at Knotts Berry Farm, but let's let gerstlaueringvar go, he got the last one right.
  10. So I went to the park last Friday and am now just getting around to writing a report. This was my first visit to the park, and so I will begin with some random thoughts based on my expectations and whatnot before I do a rundown of the rides. RANDOM THOUGHTS IMO everyone on this forum who complains about how "terrible" the park and its operations are need a serious dose of perspective. Compared to pretty much every other Six Flags park I have been to (with the exception of SFoT and SFoG, two of the "legacy" parks in the chain), SFGAd was cleaner, better maintained, had friendlier emplo
  11. Definitely take advantage of the small entrance to the right of the breakers near Wicked Twister and Windseeker. It generally is a Breakers guest-only entrance and will get you in much faster than the other entrance near Magnum, even if that entrance is closer to where you want to get to.
  12. Heading to the park soon for my virgin visit. We are spending a Friday there after doing Coney Island the day before and are definitely planning on getting a FlashPass. Any advice on which kind to get and what to expect as far as crowds and wait times go? Thanks in advance!
  13. First time I've actually taken a look at this park, and wow! Everything is clearly well planned and the time you have put into the park is clear. It's too bad you haven't gotten more comments, I think this is one of the more exciting RCT3 projects on the forum right now. Also, love the aerial maps! Maybe you can include a few screenshots in that faux-isometric style that some players have figured out?
  14. Not at all. That's actually exactly the opposite of my point. Seeing the problem as Americans being "wussies" is what I am arguing is missing the point completely. It is not a matter of whatever mental or physical strength defines "wuss" versus "non-wuss" but a matter of economic bottom lines. Six Flags has no economic incentive to not neuter its rides to meet these standards. The legislative process works quite similarly in that these regulations are largely due to the same public outbursts to ride incidents that would lead Six Flags to take it upon themselves to neuter it. Arguing whether or
  15. Not at all. That's actually exactly the opposite of my point. Seeing the problem as Americans being "wussies" is what I am arguing is missing the point completely. It is not a matter of whatever mental or physical strength defines "wuss" versus "non-wuss" but a matter of economic bottom lines. Six Flags has no economic incentive to not neuter its rides to meet these standards. The legislative process works quite similarly in that these regulations are largely due to the same public outbursts to ride incidents that would lead Six Flags to take it upon themselves to neuter it. Arguing whether or
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