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Posts posted by ricklap77

  1. Reopening soon is essential but at what cost? With low capacity, sanitazition etc... It's going to be horrible moneywise at the end of the year. Everything is changing in a big way in the amusement industry. I think most smaller parks that were doing good and turning some profits before all this will come out okay. But unfortunetly the ones that were struggling might not make it. It makes me sad to think that we will probably lose historical parks and rides. And for some reason I fear Six Flags might close a park eventually. They have done it in the past when they were struggling financially. The experience at any reopened parks makes me think it will never be the same. But we will have to get used to it because there will be big changes. I hope we will see new rides popping up in the near future but for sure it will slow down. I also hope that we don't lose some manufacturers and design firms. The next couple years will be hard financially for everyone involved in this industry.

  2. I have been to Dorney just once and it was in 2003, on the Sunday during Labor Day week end, and GLAD I did because the following week they were announcing that Hercules was not going to return after that week end. Its last operating day was that Labor Monday! I had several rides on it. Although it was somewhat rough I really enjoyed it. It was a very interesting and intimidating wooden coaster, and also beautiful. Too bad it is no more. I also liked Steel Force. I like Morgan coasters. For sure those were kind of the first generation (with Arrow) of hypercoasters and engineering speaking they can't compare to other hypercoasters from Intamin or B&M that were built after, but still are enjoyable. I had been on Wild Thing the previous year and it is pretty much the same ride.

  3. I think all GCI coasters are the most good looking wooden coasters. Aesthetically speaking it's like if all pieces of lumber were placed carefully in some arrangement that it looks good. But I still don't understand why they have to make them turn so much instead of going a little more straight. I think most riders will take airtime hills over powerful curves? I have never been a big fan of GCI. I still prefer an old Custom Coaster International than a GCI. I think BGW was due for a Rocky Mountain coaster. With all respect, with RMC around these days, I believe that GCI is more for the smaller parks wanting a wooden coasters. Too bad (actually good) but RMC is stealing the show now, just like B&M and Intamin did!

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