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  1. Sorry for reviving a dead topic but seemed a better place to put this than a new one. What could be better than that a 1.3km long Glass Slide down a mountain? Well how about twin racing glass water slides with a combined length of over 3km? These weird and wonderful contraptions can now be found in Qingyuan, China And if you want to watch a POV video of the original Taihang Mountains glass slide you can here! The ride seems to waver from incredibly slow (almost stopped) to breakneck speed at random although perhaps the best feature is riders are given a small cup to splash other people with. Only in China.
  2. Not seen this on here before but nice model of the ride as they planned to put it up.
  3. Just to follow this up Not that it matters hugely but its likely to be a Golden Horse (all the other 8 coasters are) Duane has put Hebei up for now as they are the only ones who advertise an 11 loop coaster. However its not exactly unsual for Chinese companies to rip off designs from one another Heibei tried to build an 11 loop coaster a few years ago but it had Vekoma style track. they delivered the pieces to Jinling Happy World but it never got put up. Last i saw about it a local man had a vegtable garden growing around the stored supports... because China.
  4. China has endless new parks under construction but this is a big one.... An entire park with a ton of coasters thats gone up without anyone noticing for ages. A rather ridiculous park that as flown under radar so far. Daxing East is in South West China and currently hash 9 new coasters. Some of them VERY interesting. Including... Wait for it... Golden Horse Tilt Coaster - KSC-24B Model Golden Horse Dive Machine - GSC-24A (They finally built one) 11 Loop Coaster Golden Horse SLC - XGC-20A Golden Horse Moto Coaster - MTC-12A Golden Horse Mine Train Unknown mini coaster Golden Horse spinning inverting coaster - ZKC-4D Golden Horse Junior Coaster - KSC-16A Id have to assume the other 2 are Golden Horse as well really. Location https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@26.2731146,105.7969551,356m/data=!3m1!1e3 Official Site http://www.daxingdong.com/cn/index/index.html Now if only they'd gone for the Golden Horse Flying Coaster they could have had a full set of mad rides
  5. Happy to oblige. I mean its Hideous but wow it is sure going to be mad. Oh and the top half is apparently going to be a stand-up.... not sure i 100% believe that isnt just a translation error somewhere but if it is its going to be even more mental.
  6. https://www.sttinfo.fi/tiedote/linnanmaki-amusement-park-in-helsinki-finland-announces-their-biggest-roller-coaster-project-ever-taiga-is-getting-ready-to-launch?publisherId=3179&releaseId=66986964
  7. First Drop Magazine lists the ride as an Intamin. FD isnt always 100% accurate but they are pretty good. If it is it crosses one of the ton of Intamin LSM's on their reference list from January
  8. No no the graphs right. I'm just a moron and can't read my own graph. Fixed it This is why i do these things on here before I write an article
  9. Howdy all It’s been 2 years since I did one of these. And somehow a whole 7 years since I did the first one. Part of the reason I haven’t done one in a while is I was short on ideas for new graphs. I was doing a lot of the same “coasters per country” and “people per coaster” graphs each year didn’t change very much. I didn’t want to repeat same stuff this time so here’s a whole set of random graphs from the coaster industry. Before I start here are some disclaimers. All stats and numbers used here are from the RCDB, Any errors are mine and mine alone and the older the data is the less accurate it probably is. Having said that lets get started with a stupid graph. I copied the entire RCDB list of coasters into an Excel table to do this and god was it slow going. But this graph answers the question everyone has wanted to know for years. If you take every coaster name ever which is the most popular first letter? So more coaster names begin with the letter S than any other letter. Having done that lets look at which letter comes last more often than not. Strangely R dominates here but this says perhaps more about the English language than anything else. But part of the explanation may come from the most popular coaster names of all time. Here are the 15 most popular coaster names of all time. Roller Coaster just happens to end with an R as does little dipper but pretty much any name that ends with the word Coaster ends in R which may explain the dominance of R in the graph above. Moving on let’s look at coaster heights. This is a little tough as there are a few possible definitions. I chose to use actual height rather than drop height. So Steel Phantom comes in lower than you might expect where Manhattan Express (or whatever it’s now called) comes slightly higher. But in the grand scheme of things it matters little. I decided to do a graph showing the tallest coaster that ever existed in any given year. There’s more caveat’s with this than normal. First up Lake Placid Bobsled closed in 1946 so after that other coasters were the tallest in the world at that point. However that’s a much harder graph to do (I may try this in part 2) so this is a graph of the tallest coaster that has ever existed up to that point. Secondly I can’t verify the stat for Giant Coaster at Fuji Q. it certainly was big but if it’s as tall as they say it was then a few tallest coaster in the world claims were wrong. Finally i included shuttles here. If i included Tower Of Terror and Superman i couldn't really leave out Moonsault (sorry Magnum) I did a 2nd graph removing both Giant Coaster and Shuttles. Which looks like this. Following that here is a graph showing every 100ft+ coaster ever built by year. The tallest coaster of all time line here is the first one seen above. There is a very obvious line where Boomerangs get going. Theres a fairly good trend of increasing height over time though. Despite the fact the tallest coaster yet was built 13 years ago (that makes me feel old) Going from height let’s move onto inversions. This graph shows the total number of inversions that have ever existed at the end of each year. Quite a nice curve on this one. We can take that and plot every coaster with inversions ever built and plot them by year and number of inversions. There is again a caveat here as rides like Demon at CGA were built with 2 inversions but now have 4, The DB only has the current number of inversions so rides like demons are slightly in the wrong place. (I would fix this but the graph is so slow it now crashes excel every time I edit it) Done with inversions now let’s do a more traditional chart. Where are all the B&Ms going? Currently only Asia, Europe and North America have B&M’s. B&M are yet to break in to the lucrative Antarctica market. But where are they built? 1999 was quite a year for B&M in the USA but less so this year. Asia however was quiet for years but now where when B&M do most of their work. Well this year anyway. I think it’s fairly interesting that B&M seem to have a fairly big year followed by quiet one. A kind of wave pattern. I also decided to look at 2 of the most recent boom countries in terms of coasters. Indonesia and Vietnam are seeing a LOT of new coasters right now. Here is a graph showing all new coasters in those countries per year. The Indonesia jump is obviously due to Transmart and their ridiculous Vekoma junior binge. Next I decided to look at all coasters built each year around the world. Note that 2017 and 2018 won’t be fully complete yet and also with this graph if any ride said “XXXX or earlier” or “XXXX or later” for an opening date XXXX was used as its date. We can then break that down to Steel and Wood coasters as well Whichever way you look at it we are living in a golden age at the moment. Even if that golden age is probably mostly Golden Horse inverted coasters and mice. That’s mostly it for now. I hope to do a part 2 if I can sort out enough interesting or weird things to look at. For now I will leave you with some useless stats.
  10. Another round of nice pictures from Wanda Wuxi and their enormous B&M wing coaster.
  11. Just from the Intamin reference list I suspect it will be similar to the old Hard Rock Park Slippery When Wet it replaces. By that I mean it will be a vertical elevator style lift like Divertical rather than a vertical lift like Fahrenheit. But that's just an assumption.
  12. I assume this is just general maintenance. At least I hope so. https://twitter.com/higasaMHk/status/960344494863400960
  13. Time for a bit of an update and a refresh for this thread as the park is now installing 2 new Intamin Coasters replacing the two Premier ones from Hard Rock Park. If you already know the histor First up Sun World Da Nang Wonders is the new name for what was Asia Park. Located in the city of Da Nang in Vietnam this park arrived into the enthusiast consciousness when they bought almost all the old coasters from the failed Hard Rock Park/Freesyle Music Park in the USA. For the purposes of this post I'm going to refer to them using their (better) Hard Rock Park names Led Zeppelin headed to another Sun World resort in Ha Long Bay while this park installed the mine train and the roller skater first and then after being open for a while went about installing the two Premier ride installations from Hard Rock. The first was the unique ferris wheel coaster Maximum RPM! which the park repainted called Paradise Falls. They also installed Slippery When Wet the old Premier Single Rail Coaster and called it Highway Boat. As far as anyone can tell the park never got these rides open. Despite a full on electrical reworking of Paradise Falls the rides never ran for the public. In the mean time the park bought, built and opened Queen Cobra a brand new Vekoma SLC. However around March last year it seemed the park had given up and removed both of the Premier rides. Quite what became of them I have no idea but by June only footers were left for both of the Premier coasters as can be seen here. (Paradise Falls was bottom left and Highway Boat was halfway between that and Queen Cobra at the back) Then word came through that Intamin had been hired to replace both coasters for the 2018 season. And the Intamin Reference list released in January this year pretty much confirmed the park would be receiving a Family Launched Coaster and a Vertical Lift Suspended Coaster. Now come the start of February it seems the first Intamin is now in. The Family Launched Coaster has taken the place of Paradise Falls and interestingly uses most of the footers left behind by the Premier ride. The top down layout is essentially identical but with complete changes to the track profile and shaping. As of yet there is no sign of the Intamin vertical lift suspended coaster but I imagine it will follow a similar plan, Using the old footers of Highway Boat but radically altering the layout. And with Highway Boat there's quite a lot of scope for that. Everyone follow that? Any Questions? No? good..... phew.
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