booink wrote:^I believe there's none because, a) neither Six Flags or Cedar Fair buys coasters from Intamin anymore, and b) they can't make good marketing because it doesn't beat any pointless world record. Two good reasons for American parks to not buy these coasters. Maybe after KK built Lightning Run we *might* see some smaller or not chain-owned parks build some ?
SF does buy large drop towers from Intamin (Zumanjaro/Lex Luthor) and has installed small Intamin coasters (GL:FF) not too long ago.
How about parks learn to tell the GP that - GASP - a ride can be intense without being massive?
Here are some reasons that a Mega-Lite has not been built in the US in my opinion-
-Capacity - 820pph is not that good.
-Size - Unfortunately, some people would believe that a Mega-Lite is a scaled-up kiddie coaster.
-Cost - I believe that Mega-Lites are fairly expensive for their size. This is why that park in France went with Mack to build a Mega-Lite near-clone. It's also probably how Chance markets their Lightning Run-style models - those seem cheaper than Intamin.
-Intensity - This is a MASSIVE
load of crap to me, but allegedly, some parks in the US purposely clamp down on ride intensity. The most painfully (literally painfully to some) obvious example is SFMM's Green Lantern, which was allegedly balanced to keep it upright. Its sibling in Sweden is considered better by many enthusiasts.
Of course, size and intensity are the characteristics of the Mega-Lite. Cost, well, I hope Intamin tries to cheapen this ride.
As for capacity, switch track dual stations would be quite chaotic and not very efficient with 3 trains. So I propose an extended ending (extra bunny hill) to give room for a double-section station (load in front, unload in back.) Blocking would work almost identically to Millenium Force.
Another idea - what if there was an Accelerator Mega-Lite? Same layout, just a hydraulic launch (or maybe LSM) instead of the cable lift. The train exits the launch at the same speed, you know how this would go.
By the way, if a Mega-Lite was built in the US, would it have T-bars or a different restraint system?