Dear Coaster Friends,
It is that time of year again to reflect on ourselves and make resolutions to improve. But as enthusiasts how can we resolve to make next season better for roller coasters? Is taking every drop hands up making me a better person? Is that what we should be striving for, or finding a longer lasting deodorant to not offend other riders? Any self improvement I make or bad habit I break is surely not going to have an impact on the coasters I will ride. If I am more polite and patient the ride will not be smoother. If I adopt a healthier lifestyle it won't turn those OTSRs into lap bars. If I am more charitable the ride ops won't improve. So what is my coaster resolution?
Maybe I should identify my poor theme park habits first. I am very impatient, I go crazy in long lines and once I yelled at a line cutter and almost started a scene with a teen pushing his way through the queue to, “meet his friends”. His behavior was wrong but so was my response. That kid got the brunt of all my frustrating encounters with line cutters not just that one. Plus the little jerk still cut everyone so all I did was rile up the line. How could I improve on this? Should I cut others to get ahead? Physically stand up for myself and take a stand against all line cutters if they be child or adult? Fast pass? Actually fast pass sounds the best, but that is more of a treat than a self improvement.
Would new ride experiences or a new milestone on my track record be my resolution? We all knew that is where this was leading anyways. I resolve to enjoy my park days as a privilege and enjoy my leisure time. I also resolve to go to a new park, ride a new for 2019 roller coaster, and treat someone else to a day of coasters and fun. Thanks I feel better now.
As the holiday season draws near some people think of giving, others look forward to time off with family, a few days off from work, but I am going to be selfish. I want to make a Christmas list for the some of the parks that I frequent the most. Even though the park would be the recipient, let's be real these are for me. Even though we know what is in the works for 2019, and in some cases 2020 I will make some picks that works around what we collectively already know.
I’ll be giving to Busch Gardens Tampa first, and this is an easy one, FIX GWAZI! I know there has been rumors that RMC will be giving Gwazi the Iron Horse treatment, but since it is still a leak or rumor I still consider it unofficial. I would like to see the two tracks remain separate and for the near head on collisions to be retained. Unlike Twisted Colossus where the original layout was a simple racer this layout already has a dueling element, and it could run four trains with the two tracks separated. This high capacity set up would be great for this busy destination park since their next addition will be a low capacity Skyrocket II model. Busch Gardens Tampa is also a twelve month park they could, in theory keep one side open during maintenance cycles by alternating to allow the attraction to remain open more.
The next park I’m putting on my gift list is Dorney Park, Santa has passed them over so many times. They also have two newly vacated adjacent areas to possibly build their next attraction. I know the consensus pick there is a GCI woody, but think that they could be part of a new trend. Dorney park has a variety of different experiences, but none of their roller coasters have a great first drop. I think Dorney should get a B&M dive coaster; it is a compact layout with a big feel, and a great first drop. This would be sure to add to the skyline and deliver a very unique experience for the region. It would be totally different from anything at at nearby Hersheypark, Kennywood, or Six Flags Great Adventure.
The last park up for a new coaster is Lake Compounce. This small park in Connecticut has room to grow, as they have plenty of undeveloped land to build new attractions. This park needs to finally install a signature steel coaster. The best place to build a station, I think could be by the former sky ride. A lift hill could run along the cliff face heading away from Boulder Dash’s turnaround. It would be cool to use the natural terrain for support, and to use the mountain to both reduce cost and add excitement. This shouldn’t be a steel Boulder Dash, I think the layout should include at least three inversions, a drop of over 150 feet, and at least 70 MPH. I think a ride like that could expand their footprint of passholders and draw people from a bit further away to check them out.
I could keep going, but hopefully Santa will put me on the nice list for not overdoing it. I will be sending my list first class so it will be delivered to the North Pole in time. If you see him at the mall in the meantime please put in a good word for me.