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3.1: Roller Coaster Designer Info
---------------------------------

Designers of Wooden Coasters

CURRENT:

  * Custom Coasters International, Inc. (Denise Dinn-Larrick) -- Builders
  * and Designers
  * Great Coasters International, Inc. (Clair Hain) -- Builders and
    Designers
  * Intamin AG
  * International Coasters, Inc. -- Builders and Designers
  * MACK GmbH & Co. -- Builders and Designers
  * Michael Black and Associates -- Builder
  * RCCA/TOGO -- Builders and Designers of International coasters
  * Serious Gravity, Inc. -- Designers
  * TNT Graphix, Inc. -- Builders and Designers

PAST:

  * Allen, John -- Designer and Builder
  * Baker -- Designer and Builder
  * Bitler, Oscar --
  * Cobb, William J. -- Designer and Builder
  * Dinn, Charlie (Dinn Corp.) - Builder
  * Fehr, Carl --
  * Harton, T.M. --
  * Hoover, Frank --
  * IAD (International Amusement Devices) -- Designers and Builder
  * Keenan, Vernon -- Designer and Builder
  * Leis, Edward --
  * Looff -- Designer
  * Lorenz & Williams --
  * Miler -- Designer
  * Miller, John -- Designer and Builder
  * Mitchell, James T. --
  * Moran, George --
  * NAD (National Amusement Devices) -- Designers and Builders
  * Pierce, Fred --
  * Pierce, John F. -- Designer and Builder (retired)
  * Prior and Church -- Designers
  * PTC (Philadelphia Toboggan Company)-- Designers and Builders
  * Rosser -- Designer
  * Schmeck, Herbert -- Designer and Builder
  * Sink, Amandus --
  * Summers, Curtis D. -- Designer
  * Thompson, Marcus A. --
  * (Harry G.) Traver Engineering Co. -- Builders and Designers
  * Vaszin, Aurel --
  * Vesco, Paul --
  * Vettel, Andrew --
  * Vettel, Edwin -- Designer and Builder

Designers of Steel Coasters

  * Arrow Dynamics International, Ltd. (Ron Toomer)
  * Bollinger & Mabillard (B&M)
  * Intamin AG
  * MACK GmbH & Co.
  * OD Hopkins
  * S&MC  (formerly SDC Corp. of Italy)
  * Schwarzkopf, Anton
  * Schwarzkopf Rides and Amusements (Anton's son, Wieland)
  * Sensei (no longer in business)
  * TOGO International, Inc.
  * Vekoma International, b.v.
  * Zamperla
  * Zierer GmbH


3.2: Roller Coaster Record Holders
----------------------------------

Current Wooden Coaster Record Holders:

STEEPEST

 1. 58.6 degrees: Cyclone - Astroland/Coney Island; Brooklyn, NY
 2. 54 degrees: Cyclone - Riverside Park; Agawam, MA
 3. 53 degrees: Cyclone - Six Flags over Georgia; Atlanta, GA

HIGHEST

 1. 179 ft, 6 in: Rattler - Fiesta Texas; San Antonio, TX
 2. 160 ft: Mean Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH
 3. 143 ft: Texas Giant - SF over Texas; Arlington, TX

LONGEST DROP

 1. 155 ft: Mean Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH
 2. 148 ft: Hercules - Dorney Park; Allentown, PA
 3. 137 ft: Texas Giant - Six Flags over Texas; Arlington, TX

FASTEST

 1. 65 mph: Mean Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH
 2. 65 mph: Texas Giant - Six Flags over Texas; Arlington, TX
 3. 64.77 mph: The Beast - Kings Island; Kings Mills, OH

LONGEST CIRCUIT

 1. 7400 ft: The Beast - Kings Island; Kings Mills, OH
 2. 5530 ft: Rattler - Fiesta Texas; San Antonio, TX
 3. 5427 ft: Mean Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH

OLDEST (listing more than 3 because this is such a worthy category...)

 1. 1902: Leap The Dips - Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA
 2. 1912: Scenic Railway - Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia
 3. 1915: Tivoli Rutchbanen - Copenhagen, Denmark
 4. 1919: Jack Rabbit - Clemonton Lake; Clemonton, NJ
 5. 1920: Jack Rabbit - Kennywood; W Mifflin, PA

MOST FAMOUS (yeah, it's subjective, but these coasters are somewhat
legendary...)

 1. 1927 Cyclone - Astroland/Coney Island; Brooklyn, NY
 2. 1927 Cyclone Racer - The Pike; Long Beach, CA
 3. 1924 Bobs - Riverview; Chicago, IL

Current Steel Coaster Record Holders

STEEPEST

 1. 90 Degrees: Ultra Twister - SF Astroworld; Houston, TX
 2. 65 Degrees: Pepsi Max, The Big One - Blackpool Pleasure Beach;
    Blackpool, UK
 3. 60 degrees: Magnum XL-200 - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH
 4. 60 degrees: Excalibur - ValleyFair!;

HIGHEST

 1. 209 ft: Desperado - Buffalo Bill's; Jean, NV
 2. 207 ft: Moonsault Scramble - Fujikyu Highland Park, Japan
    (This is a shuttle loop, and is the height of the highest car, rather
    than the height the actual train drops, so it's kind of a bogus number,
    unless you're in the seat the goes 207 feet high, I guess.)
 3. 205 ft: Magnum XL-200 - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH
 4. 201 ft: Pepsi Max, The Big one - Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool, UK

LONGEST DROP

 1. 225 ft: Steel Phantom - Kennywood; W Mifflin, PA
 2. 225 ft: Desperado - Buffalo Bill's; Jean, NV
 3. 207 ft: Moonsault Scramble - Fujikyu Highland Park, Japan
    (Again, this cheats and is the height of the highest car, rather than a
    height that the entire train drops.)
 4. 205 ft: Pepsi Max, The Big one - Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool, UK

FASTEST

 1. 80 mph: Steel Phantom - Kennywood; W Mifflin, PA
 2. 79 mph: Desperado - Buffalo Bill's; Jean, NV
 3. 76 mph: Pepsi Max-The Big One; Blackpool Pleasure Beach; UK

LONGEST CIRCUIT

 1. 7450 ft: The Ultimate - Lightwater Valley; UK
 2. 6100 ft: Desperado - Buffalo Bill's; Jean, NV
 3. 5500 ft: Dragon Mountain - Marineland; Niagara Falls, Ontario

TALLEST LOOPING COASTER

 1. 188 ft: Viper - SF Magic Mountain; Valencia, CA
 2. 173 ft: GASM - SF Great Adventure; Jackson, NJ
 3. 170 ft: Shockwave - SF Great America; Gurnee, IL

BIGGEST (CIRCULAR, NOT JUST HEIGHT!) LOOP ON A COASTER

119 ft: Dragon Kahn - Port Aventura; Salou, Spain

MOST INVERSIONS - (8)

Dragon Kahn - Port Aventura; Salou, Spain

HIGHEST G FORCES - (+6.5g)

  * Mindbender, Fantasyland, Edmonton, AB
  * Drier Looping, Germany (Fairs)
  * Moonslaut Scramble, Fujikyu Highland Park, Japan

MOST TRAINS ON CIRCUIT

 1. 5: Thriller; German Fairs

MOST DEMENTED SHUTTLE LOOP (yeah, another subjective one!)

  * Wiener Looping, Flamingoland (UK)


3.3: ACE's Classic Coaster Roster
---------------------------------

    Big Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, W. VA
    Big Dipper - Geauga Lake; Aurura, OH
    Blue Streak - Cedar Point; Sandusky, OH
    Blue Streak - Conneaut Lake Park; Conneaut Lake, PA
    Coaster - Arnolds Park; Iowa
    Coaster - Playland; Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Cyclone - Astroland; Coney Island, NY
    Cyclone - Lakeside Park; Denver, CO
    Cyclone - William's Grove Park; Mechanicsburg, PA
    Jack Rabbit - Kennywood Park; W. Mifflin, PA
    Kiddy Coaster - Playland; Rye, NY
    Lil' Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, W. VA
    Little Dipper - Kiddie Land; Melrose Park, IL
    Little Dipper - Hillcrest Park; Lemont, IL
    Roller Coaster - Joyland; Wichita, KS
    Roller Coaster - Western Washington Fair; Puyallup, WA
    Rollo Coaster - Idlewild Park; Ligonier, PA
    Sea Dragon - Wynadot Lake Park; Powell, OH
    Screechin Eagle - Americana; Middletown, OH
    Starliner - Miracle Strip; Panama City, FL
    Thunderbolt - Kennywood Park; W. Mifflin, PA


3.4: Inside Track "Top Coasters" Readers Survey
-----------------------------------------------

Many people want to know which is the best/wildest/awesomest/scariest
coaster in the world (or at least US). We can't answer that for you, but we
can pass on to you the results of the Inside Track magazine reader's survey.
This is an annual survey, the most recent version of which was published in
the September 1994 issue of Inside Track. Just because a coaster is
highly-ranked on this list doesn't mean *you* will think it's best, but it
does mean that lot of coaster enthusiasts like it, and you probably will
too.  Rankings from past years are given as well, to give you some idea of
how things change from year to year.  If a column contains '-', it indicates
that coaster didn't place in the rankings for that year, for whatever reason
(it was new, it didn't get enough votes, etc.).  Also note that the 1992,
1993, and 1994 surveys list the top 50, while 1991 listed the top 40, and
1990 listed the top 20.

 +--------------------------------------- 1994 Rank
 |   +----------------------------------- 1994 Vote Total
 |   |     +----------------------------- 1993 Rank
 |   |     |  +-------------------------- 1992 Rank
 |   |     |  |  +----------------------- 1991 Rank
 |   |     |  |  |  +-------------------- 1990 Rank
 |   |     |  |  |  |  +----------------- Ride name, Park, Location
 V   V     V  V  V  V  V
 
 1 (2034)  1  2  2  4  Magnum XL-200, Cedar Point, OH
 2 (1856)  2  1  3  3  Texas Giant, Six Flags over Texas, TX
 3 (1802)  -  -  -  -  Raptor, Cedar Point, OH (New in '94)
 4 (1788)  3  3  5  1  The Beast, Paramount's Kings Island, OH
 5 (1641)  4  5  7  5  Phoenix, Knoebel's, PA
 6 (1344)  8  8 10  7  Thunderbolt, Kennywood, PA
 7 (1319)  5  4  1  2  Timber Wolf, Worlds of Fun, MO
 8 (1225) 12 12 16 14  Grizzly, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA
 9 (1080) 15  -  -  -  Kumba, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, FL (New in '93)
10 (1012) 13 11 16  -  Steel Phantom, Kennywood, PA (New in '91)
11 ( 934)  6  6  -  -  Batman -- The Ride, SF Great America, IL (New in '92)
12 ( 921) 18 17 35 19  Georgia Cyclone, Six Flags over Georgia, GA
   ( 921) 10 14 13 11  Big Bad Wolf, Busch Gardens, VA
14 ( 837) 37 27  -  -  Screamin' Eagle, Six Flags over Mid-America, MO
15 ( 735) 24 16 11 18  Giant Dipper, Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA
16 ( 712)  -  -  -  -  Comet, Great Escape, NY (New in '94)
17 ( 655) 30 49 39  -  Thunderhawk, Dorney Park, PA
18 ( 643) 14 -  -  -   Batman -- The Ride, SF Great Adventure, NJ (New in '93)
19 ( 602) 15 13  9  8  Mister Twister, Elitch Gardens, CO
20 ( 588)  9 15 34  -  Mean Streak, Cedar Point, OH
21 ( 561)  7  7  6  6  Cyclone, Coney Island, NY
   ( 561) 11 10  -  -  The Rattler, Fiesta Texas (New in '92)
23 ( 509)  -  -  -  -  Batman -- The Ride, SF Magic Mountain, CA (New in '94)
24 ( 467) 28 22 12 12  Mind Bender, Fantasyland, Alberta
25 ( 464) 17 42 25  -  Loch Ness Monster, Busch Gardens, VA
26 ( 385) 21 20  - 20  Wild One, Wild World, MD
   ( 385)  -  - 30  -  Swamp Fox, Family Kingdom, SC (New in 92)
   ( 385) 41 18 29  -  Roller Coaster, Playland, BC
29 ( 259) 38  -  -  -  Outlaw, Adventureland, IA (New in '93)
30 ( 237) 27 27 19 13  Viper, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
31 ( 235) 18 31 22 12  Riverside Cyclone, Riverside Park, MA
32 ( 225) 20 41  -  -  Vortex, Paramount's Kings Island, OH
33 ( 203) 18 26  -  -  Drachen Fire, Busch Gardens, VA (New in 92)
34 ( 185)  -  -  -  -  Hoosier Hurricane, Indiana Beach, IN (New in '94)
   ( 185) 31 21 14  -  Blue Streak, Cedar Point, OH
   ( 185) 37 12  8  9  Predator, Darien Lake, NY
   ( 185) 37 23 11 10  Hercules, Dorney Park, PA
38 ( 162)  -  -  -  -  Judge Roy Scream, SF over Texas, TX 
39 ( 123) 49 47 39  -  Grand National, Blackpool, UK
40 (  98) 42 44  -  -  Rebel Yell, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA
   (  98)  -  -  -  -  Zingo, Bells Amusement Park, OK
42 (  90) 22  9  4  -  Thunder Run, Kentucky Kingdom, KY
   (  90) 34 25 22  -  Ninja, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
44 (  84) 37 30 21 18  G.A.S.M., Six Flags Great Adventure, NJ
45 (  75) 36 29 30  -  Yankee Cannonball, Canobie Lake, NH
   (  75)  -  -  -  -  Hurler, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA (New in '94)
47 (  61) 25 24  -  -  Arkansas Twister, Magic Springs, AK (New in 92)
48 (  57) 46 36 18  -  Screechin Eagle, Americana, OH
   (  57) 42 33 40  -  Space Mountain, Walt Disney World, FL
50 (  52) 32 23 17  -  Vortex, Paramount's Canada's Wonderland, Canada
          16 32 33 15  Mindbender, Six Flags over Georgia, GA
          19 28 20  -  Iron Wolf, Six Flags Great America, IL
          23 48  -  -  Jack Rabbit, Kennywood, PA
          29 38 32  -  Big Dipper, Geauga Lake, OH
          30 22 23 16  Racer, Paramount's Kings Island, OH
          33 19 24  -  Blue Streak, Conneaut Lake, PA
          34 27 14  -  Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, CA
          35  -  -  -  G.A.S.M., Six Flags over Georgia, GA
          39 50  -  -  Le Monstre, La Ronde, Canada
          40  -  -  -  Top Gun, Paramount's Great America, CA (New in '93)
          43 45 28  -  La Montana Rusa, Chapultapec Park, Mexico City
          44  - 38  -  Gemini, Cedar Point, OH
          45 39 31 17  Shockwave, Six Flags Great America, IL
    47  -  -  -  Racer, Kennywood, PA
    48  -  -  -  Batman The Escape, Six Flags AstroWorld, TX (New in '93)
    50 47  -  -  Thriller, European Fairs, Germany
        -  -  -  Space Mountain, Disneyland, CA
           -  20 32  -  Cyclone, Lakeside, CO
           -  30 30  -  Matterhorn Bobsled, Disneyland, CA
           -  34  -  -  Ultra Twister, Six Flags AstroWorld, TX
           -  35 29  -  Anaconda, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA
           -  35  -  -  Adventure Express, Paramount's Kings Island, OH 
           -  37 38  -  Big Thunder Mtn Railroad, Disney, FL
           -  37 36  -  Comet, Hersheypark, PA
           -  38  -  -  Vortex, Carowinds, NC (New in 92)
           -  40  -  -  Greezed Lightnin, Six Flags AstroWorld, TX
           -  41 33  -  Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
           -  43 40  -  Roller Coaster, Arnolds Park, IA
           -  45 33  -  Montezooma's Revenge, Knott's, CA
           -  46  -  -  Wildcat, Elitch Gardens, CO
           -  46  -  -  Tornado, Adventureland, IA
           -  47 26  -  Texas Tornado, Wonderland, TX
           -  50  -  -  Big Dipper, Blackpool, UK
           -  50  -  -  Sea Serpent, Wildwood, NJ
           -  50  -  -  Excalibur, Valleyfair!, MN
           -   - 15  -  Revolution, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
           -   - 33  -  Dragon Mountain, Marineland, Canada
           -   - 37  -  Wildcat, Lake Compounce, CT
           -   - 39  -  Space Center, Phantasialand, Germany
           -   - 40  -  Bandit, Yomiuriland, Tokyo, Japan
           -   - 40  -  Psyclone, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
           -   - 40  -  Sidewinder, Hersheypark, PA


3.5: Amusement Park Attendance Statistics
-----------------------------------------

The following list of the top 50 North American Amusement/Theme Parks,
ranked by attendance, is from Amusement Business.  These statistics show how
the top parks fared during 1993, and the percent change in attendance from
the 1992 season.  Global Amusement/Theme parks have been added to the list
for comparisons, but available data on the foreign parks is not complete
enough to effectively merge the two lists as one.

_Note_: Policies at some parks forbid release of attendance figures.  An
asterisk (*) appearing after the attendance figure indicates the figure is
an estimate, based on information gathered by reliable AB sources. In the
event of a tie, a non-estimated figure gets the higher placement over an
estimated figure.  Parks that either did not report or did not qualify on
the basis of reported figures in 1990 through 1992 are indicated with '-'.
'+' indicates a tie.

 93 92 91 90    PARK, LOCATION                 ATTENDANCE     % CHANGE
 == == == ==    ===============                ==========     ========
  .  .  .  .    Tokyo Disneyland               15,815,000
                 Tokyo, Japan
  1  1  1  1    Magic Kingdom at WDW           12,000,000*    Up 4%
                 Lake Buena Vista, FL
  2  2  2  2    Disneyland                     11,400,000*    Down slightly
                 Anaheim, CA
  3  1  1  1    EPCOT at WDW                   10,000,000*    No change
                 Lake Buena Vista, FL
  .  .  .  .    EuroDisney                     10,000,000
                 Marne la Vallee, France
  .  .  .  .    Jaya Ancol Dreamland            9,500,000
                 Jakarta, Indonesia
  4  1  1  1    Disney-MGM Studios at WDW       8,000,000*    No change
                 Lake Buena Vista, FL
  5  3  3 12    Universal Studios Florida       7,400,000*    Up 10%
                 Orlando, FL
  .  .  .  .    Blackpool Pleasure Beach        6,800,000
                 Blackpool, UK
  .  .  .  .    Lotte World                     5,000,000
                 Seoul, Korea
  6  4  4  4    Universal Studios Hollywood     4,950,000*    Up 3%
                 Universal City, CA
  .  .  .  .    Toshimaen Amusement Park        4,806,000
                 Tokyo, Japan
  7  5  6  5    Sea World of Florida            4,500,000*    Up 5%
                 Orlando, FL
  8  6  7  6    Sea World of California         4,000,000*    No change
                 San Diego, CA
  .  .  .  .    Tivoli Gardens                  4,000,000
                 Copenhagen, Denmark
  .  .  .  .    Huis Ten Boach                  3,751,300
                 Sasebo, Japan
  9  7  5  3    Knott's Berry Farm              3,700,000*    Down 5%
                 Buena Park, CA
 10  11  9 10   Cedar Point                     3,600,000*    Up 15%
                 Sandusky, OH
 11+ 12 11 15   Six Flags Great Adventure       3,500,000*    Up 13%
                 Jackson, NJ
 11+ 13 12  9   Busch Gardens Tampa             3,500,000*    Up 13%
                 Tampa, FL
 13   9  8  8   Six Flags Magic Mountain        3,300,000*    Up 3%
                 Valencia, CA
  .   .  .  .   Ocean Park                      3,300,000
                 Hong Kong
 14   8 13  7   Paramount's Kings Island        3,250,000*    No change
                 Kings Falls, OH
 15  10 15 14   Six Flags Great America         3,000,000*    Down slightly
                 Gurnee, IL
  .   .  .  .   Seoul Land                      3,000,000
                 Seoul, Korea
  .   .  .  .   Nagashima Spa Land              2,967,000
                 Kuwana, Japan
 16+ 14 14 11   Six Flags over Texas            2,900,000*    Down slightly
                 Arlington, TX
 16+ 15 10 13   Beach Boardwalk                 2,900,000*    Down slightly
                 Santa Cruz, CA
  .   .  .  .   Chapultepec Park                2,800,000
                 Mexico City, Mexico
  .   .  .  .   Takarazuka Family Land          2,788,682
                 Takarazuka, Japan
  .   .  .  .   De Efteling                     2,717,249
                 Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
 18  16 20 16   Six Flags over Georgia          2,700,000*    Up 4%
                 Atlanta, GA
 19  18 16 19   Paramount's Canada's Wonderland 2,600,000*    Up 13%
                 Maple, Ont. 
  .   .  .  .   Alton Towers                    2,600,000
                 North Staffordshire, England
  .   .  .  .   Korakuen                        2,550,000
                 Tokyo, Japan
 20+ 17 17 17   Paramount's Great America       2,500,000*    Up 6%
                 Santa Clara, CA
 20+ 19 18 18   Paramount's Kings Dominion      2,500,000*    Up 11%
                 Doswell, VA
 20+  -  -  -   Knott's Camp Snoopy             2,500,000*    (New park)
                 Bloomington, MN
  .   .  .  .   Playcenter                      2,500,000
                 Sao Paulo, Brazil
  .   .  .  .   Dunia Funtasi                   2,500,000
                 Indonesia
  .   .  .  .   Liseberg Park                   2,400,000
                 Gothenburg, Sweden
  .   .  .  .   Toei Uzumasa Eigamura           2,307,820
                 Kyoto, Japan
  .   .  .  .   Europa-Park                     2,300,000
                 Rust, Germany
 23+ 23 23 23   Six Flags Astroworld            2,200,000*    Up 10%
                 Houston, TX
 23+ 20 21 21   Busch Gardens Williamsburg      2,200,000*    Up slightly
                 Williamsburg, VA
  .   .  .  .   Bakken                          2,100,000
                 Klampenborg, Germany
  .   .  .  .   Heidi Park                      2,100,000
                 Soltau, Germany
  .   .  .  .   Siam Park                       2,088,000
                 Bangkok, Thailand
  .   .  .  .   Expoland                        2,020,000
                 Suita, Japan
 25+ 25 27 28   Dollywood                       2,000,000     Up 11%
                 Pigeon Forge, TN
 25+ 21 22 20   Opryland                        2,000,000     No change
                 Nashville, TN
  .   .  .  .   Beijing Amusement Park          2,000,000
                 Beijing, China
  .   .  .  .   Luna Park                       2,000,000
                 Rome, Italy
  .   .  .  .   Phantasialand                   1,900,000
                 Bruhl, Germany
 27  24 29 31   Marine World-Africa USA         1,870,000     Down slightly
                 Vallejo, CA
 28  22  -  -   Fiesta Texas                    1,800,000*    Down 11% 
                 San Antonio, TX
 29  27 26 27   Silver Dollar City              1,770,000     Up slightly
                 Branson, MO
 30  28 24 25   Hersheypark                     1,700,000     Up 5%
                 Hershey, PA
 31+ 33 32 30   Paramount's Carowinds           1,600,000*    Up 20% 
                 Charlotte, NC
 31+ 26 28 26   Six Flags over Mid-America      1,600,000*    Down 11% 
                 Eureka, MO
  .   .  .  .   Reino Aventura                  1,600,000
                 Mexico City, Mexico
  .   .  .  .   Parque Da Monica                1,600,000
                 Sao Paulo, Brazil
  .   .  .  .   Selva Magica                    1,500,000
                 Guadalajara, Mexico
 33  32  -  -   Sea World of Ohio               1,450,000*    Up 10%
                 Aurora, OH
 34  30 25 29   Sea World of Texas              1,400,000*    Down 6%
                 San Antonio, TX
  .   .  .  .   Beta Carrero                    1,300,000
                 Santa Catarina, Brazil
 35  34 33 37   Kennywood                       1,216,000*    No change
                 West Mifflin, PA
 36+ 36 33 37   Geauga Lake                     1,200,000     Up 8%
                 Aurora, OH
 36+ 35 34 33   LaRonde                         1,200,000     No change
                 Montreal, Quebec
 36+  -  -  -   Dorney Park                     1,200,000*    (New listing)
                 Allentown, PA
  .   .  .  .   Fantasiland                     1,200,000
                 Santiago, Chile
 39  31 31 33   Worlds of Fun                   1,197,287     Down 10%
                 Kansas City, MO
 40  39 35 35   Darien Lake                     1,115,000     Up 15%
                 Corfu, NY
 41   -  -  -   Kentucky Kingdom                1,048,262     (New listing)
                 Louisville, KY
 42  40  -  -   Lagoon                          1,006,273     Up 6%
                 Farmington, UT
 43   -  -  -   Riverside Park                    999,000     (New listing)
                 Agawam, MA
 44  38 37 39   Knoebels Amusement Resort         990,000     Up slightly
                 Elysburg, PA
 45   -  -  -   Rye Playland                      931,415     (New listing)
                 Rye, NY
 46  37 36 36   Valleyfair!                       913,000*    Down 15%
                 Shakopee, MN
  .   .  .  .   Interama                          900,000
                 Buenos Aires, Argentina
 47   -  -  -   Elitch Gardens                    800,000     (New listing)
                 Denver, CO
  .   .  .  .   Tivoli Park                       800,000
                 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  .   .  .  .   Divertido                         800,000
                 Mexico City, Mexico
 48+  -  -  -   Indiana Beach                     750,000*    (New listing)
                 Monticello, IN
 48+  -  -  -   Adventureland                     750,000*    (New listing)
                 East Farmingdale, NY
 50   -  -  -   Great Escape Theme Park           710,000*    (New listing)
                  Lake George, NY


3.6: Coming Attractions -- new coasters for 96 and
beyond!
--------------------------------------------------

A common question on rec.roller-coaster is ``What new coaster is park X
getting for 1996?''  Here is the list of coasters to be built in the next
couple of years.

Some of the listings have been announced, some are just rumors.  If a
coaster is rumored, it's listed with a '?' in the first column; if it's been
officially announced, or is a very well-substantiated rumor, it will have a
'!' in the first column.  Some also may have footnotes, explaining the
source(s) for the information.

Note that there are still no Arrow Pipeline coasters on the list!

NEW/RELOCATED WOODEN COASTERS FOR 1995:

    COASTER        TYPE               PARK
                   DESIGNER           LOCATION
    =======        ========           ============================
    "unnamed"      W, Figure 8        Gulliver's World
                      Allot & Lomax     Warrington, Cheshire, Great Britan
    Cannonball     W, Out and Back    Waterville USA
                      CCI               Gulf Shores, AL
    Cyclops        W, Terrain         Big Chief
                      CCI               Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Raven          W, Terrain         Holiday World
                      CCI               Santa Claus, IN
    Twister        W, Twister         Elitch Gardens
                      Pierce/Allen      Denver, CO
    Viper          W, Twister         Six Flags Great America
                      Starkey/In-House  Gurnee, IL      
    
?+  Red Streaker   W, Jr. Out-Back    <unknown>
                      PTC              <unknown>

 + This coaster was recently purchased from the defunct Willow Mill park in
   Mechanicsburg, PA, by David Pickstone, a British ride owner/operator.
   He has not received permission from his "home" park in the UK to install 
   this coaster, due to outstanding royalty issues.  The coaster has been
   completely dismantled, and is currently in storage in Carlisle, PA.  Mr.
   Pennington, is back in the United Kingdom, but is currently search for a
   U.S.-based park to _lease_ the ride to (he does not want to see this ride).

NEW/RELOCATED STEEL COASTERS FOR 1995:

  COASTER           TYPE               PARK
                    DESIGNER           LOCATION
  =======           ========           ============================

  Big Dipper        S, Double Loop    Luna Park
                       Arrow            Australia
  El Diablo         S, Mine Train     Port Aventura
                       Arrow            Salou, Spain
    
  Batman            S, Inverted       Six Flags over Mid-America
                       B&M              St. Louis, MO
  Dragon Kahn       S, Multi-element  Port Aventura
                       B&M              Salou, Spain
  "unnamed"         S, Inverted       Himeji Park
                       B&M              Himeji, Japan
    
  Euro Star         S, Inverted       Herr Bruch (Private Owner)
                       Intamin AG        Andernach, West Germany
  Viper             S, Shuttle Loop   Six Flags over Georgia
                       Intamin AG        Atlanta, GA
  Le Cobra          S, Stand-up       La Ronde
                       Intamin AG        Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  "unnamed"         S, Twister        Future World
                       Intamin AG        Bangkok, Thailand
  "unnamed"         S, Twister        Lotte World
                       Intamin AG        Seoul, Korea
    
  "unnamed"         S, Mine Train     Plaza Sesamo
                       MACK              Monterrey, Mexico
    
  Scandia           S, Med. Oval      Scandia Fun Center
   Screamer            Miler             Ontario, CA
    
  "unnamed"         S, Mine Train     Drayton Manor
                       Pinfari          Tamworth, Staffordshire, G.B.
    
  Windstorm         S, Twister        Playland
                       S&MC             Rye, NY
    
  Green Dragon      S, Junior Oval    Brean Leisure Park                
                       Shiff            Brean, Somerset, Great Britan
    
  Viper             S, Heartline      Six Flags Great Adventure
                       TOGO              Jackson, NJ
    
  Lethal Weapon     S, Inverted       Movie World
                       Vekoma            Queensland, Australia
  Hangman           S, Inverted       Adventure World
                       Vekoma            Largo, MD
  Hangman           S, Inverted       Opryland
                       Vekoma            Nashville, TN
  T(2)              S, Inverted       Kentucky Kingdom
                       Vekoma            Louisville, KY
  Top Gun           S, Inverted       Paramount Canada's Wonderland
                       Vekoma            Vaughn, Toronto, Canada
  The Great         S, Inverted       Morey's Pier
    Nor'Eastor         Vekoma            Wildwood, NJ
  "unnamed"         S, Inverted       Nasu Highland Park
                       Vekoma/Meisho     Japan
  "unnamed"         S, Inverted      Glucks Konigreich          
                       Vekoma            Hokkaido, Japan
  "unnamed"         S, Inverted       Odakyu Gotenba Familyland
                       Vekoma            Odakyu, Japan
  "unnamed"         S, Suspended      (unannounced)
                       Vekoma            Japan
  "unnamed"         S, Boomerang      Enchanted Kingdom
                       Vekoma           Manila, Phillappines
  "unnamed"         S, Boomerang      Tashkent Park
                       Vekoma           Uzbekistan, Soviet Republic
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    Enchanted Kingdom
                       Vekoma           Manila, Phillappines
  Mayan             S, Jr. Twister    Six Flags AstroWorld
      Mindbender       Vekoma            Houston, TX
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    San Paulo Marketplace
                       Vekoma           San Paulo, Brazil
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    SamaWorld
                       Vekoma           Malaysia
  Space Mountain    S, Enc. Looper    Disneyland Paris          
                       Vekoma           Marne La Vallee Cedex, France
  Gadget's Go       S, Jr. Twister    Tokyo Disneyland
      Coaster          Vekoma            Tokyo, Japan

  "unnamed"         S, Mine Train     Ocean Park
                       Zamperla          Hong Kong, China
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    Knott's Camp Snoopy
                       Zamperla          Bloomington, MN
    
  The Hornet        S, Twister        Flambards Village
                       Zierer            Helston, Cornwall, Great Britan
  Jaguar            S, Twister        Knott's Berry Farm
                       Zierer            Buena Park, CA
  "unnamed"         S, Mine Train     Navel Land
                       Zierer            Kyusyu, Japan
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    Perinorte Centro
                       Zierer            Mexico CIty, Mexico
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    Plaza Sesamo
                       Zierer            Monterrey, Mexico
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    Tolk-Schau
                       Zierer            Germany
  "unnamed"         S, Jr. Twister    Navel Land
                       Zierer            Kyusyu, Japan
  Wile E. Coyote's  S, Mine Train     Movie World
    Coaster Canyon     <unknown>         Bottrop, Kirchhellen, Germany

NEW/RELOCATED ROLLER COASTERS FOR 1996:

It's hard to announce specific coaster contracts for 1996.  There have been
many speculations, both by the press, the parks, and enthusiasts alike.
Below is a compilation of formally announced coaster project, followed by a
listing "probable" coaster installations, based upon ambiguous blurbs
published in Amusement Business magazine, and combined with "teasers" issued
verbally by park personnel:

    COASTER        TYPE/              PARK/                
     NAME          DESIGNER	      LOCATION
    =======        ========           ========
    
                        *** WOOD ***
    
    Wildcat        W, Twister         Hersheypark
                      GCI              Hershey, PA
    "unnamed"      W, Twister         Oakwood Park
                      CCI              Wales, U.K.
    "unnamed"      W, Twister         Silverwood Theme Park
                      In-House         Athol, ID
    Little Dipper  W, Junior          Stricker's Grove
                      In-House         Ross, OH

    
    			*** STEEL ***
    
    "Sphynx"       S, Inverted        Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
		      B&M	       Tampa Bay, FL
    Banshee        S, Stand-Up        Cedar Point
		      B&M	       Sandusky, OH

    Wild Thing     S, Out/Back        ValleyFair!
                      Morgan Mfg.      Shakope, MN
    "unnamed"      S, Mine Train      Santa Monica Pier
                      Morgan Mfg.      Santa Monica, CA

    High Roller    S, Family          Stratosphere Tower
                      S&MC             Las Vegas, NV
    Hurricane	   S, Twister         Mirabilandia Park
    		      S&MC	       Savio Ravenna, Italy
    Outer Limits/  S, Enclosed        Paramount's King's Island
     Flight of Fear   S&MC	       Cincinnati, OH
    Outer Limits/  S, Enclosed        Paramount's King's Dominion
     Flight of Fear   S&MC	       Doswell, VA

    "unnamed"      S, Loop/Corkscrew  Fiesta Texas
                      Vekoma           San Antonio, TX    
    "unnamed"      S, Mine Train      Phantasialand		
                      Vekoma           Bruehl, Germany

  * Although previously announced that Morgan Manufacturing would be
    building a new Mine Train ride for Hecker's Pass in Gilroy, CA in 1995,
    the park is not slated to open it's "ride" section of this family picnic
    park (similar to Stricker's Grove in Ohio) until 1997.  No confirmation
    to date if this project was indeed started this year, or if construction
    is on hold?!

  * Due to the drop in the peso, Reino Aventura; Mexico City, Mexico,
    cancelled installation of their Vekoma Suspended Looping coaster for
    1995.  They are hoping to install the coaster for the 1996 operating
    season.

  * In other Reino Aventura news, Amusement Business reported that the park
    had plans for a giant new coaster in 1996. They will install a new
    Suspended Looping coaster from Vekoma, so possibly this is what the
    report was talking about. The park does not have a wooden coaster to
    compete with nearby La Feria, so maybe they will be installing wood in
    the future as well! We'll have to wait and see.

  * Steve Barberino, the new owner of Lake Compounce amusement park in
    Bristol, CT, has gone on record several times that he wants to install a
    300' tall, 100mph steel roller coaster off the side of the mountain
    which abuts his park.  The working name for this coaster is the "Big
    Mountainside Coaster", and he hopes to have this up and running by 1997.
    Mr. Barberino has been in contact with several steel coaster firms, but
    to date, no formal contracts have been signed.

  * Arrow Dynamics International Limited reports with new financial backing
    from a Saudi Arabian-based investor, the company can now go ahead with
    the finalization of their stalled "Pipeline" steel coaster project.
    None of these rides have been sold to date, but Arrow reports they
    should have the product ready to roll out their doors in 1996.

  * In other Arrow news, a deal was signed at the 1994 IAAPA trade show in
    Miami for a new steel looping coaster, to be built off a pier in St.
    Petersburg, Florida.  The firm looking to install the coaster is
    currently trying to obtain proper permits from the city for construction
    of the new ride, which looks to be very similar to the "Anaconda"
    4-inversion coaster at Paramount's King's Dominion.

  * Dorney Park; Allentown, PA, has applied for a zoning varience in South
    Whitehall Township, to build a 225' tall steel roller coaster.  Should
    the variance receive approval, this project should be on target for
    1997.

  * Waldameer Park in Erie, PA, noted that it would like to rebuild it's
    famous "Ravine Flyer" wooden terrain coaster.  The park finally has
    blueprint, a formal layout, and a contractor (CCI) for the project!  The
    park has not set an opening date for this ride, but is now estimating
    the year 2000 for a possible opening!

  * Wayne's World and "The Hurler" coaster may be coming to Paramount's
    Great America in Santa Clara, CA.  The ride was slated for installation
    in 1995, but was "bumped" by Viacom for a Nickelodeon-themed children's
    area.  It could be this project will get the go-ahead in coming years,
    but rumor has it that Paramount is "done" with the Wayne's World/Hurler
    rides.  Only time will tell?!

  * In other Paramount news, it was reported that Paramount was doing guest
    studies on the B&M designed "Top Gun" roller coaster at Paramount's
    Great America in Santa Clara, CA.  Paramount Communications wants to
    install a duplicate of this ride at another one of their parks, but to
    date, no specific park or year has been identified.

  * No concrete news for Cedar Point, other than the fact that the park has
    a three-ride contract with the Swiss steel coaster firm of Bolliger and
    Mabillard.  To date, two ride down, one to go!  Given this contractual
    fact, I think it's also safe to say that Cedar Point WILL NOT be getting
    the Arrow "Pipeline" coaster in 1996 or thereafter -- the next major
    steel coaster they receive *will* be manufactured by B&M!

    Talk also continues of Cedar Point re-building their 1920s classic
    "Cyclone" wooden twister roller coaster, but this is nothing more than
    speculation at this point.

  * Both SFoT and SFoG have issued ride proposals to the firm of B&M for new
    Inverted coasters.  Whether or not the proposals will be accepted by
    B&M, and/or receive funding approval from Time Warner, Inc., remains to
    be seen.  However, word has it that the BATMAN coaster installed this
    year at Six Flags over Mid-America was originally slated for SFoG, but
    was re-directed after labor problems arose with the state of GA.  This
    could indicate that SFoG will get a BATMAN coaster for 1996, though that
    is merely speculation at this point.


3.7: Endangered Coasters in USA
-------------------------------

Legend:
    DAMA - Damaged and non-operational
    DEMO - Demolished/Destroyed
    SBNO - Standing But Not Operating
    STOR - Dismantled and in storage
    OPER - Currently operating, but possibly in danger

ASSURED TO BE SAVED
    SBNO -Leap The Dips: Side Friction; Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA

        (Lakemont is very committed to restoring this ancient treasure!)

COASTERS WITH A CHANCE
    STOR -Jumper: 19?? Jr. Wood, West Point, PA
    STOR -Red Streaker: 19?? Jr. Wood, Willow Mill; Mechanicsburg, PA
    SBNO -Wildcat: 1926 Out-and-Back, Elitch Gardens; Denver, CO

        (I got word just before sending this out that a park in Ohio has
        bought the Wildcat. Hopefully, I'll get some more info and the next
        version of this FAQ will have the Wildcat in the "assured to be
        saved" section.)

COASTERS IN DANGER
    OPER -Roller Coaster: 1958 Wood, Twister, Playland, Vancouver

        (Latest word on Playland is that the Pacific National Exhibition has
        been relocated to a different site in Vancouver, and is now detached
        from Playland Amusement Park.  If indeed the City has development
        plans for this land, as they _have_ stated in the past they do, the
        PNE is no longer blocking the city from closing the park and going
        ahead with its development plans.)

    OPER -Big Dipper: 1958 Wood, Figure 8, Camden Park
    OPER -Lil Dipper: 1963 Jr. Wood, Camden Park
    SBNO -Blue Streak: 19?? Out/Back, Connueat Lake Park, PA
    SBNO -Twister: 1964 Twister, Elitch Gardens; Denver, CO (old site)
    SBNO -Comet: 1946 Twister; Lincoln Park; N Dartmouth, MA
    SBNO -Thunderbolt: 1925 Twister, Coney Island, NY
    SBNO -Jack Rabbit: 1910 Out/Back, Idora Park; Youngstown, OH
    DAMA -Wildcat: 1927 Twister, Idora Park; Youngstown, OH

COASTERS WE'VE RECENTLY LOST FOREVER
    DEMO -Comet/Mighty Lightnin: 1958 Dbl. Out/Back, Rocky Glen; Moosic, PA
    DEMO -Shooting Star: Out-and-Back (from Lakeside Park)
    DEMO -CNE Flyer: 1956 Oval, CNE; Toronto, Canada
    DEMO -Speedway: 1937 Out/Back, Eldridge Park; Elmira, NY
    DEMO -Valley Volcano: 1956 Jr. Wood, Angela Park; Hazleton, PA
    DEMO -Mountain Flyer: 1929  Out/Back, Mountain Park; Holyoke, MA
    DEMO -Tornado: 1968 Out/Back, Panama City, FL
    DEMO -Coaster: 1931 Out/Back, Harvey's Lake, PA



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