This little fantasy has been keeping me going over the past couple of days. I was thinking that, if I won an enormous amount of money, I'd like to pay for certain coasters to be built at certain parks (considering how difficult it'd be to start my own). There'd be things in the contract like me being able to ride it whenever I liked, and not being able to theme it to something I don't like, but otherwise, no catch. So...
If you won £100m, which parks would you buy coasters for?
Pleasurewood Hills - wooden coaster
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach - Gerstlauer Bobsled
Drayton Manor - wooden coaster
Flamingo Land - B&M Floorless and wooden coaster
As for the woodie, it would be a large GCI twister.
Pleasure Island - wooden out & back
Adventure Island - Gerstlauer Bobsled
So, after that my wallet would be lighter, but at least I'd have a) brought some wood to the UK and b) helped some of the smaller parks compete with Merlin.
Not a bad list there, Graz! I know a few years ago, Flamingoland was looking at wood.
> Pleasurewood Hills - wooden coaster
Definitely a great choice, El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn comes to mind, and it did great things for attendance to that park.
Perhaps a well themed (Happy Valley scale) Vekoma Mine Train would work well, would be great to advertise the park and aimed at all members of the family.
> Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach - Gerstlauer Bobsled
Again good old fashioned fun for all the family perfect for a seaside park. I can imagine one zipping about above the existing buildings and swooping around the rides.
I reckon a compact coaster could work well for the park, we already have an El Loco in UK so perhaps a Vekoma Stingray would be a good choice, a ride that makes a big visual impact and provides a quirky flying experience
> Drayton Manor - wooden coaster
> Let's not forget Drayton is not far
> from Alton, so it'd give people in that region a wooden
> coaster to ride!
Drayton Manor never quite got it right with their coasters I do feel sorry for them as clearly they have to fight hard to compete with Towers. I good strategy would be to put in the stuff that Towers would never get planning permission for, B&M hyper coaster / giant Intamin wooden coaster :D
> Adventure Island - Gerstlauer Bobsled
Adventure Island do well to cater for the family market and all their coasters accommodate that audience, but they also have some good teen rides and Rage sits well between these two groups. I'd like to see them put in an all out thrill coaster!
I'd love Adventure Island to use the space currently taken up by Green Scream. Here's what Dæmonen would look like sat on the space! I'd probably add an extra helix to circle the Wave Swinger too :)
Although I'd perhaps be tempted to go for an inverted version instead so they had something that was more obviously different to Rage in the public's view.
I can't believe how neatly Daemonen fits into Adventure Island.
Since I made this post, I got the new issue of First Drop, which reviews the Gravity Group woodie, "Twister" at Grona Lund (looks superb). FD did a feature about how compact it is and how it'd fit into many theme parks (they used a satellite view). This got me thinking: Adventure Island is probably the most strapped-for-space park of them all. I've never thought a wood-structured woodie would suit them, but I think a steel-structured one like Twister would very much so.