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Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s

Posted: 4/11/19 at 12:29:26 PM
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So I was pondering today thanks to the demolition of Volcano. Inverted coasters are easily my favorite style, I even enjoy the Vekoma SLCs if the park does great maintenance on it.

So here are my random thoughts/questions?

Do we think Kings Dominion will get a B&M invert to fill that hole now in their lineup?

Since V:TBC demise I think that leaves only one operating launched inverting invert coaster in the world currently (2 when that invert/sit down Intamin ride opens this summer). Do we think we’ll see another looping launched inverted coaster in the Us?

Since Vekoma hires all new engineers a few years back and have redone their track designs for other styles, is anyone else hoping to see that translate to a redesigned SLC from them? (Hell Lech Coaster and Formula 1- in Poland look amazing)

And lastly; is there any parks in the US missing an invert that you’d love to see a unique design land there?

For me I’d love to see Dollywood and Holiday World get one. Imagine that through their mountains/woods. It be brilliant.

Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by CenturyFlyer CenturyFlyer Profile at 4/13/19 8:11:51 PM
Inverted coasters are really great, but certainly not for the faint-of-heart. I really enjoyed Volcano at KD the one time I was able to ride it, but Alpengiest at BGW really floored me with how intense it was. Rapid transitions, crazy speed, and lots of g-force. Good stuff!
Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 4/14/19 1:19:37 AM
Some of the Vekoma SLCs that have had work done on their tracks and/or trains are not bad. Gauntlet, Fly the Great Nor'Easter, and T3 are coasters that I can re-ride. The more "standard" models that have been left alone since they were first in use can be bad.

Just about every B&M invert is very good. I think Raptor at Cedar Point is loud and boring. Great White in SeaWorld in Texas was very rough when I was last there. Other than that, they have done a great job. Just because there are a ton of Batman clones around doesn't mean they are bad.

Possessed, Steel Venom, Vertical Velocity, V2, and Wicked Twister are Intamin launching inverts. Of course, they just go forward and backward in a straight line. I though Volcano was one of a kind. I don't know what other looping launching inverted coasters you are talking about.

I liked Déjà Vu when it was at SFOG. I missed the ones at SFGAM and SFMM. I didn't get to ride Goliath at SFNE, but I herd that it was painful. Sooner or later I'll get to the one in Utah.

Invertigo at KI and Stinger at Dorney were ok but a little rough.

Some places that don't have looping inverts do have family inverts. All the ones in North America seem to be from Vekoma. There are different models. I liked Freedom Flyer at Fun Spot Orlando, but didn't care much for Bat at Lagoon or Rugrats Runaway Reptar at Carowinds. You mentioned Dollywood. They are getting one of these.

Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by coastinj coastinj Profile at 4/14/19 1:55:51 AM
All of that and neither person can actually answer the questions I posed. Hmmm

I was really hoping to help put a fresh topic on the page now that the season is getting in swing.


Upon further thinking. Valley fair was (as of last year) the only cedar fair park without a looping inverted coaster. They could use one too.


And since that second poster didn’t know, there is currently the battle star galactica sitdown/looping launched coasters by Vekoma in Singapore.

If any park in the us would be willing to put in a launched invert by Intamin or Vekoma it’d have to be somewhere like Lagoon, Sea World San Diego, or maybe if Six Flags decides to swap out one of the slcs but I doubt that.

Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by CenturyFlyer CenturyFlyer Profile at 4/14/19 10:47:59 AM
coastinj - Sorry I didn't answer any of your questions; I just thought you were opening the thread up to general inverted ride thoughts. I'll give some of your questions a go...

Kings Dominion getting an invert would be a great fit, but I wonder if they might get a wing - it's a stretch, but KD is getting a 'Monster Jam Experience' this year, and a concept was unveiled at IAAPA for a Monster Jam-themed wing coaster, so you never know.

As for a looping launched coaster, I'm not sure. With so many off-the-shelf rides and more likely cheaper adaptable track types available today, I just don't know if a park would think it would be something to warrant an investment.

A redesigned SLC would be welcome. The fact that Vekoma hired new engineers is good. However, if their current model is making money and still has relatively good guest satisfaction levels (among the general public, at least) I don't see why they would take the time to develop a new version. That would be awesome, though!

And lastly; is there any parks in the US missing an invert that you’d love to see a unique design land there?

For me I’d love to see Dollywood and Holiday World get one. Imagine that through their mountains/woods. It be brilliant.

And while we're on the topic of rides traveling through the woods, how about a B&M Invert dueling with the Blue Streak as it winds through the trees at Conneaut Lake Park? I'm sure they can find the money somewhere. :)

I hope this better answered your questions, and I am also looking forward to the 2019 season!

Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by coastinj coastinj Profile at 4/15/19 12:12:05 AM
CenturyFlyer said:

coastinj - Sorry I didn't answer any of your questions; I just thought you were opening the thread up to general inverted ride thoughts. I'll give some of your questions a go...


Kings Dominion getting an invert would be a great fit, but I wonder if they might get a wing - it's a stretch, but KD is getting a 'Monster Jam Experience' this year, and a concept was unveiled at IAAPA for a Monster Jam-themed wing coaster, so you never know.

As for a looping launched coaster, I'm not sure. With so many off-the-shelf rides and more likely cheaper adaptable track types available today, I just don't know if a park would think it would be something to warrant an investment.

A redesigned SLC would be welcome. The fact that Vekoma hired new engineers is good. However, if their current model is making money and still has relatively good guest satisfaction levels (among the general public, at least) I don't see why they would take the time to develop a new version. That would be awesome, though!

And lastly; is there any parks in the US missing an invert that you’d love to see a unique design land there?

For me I’d love to see Dollywood and Holiday World get one. Imagine that through their mountains/woods. It be brilliant.

And while we're on the topic of rides traveling through the woods, how about a B&M Invert dueling with the Blue Streak as it winds through the trees at Conneaut Lake Park? I'm sure they can find the money somewhere. :)

I hope this better answered your questions, and I am also looking forward to the 2019 season!


It’s okay. I just really would love to see more ppl contributing back to this site and commenting back n forth and true discussions.

But I agree I don’t think many would spend to replace the Vekoma but man if say Vekoma just used the current slc supports and changed to their new track and redid the trains and in exchange for credit to recycle the former steel track. That’d be ingenious.

Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 4/19/19 3:26:22 PM
It is a shame about the clones nowadays that go into parks.

My first thought in parks arounnd me PA/NJ would be Dorney, but they had bad luck with stinger and then have Posessed (which is somehow their newest coaster still standing.) They are in need of a marquee ride, so maybe a BIG B&M inverted. I'd make a couple trips just for that.

- mugen828
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Re: Inverted coaster thoughts/?’s by coastinj coastinj Profile at 4/20/19 9:52:46 PM
Seeing as Dorney has Talon there’s no reason for a bigger inverted coaster there. However I do agree they are overdue for something. I’d love to see a big modern flat tide package there and then maybe an rmc creation.

If Lagoon got an invert that’d be nice too.