So, personally I'm quite thankful for these 'cheap' option Vekoma coasters. It allows small parks to finally break into the big scene and attract the attention that'll allow them to expand further.
There ya go. You hit the nail on the head. Parks know these SLC's and Boomerangs aren't the best quality, but they're cheaper and quicker than B&M's, yet they get the same attention and they have the same draw.
Adventure World built Mind Eraser in 1995 and the park saw a 25% increase in attendance that season. That's an amazing accomplishment. You can thank Mind Eraser for Six Flags America and Superman and Batwing and so on.
The only SLC I have been on is Great Nor'Easter at Morey's Piers and although I thought it was a little rough, overall I thought it was a good ride. I prefer B&M inverts but I would ride any SLC I see as long as the line wasn't too bad 9that's if I get to other parks with them).
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The first year Mind Eraser was open at Six Flags America it was great: very smooth and ran great. I rode it about 10 times that day. Flash forward a few years and it is awful. I hate the new very restrictive OTSR's and the ear banging. Now if a park has an SLC, I will ride it once for the credit and pray that the headache will not last all day.
As others have said, the layout is fun (original at one point, now just blah). The footchoppers are terrific and the inversions (not counting the banked turns like some parks do) are really interesting. Sadly though, a good portion of them were constructed poorly (thats what happens when a ride only costs a fraction of a B&M) and the trains just don't handle the course properly. I'd like to blame a good deal of it on the restraints, but its also just the stationary positioning of the wheel assemblies. If Elissa can spin the wheels on the ride while its in the station, its gonna be a rough ride, as can be seen in many TPR videos of yesteryear.
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