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Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby robbalvey » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:55 pm

With the decade coming to a close in the next couple of days, let's take a look back at the past ten years. What do you think was the greatest amusement industry achievement between 2001-2010?

Was it the invention of the Intamin plug n play woodie? Was it breaking the 400 foot barrier? Was it the attempt by Shapiro's Six Flags group to turn the company around?

So many things happened in this industry over the past 10 years...what do you think was most important?

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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby ElToroExtreme » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:18 pm

Intamin Prefab! That has changed the way the wooden coaster will be built forever!

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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby Airtime&Gravity » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:24 pm

In no order

1. Breaking the 400ft barrier just 3 years after breaking the 300ft barrier
2. The 4D coaster
3. 90 degree turns on a wooden coaster
4. The hydromagnetic water coasters
5. The Intamin plug n play wooden coasters
6. The rapid construction of theme parks being built in China

Don't know what I was thinking when I mentioned breaking the 300ft barrier earlier. :oops:
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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby Vffreak07 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:28 pm

Two words.
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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby lakeparks » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:31 pm

I honestly think the innovation of the hyper coaster. Yes I know Morgan really did that in the last decade but Intamin and B&M just wowing us with the new and improved hyper every year.
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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby ginzo » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:32 pm

Hard Rock Park. Oh, wait. Robb said "achievement", not "failure". My bad.
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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby cfc » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:34 pm

I agree that Intamin's plug-and-play woodies were an excellent achievement (and we need more of 'em). But for me I think the opening of Tokyo DisneySea in 2001 is the highlight of the decade. It's the perfect example of how immersive a theme-park experience can be, and had the greatest "wow" factor of any park I've ever visited.
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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby downunder » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:43 pm

*I'm indifferent about Harry Potter, but has any new attraction had such a dramatic impact on attendance and revenue?

From my own perspective:

*Intamin Plug and Plays - I've only been on two, and they both in my top 2 fave coasters.
*Breaking the 400 foot barrier - that was the development that made me travel specifically to go to a theme park which was a first.
*The continued growth of Halloween events, especially HHN.

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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby ernierocker » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:52 pm

From a non-ride standpoint, I would give the nod to Lo-Q and their perfection of the Flash Pass concept.
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Re: Greatest Amusement Industry Achievement of the Decade?

Postby Neers71 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:54 pm

B&M Hyper "V" shaped seating. Turned B&M hypers from tame to ejector air machines.

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