- February 25th, 2019, 9:06 pm
In my years of coasters and parks, I have gained a better and more thorough understanding of it all. Now, as this is my thoughts, there are several key elements that determines the fate of the ride:
Cost to run
Cost to operate
At any given time any of the factors can outweigh the other but it seems, to me, the only one that can't be trumped is Value. Many of times parks have made, what we enthusiast may label as, bad decisions by removing a seemingly popular and well ran ride. However, years later we see how that decision improved the park. Universal did it with Jaws AND Dueling Dragons, Disney did it with the Osborne Family Lights, Carowinds did it with Thunder Road.
So at the end of the day, I feel these factors factored into the decision to remove it with one really outweighing the others.
Coasterbruh, Voted best member of Carowinds Connection - Dukeis#1 Weekly, January 22 2005