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Fun With Roller Coaster Data

We’re still in the off-season here in the Midwestern United States (though spring is thankfully right around the corner) and I have to keep myself entertained somehow. I wrote a post awhile ago on Coaster101 about how I had created my own track record using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet complete with stats from the Roller Coaster Database. Well, I used those stats and compared the height, sp...

Behind the Numbers: Cedar Point Ridership Data

Most amusement parks today don’t release their attractions’ ridership numbers to the general public. So, it was very unusual and surprising when Cedar Point posted the annual number of riders for each major ride from 1996 to 2008. This information has since been removed their website, but lucky for us a couple of roller coaster enthusiasts managed to capture the data before it was taken down...

Taking the Duel Out of the Dragons

Universal Orlando recently announced a major operating change for the Dragon Challenge roller coasters. Let’s look back at how this incredible thrill ride pioneered the control system technology enabling dueling coasters to consistently time their near-miss collisions. Art of the Duel Dueling roller coasters offer a thrilling element not typically found on single track rides: the near-miss collisi...

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