Theme parks turning aging coasters into new thrill rides
Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters.
So what’s an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today’s scream machines?
A coaster makeover, of course.
A handful of roller coasters are reopening this year after undergoing extensive rehabs now that innovations in the design of coaster tracks and trains are allowing theme parks to revive older rides saddled with shorter lines and soaring maintenance costs. Plus, it’s cheaper than building a coaster from the ground up.