Tagged: theme park design

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Coasters-101: Wheel Design

A typical wheel used on a roller coaster is constructed by taking an aluminum hub and bonding a polyurethane tire to the hub’s outside diameter. This entire “wheel assembly” is then...

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New Theme Park Design Class

The idea of a class dedicated solely to theme park design would interest most coaster enthusiasts. Motivarti, an organization based in Los Angeles, which provides classes, lectures, and workshops for people in the entertainment...

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Coasters-101: Foundations

Welcome to another addition of Coasters-101. Today we’re going to discuss one of the most important and perhaps most overlooked components of a roller coaster-the foundations! It’s an exciting time when...

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Coasters-101: Daily Inspections

If you’re a frequent visitor of amusement parks you are probably aware that the roller coasters are inspected on a daily basis in order to ensure the rides run safely. But...

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Interview with author Steve Alcorn

I recently read and reviewed the wonderful book Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer, a great read full of fascinating tidbits about what actually goes on during the...

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Book Review: Theme Park Design

[Note: actual quotes from the book are in italics] I just finished reading Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer by Steve Alcorn, a very smart book about designing...