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Wood Takes a Thrilling Turn in Roller Coaster Design


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Great explanation and video of a top wooden roller coaster, with the designer of said coaster. "It's becoming more of a science all the time, less of an art."

I had never heard such a crisp description of what makes wooden coasters better:

"That put-through-a-blender sensation is a trademark of wooden coasters, and doesn’t happen by chance. Because they tend to be slower, wooden rides can have tighter twists and turns than steel ones without generating excessive G-forces on riders."

Two words: Cedar Point. :)

Never been there. Looking it up.

On Lake Erie, second oldest amusement park in America.

Wow. I had no idea.

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