Roller Coaster Theming | Weekly Topic

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Does Theming on a Coaster Matter? | Theme Park Round Table
News Plus Notes provided this week’s topic. NPN posed the question: “Does theming on a coaster matter?”

I’m going to surprise even myself and say no. My answer is really more of a ‘yes, but…’. Let me explain. Theming on a coaster is something that I’m quick to give points for. It can take a ride from mediocre to memorable. But, I can’t think of a time where it can take a coaster that would be a ‘5’ to a ‘9’ or even an ‘8’.

While I really enjoy the Egyptian theming on Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa, it doesn’t completely affect my overall opinion of the ride. To me, theming is like seasoning a dish. If you start with a sirloin and add the perfect seasoning, you’ve got a winning dish, but the sirloin would still be quite tasty without it. And inversely, seasoning a gross dish usually doesn’t make up for its grossness.

Also, my top 10 coasters are a bunch of great rides with just a pinch of theming. And in some there’s nearly none at all like in the case of Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200. While I really enjoy theming, no amount of theming could equal Magnum’s wild, almost soulful ride. It’s like it has a personality. Theming can add a lot to the experience of riding a roller coaster, but in the end it all comes down to the quality of the ride.

See what the other bloggers have to say on this week’s topic:
A Walk in the Park
Theme Park Village
News Plus Notes

What’s your take? Does coaster theming matter to you? Leave a comment below.

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  1. In my opinion, theming a roller coaster makes it a whole lot better. Take Alpengeist. It has what i think is the best theming in the world and its the number 1 inverted roller coaster. Also thats what Disney World is made of. Every ride they have there is themed and i like that. But Alpengeist is the best themed roller coaster in the world, well in my opinion.

  2. I think it depends on the coaster. Space mountain, for exaple, would be a terrible ride without theming. But rides like Termanator salvation: the ride would still be a great ride without themeing.

  3. I agree whith Tom on that one, space mountain is one of my favorite rides, but if you dropped the themeing, it would br plain boring.

  4. mummy is the best themed ROLLER COASTER

  5. What about Expedition Everest.


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