Featured Photo #22 – Coaster People

Rip Ride Rockit Designer - Universal StudiosRecently, I was asked about the highlights of my 5 years of blogging. Getting to talk to the people behind our favorite theme parks and roller coasters has to be one of the biggest thrills of this adventure. Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to speak with Louis Alfieri who was one of the designers behind Rip Ride Rockit.

It was unbelievably cool to hear specifics behind the design process of a new custom roller coaster. For Rockit at least, it was a collaboration with different people adding ideas to the project. Elements like the ride’s treble clef were sketched out by Alfieri while he and the other members of the team contributed other ideas like the first-of-its-kind non-inverting loop (pictured above), the jump cut, and the incorporation of the ride’s extensive track list. (See Rip Ride Rockit’s full track list.) The process was so creative and collaborative that it reminded me of a rock band working on an album.

I think it’s easy to forget that there are real people behind our favorite creations. Other than when we daydream about being a roller coaster designer I doubt we give much thought into how the rides came to be or who brought them to life.

Read my interview with Louis Alfieri.

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