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Attractions

There are many, many different attractions within RollerCoaster Tycoon and its expansion packs, and they're all listed below.


Transportation

  • Suspended Monorail*
    This monorail hangs below the track. The trains are powered by electric induction motors mounted along the track.
  • Miniature Train
    Simply put, this is just a narrow gauge train. Some are powered by real steam, others by diesel engines.
  • Monorail
    This monorail sits above the track. The trains are powered by electric induction motors mounted along the track.
  • Chair Lift
    A chair lift is nothing more than a bucket that is suspended from a cable. The cable moves to tow the buckets along its length. The design was adopted from the ski lifts that you see at ski resorts.

Mild

  • Carousel
    Ahhh the good old carousel. There is not explanation needed for what this ride is.
  • Ferris Wheel
    Well I could say the same thing for this one as I said for the carousel. And I will say it, everyone knows what it is.
  • Slide
    You might think this is something like the superslide you find at the county fair. Well it ain't, it is a spiral slide wrapped around a tower.
  • Cycle Monorail*
    The cycle monorail has cars that are on top of the track. Human muscle power is what moves them.
  • Ghost Train*
    If you always been scared of going into a haunted house this not the ride for you. Little cars are guided by small rails on the floor. As you can guess you ride the cars through a haunted house style ride. The cars are powered by electric motors.
  • Flying Saucers*
    This ride exists but is a little different in real than the one in the game. First off the cars in wheel life are gas powered, not electric. Basically they are self powered bumper cars.
  • Observation Tower
    To get an overview of the park this is a perfect ride. It is a tower that is usually about 150 to 200ft tall. It has a car that rotates around it until it reaches the top. Then it spins back down the tower.
  • Miniature Golf*
    Just a small mini golf course. You can have has many as 18 holes on it.
  • Haunted House
    A themed building which people walk through. It has spooky scenery and sound effects.
  • Car Ride
    Self powered vehicles that follow a track as its guide.
  • Cycle Railway*
    This ride has flat track. Riders must pedal around the track to get back to the station.
  • Circus Show*
    A big tent with a circus show going on inside of it.

Thrill

  • Whoa Belly
    A first of the kind drop tower ride. Instead of being pulled up to the top, you are shot up to the top using a bungee cord like system. Then you do the same thing multiple times.
  • Roto Drop*
    The roto drop replaces the old elevator like drop tower. It is normally taller and drops much quicker.
  • Go Karts
    Basically gas powered vehicles that you get to drive around a track. They look and feel just like F1 racers.
  • Bumper Cars
    Finally the good old fashion bumper cars. These are vehicles that you drive and are powered by an overhead electrical grid. You simply slam into your friends to give them whiplash.
  • Swinging Ship
    To mimic the sensation of flight the swinging ship swings back and forth until it almost goes upside down.
  • Inverter Ship
    This the same thing as the swinging ship except it goes completely upside down. Also it does complete revolutions.
  • Scrambled Eggs
    I don't know if I would call this ride the scrambled eggs. However it does look like an egg beater :-) In real life it is known as the twister.
  • Motion Simulator
    Nothing more than a big box that sits on hydraulics. Inside is a small movie theatre. The hydraulics follow the motion of the movie. This in turn simulates that you are in the movie.
  • 3D Cinema
    Usually a big dome that has movie playing on all sides of it.
  • Space Rings
    Riders are strapped into these rotating rings. The idea is to simulate what space flight feels like.
  • Enterprise**
    Imagine a Ferris Wheel that started horizontal, instead of vertical. Then, add the illusion of a lever/arm raising it vertical. That's basically what Enterprise is.

Roller Coasters

  • Mini Steel
    Steel coasters came out in the late 1950's. The mini steel coaster is the first generation. No coaster of this type has loops.
  • Steel
    Second generations of mini steel coaster are just known as steels. The steel coaster can do elements such as vertical loops, horizontal loops, and steep twists. Though in the game vertical loops and steep twists are the only special elements besides helixes available. Only two steel coasters in the world have horizontal loops on them. They are the Mindbender at Six Flags Over Georgia and the Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas. That probably is why this element is not in the game. It is simply a vertical loop on its side. One last note is that steel coasters were designed by the Schwarzkopf company of Germany and built by Intamin AG of switzerland. A great example of a steel coaster is Taz's Texas Tornado. It can be found at Six Flags Astroworld.
  • Corkscrew
    Corkscrew coasters are second generation steel coasters, but they evolved into the multi inversion loopers we know of today. Special track elements include the half loop, vertical loop, corkscrew, and steep twist. This type of coaster was created and developed by Arrow Dynamics in the early 1970's. Over the years many companies have tried to copy the design. These companies include Vekoma of Holland and Togo of Japan. A great example of a corkscrew coaster is The Corkscrew at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. A couple of the mega inversion coasters of this type that exist are the Viper at Six Flags Great America and Vortex at Paramount's Kings Island.
  • Stand Up
    Stand ups evolved from the corkscrew type of coaster. Originally it was developed by Togo of Japan. However many companies today produce this type of coaster. As you can guess you stand up on this ride as it whizzes around the track. It creates great g-forces on the body. An example of this type of coaster carried to the extreme is Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • Suspended
    Coasters that hang from the track have a different sensation than those that ride on top of the rails. Suspended coasters don't just hang from the track either, the cars swing out when the train goes around a tight turn fast. A good example of this type of coaster is the Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
  • Single Rail Suspended
    An older cousin to the suspended coaster, this coaster has one trick that the suspended lacks. That is passengers ride in single cars instead of a whole train. Also there is only one rail instead of two as the title says.
  • Single Rail
    These were also some of the first steel coasters to exist. Passengers ride on cars two a time. Normally they don't go very fast, so there are no restraints.
  • Vertical
    Now this coaster is sick and twisted creation! It is a combination of a coaster and a drop tower. The first hill usually goes straight down! Sometimes loops are involved on this crazy contraption too. The best known example of this ride is the Oblivion at Alton Towers theme park outside London, England.
  • Wooden
    Nothing beats the feel, smell, and sound of a wooden coaster. These are the original roller coasters. They have been around since the 1700's. However today they are taller and faster than ever! As you know this type of coaster is built out of wood. Usually they are very jarring on your neck and never let up. A classic example of this coaster type is the Coney Island Cyclone in New York. Some of the newer wooden coasters actually go upside down. This was tried in the early 1900's, but some people were killed unfortunately. Their necks were snapped by the extreme force. Coasters did not loop again until the steels came about. Today though the wooden ones can incorporate a steel loop which is much safer than an actual wooden one.
  • Crazy Wooden Rodent
    Here is a very unique coaster. I am not really sure when it was developed. It has individual cars held on the wooden track by running rails and pegs. The pegs go into a groove to stabilize the cars. When the pegs jumped out of the grooves on the curves, riders think they are about to fly out of the it.
  • Inverted
    Just like the suspended coaster, the inverted hangs from the track. Here however passengers are in for an even wilder ride. Inverted coasters actually have inversions such as vertical loops. G-forces are incredible on this coaster type.  An example of one of these coasters is the Raptor at Cedar Point. In recent years this type of coaster has become extremely popular among amusement and theme parks. Two top manufacturers of these coasters are Bollinger and Mabillard and Vekoma.
  • Reverse Whoa Belly
    Some people say that this is not a coaster. To me it is though, it has track and cars that ride on wheels. Therefore it is a roller coaster! To put it straight cars are powered launched out of the station and climb a 400 foot tall tower. They then freefall back down the tower and back to the station. A monstrous example is Super Man The Escape at Six Flag's Magic Mountain.
  • Bobsled
    Ever wondered what it felt like on a bobsled run? Well here is your chance to find out. Bobsled coasters are very unique since the trains are not attached to the track. Instead they are allowed to ride freely on a half cut out track. It looks very similar to an actual bobsled course. Designed by Intamin AG, this type of coaster is located throughout the world. Some examples are the Disaster Transport at Cedar Point, El Vibra at Six Flags Over Texas, and Mayan Mind Bender at Six Flags Astroworld.
  • Mine Train
    There is nothing like a runaway minetrain. That is exactly the feel these coasters are suppose to give. Developed by Arrow Dynamics in the early 1960s, these coasters can be found in just about every theme park around the world. Characteristics of these rides are that the train looks like a mine train, the track is tubular steel, the supports can be either steel or wooden, and they normally go no faster than 40 miles an hour. Though there are some exceptions to the rule such as the Gemini at Cedar Point which hits 60 miles per hour. However that coaster looks more like a wooden racer, but don't be fooled it is a mine train.
  • Flying*
    Talk about a new type of roller coaster. You will not see anything more space age than this thing. To mimic exact flight sensations, passengers are reclined back in their seats. Then they are flipped over and actually get to fly like a bird! There are many elements that can be done with this coaster. Such as vertical loops, corkscrews, half loops, and inline twists. The only example of this type of coaster to date is the Stealth at Paramount's Great America. It was co-designed by Paramount Parks and Vekoma.
  • Steel Twister*
    Basically the steel twister replaces the old Arrow Dynamic looper style of coaster. It is much larger and trains actually hold four across. Bollinger and Mabillard developed this coaster style. It is characterized by being smoother, taller, and faster than the old loopers. Also it has some new track elements such as the inline twist. Plus different types of trains can be put on it such as the floorless, stand up, and non looping. Each gives a different feel to the rider. The best example of this coaster is Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
  • Heartline*
    Passengers ride in single cars that hold four people in two rows. The track is inside of a steel cage structure. Cars are centered in the middle of the cage. The only element beside hills is the heartline twist. It simply twists passengers around in a spiral. Togo came up with this coaster type. An example of it would be the Ultra Twister at Six Flags Over Astroworld.
  • Wooden Side Friction*
    During the 1920's designers of roller coasters came up with many strange designs. The wooden side friction is one of these. Cars ride on the top edge of each track. Riders sit down inside of the cars.
  • Wooden Twister*
    The wooden twister is nothing more than a wooden coaster. The only difference is that it can do steep twists drops and helixes. An example of this coaster type is the Coney Island Cyclone.
  • Wooden Reverser*
    Another new design that came out in the 1920's. In this one cars ride on a train track. At certain points in the track the cars are swung around. This causes the cars to face in the opposite direction from which it came. Probably one of the first attempts to do something totally unique and different such as going backward.
  • Steel Wild Mouse*
    Finally here we are at the bottom of the list. The steel wild mouse is based on the crazy wooden rodent coasters. Obviously the new ones are made out of steel instead of wood. They usually have tighter turns and some can even spin the cars around like the Tilt-A-Whirl. Examples of this type of ride can be found at major theme parks and small amusement parks around the world.
  • Air Powered Vertical**
    The name says it all. Take the Vertical coaster and have it launched by a huge amount of forced air, and you've got one heck of a fast coaster. PKD is building one for 2001 called Hypersonic XLC (Xtreme Launch Coaster).
  • Inverted Wild Mouse**
    The name says it all. This coaster can lead to some pretty good ratings for your tracks. There is supposedly a prototype at a factory in Europe.
  • Suspended Looping**
    These are very cool coasters. They're made by Vekoma. Most designs can be see in many of the Six Flags Parks across the world.

Water

  • Boat Hire
    Here you can rent boats out to people. The most popular boat hire is the bumper boat ride.
  • Raft Ride
    The idea here is to simulate a white water rapids adventure. The boats look exactly like rubber rafts except they are made out of plastic and have seats to sit in. You will get extremely wet on these types of rides.
  • Boat Ride*
    Ever wonder what it is like going off a waterfall. Well you can somewhat find out here. This ride has been around for years and is known as the chute-to-chute. A large boat is lifted up a hill by a conveyor belt. Then it slowly floats around a track filled with water. At the end of the track is a giant slide. The boat rolls down the slide and into a pool of water at the bottom of the hill. Passengers get wet by the tidal wave that is created.
  • Log Flume
    Boats shaped as logs float down a water filled track. You basically go up and down hills with water splashing up at you.
  • Water Slide
    Dinghies slide down a semi-circular plastic channel for a track, and are assisted by the flow of water.
  • Jet Skis**
    Just like in real-life, there are jet skis that folks can hop on and cruise around the lake.
  • River Rapids**
    The Boats are free to take their own course along the channel on this ride.
  • Water Coaster**
    This is a traditional steel coaster, with the obvious exception that you can go through water.

* Only available in Roller Coaster Tycoon Expansion: Corkscrew Follies

** Only available in Roller Coaster Tycoon Expansion: Loopy Landscapes

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