When choosing a coaster size is one of the most important factors. While many people will be attracted to a large coaster, a small coaster can be a much more cost effective choice. However, like any ride in any park, finding a good new or used coaster can be a bit of a wild goose chase if you don’t know where to look. In addition, looking for one to buy without knowing what you really need can be a recipe for a lot of stress and can actually hamper your chances at getting the perfect ride for your park.
The first step is determining what you really want in your coaster. Do you want a new one or a used one, do you want a super enclosed one, standing, haunted house style, or something completely off the wall? All of these questions should be answered before you even begin to look for a supplier or someone selling their older coaster. Simply sit down and work out on paper what would work best with your park, what is in your budget, and how much work you want to put into the coaster up front.
The second step is finding someone who is a reputable seller for your ride purchase. If you choose to go with a used model you will need to do a large amount of research about the original model, any modifications that the previous owners did to the ride, and its safety history. Having all of this information together can help you make a choice based on maintenance, insurance prices, and possible life of the coaster when it is in your possession. Usually a seller should be pretty forthcoming with this information or you should look somewhere else.
There are many different sites where used rides are sold. For the most part these sites play no part in the legitimacy of the sale but serve as a platform for individual sellers. This means you need to check out details before you commit to making a purchase.
If you decide that you are going to go with a new ride you will need to do a little more research before you go to make your choice. Asking around on different forums and groups for people who run similar parks may be a good idea. Knowing what your concept is, what your budget is, and what your maintenance abilities are will help narrow down the best possible brands for you to use in your park. Most of the time these will be brands in the top three or five across all parks so there should be a good number of people using the same coasters.
Choosing the best small roller coaster ride for your amusement park can really help bring in business, satisfy customers who want simpler rides, and allow more children to enjoy your park. In addition, smaller coasters can bring in more money because of the quick turn around time on riders that they provide.