Many amusement park owners neglect to add smaller roller coasters to their park. Of course, they are not mandatory, but it’s not a good idea to skip then, except for very specific situations.
Unless your park tries to give off an intense atmosphere and focus heavily on the more exhilarating attractions, it’s a very good idea to have smaller and calmer ones for those who aren’t too used to this sort of thing.
Small roller coasters are one of the most popular amusement park rides – especially among kids. It’s a thrilling, exciting experience, but not enough to scare them much. It’s an excellent attraction if you’d like your park to offer something for the entire family.
Usually, only teenagers are interested in the larger, crazier roller coasters. Children and adults tend to be more inclined to like less intense experiences – so, this way, you can attract a wider range of different visitors.
In most situations it’s best to get a smaller roller coaster after a large one, so people can pick between them – but if your park has none, it might be wise to get one too – roller coasters are really popular, and visitors might be let down if they go there and don’t find any.
It’s best to consider demographics – if your park is intended to appeal mostly to families and doesn’t necessarily have to provide such an intense experience, getting a few small roller coaster rides will likely be enough.
A clear advantage of smaller rides, of course, is that they end more quickly, there’ll be less lines and, if the park is crowded, many costumers can visit it, as opposed to larger ones in which it takes much more time between rides.
Roller coasters tend to draw attention to themselves – so when your visitors see people riding it screaming and laughing, they’ll likely want to go there as well. For this reason, they tend to be very popular.
Smaller roller coasters are usually much safer and more manageable as well – you won’t need a large team of technicians to care for it, and any issues with it will usually be simple to fix.
Another important reason for their popularity is the fact smaller roller coaster rides take less time and tend to have shorter lines than larger ones – so costumers can squeeze them in between the larger attractions. Since it’s so easy to make time for a short ride, they will often visit the small ones a few times through their day.
In the end, small roller coaster rides are a very good option that most amusement parks should provide to their visitor and clients. They offer so many benefits, that there isn’t much of a reason not to have them, except for those specific cases. If you’re responsible for the design of a park, and you haven’t yet purchased at least a few, you should look into doing so as soon as possible!