In our most recent poll, we’ve been comparing two compact thrills: the Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter type, and Intamin’s new ZacSpin model.  Several smaller parks are looking for relatively affordable, yet high-quality thrill coasters that can boost park attendance.  Both Canobie Lake and Six Flags Over Georgia sought how the compact, Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model.  With it’s signature beyond vertical drops, the Euro-Fighter is a coaster type that has proven to have no true “cookie cutter” elements (aside from the drops).  While Canobie Lake’s version sticks to the classic helix, barrel rolls, and standard elements, Six Flags Over Georgia’s model is unbelievably twisted with a new train design as well.  On the flip side, Intamin’s ZacSpin offers the unpredictability element with freely spinning cars.  Occupying a thin strip of land with it’s vertical track, the coaster offers airtime and some spectacular views (depending on location of course).  Although, these are not quite as popular as the EuroFighter type yet, I see these ZacSpins as being perfect additions for seaside amusement parks, and piers across the world.

When we asked for your thoughts, you answered.  Although a tight race, emerging victorious was the older and proven model: the Gerstlauer EuroFighter. In fairness, while ZacSpin always have to be compact, a EuroFighter can stretch wide sections of land (including Mystery Mine pictured in the header and the new Takabisha).  However, Gerstlauer has demonstrated such a versatility with this model that it becomes near impossible to not appreciate.  A big, congratulations to Gerstlauer for having a winning coaster type on your hands.

Which extreme, compact coaster model do you prefer?

  • Intamin ZacSpin (44%, 16 Votes)
  • Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter (56%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Next, we have a shorter, more fun poll.  With Summer heating up, it’s always a good time for a classic theme park snack.  Food stands are scattered across all parks, and the aromas of fried concatuions, the blasts of cool air when entering an ice cream parlor, and the sticky  left-overs of cotton candy are all memorable parts of the classic amusement park experience.  The next poll is simple: What’s your favorite amusement park treat?

Favorite amusement park treat?

  • Cotton Candy (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Funnel Cake (44%, 11 Votes)
  • Corn Dog (24%, 6 Votes)
  • Ice Cream (28%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Poll is now open and closes July 27, 2011. Vote & have a treat!