A new Anton? Well, sorta...

Monday, May 20, 2013 8:22 PM
rollergator's avatar

Sirocco/Turbine had been closed for four years ('09-'12) at Walibi Belgium. I had no idea it was being rehabbed. Apparently refitted with a new LIM launch system by Gerstlauer (the same folks who brought us the lovely new trains on Hersheypark's Sooperdooperlooper), the ride is now fully enclosed and reopening in June. It will operate under its new name, Psyke Underground.

I haven't entirely given up on KK's shuttle...mostly, though...

P.S. to staff: Sorry for the multi-edits, tried to copy/paste unsuccessfully...

Last edited by rollergator, Monday, May 20, 2013 8:24 PM
Monday, May 20, 2013 9:50 PM
Vater's avatar

Nice to see that Gerstlauer is a viable option for modernizing older Schwarzkopfs. Hopefully more parks look into this option in lieu of sending their Anton to the scrapyard.

Monday, May 20, 2013 9:56 PM

^Or to Mexico, or Germany. SF Great America is just putting Lobster/East River Crawler (an Anton Monster) back together after a year in rehab.

Walibi had 2 choices with Turbine: sell/scrap the ride and put a new coaster in the building, or rehab the ride itself. I'm glad they picked the second!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:54 AM

I remember Turbine in RCT2 as one the prebuilt rides that I always built in my park. It was compact, guest attracting, and it made my park look nice.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:44 AM
rollergator's avatar

GayCoasterGuy said:

Walibi had 2 choices with Turbine: sell/scrap the ride and put a new coaster in the building, or rehab the ride itself. I'm glad they picked the second!

If I understand correctly, previously the building had housed only the loop portion of the ride, and now the building completely encloses the ride...must be nice to hit the top of the back spike, indoors!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:36 PM

^I bet it will be! I knew enclosing the entire ride was an option, I'm glad to hear they went with it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:12 PM
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Oodles of awesomeness. I hope Knotts considers this for Monty.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:23 PM
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No. Lets leave monte the way he is. Perfect.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:12 PM

^I hope they just keep it. Cedar Fair has been removing old Schwarzkopf rides left and right.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:51 AM
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I'm sure they're looking around and saying, "Oh gosh, that's a Schwartzkopf, we should take it down."

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:27 AM
rollergator's avatar

More likely, they're saying "hey, this ride is near the end of its lifespan and would require a large investment to keep it running - why not buy something new instead." It's understandable...

Personally, I'd rather give praise, props, and kudos to SFGAm, SFoT, Hershey, and Walibi for making the decision that these rides are worth the investment - rides that today's parents can ride with their kids, and remember when they rode with their parents a generation ago.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:53 AM

Well currently under the direction of Mr Ouimet, I would expect some Disney influence. Instead of simply adding, try improving (replacing in some cases) the ride selections.

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