Are Six Flags Done With Prototypes?

Friday, September 20, 2002 7:35 PM
My last prototype question is this. Is Six Flags done with prototypes for awhile after the problems with Deja Vu and X and even the problems with X Flight and Batwing.
Friday, September 20, 2002 7:57 PM

If I'm correct I read that after all the trouble that SF went through with rides such as ,X-flight, X ,Batwing and the Deja vu triplets SF has given up on prototype coasters for a good long time.

It'll be quite a while before we see a prototype coaster show up in any SF parks,they just don't want to invest tons of money in a ride that may not work properly.

Friday, September 20, 2002 7:59 PM
All prototypes have problems sonny. That is why Cedar Point waits until they are proven, then they just make it a lil bigger
Friday, September 20, 2002 8:00 PM
They better be

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Friday, September 20, 2002 8:01 PM
Six Flags isn't done with prototypes. I think they will just be a little more careful in the future. I am not sure if they like the reputation of putting manufactioners out of business.

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Friday, September 20, 2002 8:03 PM
I hope they aren't done with prototypes... Prototypes not only bring a lot of publicity to the parks they are located in, but also, for another reason. If prototypes aren't supported by the main amusement companies, then there will likely be no prototypes and thus, no innovation. The more companies willing to try prototypes, IMO, the better.
Friday, September 20, 2002 8:12 PM

Since Air and S:UF opened so close together, you could almost call them twin prototypes. By all acounts, S:UF has been a huge success. Also, the word on the street is that B&M will be fooling around with their trains and load/unload sytem 'till the get something a little faster, making all new B&M flyers mini-prototypes for a while yet, I would assume. Yet, Six Flags seems to want to do the same thing with S:UF that it did with B:TR.

Come to think of it, haven't all B&M prototypes been at Six Flags, and hasn't Six Flags been happy every time? Their first coatser was IronWolf at Great America, their first inverted was at the same park, their first floorless was at Great Adventure, and one of their two first hypers was at Great America again. Okay, so Six Flags didn't get their first regular sit-down. But judging from their B&M history, I think that if B&M come out with something new, Six Flags would be willing to give it a whirl.

(Six Flags also got the first three copies of the boomerang's replacement, the impulse. If they're not happy with them, they're out of their minds.)

Friday, September 20, 2002 8:24 PM
I think Six Flags is done with Vekoma, ;).

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Friday, September 20, 2002 9:49 PM
That's probably it. Six Flags is done with Vekoma. If not, then something's up.

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Friday, September 20, 2002 10:04 PM
They just added a new prototype at SFEG this year with The Flying Coaster. But it has even had it's fair share of problems.
Saturday, September 21, 2002 12:40 AM
What makes you think they are finished with prototypes? Superman The Escape, Mr. Freeze(s), and Batman & Robin The Chiller are four of the most technical problematic roller coasters to date. And? We saw the Fourth Dimension, Top-rail Floorless, and Giant Inverted Boomerang prototypes after those...
Saturday, September 21, 2002 12:44 AM

No they may be done with prototypes for awhile but they darn sure aren't done with record breakers.

Most people seem to have conveniently forgotten that Six Flags has also been extremely successful with prototypes as well. Do Batman and Medusa ring a bell? Then again, I think it's best that they have gone back to working almost exclusively with B&M and Intamin.

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Saturday, September 21, 2002 3:39 AM

I can tell you this much. Kings Island had a disaster with The Bat, Volcano and Hypersonic and they are still going to prototypes with the likes of Steath, SOB ect.

If it is something different and thrilling, Parks are going to go for it to get the DRAW.


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Saturday, September 21, 2002 5:02 AM

Yeah. The one thing I love about the Paramoun parks is they're not afraid to step up and build those amazing prototypes! You hafta start somewhere and not many other chains have the guts or tradition to do it like Paramount!

I doubt any prototypes will be built at a SF park for a LONG time.

Saturday, September 21, 2002 5:38 AM
wasnt medusa a prototype? the floorless and all. i dont think that it had mny problems. so i think that sf will stay with B&M prototypes
Saturday, September 21, 2002 6:35 AM

It'll be a good idea for SF to stay away from Vekoma period,as we all know most of their rides especially their prototypes just don't work reliably.

Paramount took a chance and failed on one prototype stealth and after it's dismall opening year performance gave up their exclusive marketing of the vekoma flying dutchman coaster thus allowing SF to use the design in two of their parks,with of course less than perfect results.


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