It was inevitable, and due to happen. I finally got to BGA this summer and though it wasn't that great, glad I caught it in it's final year. I did wonder how it survived there as long as it did though with coasters like Kumba and Montu in the same park. I'm hoping they keep Scorpion for a while though. Python's removal seems to be part of an overall rehab on the Congo area.
If it was another park I would have thought it would be a horrible decision because it seems like coasters with only 1 or 2 inversions are becoming a thing of the past. I think those coasters are important because a lot of people try their first coaster with inversions on a ride with minimal inversions. Since they have Scorpion, I guess that's enough then.
I also doubt it would happen but I think it would be great if they could relocate it to Sesame Place somehow since it would somewhat fit in with the park (give the parents and older siblings something else to ride in the park and not too intimidating for younger riders to try), but I don't think they would bother relocating it to another AB park. *** Edited 8/13/2006 7:19:41 PM UTC by YoshiFan***
Some of those older one or two loop coasters would be a nice addition to some of the smaller parks because of their relatively small footprints. Greased Lightning from SFAW got a new lease on life from such a park but I'm surprised Viper didn't.
Meanwhile DelGrossos salvages a 3 loop coaster. I just wonder how they plan to fit it into their small, landlocked park.
Hopefully Python will find its way to a smaller park. I remember that those two early coasters at BGA both had small footprints which would make them good for parks where space is at a premium.
I think the market for old Arrow loopers dried up about a decade ago, maybe longer. Canobie added their corkscrew in the late 80's and it was an outdated ride not long after that. I'm surprised DelGrosso's would add something similar, although the condition of the ride and the great price surely factored heavily into their decision.
The operations of this ride were pretty bad too. I don't think they used more than one train for a long time (someone can confirm or deny that). Last year I wanted to ride it just to say I had and it took forever for them to load just that one train.
Ah, but perhaps Del Grossos is smarter than we think? For a lot less money than something new they get to add a coaster that, at least to people in the marketplace, will be new and unique. And it should be the tallest ride at the park and a good way to advertise to the folks over on I-99 as they drive by.
Attendence goes up...spending per cap goes up...and in a year or two viola!, they've made enough money to not only remove the Arrow looper just when maintenance costs start to outweigh the benefits of keeping the ride but they can replace it with something better.
Not saying I know this to be their plan but it's certainly within the realm of possibilities.
*** Edited 8/14/2006 11:03:44 PM UTC by Mamoosh***