California's Great America will move Invertigo to another park

Posted Saturday, January 29, 2011 12:31 PM | Contributed by Rick_UK

California's Great America has announced plans to remove the third coaster in less than a decade – a period in which no new coasters were added to the amusement park in Santa Clara, Calif. Invertigo, an inverted shuttle coaster that made its debut in 1998, will be removed to make room for a new attraction planned for 2012, officials said.

Read more from The LA Times.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 10:54 PM
Jeff's avatar

A lot of people said the same thing about Geauga Lake, and we know how that turned out. Clearly there's some bigger problem there that smarter people haven't been able to beat. PP would've liked to have had that park off their portfolio long before it became Cedar Fair's problem.


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Sunday, January 30, 2011 11:32 PM

Oh sure. I meant from a "guest" stand point. GA has never been nearly the crap hole GL was. There just isn't significant reason to shell out cash for so little in return. In short, the park is BORING.

But sure, as a business there are all sorts of problems.

Last edited by John Knotts, Sunday, January 30, 2011 11:35 PM
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Monday, January 31, 2011 7:02 AM

Why would they bother to move a ride that is high maintenance and low capacity, with a poor record for downtime, and more than a few mentions in the news for stranding passengers?

Invertistop was what I called it.

Additionally, I think I just saw a bulletin where Vekoma recommends intense yearly weld inspections for inverted trains over 10 years old.

Recycle that bad boy

Last edited by Power&Control, Monday, January 31, 2011 7:03 AM
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Monday, January 31, 2011 3:03 PM
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The location is actually great (no pun intended). The park is just off the freeway. When it was first built, the location was much better because there was nothing around. But land values rose as the valley boomed and now it's surrounded.

In any case, I think the problem is that the charm has been ripped out of the park over the years. As a money spending parent, I have no desire to take my family there the 2-3 times we visit the area each year. I'd rather drive 30 miles further for Santa Cruz or Gilroy Gardens. It would take a LOT more than a couple of coasters to turn that place around.


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 5:44 PM
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I would love to see this ride end up at Michigan's adventure. I know they just got thunderhak a few years ago. With the low capacity of the ride, it would be a perfect fit.


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Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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