^^ (Scratching Head)
How much do the CF construction workers make? They must have one heck of a union.
What you basically sayng is: that the cost of deconstruction is equal to the cost a new one, minus the installation. Have you seen the price of steel lately? I'm thinking you might be wrong on this one. *** Edited 1/5/2008 2:24:10 AM UTC by Blackie***
Although that brings up the question... who would buy it when they could just get a new one?
I think the real answer (along with why all these other rides are being sold) is that Cedar Fair doesn't have plans to use them in 2008 or 2009 and they would rather have cash now to help their income. Why dump some perfectly good rides when they could just store them for next to nothing at any one of their parks until it was introduced a few seasons from now? Hell... Six Flags has been holding onto some of Astroworld's stuff for forever now. Even if they didn't want to use them as rides, they could use them as parts for the copies in their other parks.
This isn't a few old/worn-out rides being sold to second rate parks. Some of these are perfectly good. Cedar Fair is desperate for the cash.
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Unless there is funny accounting going on, its costing a hell of a lot to send Voodoo, Dominator, and X-Flight to their new parks. It's not a stretch to think something as small as BLMR wouldn't be worth moving.
The smaller and lighter a payload, the less it will cost to ship, logically. As far as the actual shipping goes (not counting other costs like pouring new footers and assembly/disassembly), moving BLMR probably wouldn't cost much more than moving a whole carnival from one locale to another.
And we're only talking from Aurora to Sandusky, after all. All told, I'd be surprised if it would cost CF more than $100K to move it, even at today's heightened shipping costs. So it seems to me that wouldn't be an overwhelming factor.
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If they sell the rides guess who pays for deconstruction, moving, and reconstruction? Yup...the buyer!
Now does it all make sense?
I didn't see Americana (Ferris Wheel) listed for sale. I can't wait to see where it ends up.
I remember reading that there were several parks in the chain that were interested in it, and considering that a few of the old Paramount Parks don't have Ferris Wheels, I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up at one of them.
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