Posted Friday, May 6, 2011 11:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff
While last year's opening of Shoot the Rapids was delayed because of technical problems, this year's new ride — WindSeeker — is off to a slow start because of northern Ohio's wicked weather. WindSeeker will not be running when the park opens on May 14.
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Are any of them on time at this point?
Hard to say with Knott's, since their site just says "by summer 2011," but so far KI, C'sW, and CP are all late. Screamscape linked to a time-lapse video of the CP webcam during construction, and I noticed there were only 2 days in which it *didn't* rain at some point, so I'm sure that didn't help.
Well you know CW was way ahead of the pack from the pictures I have seen. I was wondering what the inspection/testing is like in Canada. I think that CW could beat the rest but have not heard a recent update. I think it is between CW and KI
My gosh, who will win? This is riveting stuff...
Were we spoiled all the years things opened promptly on opening day and maybe Memorial Weekend is the more realistic goal?
I'm thinking opening day was a fine, and totally realistic goal, but now that we've had the wettest spring season in Ohio history, there's going to be some delay. I'm just waiting for someone to comment on how it "figures that CF can never get anything open on time" while simultaneously applauding Knoebels for persevering on Flying Turns.
I'm just waiting for someone to comment on how it "figures that CF can never get anything open on time" while simultaneously applauding Knoebels for persevering on Flying Turns.
Woo hoo! My first +1.
Nicely played. Humor aside, I'll take up the challenge.
Two different companies, two different sets of expectations. Cedar Fair is like General Motors: they're the 800-pound gorilla who can do anything it wants. They've got the muscle and the wherewithal to build any attraction, anywhere, any time they want, if they so choose.
Knoebels is the complete opposite. They're like your uncle Charlie, building a dune buggy in his garage on the weekends so he can tool around town in it and impress the neighbors.
Plus, Knoebels is cool. Cedar Fair is not. Cedar Fair is the newly incarnate manifestation of Satan, who previously occupied Six Flags, and before that, Microsoft.
Ensign Smith said:
Two different companies, two different sets of expectations.
I dunno. It just seems like CP gave up on building Windseeker because of a little bit of wind and rain, unlike Knoebels who is still working hard on the Flying Turns despite developing the track before the rolling stock.
~Rob (What do I win?)
I guess my irony was too finely strung. :)
Ensign Smith said:
Cedar Fair is the newly incarnate manifestation of Satan, who previously occupied Six Flags, and before that, Microsoft.
I wondered why the urinals around here were all scorched.
For a while Knotts was saying mid June opening, but they are still working on the foundation and utilites. I would be surprised if it's up and certified by the 4th of July. I think that the late decision to relocate in Fiesta Village instead of replacing the Sky Cabin has set them back a bit.
I just can not post this thought, sorry in advance but Here we go:
Cedar Point: Disapointing Opening Day Fanboys since 2004!
Why have the new ride open on opening day when you can get all those people to come back again on another day?
They couldn't have foreseen this weather, Kings island starting clearing the site the day after the park closed for the season with Cedar Point close behind. The "main" start of the season is Memorial Day Weekend, so if they hit that, then they're fine with me.
I'm still stumped on this...yeah it rained...big whoop. It's a pole in the ground!! Those other umpteen coasters they have had ready for opening day...those have lots of poles in the ground!
It just seems that CF is like a kid doing last minute studying of homework for a test "assuming" they will be able to cram at the last second.
It just seems that they all could have had the land cleared and cement poured by Christmas easily if they wanted to they start going vertical late feb.
I'm happy they have been working nights...but I'm still disapointed. At least it was expected after seeing KIs progress.
To comment on CoasterGod's post: It could have been a manufacturing delay as well, most of the parts of these rides weren't even in the country by the first of March. I don't work in or manage construction projects, so I can only guess.
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