I heard *briefly* that all the Premier launchers went down due to some malfunction with Chiller. Anybody know *what* happend to Chiller? Or any info about when these coasters will be back up?
Side note, GAdv is having a rough go off things this spring, no El Toro, intermittent Kingda Ka, Chiller down. I hope all of them come online regularly soon, I'd really like to get up there. T.I.A, jeremy
Robin had an incident that caused the ride to valley. This is the statement the park gave:
QUOTEAt approximately 12:15 p.m., a train on one of our coasters stopped during its cycle. The train was 8-10 feet above the ground with 20 passengers on board. Maintenance and safety personnel immediately responded. Within 15 min. all guests were unloaded from the ride.
Our maintenance and engineering teams will conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly what caused the coaster to stop. All safety systems functioned properly.
Has this ever happened before - No
The train sustained some damage, but our engineers are out there as we speak conducting an investigation to determine exactly what caused the coaster to stop.
The ride will remain shut down, we've notified the state and will keep the ride closed until they have inspected the ride and cleared it to open.
Who knows whats going on, but I have a hunch Robin will be down for quite some time, expect to get on Batman way before you get on Robin, thats my guess at least *** Edited 6/8/2006 1:18:23 PM UTC by Goliath Freak***
ya know this is really upsetting because the Chiller is a really good ride. Its one of my personal favs @ GADV. The 4-5 times I've been there this season, the Batman side has been closed every time and the Robin side has been open sparatically. Pretty much luck if you get on it. I've gotten lucky enough to get on Robin a few times this season and man its a good ride. Six Flags really needs to get this problematic ride fixed or just take it out. Whats the point in having a ride and investing money in it if its never open?
From what I've heard, something happened on the return trip and the train valleyed between the barrel roll and cobra roll. The train was also damaged as a result of the LIM malfunction. I expect the ride (both sides) to be down for quite some time.
DorneyDante said: Whats the point in having a ride and investing money in it if its never open?
*cough* Top Thrill Dragster *cough*
I have to agree with you that "Chiller" is indeed a good ride. Any time I have ever been to SFGrtAdv Batman has always been down and I've been lucky to have ridden Robin a few times. Is a good ride, that I must agree with you! It's like FOF at PKI but way better! :) Of course Nitro kicks all their butts!! LOVE that ride! :)
I saw a picture of part of the valleyed train, and from the looks of things, it looks like there may have been some sort of derailment or at the least, some sort of issue with a wheel assembly on the third car. In the picture, the front of the car looks all too close to the back of the second, and even appears to be leaning a little to the side. I think there may be a link to the pic on Screamscape.
If it was a derailment, what kind of start is that for this season, especially after the Wild Thing incident?
Scariest moment I have EVER experienced on a steel coaster is that reverse heartline with lapbars...it's only a fraction of a second, but it realy DOES feel like you're beig ejected below the train as it rolls through that oh-so-sweet element... :)
Haven't ridden Ka, or obviously Toro, but for me, Chilla is the king at GAdv... *** Edited 6/8/2006 3:55:16 PM UTC by rollergator***
I have to agree with you there. Its a must ride for me everytime I go (which is pretty much every weekend lately. should I consider a name change?) That backwards heartline is incredible. I'd ride the ride if it was just that one element. And the lapbars just add to the greatness. The downside to this ride is since there is only 1 side ever open and obviously only one train. well, yeah, you get the point. The wait can just get too long sometimes and not worth it for a 30 second ride. I got incredibly lucky last weekend by scoring 2 rerides and no waiting! I had an exit pass for the ride and someone with a q-bot somehow got seated before me even though i was in line b4 them. Well, when I told the ride op he offered me 2 rides on it. That made my night!
Damn, and I'm supposed to be going to Six Flags St. Louis next week. I've already ridden Mr. Freeze at OT, but my friend has never ridden it and I've been hyping the ride up so much. I don't think this will change our plans as I'm still out to ride the former Evolution from Great Adventure (now Excalibur).
At SFStL, Freeze *is* the steel coaster line-up. At SFoT there's a lot of other good steel to ride, ditto for GAdv with Chilla not running. Although, to be fair, there's 0 Antons at GAdv, I considerable Titan and Nitro to be *about par*, and TX has the better overall lineup in steel, even if Ka blows me away...
About 10 days ago (before The Chiller problem), the Mr. Freeze at SFSL caught some of the wires the power the LIMs on the tower with the fins along the train - the ride has not operated since. At least the two Mr. Freeze's and The Chiller (and maybe the other Premier rides SF has) are down indefinetely to make sure that the problems won't happen again. *** Edited 6/8/2006 8:18:51 PM UTC by SFZIP***
i would imagine only the shuttles would be shut down because of the lims on the spikes on them. the regular full circuit rides i would assume would remain in operation seeing as how the wire dont appear to be as close to the track
^^^ That must've happened RIGHT after I left, cause I rode SFStL's Freeze on Sunday and Monday of Mem. Day weekend....repeatedly. I *love* that ride...only Chilla Batman and Monte can compare in terms of shuttles (at least until SFAW's gets reinstalled).
Interestingly enough, every time I've been to Great Adventure since Chiller went in, the Batman side was running and the Robin side was not. I wonder what the outcome would be if RaptorJo and I were in the park at the same time...