It looks like it's being dismantled, not destroyed. Not that they haven't done that in the past to rides that never were reassembled (Shockwave) but maybe they are looking to either sell it or try it in a warmer climate or something (wasn't SFGAm Deja Vu's issue mostly to do with cooler temps in Chicago?)
^ My guess is that they have intentions to put it on the second-hand ride market. Both coasters could fetch a pretty dollar -- but on the flipside, would also generate a good amount of cash as scrap metal.
I just don't see this coaster being moved to another Six Flags park. Why? I'm sure they took some tips out of the Texas Tornado gone Zongo fiasco. If Great Adventure failed to get the thing to work on a regular basis, what makes you think a smaller lower-budget park will be able to? :)
As was reported on Screamscape, I'm sure Six Flags will try to sell the ride and is being careful in the event that another buyer is found. I don't see it happening, though. Too bad, because going by what I remember, it was a lot of fun.
I seen them running both sides simultaneously in its opening season. I scored rides on both sides on a early May visit. Of course this season on my May visit it was the only coaster not operating.
Every visit since then the Batman side was never opened. I loved that tophat with the OTSR, and I was hoping to score a ride with the lapbar. The robin side wasn't as good, but I did like that inline twist with the lapbar.
Why would they spend the money to have the inline twists altered only to remove it altogether? That doesn't make any sense. Of course amusement park companies do a lot of things that don't make sense. ;)
I remember the launch and the inline twists being the best parts of the ride so I probably wouldn't have liked the modified ride all that much. Personally, I wish the park could have gotten the coaster up and running but since they couldn't, an indoor family coaster is a pretty good move. Except for Skull Mountain being a few hundred feet away! ;)
Impulse-ive said: It looks like it's being dismantled, not destroyed. Not that they haven't done that in the past to rides that never were reassembled (Shockwave) but maybe they are looking to either sell it or try it in a warmer climate or something (wasn't SFGAm Deja Vu's issue mostly to do with cooler temps in Chicago?)
Which Shockwave? If you mean the one at GAdv, it was eventually moved to Astroworld as Batman: The Escape during the whole "buy rides and move them around the country as if they were still new to save money" phase in the 80's.
I guess I must be one of the REALLY lucky ones: I managed to ride both sides, both with and without OTSRs. The tophat (blasphemous though this may be) never really did much for me, so I tended to prefer the Robin side.
However, if you were among the lucky who sat in the back row on either side, without OTSRs, your trip backwards through the zero-g was one of the single greatest experiences on ANY steel coaster around.
Never got to ride it neutered, and I'm kinda glad I never did. Looking forward to seeing what ends up there next year.
I rode the Robin side in my one visit to the park a few years back. It was not even top five coaster in the park material. The only cool thing was the awesome theming.
I am surprised this wasn't done a lot earlier. The main intent for a ride that is designed with side by side tracks is to run them side by side. There are very few witnesses to that occurring, which means to me that they almost never did it. Seeing that the ride could not do what it was designed to do as it's "primary feature", I would say that it needs to make way for an attraction that can do it's "primary feature".
I always figured the two tracks would allow for increased capacity needed at Great Adventure, but firing the trains at once would have been pretty cool. Can't say I've ever spoken with someone that saw it happen.