Chiller Removal (SFGAdv)

Monday, September 24, 2007 5:19 PM
^Haven't you been reading the rumors??
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Monday, September 24, 2007 5:30 PM
What rumors? About the ride being removed? I thought that was more than a rumor?
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Monday, September 24, 2007 6:12 PM
I got to ride both sides in its first season....I loved the Batman side, and hated the Robin side. I never got to ride it w/o OTSR's though.

It seems like they are dismantling it pretty carefully so it might pop up somewhere else someday. Although I tend to believe it will end up as scrap in the end.

And as far as rumors, the only ones I've seen are for some kind of indoor coaster themed for next years sequel to "Batman Begins" to take up the space vacated by Chiller and Freefall.

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Monday, September 24, 2007 6:15 PM
^^I think he was talking to fearandloathing about the rumors for the new indoor spinning coaster.... *** Edited 9/24/2007 10:16:26 PM UTC by DantheCoasterman***
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Monday, September 24, 2007 6:21 PM
The best side of the ride for me was definetely the Batman side. The best thing that ever happened for that ride was when they removed the OTSR. That's when that ride was reborn for me.
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Monday, September 24, 2007 6:37 PM
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?)
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Monday, September 24, 2007 6:49 PM
^ 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? :)

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Monday, September 24, 2007 7:13 PM
Zongo? ;)

What a waste of money it was taking the rolls out. Maybe it just needed so much work, they'll put it in a new park and start from the ground up.

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Monday, September 24, 2007 9:40 PM
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.
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Monday, September 24, 2007 10:17 PM
Oh I see, an indoor coaster, hmm. Isn't SFNE and another park rumored to receive the same (themed to The Dark Knight no less? Speaking of which Ledger looks insane as the Joker!)


As for the Chiller, wouldn't it be impossible to sell the two sides as separate coasters? I thought they shared the same support columns...

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Monday, September 24, 2007 10:30 PM
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. ;)

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Monday, September 24, 2007 11:21 PM
thank goodness i got many many rides on Robin last season. Still the best element ever was that backwards twist haha hands down true bliss..and the lapbars. yeah another one im gonna miss

but put me in that "I never rode the batman side" You lucky quacks! what few of you there are. Was never open anytime I have visited the park in the past.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:35 AM
Did it ever run this season after the heartlines were removed
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 8:26 AM
I have ridden both sides. It was a cool coaster but no good enough for me to be upset that its leaving.

IT had horrible capacity and was always closed.

the rumour is that an indoor spinning coaster /dark ride is taking its place. If thats true then thats the best decision that the park has ever made.

They must put something in that spot because that would leave only batman the ride operating in that section. The rumours state that movie town water effect is also getting taken down.

Also, Yes robin ran for like a month or so . I rode robin with the new element and that new element basically killed any fun that the ride was. *** Edited 9/25/2007 12:27:02 PM UTC by majortom1981***

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 9:36 AM
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! ;)
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 12:27 PM

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.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:42 PM
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.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:49 PM
Yeah, you are one of the lucky ones. I don't know of many people that got to ride each side once, let along with and without the OTSRs!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:33 PM
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".

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:35 PM
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.
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