Closing rides and attractions mid-season WHY?

Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:19 PM
Don't alot of you think it is weird that amusement parks of today are closing down attraction in mid-season instead of at the end? I mean Phantom Theater and now Whizzer is closing Aug. 11th. Why not wait until the end of the season, or at least when the parks go back to weekends only. Is it because it takes so long to build new atractions or what?
Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:53 PM
Exactly TimmyK, such rides as TR:TR and Scooby Doo's Haunted Castle cant be built over night. Take Scooby Doo's Haunted Castle replacing phantom theater at PKI for example. They have to gut out the ride of all it's past reminents, order and fabricate parts of the ride, constuct the outside of the building to resemble a grand yet spooky castle, check and re-check all the working-moving electronics, paint, computerize and so on and so forth. It's not like Disney when they can start any time and alot of times don't have to demolish or get rid of and refurbish an existing ride.
Thursday, July 25, 2002 1:55 PM
Well, Whizzer maybe relocated, so SFGAM is giving themselves time to slowly and carefully take it out, and possibly bring it to another Six Flags park.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:01 PM

We should file a class-action against the park for selling us season passes under false pretenses ... Afterall, they told us there would be 12 coasters to ride all season!


Yes, of course I'm joking...

Cameron Silver

Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:20 PM

Look at Knott's with Windjammer, and then the construction of Xcelerator. This process takes time. If the rumors of a B&M flyer are true, they'd better get busy.

Still, I hate to see the old boy go... :(

"Escuse me, can you tell me where the heck the Mystery Lodge is"?

Friday, July 26, 2002 1:27 PM


Why would Six Flags move a coaster (Whizzer) from one of their largest/ highest attendance parks to place it in another park? SFGAM does not have space issues. Whatever they have decided to add next year could have been placed somewhere outside the Whizzers location. If they are removing this coaster for the same reason WOF did, that being maintanence and repair costs, I can not see them moving it to another of their parks. Why spend the money it would cost to de-construct (and if the coaster will be reassembled this can be very expensive) ship, prepare the new grounds (elevations and such) and then re- construct it? They would be better suited business wise to simply remove the coaster and sell it off...just like WOF did. I am however very sad to see the Whizzer leave. As soon as I was able to (age 16) I got a job at WOF and my first ride was the Zinger. I was the first newbie to learn to drive and spent many, many days with that coaster. I could tell you exactly where each train was simply by the sound of it.

I also rode with the gentleman who eventually bought the coaster while he was looking at it. (this was after we closed for the 97 season.) Although I was unhappy to see it leave, his enthusiasm and enjoyment of the coaster made me feel a little better that even though we would be losing it, the folks in South America would get to experience the ride we had taken for granted for over 25 years.

wof fan

Friday, July 26, 2002 1:55 PM
i don't think the flyer construction takes all that long...wasn't SFOG's built in just a couple of months...
Friday, July 26, 2002 2:01 PM
Right, but you have to "de-construct" one coaster, re-landscape the area, then build another coaster. That process takes about a year.

"Escuse me, can you tell me where the heck the Mystery Lodge is"?

Friday, July 26, 2002 4:52 PM

There are three reasons why a ride might be shutdown mid-season:

1) To meet the construction schedule for having a new ride open next season.

2) Because the ride requires maintenance or modification to work properly. Either it needs to be shut down for maintenance/modifications that will take some time, or the maintenance will cost enough that it isn't worth it for the park to do the work, or parts are not available.

3) There is a safety or legal issue that the park needs to work out.

Friday, July 26, 2002 4:54 PM
It's a bit colder in Gurnee than Atlanta during the Winter too :)

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 5:01 PM

Hey maybe the Whizzer will be the long awaited SFKK coaster!!!! Just a tought!


Thursday, August 1, 2002 6:26 PM
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Whizzer and Phantom Theater are both about making room for new rides. Don't be surprised when you can't ride Troika or Chaos at CP after this month either...

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Thursday, August 1, 2002 6:47 PM
Nooo!!! I love Chaos!!!
Thursday, August 1, 2002 6:55 PM

Jeff and his hints ;)

Anyhow...I don't think Whizzer will be relocated anywhere at SFGAm because if they were, they wouldn't be making such a big deal about it's final date to ride. But who knows.

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