Coasters (returned to their former glory)

Monday, October 20, 2003 10:52 AM
What coasters needs to be returned to their former glory? Remember how some coasters were so awesome the year that they dubeted. Then a season or two later BAM Trims added, lack of maintance, props or theming removed etc. Better yet, a personnal top favorite. Flash to next season after riding you wonder How could I have loved this ride?

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WHAT no coaster to be built in Ohio in 04? Why are we being punished! What next? No more Rollercoaster Tycoon expansion packs.

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Monday, October 20, 2003 11:10 AM
I understand chances of this happening are about as good as that 700ft stand-up, inverted, dueling, 4D coaster opening next year, but I would have to say The Texas Giant. As far as coasters I didn't get to ride in their prime: Riverside Cyclone, The Rattler, The Beast, Hercules, and, well, there are too many to name. Oh yeah, Mean Streak too.

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scott

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Monday, October 20, 2003 11:22 AM
Cyclone at SFNE... Physical proof that SF sucks ass.

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1-S:RoS @ SFNE
2-Boulder Dash
3-Yankee Cannonball

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Monday, October 20, 2003 11:26 AM
I'd say Mean Streak. I hear it was pretty bad ass before the trims.

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Monday, October 20, 2003 11:32 AM
Mean Streak was pretty good, from what my hazy memory recalls. The Riverside (SFNE) Cyclone was a great ride back in the early 90s (even with Morgan trains) and has since been tamed considerably, although people who rode it in the early 90s say it was tamed since it opened in 1983. Dorney's Thunderhawk, while still a very good ride, needs a trim or two removed to make it more like the ride that Schmeck had built it to be. Ditto for the Hershey Comet, which needs that d*** trim above the station removed. It KILLS a great ending!

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-Rob
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Monday, October 20, 2003 11:59 AM
Actually, I think a more interesting topic would be to discuss which coasters have been allowed to go to heck, and then were brought back to thier former selves. That is, if it has ever happened. Anyone? Is it always downhill? (scuse dah pun)... ;)

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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:01 PM
VF's WT -Stop strangling it of all its Morgan Air. Beat ya to it PFF!
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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:04 PM
S:ROS at Darien Lake, along with Predator.

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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:04 PM
That's what I originally thought that this topic was, until I read it a second time! To come with an answer to that is even tougher...

I've heard instances of rides like the Coney Cyclone, SFKK's Thunder Run and PKD's Grizzly having a few bad seasons and then a few really good ones, but I can't think of any coasters that were left for dead and then brought back to their former glory. Except for maybe the SFAW Texas Cyclone, but I think that was just an improvement and not a "return". And San Diego's Giant Dipper, but that is a case of a coaster that was abandoned altogether and then rebuilt from the ground up.

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:09 PM
Conneaut Lake Blue Streak was closed for a few years and then reopened. A few years after that the original train reappeared.
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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:28 PM
And in the case of the Giant Dipper, has anyone here ridden pre and post rebuild? If anything, I'd think it was better with the old trains. The Morgan trains give me internal injuries. That's not to say I don't like the ride...I just can't ride it more than a couple of times.

Also, was it reprofiled in any way?

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
*** This post was edited by janfrederick 10/20/2003 4:29:23 PM ***

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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:30 PM
Returned to their glory....
Adventureland's Tornado had a few rough seasons in the late `80s / early `90s, but runs really well now. There are some rough patches still, but the bottom of the first drop is glass-smooth, where as it was very rough in the past.

Worlds of Fun refurbished Orient Express for its 10th anniversary back in 1990. But it has since gotten rough again.

Does the reopening of Leap The Dips count?

Coney Cyclone was running great a few years ago when it was refurbished for some anniversary--that ACE event is the only time I've ridden it, but it wasn't anything like the rough experience I had always heard about.

It sounds like American Eagle is back in fine form as well.

ADDENDUM:
I forgot about the Giant Dipper being rebuilt/reopened and I've even ridden it. I bet that thing would be great with some of GCII's Flyer trains.
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-Matt in Iowa
*** This post was edited by Matt Scott 10/20/2003 4:33:24 PM ***

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Monday, October 20, 2003 12:35 PM
Immediately, LtD came to mind as "returning from the great beyond". Might I also add in LeSourdsville's Screechin' Eagle, which is once again sitting idle waiting for something good to happen....
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Monday, October 20, 2003 6:14 PM

Code823 said:
S:ROS at Darien Lake...

What, pray tell, is wrong with Superman?

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Monday, October 20, 2003 6:30 PM
There is this lil' ol' wooden racer (used to race) and one of the very first tubular steel looping terrain coasters in Valencia California that are crying? screaming? begging? for a return to their glory days.

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Watch your step, it looks deep back there.

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Monday, October 20, 2003 6:38 PM
The Mean Streak was the first that came to mind. Sooooo cool opening season, after that it was all downhill (in a bad way).

-Tina

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Gimme speed, height, airtime and plenty of LAUNCH!!!

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Monday, October 20, 2003 9:08 PM
Playa you beat me to WT but forgot HR.MS was a POS even in 1991. I was @ Coastermania and while there was no first drop trims the MCBR was on very heavy killing any airtime on the last half and this was in June 1991! :-( Probably the only time when MS may offered a good ride was at later Coastermania event when the ride was rumored to run completely brakeless. Maybe if I ever was so lucky I'd have a better feeling about MS's potential.
*** This post was edited by Pink Floyd Fanatic 10/21/2003 1:18:56 AM ***
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Tuesday, October 21, 2003 7:34 AM
Mean Streak was my #1 wooden coaster for awhile... until I knew better.

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003 7:43 AM
I liked Mean Streak a lot but that was opening year when it really was better and before I had a lot of other coaster experience.

I don't hate it as some do but I like other rides better. I still ride it more often then Raptor (I'm not a B&M fan).
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Tuesday, October 21, 2003 7:59 AM
Coasters That need brought back to their formal Glory:

Mean Streak
Collusus (SFMM)
Ratler
Screechn' Eagle (LSL)
Any B&M that has had the heck trimmed out of it (Raging Bull, Mantis, etc)
Wicked Twister
SRoS (SFDL)
Superman (SFMM)

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