Did CP's Wildcat Never Open This Season?

Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:59 AM

I knew it closed and was being removed, but I saw...here and on RCDB..a closing date of 2011. Somehow I thought it ran earlier this season, but I guess not.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:21 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Nope. If you go back and read through this thread, it appears it was gone by May 9th and the park opened on the 12th.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:27 PM

It did test and was ready to run for the season, had a crew and everything. So would that count as being open for 2012?

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 1:13 PM
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Nope. To me it doesn't count as being open unless the public gets to ride it.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:11 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar

Hildebrandt the Destroyer strikes again!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:30 PM
Jeff's avatar

I'm sure he'll appreciate that. :)


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Friday, August 17, 2012 12:02 AM

If he starts going by "Hildebrandt the Destructor" we'll know for sure that GateKeeper got its name from Ghostbusters. There will be a walk-around Stay Puft Marshmallow Man joining Franklin and Woodstuck soon enough.


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Monday, August 20, 2012 9:02 PM

My understanding is the ride was licensed to operate in 2012. $1100 down the drain :-(.

-Sam

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Monday, August 20, 2012 10:22 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yes, we know. Many times over.

It's "Hildebrandt the Destroyer," in his words, so I don't think it's a Ghostbusters reference. I hope he doesn't hate me for sharing that, but it was too funny coming out of his mouth not to repeat!


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Monday, August 20, 2012 11:20 PM

Avalanche Sam said:
My understanding is the ride was licensed to operate in 2012. $1100 down the drain :-(.

I actually confirmed that with the State. An operating permit *was* issued for the ride.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:18 AM

Avalanche Sam said:

$1100 down the drain :-(.

And recouped with fewer than 20 FL sales.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:40 AM

I was thinking about giving the same basic reply, except I was going to say, "220 regular Pepsis." I like your answer better.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 9:18 AM
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Except that those are things that would likely have been sold whether or not the ride was removed. It's tough to know if Luminosity itself has brought people to the park. But, I'm sure it's leaving people with a better end-of-night memory than the giant screen did. Which in turn might bring those people back again sooner. Additionally, the Carley Rae Jepsin (spelling?) show likely brought enough people in to more than made up for any wasted off-season revenue on WildCat.

$1,100 (I'm assuming that number is correct. I haven't seen anyone dispute it.) is but a small amount of money that was likely spent on the ride in the off season. I'm sure the labor for off-season maintenance is far more than that.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 9:51 AM
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How much could they have received when they sold it for scrap?


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 1:02 PM

The $1,100 figure is an assumption based on the fees listed on the State of Ohio Amusement Ride Permit Application.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:27 AM

Jason Hammond said:

$1,100 (I'm assuming that number is correct. I haven't seen anyone dispute it.) is but a small amount of money that was likely spent on the ride in the off season. I'm sure the labor for off-season maintenance is far more than that.

Not to mention the thing apparently received a wheel chair elevator during the off season as well. I can't imagine those are very cheap. Then again, Disaster Transport got one for this season as well, and I'd assume they knew that ride would be coming out.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 6:40 AM

CP Chris said:
Not to mention the thing apparently received a wheel chair elevator during the off season as well. I can't imagine those are very cheap.

I would imagine the majority of the most expensive components for the elevator can be used on Gatekeeper, or wherever. They're likely standardized.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:40 AM
Vater's avatar

And still, assuming the elevator isn't reused, and even including the $1100...aren't we talking about a drop in the bucket? I don't expect we'll be seeing a headline anytime soon stating "Removal of carnival coaster forces Cedar Fair into bankruptcy".

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:07 AM
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Oh, what do you know?

http://imgur.com/y1iJu


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:29 AM
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Can't they just move the elevator with the ride when they send it to Dorney?


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