Did Dana Morgan Retire?

Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:53 AM
I was just curious, if Dana Morgan had retired? I realize that Morgan Manufacturing merged with chance rides, but i was just curious also if steve okamoto and them are still working there, because it seems like nobody has bought anything new from them since steel dragon 2000 and phatoms revenge, which i can totaly understand, becuae both where expensive projects.

Thanks for your time,

Wood Fan

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:23 AM
I think Steve is with another company now, but the name escapes me. Not sure about Dana, though... I never heard that he did retire.

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-Rob

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 12:52 PM
Quicksilver Express was the last coaster built by Chance-Morgan, I believe.

From the press release about the acquisition, it appears that Morgan's position may have been temporary (italics added for emphasis:


Dana Morgan will stay on to consult with the new company during the transition period and lend his expertise in coaster design

I was not able to find any mention of him since that time.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 12:54 PM

Steve is an outside consultant now and Dana is retired. They really went out in style!
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 1:05 PM
Correction: Quicksilver Express was either the first or second steel coaster built by Morgan. I don't know for sure whether it was before or after West Coaster, but I know it was before Wild Thing.

Quicksilver Express was merely the last Morgan coaster to open. For a number of years, it was stored in pieces at Heckers Pass (Bonfante Gardens).

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 1:10 PM
Thanks for the correction Dave... I wasn't aware of that :)
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Thursday, June 19, 2003 1:13 PM
What happened to the rumored Morgan Hyper going to Six Flags Mexico city? I thought there were actually pieces on site.

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 1:33 PM
There were pictures somewhere on the net of the SFM coaster, but I'm not sure where. There was also a car displayed at a recent IAAPA show, so I'm pretty sure the coaster existed.

I had no idea about the Quicksilver Express being built years ago and stored.... you learn something new everyday!

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 5:13 PM
Dana is semi-retired. He owns half interest in the San Diego Coaster Co., operators of the Giant Dipper and other rides at Belmont Park.
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Friday, June 20, 2003 5:08 AM
Does he own a stake in the Chance-Morgan company as well?

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-Rob
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Sunday, June 22, 2003 6:49 AM
Okomoto has his own consulting company with another guy, while Morgan is apparently at least semi-involved with Chance-Morgan. He was a fixture at their IAAPA booth the last two years.

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