Flashback at the Mountain

Sunday, July 9, 2006 10:57 AM
I know this is probably a really dumb question :) but what's the current operational status of Flashback? Thanks.
Sunday, July 9, 2006 11:11 AM
Flashback is still SBNO and rumor has it they have cut the power to the ride.
Sunday, July 9, 2006 1:43 PM
Didn't Shapiro want to try to reopen it along with Sky Tower?
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Sunday, July 9, 2006 2:05 PM
Probably not gonna' bother trying to re-open it now.
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Sunday, July 9, 2006 3:05 PM
The power to the ride was cut because the lift hill is broken and it would cost $2-3 million to repair. It hasn't operated since 2003 and the chances of it ever being opened for that price are VERY, VERY low.
Sunday, July 9, 2006 3:22 PM
The lift hill is broken?

It can't cost 2-3 million bucks to replace the drive system.

Sunday, July 9, 2006 3:45 PM
Mamoosh's avatar SFMM/Shapiro can't seem to find the money to fix/repair the park's log flume and tilt-o-whirl let alone Flashback.
Sunday, July 9, 2006 4:05 PM
^ FYI, Moosh, Log Jammer is in operation, and so is Jet Stream, so I don't know what you're getting at. The park had the damaged part of the flume fixed a week after it was damaged months ago --- I thought people knew this? I was on it a week ago.
Sunday, July 9, 2006 8:49 PM
DantheCoasterman's avatar Has anybody here ridden the coaster that can tell me what the experience is like? I actually think it looks fun. *** Edited 7/10/2006 12:52:34 AM UTC by DantheCoasterman***
Sunday, July 9, 2006 9:29 PM
Decent ride at best. It's fun but too much head banging for me. It's kinda' like the twisting and diving part of Dragster. I said KINDA'.
SOB's biggest fanboy!
Sunday, July 9, 2006 9:37 PM
Mamoosh's avatar The flume was closed last Thursday. Not good to have a popular water ride closed in the middle of summer.
Sunday, July 9, 2006 10:02 PM
It was closed probably due to lack of staffing. We all know it's not good to have a water ride closed in the middle of summer --- water ride or not, any ride closed isn't good.

But that's besides the point. In your post you came to the assumption that it was closed because there was no more funding to have it repaired, which was done months ago.

Monday, July 10, 2006 1:08 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Thanks for the correction. Now...what about Circus Wheel? It's been missing from its pad since January. How long does it take to do off-season maintenance on a Tilt-o-Whirl?
Monday, July 10, 2006 1:46 AM
Why should they bother fixing anything? It would be a waste of money.
Monday, July 10, 2006 2:00 AM
Flashback found new life recently as an in-park season pass processing center, so at least the power is running to the station.

The ride was incredibly rough the last time I was on it, a complete head banging experience. It should have been demolished years ago.

The Circus Wheel was pretty much on it's last legs. Very creaky sounding and not really running very well before it vanished into the abyss of refurb land. I wouldn't be surprised if they have to throw it in a dumpster. Not that it would be missed. It was pretty much a walk-on even during the busiest periods. People just didn't care about the ride. Probably should be relocated to BBW where it would be a better fit for the youngins.

Monday, July 10, 2006 6:03 AM

It was pretty much a walk-on even during the busiest periods. People just didn't care about the ride. Probably should be relocated to BBW where it would be a better fit for the youngins.

Probably for this reason why the park never puts in flat rides. ;)

Monday, July 10, 2006 11:27 AM
Dan - I thought it was a good ride. Extremely painful, yes, but it had the best head chopper effects. You'd be going straight and the next thing you knew, you'd be upside down with your head right next to a support beam. The problem was, your head would also be slammed into the restraint. Definitely didn't want to ride it more than once per visit.

The ride was in really bad shape the last time I rode it. The car vibrated badly even in the straight sections. They had also slowed it way down. You crawled (painfully) through the flat sections. It really took away the excitment of the ride -- crawl for 20 seconds, flip upside, crawl for another 20 seconds, repeat.

Monday, July 10, 2006 1:30 PM
I went on the 4th. Seems like they love to refurbs during the summer.

Log Jammer was closed and drained, Batman and X had only one train (with the other train completely off the track), Freefall is still not back in operation (though there was a car on the track), Circus Wheel was gone......etc....

The good part, I finally got a ride on Sierra Twist. It was fun.

-Raptor Crew-

Monday, July 10, 2006 2:24 PM
rollergator's avatar The five "hardest-to-get" coasters COMBINED on my track record (Save Flashie) have taken roughly 20% of the effort I've put into gettting that one lap...and ALL those efforts have been unrewarded. Del Holland, for your failure to open EITHER Flashie or Goliath Jr. during CoasterCon, you win my special new award (thanks to ARN&R), "Manager of the Weak". Congrats!

Blaster_1578 said:
The good part, I finally got a ride on Sierra Twist. It was fun.

After this season, if you wanna ride Sierra Twist, you just might need to come to FL.. :)

*** Edited 7/10/2006 7:54:24 PM UTC by rollergator***

Monday, July 10, 2006 2:45 PM
Without Flashback SFMM would only have 16 coaster. :)

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