Looks like all the rides are up for sale now.
Hopefully Six Flags picks up some of these cheap flat rides and installs them in the parks that most need them...seriously.
I was thinking that Time Machine was bought by Kentucky Kingdom for their new coaster, but with this, I guess not.
^Oh, you mean the new roller coaster for 2014 that will be opening in about 6 months but we still haven't had a press release or know anything about??
I heard that the new coaster at KK will be a Dragon Wagon. I could draw up a map showing how it will fit into the space left behind by Chang if you want me to.Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:15 AM
SeaBreeze in Rochester, NY picked up the Wave Swinger and Balloon Race, announced for 2014.
That's great news!^ I love SeaBreeze....
While I don't think it was the greatest "coaster" per se, I'd love to see Roundabout (or whatever it's called today) sent to one of the Fun Spot locations. The capacity wouldn't really be much of an issue, and it is still unique in the coaster world...
I think anyone who would buy Max RPM would be just asking for trouble. It was way to complicated to ever be reliable.
To my knowledge the second year it's only issues were when Premier locked the ride out.
Tough to say whether all the issues had been worked out if it never had the opportunity to run an entire season. But, put that on top of sitting idle for 4 years, I wouldn't want to take that chance.
Did it ever come out as to how much Premier was owed?
You say it was too complicated to ever be reliable, but it was reliable the whole second season...
I never read anywhere that said the amount they owed, though I'm sure it was probably in some filings.
Such a shame. Someone could come in and turn this into a viable entertainment venue if all of the muck surrounding it weren't there.
When was it locked out the 2nd season?
I very much wanted to ride Maximum RPM. When I visited HRP less than two weeks after its opening in 2008, Max was the only coaster not running. May not even have been finished, I dunno. It seemed very unique, if not particularly exciting/thrilling. Reminded me of the Fisher-Price Garage many of us had as a kid (well, I did, anyway...)
I got to ride it while it was in it's soft opening period in late June 2008. At the time, they were only letting 1 car on the lift at a time and not all the cars were being filled. Fortunately I was almost first in line when it opened that day and didn't have to wait long. Some people waited quite a while to ride it. I was able to use the extra time to get a bunch of rides on Nights in White Satin, Led Zeppelin (time machine) and Eagles Life in the Fast Lane (iron horse). :-)
Other than the lift, the ride was short and just ok. It would have been a bit cooler if you had control of the music like on Rip Ride Rockit. With the loss of most/all of the licensing in year 2, did Round About even play music?Last edited by Jason Hammond, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:39 PM
We visited HRP on July 17, 2008 (yes, I had to look that up) and I remember expecting Maximum RPM to be down and was pleasantly surprised to find it up and running. If my memory serves me correctly, it finally began operating sort of regularly just that day or the day before.
I visited FMP Memorial Day Weekend 2009. All of the rides were up and running, all of the coasters had music, including the mine train and Round About. The shows were running.
Premier locked the ride out at some point late in the season. That was one of the reasons they closed early. It was kind of part of the reason that the park fell apart at the end of the season (Not that it was doing well any who). I think they were banking on making up for the lean days, but without rides running, and nothing you can do about it, they gave up.
It ran consistently the entire visit I was there, and I never heard of it being down during the second year other than when it was locked out.
I was there around the same time as Gonch (mid July) and remember that Roundabout opened late (mid to late afternoon) but I recall it running like a champ once it opened. I do remember some maintenance people on the platform when I rode, but I didn't notice any problems.
It was a unique little ride, but other than the interesting lift, it was pretty meh.
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