Georgia's Viper to close this month

Posted Friday, September 7, 2001 4:39 AM | Contributed by Robert U

Say goodbye to Six Flags Over Georgia's Viper, Sunday, September 16. The park invites all American Coaster Enthusiast members to say goodbye to Viper, "The Coaster That Strikes Twice!" with a free 2-hour VIPER-THON exclusive ride time, including night rides on the Great American Scream Machine. Participating ACE members will have the very last rides on Viper since the ride, which was originally Tidal Wave at Six Flags Great America, is being permanently removed after the ERT.

Link: Unofficial Guide to Six Flags Over Georgia

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Friday, September 7, 2001 5:00 AM
Well, as this does not come as a surprise to me ( at least not anymore) I was glad to have ridden it. Now the only question I have now is, is whats going to happen to it
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Friday, September 7, 2001 5:22 AM
Another classic gone.
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BMCOASTER

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Friday, September 7, 2001 5:30 AM
Aw crap!  Viper was the only Schwarzkopf shuttle loop left in the Eastern US.  I just hope that it doesn't end up in a scrap heap somewhere. 

Why do I think that Viper will be replaced by a similar ride?
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Scott W. Short
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Friday, September 7, 2001 5:46 AM
This is sad. Hopefully this was sold to another park, or maybe another SF park will install it. We can't loose any more Schwarzkoph coasters.
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Friday, September 7, 2001 6:06 AM
What a disaster!  I was planning to go to SFoG at the beginning of next season to get a chance to ride "Tidal Wave" again, which I hadn't ridden since 1985.  I can't manage to go 950 miles on 9 days notice to get there right now.

Maybe SF will send it back home to SFGAm where it belongs?  I'm not going to hold my breath.

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Friday, September 7, 2001 6:07 AM
I remember when I was young, my mom dragged me kicking and screaming to that coaster.  It was my first looper.  *sniff  At least we still have Wizzer at SFGAm...  Funny, I was so mad when they sold it to SFoG.   Sometimes I still think I prefer it to Batman... 

Oh Well. 

How does that song go... na na na na, (everybody sing), na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!

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"Going on Iron Wolf is like sticking yourself in a blender and pressing 'Puree'" - a friend *** This post was edited by du8die on 9/7/2001. ***

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Friday, September 7, 2001 6:31 AM
Lets not get all worked up yet kids...
Viper was running powerful and smooth back in April, so it still has plenty of life to it, you never know, maybe a nice "small" park will get it! (Too bad Cedar Fair doesnt buy used rides, it would look good at MIA)
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Friday, September 7, 2001 7:00 AM
WHEN I WAS AN EMPLOYEE AT SFOG MY LOCATION WAS VIPER IT WAS ME AND FIVE OTHER OPERATORS WE HAD A BLAST BACK IN THE 98 SEASON BUT EVER SINCE I QUIT VIPER HAS BEEN GETTIN LONELY AND DULL. LETS JUST TAKE A BREF MOMENT OF SILENCE................................ OK FOR THREE YEARS NOW THERE BEEN MARKINGS ON THE SIDE OF VIPER AND WHAT IS TRUE THAT THEY WILL BUILD A SUPERMAN RIDE OF STEEL WITH A LONGER LAY OUT BIGGER AND BETTER THAN THE OTHER SroS SO GET READY FOR A NOTHER BREAKTHROUGH  AND BREATH TAKING RIDE FOR 2002 AND THIS IS NOT A RUMOR AT ALL.

DAMM VIPER

COME BACK, COME BACK VIPER DONT LEAVE ME. IM ABOUTA BREAK:(

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Friday, September 7, 2001 7:27 AM
Wow, I remember I was always too scared to ride it when it was Tidal Wave. I has said that in 1992 I was going to ride the damn thing once and for all....then I get to SFGAm and its GONE! (though I'm not complaining since Batman ROCKS!).

I wanted to get down to SFoG this year, but put it off because of the Delay Ja Vu fiasco. CRIMMINY! I may never get to ride this thing!
lata,
jeremy
--who hopes TW/Viper finds a new home...SFKK seems like a good place...

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"Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01

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Friday, September 7, 2001 7:46 AM
Its too bad, but there are always casualties in the name of progress.  I'm sure if a Superman: ROS replaces the Viper, there won't be too many people complaining about the switch.

I've heard that the Schwarzkopf shuttle loopers are really difficult to maintain due to all of the moving parts in the launch mechanism... if that's the case, then its no wonder why parks are quick to ditch them in favor of another type of coaster.  Still, it seems that Schwarzkopf shuttles never die... they either go to smaller parks, or South America!

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Friday, September 7, 2001 7:53 AM
Boy am I glad I went in April!!! It WAS my fav. ride at SFGAm, and I will be happy to see it continue operation at it's 3rd location. PLEASE don't send it south of the border!!!
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"Those were rose-colored times on rides with your eyes closed"....Lisa Loeb
www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173
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Friday, September 7, 2001 7:53 AM
Tidal Wave was my first coaster.  :(  I still remember the feeling hanging up there after the forward loop...
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Friday, September 7, 2001 8:30 AM
I WILL be there for the "wake".  From what I've heard, the most credible rumor is replacing it with an impulse - the footprint is perfect.  Never happy to see a Schwarzkopf leave my vicinity (5 hours to Hot-Lanta).  But I sure am glad they're having an ACE-style sendoff!  Kennywood needs an inverting coaster, LOL, but I think it'll stay in the SF family.  Don't get your hopes up, SFGAm patrons, it would be unlike SF to "return to sender"...
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rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
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Friday, September 7, 2001 8:40 AM
It's sad to see any coaster go, but hey, who knows? Maybe a greater coaster will be built in its place?
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Friday, September 7, 2001 8:51 AM
Kennywood had one of these, the Laser Loop.  It was removed to make way for the Steel Phantom, and because of the costly and intense maintainance it required.  The Laser Loop now resides in  Mexico.
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Friday, September 7, 2001 8:55 AM
Wow, that's relly sad. Doesn anybody know why they're removing it? Was it popular? Was it down often? It has not been there for very long, and has rather extensive theming- which makes it kind of odd..... I wonder what will happen to it.
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Friday, September 7, 2001 9:24 AM
yeah im dissapointed too....PKD used to have a Swartzkoph shuttle....King Cobra...i remember starin at it as a kid, scared out of my mind...hehe :)  but they removed it in 1984, so i never got to ride it....ive ALWAYS wanted to ride a shuttle looper....i hope i get the chance....are there many more left??
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Friday, September 7, 2001 9:29 AM
What jerks!  At least they gave a fair amount of warning time... not!  I bet the Whizzer (here) at SFGAm will go too (at very last minute notice thanks to SF).  It's not even listed on the official website.
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Friday, September 7, 2001 9:30 AM
Paramount's Great America still has their Tidal Wave shuttle, Six Flags Astroworld has Greezed Lightning, and Knott's has Montezuma's Revenge.  I think thats it for these coasters in North America.
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