Ghost Town In The Sky finally opens its coaster

Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Contributed by jshorerzd

More than a month after opening for the 2009 season, Ghost Town in the Sky's Cliffhanger coaster has been deemed ready to roll with the approval of inspectors. The Cliffhanger has had several opening delays since the park's new ownership group re-opened the park in May of 2007. Originally known as the Red Devil, the design of the Cliffhanger is much improved since it was originally built more than 20 years ago.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:51 AM

Looks like a yawner once you exit the loop. I guess being that high up is part of the thrill.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 3:37 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

LdScotsman said:

They're not getting it Moosh. My God, you could say Cedar Creek Mine Ride drops right out of the station with it's 2 foot drop. It, however, is not on the side of Buck Mountain.


I think people "get it", Ld (and Moosh). Folks were correcting the Jack Rabbit reference by specifying the Thunderbolt drops right out the station.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, July 2, 2009 4:04 PM
LostKause's avatar

...But that would have cost more, SONIC. Cliffhanger looks like a budget coaster to me.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 7:22 PM

Glad they got this open, gives the park a fighting chance of survival. Anything with a loop and lap bars is bonus, and that veiw is breathtaking.

Friday, July 3, 2009 2:25 AM

A brief update -

We visited Ghost Town yesterday (02 July). According to the park owner, Cliff Hanger ran successfully throughout 01 July. However state inspectors insisted that futher improvements were required to eg pathways and foliage close by the coaster, and advised that Cliff Hanger could not be reinspected or reopened to the public until these had been completed. As such - despite the coaster itself experiencing no operational problems - it did not open on July 02. Hopefully it will reopen at some time during 04 July weekend.

Many thanks to CEO Steve Shriver for taking the time to let us know what was going on, despite clearly being even more frustrated by events than we were! The return visit tickets were extremely welcome :)

A further note for coaster counters - the Tumbleweed kiddie coaster now has a strictly enforced "no adults" policy (maximum height appears to be around 60 inches). Sorry :(

Friday, July 3, 2009 8:56 AM

This coaster looks really lame - it's not at all like Ceter Poynt.

Friday, July 3, 2009 9:19 AM


You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009 5:31 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

I didn't realize the park was so close to Dollywood. :) Sounds like a good side trip the next time I am down there.


Saturday, July 4, 2009 1:29 AM

Well, I should've seen all that comin' from a mile away (crams foot down throat). I'll not continue the pissing match.

The "Ghost Town" in this park had great gun fights and had a saloon show that was pretty good too when I went last. In case anyone is interested in visiting, Asheville is a short drive and has lots of great dining, plenty of places to stay (and Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway) and if you don't mind curvy mountain roads, Cherokee Indian reservation is even closer (Harrahs, Santa's Land, shopping, did I mention the Blue Ridge Parkway?)... Not far from there are excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. This area is gorgeous in the fall (leaf season). That's just the tip of the iceburg guys! It's a good stop between Dollywood and Carowinds (or Myrtle Beach).


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