Great Coasters to build 1st GCI in Europe!

Friday, November 19, 2004 2:20 AM
Hi all! Just got off the phone with Jeff at IAAPA and he wanted me to post this:

"Announced at 2004 IAAPA Show: 1st Great Coaster coming to Power Park in Harma, Finland. Specific details not released, but ride is going to feature two train operation and twisted layout that is going to make this ride one of the most exciting coasters in Europe."

Woohoo for GCI! :)

Coaster Wife

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Friday, November 19, 2004 2:21 AM
Man, I can't wait till I get to go to Europe in 07. This just makes it even better! Thanks for the info!
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Friday, November 19, 2004 2:25 AM
Oooh, yeah.....forgot to mention. The ride is scheduled to open in 2006 :)

Andrea

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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:25 AM
Ok, Powerpark really switched gears. It's owned by a Finnish millionaire and has been built from scratch during the last two years. However, they don't have anything major yet, their biggest attractions are a Fabbri Booster, a very small rollercoaster and a Technical Park Frisbee. Of course, there's also a full size karting track and a huge, indoor karting hall. They actually promote the karting stuff as their main attraction.

Last I heard from them, was that they were going to buy a new Boomerang from Vekoma and a several family rides for 2005 but that may have changed (or they get the Boomerang in 2005 and the GCI in 2006). They do have loads of space so a woodie should fit in there no problem.

There are still problems with the park though. It's located away from from the big cities of south and their local crowd isn't sufficient to support them. Also, so far it hasn't had wristbands - just pay as you go operation. However, they've promised the wristbands when the park is big enough for them. I'd imagine a GCI-woodie fills that description. It's going to be a very interesting year in 2006. Powerpark seems to be shaping up as viable competition for Sarkanniemi and Linnanmaki.

Here are the park's homepage (pretty bad homepage, mostly pics of the rides and the area itself.)
http://www.lillbacka.com/powerpark/English/powerland.html *** Edited 11/19/2004 8:26:23 AM UTC by Drift*** *** Edited 11/19/2004 3:11:13 PM UTC by Drift***

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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:41 AM
You gotta love those crazy Finnish millionaires and their unsuccessfull amusement parks. Always good to hear about a new GCI, even if it is in Finland.

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Friday, November 19, 2004 9:46 AM
That's a nice looking park there. A little reminiscent of a small DelGrosso's or something. Good place for a woodie, and certainly can't go wrong with a GCI.
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Friday, November 19, 2004 10:30 AM
Thanks for posting Andrea....GCI loves enthusiasts *almost as much* as we love them....:)

If the coaster turns out ANYTHING like the last couple GCI products, then *Power Park* is about to get one powerful ride...two train ops DOES surprise me a little, in a GOOD way...:)

Guess I'll only have *the full complement* of GCI coasters for a short while after the Garlic Gravy Train rolls next summer...;)

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Friday, November 19, 2004 10:57 AM
someone tell me what CGI stands for please
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Friday, November 19, 2004 11:00 AM
Guess the ony bad news about this is, It's in Europe :(

GCI is Great Coasters International that wasn't international till now as far as building coasters but has retracked coasters like Stampida and others over there.

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Friday, November 19, 2004 11:25 AM

MForce Aholic said:
someone tell me what CGI stands for please

Common gateway interface :)

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Friday, November 19, 2004 11:29 AM
'Tuan, why you such a bithc to everyone? :)

bill, ROFLing...and happy to have learned something today...;)

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Friday, November 19, 2004 11:39 AM
Am not !! :)

Well only on fridays atleast

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Friday, November 19, 2004 11:41 AM
I HATE CGI! ;)
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Friday, November 19, 2004 12:43 PM
GCI hates you, Erik. They told me so at PPP :)
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Friday, November 19, 2004 2:55 PM
Wow! It looks like this news may help push me towards Scandinavia for my first Euro trip in 06.
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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:11 PM
Wow, what's up with the Jurassic Park jeeps at that park? Is it actually something worth while or just a really bad ride made from a really good movie?
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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:21 PM
So when do I start building the trains? :)
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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:23 PM
Dan, I believe I'm supposed to be asking YOU that, LOL...

Is it safe to assume the new ride WILL get the MilF trains? Or do we need to take a "wait and see" approach?

bill, prefers the SWAG method...(SWAG = Scientific Wild-A$$ Guess)...;)

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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:26 PM
Now the Millenium Flyer Trains are the trains that are used on Thunderhead right?
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Friday, November 19, 2004 3:26 PM
I think the pertinent question is when do you get to go to Finland to test the trains. I count 18 coasters not including the new one. You could definately make a vacation out of it... or maybe not. ;-)
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