Great Escape to add new ride and winter hours

Posted Thursday, July 10, 2008 10:22 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Great Escape will offer thrills -- and chills -- next year, as the amusement park adds both a new ride and a winter event. Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro would not say what the new ride will be.

Read more from The Post Star.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008 1:10 PM
Is the old SLC that is laying around in pieces what he is refering to as the new "iconic" ride?
Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:43 PM
For a park like The Great Escape where the scariest steel coaster is a Boomerang, I'd say an SLC is pretty iconic.

Not unlike the old Geauga Lake SLC was for Michigan's Adventure.

Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:48 PM
All I know is that the paper needs a new proofreader.
Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:33 PM
Well, "iconic" COULD mean Serial Thriller, although as Shaprio put it: ""We're going to put a major, what I would an iconic ride into this park -- one that's stunning from a thrill standpoint, one that's stunning visually,"

So it means one of 2 things:
1) It'll be Serial Thriller that's been painted & themed to look purdy for a used-coaster.


2) It'll truly be a new 'iconic' coaster along the lines of Superman at New England or Behemoth at Wonderland, only on a smaller-scale... and they'll theme the hell out of that ride...

I just like the statement he said where Great Escape will not go a year without adding some kind of new ride and/or attraction. About time the park gets its recognition. They've had their droughts in the early 00's, so I'm glad that it'll get the attention it so handidly deserves.

Thursday, July 10, 2008 6:38 PM

Some of you are using the term incorrectly.

Thursday, July 10, 2008 6:45 PM
Batman from SFOG
Thursday, July 10, 2008 7:51 PM
Nahh, it will be the Deja-Vu from SFOG. :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008 8:24 PM
The best thing they could add to that park.....the Jet Star they already have! :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008 8:25 PM
It's Terminator the mouse ride.
Thursday, July 10, 2008 9:17 PM
I believe it will be Serial Thriller or GCI woodie in Nightmare's spot. I know GCI woodie probably won't happen but it would be perfect fit for Ghost Town.
Friday, July 11, 2008 2:55 AM
He couldn't have made it more obvious with his response!:

When asked if the new ride might be the Serial Thriller, Shapiro said "no comment." The Serial Thriller is a suspended, looping, roller-coaster, which came from the now-defunct Six Flags AstroWorld Theme Park in Houston. The coaster has been stored in pieces on the Great Escape property, visible from Route 9, since late 2005. In a previous interview with Scott Maupin, former president of the Great Escape properties, Maupin said an ongoing power infrastructure upgrade would allow for the coaster to be installed in the future.

I LOVE the idea of the holiday in the park thingy at this park - it's a perfect park for this type of event, especially having the indoor waterpark across the street still owned by SF. Hope my 08 SF season pass works for that event, but based on all the other cheapening of the chain this year I HIGHLY doubt it will !?! If they open the bobsled for that event, it's worth the trip regardless.

I still can't believe they added Wigs World to an already 'way to heavy on the kiddieland sections and rides' park - do the design staff from SF corporate proposing these things even attend the parks where they're proposing these crazy ideas to realize how out of place they are ?!?

Friday, July 11, 2008 10:00 AM
The bobsled will definitely not be operating for the holiday event.


Friday, July 11, 2008 11:15 PM
The SLC is for sale. No rebuild planned at this time.
Monday, July 14, 2008 6:43 PM
Where did you get that information?

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