Halfpipe coaster opens at Six Flags Elitch Gardens

Posted Friday, May 28, 2004 10:24 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Six Flags Elitch Gardens opened the Halfpipe coaster yesterday, a U-shaped, LIM-powered ride that sends riders up and down on a "board" as if in a giant skating or snow half-pipe.

Read more and see video on PR Newswire.

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Friday, May 28, 2004 11:27 AM
You gott love the pictures with the skyline in the back. Too cool.

Too bad it looks like a VERY low capacity ride.

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Friday, May 28, 2004 12:12 PM
Looks fun, especially watching the video...

...but in a few years, it's going to become "just another ride". It honestly looks like a giant skateboard on a track. It appears that it's a hybrid between a coaster & flat ride... only with capacity so low, that it's best to either fit smaller parks, or find ways to perfect the ride (ie: double height, double capacity) to make it suitable for the larger parks.

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Friday, May 28, 2004 12:56 PM
Or have a regular "skate park" layout. ;)
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Friday, May 28, 2004 2:02 PM
Hate to be a whiner or a killjoy, but...it doesn't even look that fun.
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Friday, May 28, 2004 3:47 PM
Looks like a fun coaster, but the current setup is going to make for some long, long lines.
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Friday, May 28, 2004 4:17 PM
I wonder what kind of cool ride could be created if this concept were turned into a larger full-circuit coaster?
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Friday, May 28, 2004 9:24 PM
Isn't there A Amusement Ride Just LiKe that?
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Friday, May 28, 2004 10:30 PM
zamperla makes a ride similer to this called the disko
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Saturday, May 29, 2004 9:58 AM
LOL! This video is so funny with all those "spontaneous" interviews. SF seems to be desperate to market this ride to the snowboard/skiing kids.
Is Elitch Gardens really so "secondary" to the sporting people of Colorado? For my taste this park is very low on my "to-do" list. In fact it doesn´t have a place on it at all :)
I have to agree that Halfpipe looks very underwhelming. It seems slow and much to small. The last sequence in the video showed one gondola was not spinning at all.
On the other hand I have only heard positive things about this one and the prototype in Finland.

@Rob Ascough: Check the new Maurer Söhne concepts on their website. They offer a full "halfpipe" coaster with freely spinning lapbar seats and lots of horseshoe/Immelman/Halfpipe elements.

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Sunday, May 30, 2004 4:11 PM
Yes But I went to A fair In BloomsBurg, PA and there was a ride that goes back and forth, thens and Up side down for like 5 seconds and Keeps spining in a full loop! : )
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Saturday, March 5, 2005 3:38 PM
This is a Good Coaster

I went on it 63 times in 5 days

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