Monday, May 8, 2000 1:11 AM
I was just wondering if anyone knew if SFO's Free Fall was new or a relocated. I thought that I heard, seen, or maybe I just dreamed that it was at another park. Can anyone clear this up for me? And if it was a relocated device, why was it moved?
Monday, May 8, 2000 1:15 AM
Oh, and way did they paint Double Loop?
Monday, May 8, 2000 2:22 AM
Yes, Mr. Hyde was a re-located freefall, which began life at Six Flags Great America as The Edge. There was an accident (non fatal) on this ride which caused SFGAm to sell the ride in which Rocky Point Park (now defunct) in Rhode Island, bought it. When the park was auctioned off, Premier Parks purchased the ride and moved it to then Geauga Lake for 1997. It has a new (ugly) paint job for 2000 - purple and lime green.
Yes, Double Loop finally received a great paint job for 2000. It has yellow track and purple structure. The coaster used to be all black for years and the paint was starting to come off in places, exposing the original white track (anyone else notice this?). Rumor had it the ride was doomed with the Six Flags makeover but the paint job dispelled those rumors. Double Loop may not be the biggest or loopiest(?) out there, but she has been known to be the smoothest Arrow coaster in existence.
Monday, May 8, 2000 6:31 AM
I agree- the double loop is indeed one of the smoothest looping coasters out there. I'd bet that you could hold a cup of coffee on it and not spill it. :) Speaking of regurgitation, anyone remember the old Corkscrew that used to stand where Mind Eraser is now? And where is it now? Relocated? Trashed?
Monday, May 8, 2000 9:20 AM
Regarding the corkscrew at former GL...
I heaqrd rumors that corkscrew was dismantled and used for peices in making the Mind Eraser. I can see where it makes sense if you take the corkscrew part of the "Corkscrew" and flip the second have of it you get the cobra roll that you see on the mind eraser.
Monday, May 8, 2000 10:01 AM
Not true. Mind Eraser has the same old bolt-together track found on all Vekoma Boomerangs. Corkscrew, like all Arrow loopers from that era, was welded together. They share no common elements.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2000 4:40 AM
good to know jeff thanks
Tuesday, May 9, 2000 12:15 PM
The Corkscrew was "retired" somewhere is Mexico. I called the office right after it was torn down and asked why they did that and the lady told me that it took more money to keep it running then it would to remove it. I'm sure there is a way to find out just where the Corkscrew really is. But the lady did say in Mexico.
Friday, May 12, 2000 7:08 AM
Here is a bit more info on Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall's history.
Saturday, May 13, 2000 4:54 PM
corkscrew was my first roller coaster ride when i was 5. mind eraser is really stupid. i dont remember the layout at all to corkscrew, can someone fill me in? also regarding dl, they put a tunnel up around the turn coming out of the station.
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Saturday, May 13, 2000 5:53 PM
The Corkscrew was a simple coaster in today's world of thrills. Drop out of the station, make a right turn, and up the lift hill. Make a banked right turn and down the drop. Up a high banked right turn and into the two corkscrew inversions. Then another right banked turn and into the station.