i am so dreading that something like this will happen when i go out there at the end of july (2 weekdays). it's a big trip from chicago, and would seriously put a dmaper on the trip. it was much easier when i lived in philly. these traveling coaster trips are like playing the lottery. at least i know everything will be working and i will have a happy time at KW in 2 weeks. the smaller parks with old and true rides always provide less of a gamble and payout.
Ok Kyle, just stop, This breakdown was most likely not SF's fault, it was Intamins. TTD had a similar major breakdown, CABLE SNAP, that one hurt people, this one didn't. stop trying to make SFI sound terribly bad just because a SFI coaster breaks dosn't meen anything. Cedar Fair coasters break, all theme parks have broken coasters, its park of the amusment world. Why is everyone so Anti-Sixflags? Sorry Kyle didn't meen to sound to harsh. I'm just sick of people dissing SFI so much.
*** Edited 6/8/2005 11:55:44 PM UTC by Colin Fisher***
Just I only wish they can actually make sure rides like KK and TTD actually can run a full day without breaking down. It's amazing that rides like these come to date, but they can't maintain it at all. I don't know why all this is happening but geez, at least satisfy the people who travel long ways to ride it. I live in CT and im dying to ride KK, but as of now after all the like 10 breakdowns its had already, I'm feeling that this ride sucks, even though it's surrounded by nice scenery, it's just that they can't freaking maintain the ride and keep it at a high reliability.
By the way, Colin's right, and I agree with him. It isn't Six Flag's fault, six flags didnt do anything wrong. Take a look back at some of the rides that have had serious issues: TTD - flying debris and cable failure, KK - this recent breakdown + a few others, Superman: RoS (SFNE) - cable break, station failure, man flying to his death from his seat. See the pattern man? This isn't Six Flags, it's Intamin. They can't seem to make sure their rides can be reliable. And I hate it when some people say Six Flags will die down and CF will take over...I'm sorry guys but never in 100 years will that ever happen. SFGADV is probably one of the best parks in the world, and yes that is true. So I'm sorry to come out on this, but it's just not going to happen, sorry. *** Edited 6/9/2005 12:08:58 AM UTC by NiTroFrEaK***
Oh, Kyle I must agree with your sarcasm, Its only Six Flags policy to blame everything on the weather! :) Really Its an Intamin for crying out loud, just like TTD, they have breakdowns especially these, but Six Flags this is new for them. :)
I dont think we will see KK or TTD working anyime soon. They have been working hands-on with this coaster since TTD came out and we still see breakdowns. I dont want to get to much into this feud but Dominator...breakdowns...new to SF? give me a break.
And im pretty sure u cant blame the SROS death on Intamin, that is clearly park-guest's fault there
I'm pretty sure TTD is running rather well right now. Only time will tell for Kingda Ka though.
Don't be so quick to believe this story. No credible source has confirmed anything on Kingda Ka's status or what may have happened. The only thing this is right now is a RUMOR. Their website is only reporting Kingda Ka being down on Thursday anyway...well, at least that's all it is saying now.
Don't know if it was a cable snap, but my friend was there and called when it happened. They were testing an empty train and after the loud noise, the train was stuck at the end of the launch track. It didn't make it up the top hat very far at all.
If the cable had snapped, wouldn't the train roll back into the launch block eventually?
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Superman: RoS (SFNE) - cable break, station failure, man flying to his death from his seat. 12:08:58 AM UTC by NiTroFrEaK***
Actually the man flying to his death was six flag's fault because he was to large to ride and they let him ride anyways. And maybe the other two incidents wouldn't have happened if six flags actually maintained their rides better.
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OK, so I was in the park, on a line outside of the queue (waiting for testing to be finished) when this happened. They tested 5 trains successfully,one with a mechanic rider. The sixth, and what seemed to be the final, test train started the launch and started to make the huge banging and rumbling noise as it traveled down the launch track. I didn't get over to the observation area in time to see the parts flying (even though I did hear peeps saying that they were), but when I did get over there, I saw the train stopped at the very end of the launch track; at the base of the top hat. My very-weird-but-may-be-the-truth opinion is (bear with me) that the brakes came up and caught the ride while it was launching and caused a tension problem with the sled(sled accelerating, brakes decelerating) and that caused the noise. Or it may have been a snap. I just wish I could have seen the launch. Well, I'll put other stuff about today in my trip report, but that's about it for the Ka's Bg Breakdown.
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