While waiting to ride Scorcher last Friday I stuck up a conversation with a ride op -- an older gentleman who's name I can't remember -- and when he heard that I and others in my group were from out of town he volunteered that we'd want to return next year as the park would be opening "a big steel coaster that would travel all over the park."
On the exit ramp I noticed survey flags under Scorcher's final brake run and approach to the station. On the walkway in front of Scorcher were pink spray painted footer markings -- pictures as proof will follow as soon as I get them from the member of our party who took them. As the day progressed we discovered pink footer markings and survey flags all over the USA section and even -- as seen from the sky ride -- behind Monster Plantation...and we continued to discover more and more, including a slew on the grassy area across from the entrance plaza.
They are quite obviously markings for footers ad they are labeled with numbers the "R" and "L" indicating right and left supports -- C56R and C56L for example -- exactly as seen on the pavement at SFMM when they were building Scream.
So...B&M hyper for 2006? That's my best guess. Anyone know anything?
Nice! A hyper would round out their collection for sure. And given their relationship with Intamin and their (allthough IMO, better) hypers, I'd say a B&M is likely. And of course, if it is B&M, we can't expect any kind of record breaker, likely, but a nice, solid ride :)
P - There were pink spray painted marks all around Gasp's queue...I'd say it would be a good idea for people to ride it this year as I'm betting it's removed to make way for the new ride. From the looks of the markings I'd say the looping swing ship will also be given the axe.
It was tough to distinguish a pattern as they were all over the boundaries of the USA section -- mostly along the edges of the area -- but as far as I could tell the only straight line that would indicate a lift extended from Great Gasp to Scorcher.
Should be interesting to see if these markings are indeed for a new coaster.
SFoG management have been wanting a hyper for a LONG time. That and a flat ride package but SF corporate wouldn't greenlight either.
Guess their time has finally come. Gives me a reason to make the trek to Atlanta, and drag some of my Atlanta area friends to the park.
Hope y'all had a great trip in the South, Moosh and Company - sorry I missed you guys but real life circumstances killed any possibility of meeting y'all. Hopefully see you in Cali in October since I'll be over in Anaheim for a few days 2nd or 3rd weekend.
B&M use L and R marking for most of their supports since they have those inverted V shaped supports.
Deal is how far apart were the L and R markings - that would really indicate what we're looking at both heightwise and design. Farther apart - usually a fairly tall B&M structure. Heck if you could map em against a park map it'd show a potential layout.
Sounds exciting. I've always felt that SFOG's coaster collection was as solid and diverse as any other Six Flags out there, but the park could definately gain from having that one, large, unique steel coaster that could really serve as a signature attraction.