I've heard the temperature story too, but I don't know if it's true.
In the past JJ might have been shut down at Halloween because it was one of thepark's less popular attractions. Parks are short on operators for Halloween and may want to put operators where they can keep the most popular rides going. However, since the lap bar conversion, JJ is quite popular.
I think they start off season maintence on JJ earlier then the others or they just got into the habit of taking the trains off for fall. My home park is SFGAdv and they usually don't run Chiller until mid May.
It's usually open opening day but it was have problems this year with teh LIM's and the trains.
A section of track has actually been removed? maybe they are having serious problems with the brake system.
I recall back in early august when I went to the park JJ was down for quite a while because both the station brakes & the brake run just before the turn into the station had completely locked up so maybe they are experincing the same problem again.
JJ was down this spring because the trains were not back yet from being rebuilt. No trains = no operation.
The peice of track that is missing is probably the transfer track which slides over in order to remove/ add trains, is part of the final brake run.
So you believe that you are studying us, then kindly explain why you are the ones trapped in your seats.
"Let me start a completly false outlandish roumour and see how far it goes, JJ will be removed to make way for Shockwave!
Sorry but SW isn't going anywhere near SFA at all,so that's just a sarcastic rumor.
It really does stink that for the 3rd year in a row JJ is out of comission in october,maybe they should enclose it ala FOF so temperature isn't a factor anymore.
Or maybe it costs to much to run the ride, so if any coaster goes down (due to lack of operators), JJ is the first on the chopping block. They could care less if it is popular with the GP...It's all about the bottom line!
*** This post was edited by Jim Fisher on 10/15/2002. ***
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