Offseason Visit to MIA...Corkscrew is ORANGE!!

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Sunday, November 11, 2001 1:10 PM
My friend instant messaged me last night saying, “the Corkscrew is orange!” After about half an hour of:
“Corkscrew is orange?”
“It’s orange.”
“Like orange-orange?”
“Like pumpkin orange”
“Are you sure it’s not brown, like last week with no paint?”
“It’s orange.”
“So its orange?”
“Its orange, Kara.”
I decided I had to go check it out. Seeing as how it was dark outside, I made myself save the gas money and just go today to check it out. Well, guess what folks? IT’S ORANGE! The majority of the track is orange, with some gold-ish primer still on the first inversion. The supports are still white. I basically stood there for a long time, and I still can’t believe it! I actually like it; the white was getting really rotten-looking, and it looks pretty cool with a different color than what I’ve seen my entire life. Ok, on to what else is going on in my park. The Trabant is really disassembled and I’m worried about it’s future. The Thunderbolt, however, has me even more worried. This thing is bare. Not normal-winter maintenance bare, its bare (see pics). There is actually track on Be Bop Blvd! Everybody go “woooooow!” You must realize that construction on this ride began over 2 years ago, and basically it sat there with nearly nothing done to it all season. Near the water park there are three booths sitting there; I bet the parking lot attendants will be really happy that they actually have something to stand/sit in now instead of the cement slabs. On to the employee parking lot. The Corkscrew trains are there, but not my blue Timbers train. The cars to the new train for ’02 are also there as before. Something new picked my brain. Several pieces of multicolored triangular track are there as well(Coaster's building?), see the pictures at the end of this report and help me out! Next to the office are the cars to Be Bop Blvd and the runt-sized go karts. One last drive by Timbers on the way out. The green train is sitting under timbers waiting to get relocated for the winter months. None of the logos on everything have been replaced with the new ones; the coaster trains, the ferris wheel cap, the signs, and more all have to be outfitted with the new logo. This is pretty much it for this visit, but did I mention that our Corkscrew is ORANGE:)?
Pics: http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/shiveringtimberschick/lst?.dir=/MIA+Visit+11-11-01&.view=t


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Kara
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Sunday, November 11, 2001 1:17 PM
Hmm...this story sounds awfully familiar...very similar to a story I heard from an anonymous source recently... ;)  Thanks for the confirmation!
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Sunday, November 11, 2001 1:17 PM
Is this a good thing or bad thing? ;)

It looks good!

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Sunday, November 11, 2001 1:29 PM
Yes, it does indeed look very nice. What remains a mystery, however, is if this painting of the track also means that CF could possibly be altering that beaty of a station that Corkscrew has. I suppose we will have to wait until next year to find out. :)
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Sunday, November 11, 2001 1:33 PM
They also took down the classic "Corkscrew" wooden sign the last week of operation...something's up.

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Kara
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Sunday, November 11, 2001 1:47 PM
I'll say it once, and I will say it again! Why need to save gas money when MIA is only 15min. away!  Are you happy Kara? I posted

The only thing I find weird about painting Corkscrew is why would they paint it before the 'harsh' winter? Shouldn't they paint it late winter/early spring? Won't the paint chip before next season? Oh well...looks like Kara is getting a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Thursday, November 15, 2001 5:40 PM
I woner did they use the same paint form the Gemini station at CP...
jeremy
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Thursday, November 15, 2001 5:46 PM
THAT TRACK IS INTAMIN!!!!, or it just could be somehing else.
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Thursday, November 15, 2001 6:38 PM
Hmmm....not track.  Looks too small to be any kind of track.  For some reason I'm thinking along the line of awning supports for the go cart track or something.  You know what I mean?  The yellow one looks like an entrance arch or something.  I could be way off on this one.

After further review, I'm gonna put my money on this...looks like the support structure for the new Dodge'm Bumper cars.
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Thursday, November 15, 2001 8:08 PM
My guess is that the "Intamin track" is actually the entrance archway from CP's Coasters restaurant at the corner of CP Blvd and Fifth Street (which is now an East of Chicago Pizza Place).  I'm actually really sure that's what it is.  Looks like Cedar Fair is trying to recycle whatever they can!
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Friday, November 16, 2001 4:27 AM
Are the mini gocarts from CP?  Didn't CP remove their mini gocart track when they installed invertigo?
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Friday, November 16, 2001 4:54 AM
What were they thinking??? That Corkscrew track should be BLUE! Alas, at least its seeing some paint!

Don't fret about the Trabant or Thunderbolt. The trabant design is famous for being easy to winterize and refurbish and the Thunderbolt has morphed into its portible state. I am assuming this is either a normal off season tear-down, or it is going to be moved around.

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Friday, November 16, 2001 5:14 AM
The Trabant could also be opened up to fix some of the hydraulic/pneumatic probs it had, as well as perhaps tire replacement and gear/motor checks.

Be-bop had been mostly tracked since about mid-summer.

The go-karts are a couple of years old, actually, and had been in storage.

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Friday, November 16, 2001 2:23 PM
Wolf, its had the cement poured for nearly all summer, but the actual track (metal) is in place now...look closely:). Don't know about the bumper cars from CP, but they have been here for awhile. I am also pretty sure now that that "mysterious track" is an arch for the go kart entrance...time will tell.

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Kara
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Saturday, November 17, 2001 10:59 AM
I wonder if they will paint the ferris wheel orange too........

I am also surprised the wheels tubs have not been removed yet...

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Saturday, November 17, 2001 12:31 PM
I wouldn't be surprised, john peck. As of right now the train on Big Dipper is still on, as is Zach's Zoomer's. Also, I have pictures from last January of the Mad Mouse cars still on the track, filled with snow...no tarp or anything. Keep in mind this was Mad Mouse's first winter too; not a good idea! Maintenance at MIA just hasn't been the fastest thing in the world, I even went in May of this year two days before they opened to get my pass processed and only one of the ferris wheel tubs was on. Don't get me wrong, I love the MIA crew, but they just don't have that much experience in running a park. Yet another reason why I am happy CF is here to save the day...
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Kara
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Saturday, November 17, 2001 1:51 PM
Went by yesterday to get a first hand look at everything myself.  The supports for Corkscrew have been painted green so far.  I'm hoping it's primer....a green primer may suggest a blue finish coat...who knows.

That mysterious engine you spoke of looks like it came off of Trapeze.  If that was what you were speaking of that is.  Later...gotta go to the new Red Lobster by the new mall.

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Saturday, November 17, 2001 4:53 PM
Wow!  That paint really makes the difference from all the pics I have seen of it.  The ones I saw of it made it look really seedy and disgusting but now it looks nice.  Hopefully that horrid station will go too.
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Saturday, November 24, 2001 2:03 AM
Green and orange? Bleh! At least go Blue and Orange since they are complimentery colors on the color wheel!

So why wasn't Bee Bop done back in 2000? Did they run out of money or was Morgan just too busy at the time.

One thing I hope ol' Cedar Fair do is sandblast that entrance concrete that gets really slick when its wet. Last summer (2000), it was raining while I was up there, and the dang concrete was so slick, i nearly fell on my kiester.

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Saturday, November 24, 2001 6:21 AM
I am holding out for the orange and blue as well...I am actually heading out that way today to a friend's house, so I'll probably end up with an extreme nostalgic need and drive by(hope it's blue by now). Be Bop's construction was halted because they were considering relocating it over by the Wildcat/Timbers area. And you're not the only one that finds that area slippery when wet, I've seen tons of people fall out there when it's raining. Memories…

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