I was in line to ride The Bat at Kings Island in 1981 when I got to next in line when The Bat broke and keep going the people that where on get 5 free rides out of it till the coaster stopped. My dad took me back in 1983 at the end of the summer and all was left was mudd and a Coaster Station. I wish I could have rode that coaster.
My biggest “Oh the humanity” came at Fuji-Q Highlands in Japan. I made a quick, unscheduled visit during a tour in hopes of riding Fujiyama and Dodonpa. After getting off the marvelous Fujiyama, I couldn’t wait for that 0-107 mph in 2 seconds (this was at a point when Dragster was not announced yet). Well, I bet you can guess that it was closed and I was denied. That one was particularly tough because I know I won’t be back anytime soon, and it’s so damn far away. I don’t really like complaining about how I didn’t get to ride it, but it sure was disappointing at the time.
Oh, and one time we drove right by Dorney Park, but thankfully we were on our way to Hersheypark! ;)
ps-If you can use the word “I” more times then me, you win a prize! *** Edited 1/30/2004 10:58:11 PM UTC by PT300***
Thrillerman, I would love to go to Conneaut Lake. I will go someday. Perhaps this summer, when I finally get to Hershey? We'll see.
Lewis, yes, that would have been painful regarding Dodonpa. I still don't have it either, but yes, I have a better chance, especially given my intended trip this summer. I have to get Thunder Dolphin as well! :)
I can beat all those stories ( ;) )....I missed the Idora Park Jack Rabbit by ONE DAY! I was there on a Monday in 84.....we didn't know they were closed on Mondays (no web in thnose days!). We said..."Oh well, we'll come back next year!" There was no next year :(
Splash Mountain. I have wanted to ride this thing every time I have been at a Disney park but after three visits to the Magic Kingdom and one visit to Disneyland it's been a no go. It's either been closed or had a huge line with FastPass gone already for the day.
My vote goes for all the coasters in the Gothem City section at SFOT during their Holiday in the Park event. We knew before hand that Batman, Mr. Freeze, Flashback, Judge Roy Scream, and Texas Giant were going to be closed, but when you look at them just sitting there, it's pretty depressing.
Mine is X. I swear I will never get a shot at that, and I don't even live that far away. I spent 3 days the summer of 2002, at SFMM (don't ask why), and didn't ride it, only to see it open a day after I left.
It's only a 2 day drive from Seattle to LA, I've done it.
My trip out to SoCal in March of '03 yielded DejaVu (which we were told by the park when we called the week before would NOT be opening) and X, but no Xcelerator. We called KBF a week before we went (when we heard about parts appering in the storage lot that were the same color as Xlr8r) and they said "we have NO plans to close Xcelerator for any rehabs anytime in the near future."
They blatantly lied to us because, obviously, there were parts in the lot. This was reinforced after we got to the park and a very nice person in a gift shop gave us a peak at the master rides closing schedule that she had (which had been published for almost a month, I believe) and it had Xcelerator listed as "closed."
Boo on KBF.
But, hey, Sandusky is 40 minutes from my house. I'm pacified by that big, red, Intamin pile of w00t and that big red-orange hunk-o-Arrow next to it. *** Edited 1/31/2004 5:38:42 AM UTC by Michael Darling***