Opryland Chaos Coaster

Thursday, April 24, 2003 7:50 PM
Now that Opryland has closed and been turned into a mall (GRRRRRR!!!!), does anyone remember the Chaos Coaster. It was inside of a building and had around 25 cars on the train that held 50 people. You would sit two in a car one in front of the other, no restraints if I remember correctly. Then you would climb the inside wall up to the top and then go over a little hump to where the thing would fly thru the dark. You wore 3-D glasses to see al the effects inside and during the ride. Does anyone know if this coaster was bought by someone else or is it in a scrap heap some place. It wasen't the biggest or the best but it was a fun ride.

My mistake on the amount of cars. When we first rode it, it did only have 25 because it was early in the season so not to many people were riding. We always went early to avoid the crowds which in the early to middle 80's could be pretty large.

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Thursday, April 24, 2003 8:15 PM
I LOVED Chaos! I only rode it it's opening year, but man was it a fun ride. I also loved the annoying inside queue. (Reminded me of the isolation chamber the Mercury astronauts had to train in as depicted in "The Right Stuff")

One fact that amazed me was the train with 40 cars, each holding 2 people front to back.

I vividly remember some of the video screens and effects in the ride....really a sensory overload.

Sadly, the coaster is still in storage in Indiana, but there is still hope. SFI just pulled out Opry's "Rock n Rollercoaster" out of there to be put up :) My understanding is that it will have to be reconstructed with the building, as it served as a component of the structure of the ride.

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Thursday, April 24, 2003 8:21 PM
Yup, I just did a search and found out is in storage at the old Indiana Theme Park. It is owned by SF so I hope they take it out of storage and put it in a park close by. It was an awesome ride. Grizzly River Rampage is now at Kentucky kingdon under a new name and themeing. Opryland was by no means a big park and wasen't the best but I had a lot of fun there. It was sad to see it go. Thats good news about the Rockin Roller Coaster. That was a fun ride also even though it didn't have any big hills but mainly bunny hops. A good "starter" coaster.

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Thursday, April 24, 2003 10:18 PM
Nope, its not in Storage at Old Indiana. That property was sold to a rich guy who is turning it into a Nature Preserve. All the rides were moved off, and some were scrapped. I'm not sure if any of Opryland's rides were among that group. Currently only 5 of OPUSA's old rides in use are:

Rockin Roller Coaster @Great Escape

Skycoaster @Six Flags Mexico

Tin Lizzies @Kentucky Kingdom

Hangman @Six Flags Marine World (NKA: Kong)

The Railroad Equimment went to Six Flags America, Six Flags Astroworld and A Christian Summer Camp in Hampton, TN.

It is Sad that Opryland went. Thankfully Gaylord Almost went Bankrupt a few Weeks Ago, and had to sell off there part in Opry Mills (The Mall that occupies the old Opryland Parking Lot)

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Thursday, April 24, 2003 10:51 PM
Chaos was a great ride. Didn't the Tin Lizzeis at SFKK originally operate at Americana/Lesourdsville Lake?
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Friday, April 25, 2003 3:02 AM
The current location of Chaos is unknown. The ride is rumoured to be scrap heaped.. A similar ride can still be found at Bobbejaanland (Belgium), called Revolution.

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Friday, April 25, 2003 7:16 AM
I've never heard the Tin Lizzies went to SFKK. Can anyone else confirm this? They would have been removed from Opryland in '94 or '95 for Hangman.
AFAIK, Chaos was bought back before the Old Indiana land was cleared. By who, I haven't a clue. Chaos never really thrilled me much. It was cool that you could look directly across to the other side of the building and see the other end of your train. It was a pretty open building with just a few 'dividers'. The movies and attempts at 3D items were removed at some point and left just a pretty tame coaster in the dark, IMO. After Chaos's announcement, everyone I knew (and me) expected Chaos to be more like Space Mountain and were pretty let down after riding. This is a clone of Chaos's track layout.

BTW, Gaylord sold their 33% (the land) ownership in Opry Mills back in June 2002.

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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:22 AM
The Tin Lizzies at SFKK were installed in 1990. Opryland didn't close until the end of 1997.

Parts of Grizzly River Rampage were used for SFKK's Blizzard River, but some of the rafts were also sent to AstroWorld.

One other Opryland ride not mentioned: Old Mill Scream (the shoot-the-chute water ride) is now Lumberjack Falls at Enchanted Village.

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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:26 AM
That was interesting about Grizzly River Rampage! It was my favorite raft ride. I LOVED the music intensifying with the ride's course, ending with the encounter with the grizzly bear in the tunnel :) I really miss that ride!

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Friday, April 25, 2003 8:51 AM
Yeah, Grizzly was the first white-water raft ride I rode and I absolutely loved it. It was great that the ride actually had rapids that would get you wet. Most of the others I've ridden, the rapids are so weak, the water sort of rolls over the lip of the raft's tube and gets your feet wet. On Grizzly, the waves would sometimes be so high, the entire seat/person on the opposite side of you would disappear under the water. Now that's a rapids ride. I hate how often the newer ones just use gimmicks like water cannons and waterfalls to get you wet and end up skimping on the "white water" portion of the ride.

Blizzard River at SFKK has great theming, but the land is so flat that the ride is more like a gentle cruise than a river rapids adventure.

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Friday, April 25, 2003 9:12 AM
For me it was the awesome music tied into the various sections of the ride....almost like a movie sountrack intensifying to the climax of the scene. It was so well done!

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Friday, April 25, 2003 10:46 AM

Slash said:
The Tin Lizzies at SFKK were installed in 1990.

Then they aren't from Opryland.


Opryland didn't close until the end of 1997.


Yep. But the Tin Lizzies were removed after the '94 season to make room for Hangman.


Parts of Grizzly River Rampage were used for SFKK's Blizzard River, but some of the rafts were also sent to AstroWorld.

One other Opryland ride not mentioned: Old Mill Scream (the shoot-the-chute water ride) is now Lumberjack Falls at Enchanted Village.



Not mentioned this thread, but was recently.


The Grizzly was a very exciding ride. Yeah, some people would get hit with giant waves of water. I always had the most helpless feeling if I was at the 'front' of the boat heading into a large rapid, knowing I was about to get nailed at the bottom of it.
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Friday, April 25, 2003 1:40 PM
I 've Always thought that GRR was one of the Better Rapids rides. Perhaps because it was built after they perfetced the desighn.

I'm pretty sure that some of the Tin Lizzies Vehicles did go to Kentucky Kingdom when they were removed from Opryland in 1994. KK bought them as extras, and used some of them for parts.


Chaos was the best when it opened in 1989. After that year the visual effects slowly stopped working, and around 1993 they changed the theming to a Nuclear Re-Actor Explosion, and added the Dragon and such.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the Last People out of the Park on The Last Day, Dec. 31st, 1997. I own Two of the Park's Giant Flags that I have hooked up on the wall in My Game Room.


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Friday, April 25, 2003 3:54 PM
I also loved the GRR. You are all right in saying the music added to the ride. But the BEST times I had riding it was during a fairly heavy rain. It almost seemed like you were on a raft heading down the Colorado River.

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