Overhead track on Seuss Island? IOA

Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:07 AM
When I was at IOA in November of last year, I noticed what appeared to be track for some of ride. All of it was suspended in the air about 20 feet above the ground and it weaved in and out of all the buildings on Seuss Island. Is this going to be a ride? Is it open yet/when will it open?

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"Looks like you've been missing quite a bit of work lately"
"Well, I wouldn't say I've been MISSING it, Bob."
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:36 AM
I tried to get on it, but there was no ride. It was just characters on a car moving around. I guess themeing.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:38 AM
The track is/was for a ride called (deep breath) Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Unusual Driving Machines. Guests would ride in small cars on one of the two tracks above and around Seuss Landing. From what I've heard, they could never get it working right, and it's future is uncertain. It has never been open to the public.

What I don't understand is why this seemingly low-tech ride is causing so many problems. They can get Hulk and Spider-Man to work fine, but not this? Anyone know the exact problem with it?

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Aaron
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:44 AM
The ride is closed indefinitely. There is a safety concern about the ride passing over pedestrians. Also, the designers of the ride went out of business. Everything I have heard points to this ride being a dead issue.

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Ticket price: $39.00, Wait Time: 2 hours, ride at night on Millenium Force: Priceless
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 9:42 AM
Yep, the ride is closed indefinately. Initially, it was because of technology issues (the vehicles were allowed to bump into each other).

They should make some kind of Seussian parade that travels on the tracks. That would remove the technology and safety issues from the ride, as well as providing some simple entertainment for the kiddies.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 10:32 AM
From what it sounds like, was this going to be a coaster like Pteranodon Flyers? I know the original company that did a lot of work on that went out of buisness durring it's construction, so I'm thinking maybe they are the same kind of ride.

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Hey, SFGAm managment, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 1:34 PM
Not really a coaster, more of an elevated car ride. I've seen cars "running" the track a few times at IOA. I talked last year with employees who still thought it would eventually open, but it hasn't yet. Yogi Berra said it best: "It's Deja Vu all over again."

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