Posted Saturday, July 14, 2001 8:06 PM | Contributed by Red Garter Rob
No one is entirely familiar with the exact nature of the ride, but it appears that Cedar Point is building a "slingshot" or "thrillshot" in Challenge Park. The ride seems to be similar to other rides that propel a small vehicle and its passengers into the air.
The parts arriving are exactly like those that arrived at Six Flags Magic Mountain a few weeks ago.
Sounds exciting. I was there on Thursday and was surprised to see it sitting in the parking lot. I visited a friend who is a full time employee, and I mentioned that I saw pieces for a new ride. They said "Yep, I can talk about that..." (I don't ask about future stuff they aren't allowed to talk about) "....that is from the Power Tower people, and is going to open August 1st. It's called Vertigo". That's the same opening date I heard on this site, and I think I remember Dan at GTTP mentioning the name Vertigo.
I asked if they were going to make an announcement about it, but was told that since it's an upcharge ride at Challenge Park they aren't going to make that huge a deal about it.
I forgot to mention something. In my conversation with my friend in management, they added (after telling me what I mentioned above) that it was supposed to go to Knotts, but there was a problem (non-compete agreement or whatever those are called?), so it went to Cedar Point. Could Knotts have gotten screwed again because of SFMM getting one, or was that whole "skycoaster" fiasco a few months back really over these S&S rides? Anyone know for sure, and not just a guess?
Why would Knott's build the same ride Magic Mountain is getting? Probably over this, not the SkyCoaster. Knott's is getting a Hyper. Gig is that they are getting a new Sky Cabin from Intamin to go in the place of the Haunted Shack. This will free up more space and put to rest an old ride that was designed for the Parachutes.
*** This post was edited by Skyboss on 7/15/2001. ***
Beacuse it's not a ride, it's a pay-per-ride attraction that will wind up in just about every park, like the skycoaster. Folks see how extreme the ride is, pay the extra bucks, and the park benefits big time.
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Actually.. the Knott's thing isn't true. Some of us heard rumbling's around the park offices last Oct. about this. It's always been planned for CP. Although, they were hoping to have it done in time for season opening but due to some political issues and a few parts problems, the construction and opening was delayed.
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I think there IS a non-compete clause in the contracts between Six Flags and Skycoaster, Inc. Not sure, but that seems to be the MOST logical jump from the posts I've seen and the parks they're in. A lot of parks have Skycoasters now, but I think that the non-compete clause probably prevents Skycoaster from selling to parks within a certain distance of a SF park. Of course, S&S has too much clout at this point for even SF to make such an outrageous demand on them.
P.S. Rollergator is really hoping for an S&S ride at BGT, and maybe some flats, and would be happy to help them theme the rides...
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