Maybe its going under a rehab thing... Or maybe it could be getting rethemed to one of the selections from that survey from a while back.
Whatever - I don't think they would completely remove it though. There's too much there to waste, the ride isn't in bad enough condition, and still gets a lot of riders; seems like too much of a loss to remove it.
I wonder if Paramount realizes how insanely appropriate it would have been for Italian Job to go to Carowinds (even PGA), which doesn't have a single launched coaster and the extreme theming would have beautifully fit in there. I would have gone for the Boomerang Bay retheme at PKD for 2006 instead, but truly I don't know anything about what either park actually needs. I do know that if I were between SFA, PKD, and BGW, Italian Job would not influence my decision on where to go if I was over 10 and even then it was just be because it was the new ride in town. It's an extremely solid filler attraction that will keep you happy through the park, but it doesn't blow you away.
Man this sucks. If they remove it, I'm going to be pissed. This was the first coaster I tricked my brother on to. I told him there were no inversions (he was terrified of going upside down.) Got him on, and BAM he loves coasters as much as me.
After the wait we had on it last year (80 minutes), I hope it's just a re-hab or re-theme. Because with a wait like that it's obviously still pretty popular! The most I wait at PKI for FOF is 30-40 minutes tops.
Italian Job is such a stupid,zero longevity name. I'm glad Carowinds won't be getting it as such. The ride is good and with a different theme(Grease) would be great. That whole MTV theme may be out the window with the chain for sale.
Floorless Fan said: After the wait we had on it last year (80 minutes), I hope it's just a re-hab or re-theme. Because with a wait like that it's obviously still pretty popular! The most I wait at PKI for FOF is 30-40 minutes tops.
When I go to the park with my friends (which has been with many friends, many times). They all say Volcano, then FOF, they never wanna do Hypersonic because the line is just SO slow. The GP really does like this ride and it is still popular. Let's hope its just getting re-themed. If it is getting removed, lets hope something like The Whizzer at SFGAm happens and it get's saved.
Is Paramount bored or something? At least the ride rotation program at SF made sense because most of those coasters looked cool but ultimately sucked and could bring in some new business for a year or two somewhere else. So many people mentioned the antique cars and flyers being gone at PKI this year, so I know the GP missed them quite a bit. It has been be quite expensive to remove, move, and rebuild a well-established and popular ride like that. Seriously, sending Son of Beast to PKD would be more logical than this.
Who's to say they might not be blocking off that section of the park in preparation for future expansion & that would explain the ride's closure for the season?
That area has quite a bit of land around it especially behind rebel yell's turn around that could be put to good use by the addition of a few complimentary attractions.
I just don't see the ride being removed at this point in time especially without notice,remember how PKI notified everyone of the flyer's relocation to Carowinds & invited everyone for a final ride? and after all the backlash the park recieved when the ride was relocated I highly doubt they'll be making such a mistake again as FOF is still a popular ride.