Power Dive at SFGAM

Monday, October 21, 2002 4:03 PM
What do you guys think is going to happen to this ride? I am really hoping that the same thing will happen to Power Dive that happend to Ricochet. Ricochet was originally by the American Eagle and it operated under the name "Big Top" It was removed in 1994 and stayed in the employee parking lot until 1996 when it was moved into the SWT. I hope that Power Dive will come back next year or the year after, but in a new location. I know it won't happen but I can always keep dreaming :-)
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Monday, October 21, 2002 5:23 PM
that's exactly what i was thinking/hoping. i would love to see east river crawler and power dive show up as refurbished and rethemed rides to complement the new coaster.
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Monday, October 21, 2002 5:49 PM
I highly doubt that we'll see a return of the Power Dive. It's an old, outdated ride that lost its appeal several years prior to its removal. It just doesn't make sense to keep a kind of ride that can be found at basically every carnival in the country.
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Monday, October 21, 2002 6:01 PM
Funny, I have never seen a ride like it at any carnivals. And I have been to alot.

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Monday, October 21, 2002 6:05 PM
Old and outdated? If I'm not mistaken, PCW added one in the last 10 years. I for one felt that the Power Dive was the only thing that came close to an insane thrill ride at SFGAm. (I don't consider Giant Drop to be a thrill ride, it is a tower ride.)

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Monday, October 21, 2002 8:02 PM
Power Dive probably will never return to operation. The ride is too costly to run and the line was never very long. While I agree that it was fun to ride, costs are what sent it to the chopping block. I think it was a shame they took it out, as do most other SFGAm goers.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:33 AM

ALF is cool said:
Funny, I have never seen a ride like it at any carnivals. And I have been to alot.


Are you looking for a ride exactly like it? Then no, you won't find one. I'm referring to the thrill concept or having a car swing up into the air several times, hang upside down, and then swing back. You can find those everywhere. (ex. Skymasters, etc.)

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:12 AM
A ride like Powerdive wasn't designed to be mobile. It would take too many trailers for an unimpressive ride.

Personally, those Intiman starships can completely disappear from existance IMO.

Heres why I just hate the things: Restarints hurt, ride was too bulky and slow, too much painful hangtime, long-loading-poor capacity, just not thrilling, expensive to maintain.

Bleah!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:56 AM
What the park really needs are a few additional flats. The last new flats they added were the Trailblazer, Chubby, and River Rocker. That was with the expansion of the Southwest.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 6:54 AM
How about a Mondial Topscan? It's something different that no park has around the midwest. It might be able to fit where Power Dive was and would be an welcomed change in Orleans place, with the lack of flats on that side of the park. East River Crawler is gone but will hopefully return next season. Cajun Cliffhanger is gone, same as Power Dive. They need a new flat over there, especially something different like a Topscan.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 7:48 AM

Power Dive was a unique ride, especially in the midwest. None of the Ohio parks have one. Off the top of my head, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Great Adventure, Canada's Wonderland and Darien Lake (ranger) are the only parks with this ride on this side of the country. I was very disappointed when it was closed on our trip last year, and even more disappointed when it was removed.

Its unfortunate Great America has removed some nice rides recently and over time, Sky Whirl, Power Dive, Haybaler, bayern kurve and himalaya without good replacments.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 7:49 AM
They need a Topscan!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 8:42 AM
What was Bayern Kurve?
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 8:45 AM
What is so unique about a looping ship ride? Plenty of parks and carnivals have them, they're outdated, and not very thrilling. And while I'm all for a Mondial Topscan (easily the best flat ride out there), I think a Huss Top Spin or Frisbee is more likely judging by Six Flags' previous purchases (though I'd rather see a KMG Afterburner than a Frisbee...).

Edit: Bayern Curve - see http://www.joyrides.com/valleyfair/full/bayern_kurve.htm

-Nate

*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 on 10/22/2002. ***

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 9:47 AM

ValleyFair! has a looping ship, don't they ?
Personally, I love(ed) Power Dive. That and Giant Drop are/were their 2 best non-coaster rides, and previous to Giant Drop, their scariest ride.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 10:09 AM
Power Dive was unique in that it's the only ride I can think of where the queue was thrilling. The wing from the plane passed under the waiting platform, probably six inches below your feet. Very cool.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 12:16 PM

You actually want a Mondial?

I can think of a few parks that currently have one, and would probably pay you to take it off their hands!

j/k, although the ride is fun, it seems to be a maintenence nightmare.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 12:22 PM

SFGAMNUT9302 said:
What was Bayern Kurve?


The Bayern Curve ride was Yukon Yahoo and the Himalaya he was referring to was Industrial Revolution. Yukon Yahoo was torn out when they expanded the kids area formerly know as Fort Fun and is now some National Park thingy. :)

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 12:34 PM
While the Mondial Top Scan is no doubt one of the greatest thrill rides, the capacity isn't very good at all (each arm needs to be unlocked seperately) and it doesn't run good in extreme heat or cold (which Illinois can easily have both in one season.) On a minor note, there is no arm room, you arms are literally pinched to the persons arm next to you which can be painful, I observed that on two Mondial rides.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 12:53 PM
The Mondial Topscan has a capacity similar to any other flat ride. Flat rides just don't have a high capacity, which is why parks need many of them.

As for problems with the Topscans, it could easily be a lack of maintenance issue, as (from what I understand) the traveling models run fairly problem-free. Additionally, I haven't heard much about problems with the European Topscans.

Still, if lack of maintenance is the cause of problems, SF probably wouldn't be the best buyer. But I'd be happy with a KMG Afterburner.

-Nate

*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 on 10/22/2002. ***

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