Ride Removal at SFGAm?

Tuesday, September 24, 2002 7:33 PM

Is it just me, or does SFGAm take down a lot more rides than other parks.

Sky Whirl, Power Dive, Cajun Cliffhanger, Tidal Wave, Z-Force, Rolling Thunder, Southern Cross, The Edge, Shockwave(maybe), I know there's a bunch more but I just can't remember their names!

Of course there are reasons for some(safety), but the reason for taking others down for new rides I think is bad. Shouldn't SFGAm maybe try to expand. The best thing they did was add Southwest Territory, it really help expand the park and they should do that again and maybe will be able to keep some of our favorite rides!

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V2 can't be compared to any of the rides in SFGAm!The Vertical Drop was amazing!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 7:39 PM
It's not that easy do you have any idea how much money it costs to build an area such as the southwest territory? They remove the rides to make way for coasters so be happy a couple of the rides you mentioned were flat rides that could be found at almost any carnival. and others were outdated or malfunctioned.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:01 PM
If you mean "take down more rides than other parks RECENTLY" then yes. But parks like Cedar Point, Magic Mountain, and Great Adventure have had plenty of ripp-outs.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:15 PM

You really cant count Z-Force and Rolling Thunder because back then, these coasters were on a ride-rotation system.

Edge: Who cares? The ride had problems from the get go and with the accident back in "84", I dont blame them for removing it.

Tidal Wave: While I do miss this coaster, it made way for the *Almighty king* known as an inverted.

Cajun Cliffhanger: We know why that was removed. do you still have 10 toes?

Power Dive: It sat dormant for the last 2 years so obviously it had problems.

Sky Whirl: Maintenance nightmare. Wintrobe even stated that it was "Long in the tooth"(I guess that means a pain in the ass to keep up)

Southern Cross: From what I was told way back when, these sky rides were a problem with the weather. Dont know that for sure so dont quote me on that.

While I agree it seems that the park is just....*removing* rides, it looks to be justified so to speak.

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2 superheroes in Gurnee next season? Oh the humanity.

*** This post was edited by Chitown on 9/25/2002. ***

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:27 PM
BTW... They got rid of Rolling Thunder 'cause it was in the way of Southwest Territory. Sure, it might have been in the rotation pool, but that was the immediate reason why it went at that particular time. Almost the entire thing was over what is now TrailBlazer and Shouthwest Territory's midway.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:33 PM
What kind of ride is the Cajun Cliffhanger? Sounds like a predator of the toes.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:40 PM

They very well could have kept Rolling Thunder and still built SWT. The bobsled coaster only took up a corner of the new section.

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2 superheroes in Gurnee next season? Oh the humanity.

*** This post was edited by Chitown on 9/25/2002. ***

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 8:57 PM
http://home.attbi.com/~geoff2222/sfgam/thunder.html

Most of Rolling Thunder was in the way of the current SW Territory.

-Nate

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 9:03 PM
Yes, I have seen Julies pics. It still could have been done.

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2 superheroes in Gurnee next season? Oh the humanity. :)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 9:22 PM

They got rid of Rolling Thunder 'cause it was in the way of Southwest Territory


Not totally true - The Viper replaced Rolling Thunder in 95. I was working there at the time. SW Territory opened in 97, I believe . Rolling Thunder could have stayed - it wasn't popular, so they replaced it. The two coasters were in nearly the same place (and even pretty much used the same cue line)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 9:45 PM

Viper opened in 95. The line went under Rolling Thunder that year, and I remember it running, both because I saw it running from the line, and because I saw the line from the ride.

Southwest Territory opened in 96, the first year Rollng Thunder was gone. If you don't believe me, I have the in-park guides to those years for proof.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2002 10:04 PM

Rolling Thunder and Viper both operated during the 1995 season. There lines were right next to each other up until the bridge which is now the entrance to Southwest Territory. After the bridge they split up and Rolling Thunder went to the right up the staircase to the station and Vipers line went to its station from there.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 5:25 AM
Sure, Southwest Territory "could have" been built without removing the bobsled, and SW Territory "could have" been built minus a few shops and arcades that are currently there and Raging Bull "could have" been modified because RT would have been in the way, but why? If a ride has low ridership (as in the case of Shockwave), it makes sense to pull it out for something else rather than trying to squeeze both in.

And yes, both Viper and Rolling Thunder operated in 1995. I have pictures of them both operating at the same time.

-Nate

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 6:07 AM
I think Southwest opened in 1996 with Giant Drop opening in 1997 with Raging Bull opening in 1999. I could be wrong though.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 7:02 AM
No, you are correct. Just remember that Viper opened in 1995, a year earlier than SW Territory. 1995 was Rolling Thunder's last year at SFGAm.

-Nate

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 7:27 AM

I think we're all forgetting something very important here....

KENNYWOOD!!!!!!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 7:36 AM

MFm - You're right. I forgot about Kennywood for a second, there. Thanks for reminding me.

Chris, riding Phantom's Revenge in nine days. Life is good. :)

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*** This post was edited by chris on 9/25/2002. ***

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 7:57 AM
chris, I sure hope, for your sake, that 'Moosh's goons get to you before I do....you are past due for a pummeling, my friend...;)
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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 8:14 AM
Mmm... Kennywood.. Looks like I have you beat by 2 days, Chris! First timer!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2002 8:26 AM

What does Kennywood have to do with this thread?

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