Riders take on Aftershock(formally Deja-Vu) at Silverwood.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:25 PM
Looks like it finally opened with riders screaming with delight. I noticed Silverwood opted not to have the catwalk evac platform under the cobra roll.

Lets wish Silverwood luck that they can keep this ride consistently operating.

Click here.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:04 PM
I'd be interest to know how much they paid to buy it and how much it cost to move and install.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:11 PM
I heard they bought it for uber cheap and paid about 15 times as much to move it and reassemble it. So in the end, they paid a decent amount for it, but it was still a "steel" in comparison to what SF paid for it originally.

This will be just another fun ride at the park. Either one of its two woodies was already enough reason to visit though. :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:48 PM
I believe $3 million was the relocation and construction cost. Not sure of the purchase price.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:53 PM
About 1/15th of that 3 million. ;)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:59 PM
Anyway you slice it, coaster lovers in Chicago got a firm kick to the Gonads this season. The ride in that video looks almost as exciting as our new mouse!
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Thursday, July 24, 2008 1:29 AM
So how would you know the purchase price? I think 3 parties would know: Six Flags Corporate, the Rocky Mountain Coaster Co, and International Rides Management.

To break it down, SF Chicago didn't do the deal, RMCC is the parent company of Silverwood, and IRM brokered the deal.

When you convert 1/15th, let me know.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 2:30 PM
Glad they didn't change the color, but they probably should have gone ahead and sprung for the cobra roll catwalk...
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Friday, July 25, 2008 2:54 PM
I haven't heard anything about a purchase price.

This is where I saw the 3 million figure:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2008065931_webidahothemepark22.html

1/15th is $200k. Seems pretty low. Not saying it's wrong, just that it doesn't seem right.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 3:27 PM
^200K to SF, but don't forget that it saves on the cost of removal (not sure what kinda dollars that might run)....seems KINDA low, but not implausible.
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Friday, July 25, 2008 5:09 PM
$200,000 doesn't sound low to me. Frankly, I'm shocked (haha, get it?) that they got anything for it.
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Friday, July 25, 2008 8:10 PM
The ride was running reliably towards the end of it's run at Great America. It seems the decision was made a while back.

Having said that, of the people I know (a less than scientific survey, I know) it's about 30/70 with "good riddence, it never worked" to "there goes the best coaster they had".

Park-goers don't entirely consist of families with infants, and many appreciate a thrill here and there instead of the garbage replacement (term used lightly, TDKC was probably planned before this, but what average parkgoer would know this?) "took it's place". I can't think of anyone who would rather stand in lines comparable to Deja Vu's only to find Ragin' Cajun in a box than to actually endure the breakdowns and slow loading times of Deja Vu. Both promise a sizeable wait time, one actually makes it worth it. Thing is, this joke is hidden in a box and most don't know it until they blow two hours of their time.

*** Edited 7/26/2008 12:21:01 AM UTC by BullGuy***

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Friday, July 25, 2008 8:19 PM
^Then you have the opinion like me where "the ride was great but not worth it for the park to keep".
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Friday, July 25, 2008 8:34 PM
Agreed- unless there was a way to keep it running consistantly (which in it's last year it seemed to do). My point of view is that another low capacity ride (TDKC) will be viewed as a replacement offering comparable wait times and less of a reward at the end. What happens to TDKC 2-3 years from now when the Heath Ledger hoopla dies down? Great movie, btw, but Godfather-esque? nope. This is Six Flags jumping on another commercial which to me at least has steadily contributed to the decline of the park experience in even the last 5 years. There was just a SFoT TR mentioning how nauseating it's grown to become (This Visa ATM sponsored by Mastercard!). Whatever you need to do to stay afloat I guess. This, I assume, is the price we pay for the Raging Bulls and Goliaths we enjoy.

*** Edited 7/26/2008 12:41:04 AM UTC by BullGuy***

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Friday, July 25, 2008 8:40 PM
I look at it like this. At least Silverwood got a HUGE ride for that size park, and SFGAm didn't lose the Whizzer for Dark Knight. :)
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Friday, July 25, 2008 8:51 PM
Selfishly speaking, I don't know when I'll be able to make time for an Idaho trip, although Timber Terror and Tremors were on my eventual "to do list" already. :)
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Friday, July 25, 2008 9:54 PM
Bull guy, you hit the nail on the head when you mention that the ride was running reliably in its last year. That is the toughest thing to accept about the whole situation.

I'm going to have to hit Magic Mountain now, not only for X but to reunite with the mighty and graceful Vu.

Thanks for opening an old wound with this thread, Chitown.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008 12:11 AM
I still don't get Vu, it sucked to me, so if the Dark Knight sucks too, Oh well.

It was a Unique experience but you still have 2 other inverts with the park, one complete with vertical drops just like vu, which to me was the unique part.

More power to Silverwood I say.

BE grateful that GAM is still an amazing park even without the Vu.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008 12:45 AM
I miss Deja Vu greatly. Hopefully they have a great idea for that land... ;)
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Saturday, July 26, 2008 12:12 PM
Magnums,

The slow 90 degree vertical lift differentiates the Vu from anything out there (back seat a must), plus the steep 90 degree backwards drop is much more intense that the backwards drop on the impulses, which have the twist.

WildstangAlex, don't get your hopes up...Splash Battle kiddie water ride in the old Deja Vu spot for '09, leading to a slow transformation of County Fair into Kiddieland area in the next 5 years or so.

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