Say Goodbye? Laser at DP

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 6:05 AM
I was doing my usual rounds at ITALINTL and Used Rides looking at the market and this caught my eye

http://www.italintl.com/detail_page.php?record_id=1002

There is no pic, but I fear that the rumor may be true. I certainly hope not, as it is nice to have a classic Schwartzkopf at the park. What raises the concern is the availability date of Novemeber 1st. We will have to wait and see.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:14 AM
You're right, given the availability date and the description, that very well could be Laser. I hope not.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:18 AM
If that leaves, I'll have absolutely no reason to visit Dorney.

Chuck

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:27 AM
Yea but the description says Trailer mounted, carnival rides. It also says it comes with a sign saying Double Loop.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:33 AM
Actually that same site states that an s&s power launch roller coaster is for sale. Is that the one at kings dominion?

Manufacturer
S&S PowerYear 2000Condition (mechanical, electrical, cosmetic) good, fair, goodRequired Space 120 x 700 feet, 165 feet highSeats 3 trains, 4 cars each, 8 seatsPower Required 480V, 3 Phase, 1712 ampsModel Park Model / Amusement Park Rides Transportation Availability
immediatelyPrice
Call
USD Notes

0 to 80 in 1.8 seconds. 90 degree ascent and descent

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:37 AM
No symphathy. If it is indeed Lazer, I wouldn't travel to ride it if it moved to another park.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:08 AM
Is it possible that this is Lagoon's? I know they are slightly different, but rcdb dates Lagoon's back to 1981 while Laser could be dated back to 1979.

I don't know, just throwing out another possibility.

- Jeff

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:10 AM
Yes, that's Hypersonic.

Laser is a great ride, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the only reason to visit Dorney. The GP tends to ignore it (not knowing what a gem it is), and the temporary-looking installation doesn't fit in at all with the rest of the park image-wise. I can understand the decision to move it (if indeed this listing is for Laser).

Don't forget, just because it's listed doesn't mean this is necessarily its last year. If it doesn't sell before next season, Dorney could choose to leave it in place and operating for the time being.

Lagoon's is indeed another possibility, as well.
*** Edited 8/15/2007 12:15:19 PM UTC by GregLeg***

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:19 AM

Charles Nungester said:
If that leaves, I'll have absolutely no reason to visit Dorney.
Yes, because Talon, Hydra, Thunderhawk, Steel Force and the mouse are just terrible coasters.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:20 AM
Plus they cut down some trees. :)

- Jeff

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:22 AM
I'm going to say this is the one that traveled with a major carnival operator (forget which one- maybe Amusements of America or Conklin Shows) and was retired a few years back when gas prices started to go through the roof. I'm pretty sure that ride was called Double Loop, unlike Dorney's ride which once had a sign that referred to it as Colossus.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:27 AM
MiA does NOT deserve this coaster. No. They don't.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:28 AM
But if it is "retired" why is it not available until November 1?

I hope you're right, though. Laser was a favorite of mine during my one and only visit.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:01 AM
Maybe it was retired but isn't anymore- I haven't herad anything about that ride in a while. The listing says the ride was built in 1981 but if you trace Dorney's Laser back to it's original home in South America, it has been operating since 1982. That probably doesn't matter but is worth pointing out.

I sure hope Laser isn't leaving Dorney- it's a great ride. I'll take that over Hydra any day of the week.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 12:03 PM
There has been a Doppel Looping listed on ITAL for over a year. http://www.italintl.com/detail_page.php?record_id=731

This is most likely the one from Conklin.

The link from the first post is for a second Doppel Looping. I'd have to say with Dorney getting the impulse coaster from Geauga, it's very likely this second listing is theirs.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 12:12 PM
That likely being the case, it's a shame. Laser is a great ride and one of the reasons why Dorney has such a great collection of steel coasters. I'd rather the Schwarzkopf over the Impulse.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 12:22 PM
I wish VF went for Laser. We haven't had a looping coaster in town since Corkscrew. Thank goodness for the Mall and Nick Universe...

-'Playa

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:01 PM
As cheesy as that little coaster is/was, I always loved Laser. So where are they putting Steel Venom, in Laser's spot?
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:12 PM
No, but right next to Laser, in the old Skyscraper location.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 1:15 PM
Be of good cheer. Used amusement rides are not exactly in a seller's market (see Demon Drop). If CF chooses to leave Laser up and running until they can find a buyer, we might be having this same conversation three years from now.
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