SF buys WoF's OE, 2 parks get new rides!

Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:14 AM
After failing to convince SFAW to take Shock and SFA to take Wave, Six Flags has announced the purchase of Worlds of Fun's Orient Express and plans to make two separate coasters out of it's 3,470 feet of track: Orient and Express.

Suffering from huge amounts of debt due to years of rampant expansion SF Corp felt this was a cost-effective way to place new attractions in two parks - Darien Lake and Astroworld yet again. Those two parks have received the shaft from the Oklahoma City office year after year and what better way to get fans of both parks to stop complaining that to give them half an Arrow multilooper?

Orient, consisting of part of the lift, both loops, and the boomerang inversions will be the new coaster at Darien Lake in 2004. Park officials hope that guests will not notice the similarity to the park's other Arrow multilooper, Viper.

Express will be SFAW's first new coaster since Serial Thriller in 1999. The coaster will feature the rest of the original lift and the ride-ending helix. The estimated ride time is an astounding 9 minutes over the 600 feet of track -- 8:20 to unload, load, and dispatch trains and :40 of actual ride time.

Official announcements from each park should follow in a few days.

mOOSH

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*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 10/30/2003 4:16:09 PM ***

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:18 AM
I was thinking SFDL was *on the list* for the last of the Supermen: Rides of Steels.....now I have another reason to go to Darien Lake....thanks Moosh! :)

bill, surprised that CF and SF could agree to terms so quickly...
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Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:22 AM
No one has seen the ultimate, obvious solution...combine Shockwave and Orient Express into one massive, two-lift, 7000 ft. plus long Arrow looping wonder.

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:29 AM
You had me there for a minute. I was all excited too! BLAH!

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:32 AM
Actually, they're mixing and matching: Orientwave and Shock Express.

Orientwave will feature two lifts (one going up, one going down), with the ride-ending helix in between.

Shock Express will feature a record-breaking 11 inversions in a row, though the train will have to be pushed around the track by park employees.

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:51 AM
ROFL Den. Both you and Bass has better ideas...wish I would have thought of them ;)

mOOSH

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 12:06 PM
And we should all thank the CPC for making this move possible.

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 12:10 PM
But Den, which will go to Astroworld and which to SFDL to keep them from whining about no coasters in 6 years? ;) (my reccomendation - give the 2 lifts to Astroworld, they're used to semi-crappy rides [waits for Panther Modern to attack my semi-sarcastic attempt at wit response ... ])

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 1:15 PM

BaSSiStiSt said:
No one has seen the ultimate, obvious solution...combine Shockwave and Orient Express into one massive, two-lift, 7000 ft. plus long Arrow looping wonder.

I heard it was going to be called the "shockingly bad disorienting wave good-bye to your lunch express"

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Thursday, October 30, 2003 1:57 PM

Andy gets a star for being clever. That was a good one!
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Thursday, October 30, 2003 2:49 PM
STOP TOYING WITH MY EMOTIONS!!!!!
There, I feel better.
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Thursday, October 30, 2003 4:14 PM
What would you prefer I toy with, John? ;)

mOOSH
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Thursday, October 30, 2003 6:11 PM
[awkward silence]
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Thursday, October 30, 2003 11:22 PM
I second that silence. ;)
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Friday, October 31, 2003 2:28 AM
Is it April 1st already?? :)

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Friday, October 31, 2003 3:45 AM
In all seriousness, what's the chance of another park picking up OE?
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Friday, October 31, 2003 4:07 AM
As good as Disney adding Vekoma coasters!

Oh... wait...

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Friday, October 31, 2003 6:23 AM
Well normally this is where I would take a crack at MIA, and say that we are sending it there, BUT since I got myself in trouble over there -- I'm going to refrain from saying that. :( Oh wait, I guess I did afterall ;)

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Friday, October 31, 2003 6:42 AM

Mamoosh said:
After failing to convince SFAW to take Shock and SFA to take Wave, Six Flags has announced the purchase of Worlds of Fun's Orient Express and plans to make two separate coasters out of it's 3,470 feet of track: Orient and Express.

Suffering from huge amounts of debt due to years of rampant expansion SF Corp felt this was a cost-effective way to place new attractions in two parks - Darien Lake and Astroworld yet again. Those two parks have received the shaft from the Oklahoma City office year after year and what better way to get fans of both parks to stop complaining that to give them half an Arrow multilooper?

Orient, consisting of part of the lift, both loops, and the boomerang inversions will be the new coaster at Darien Lake in 2004. Park officials hope that guests will not notice the similarity to the park's other Arrow multilooper, Viper.

Express will be SFAW's first new coaster since Serial Thriller in 1999. The coaster will feature the rest of the original lift and the ride-ending helix. The estimated ride time is an astounding 9 minutes over the 600 feet of track -- 8:20 to unload, load, and dispatch trains and :40 of actual ride time.

Official announcements from each park should follow in a few days.

mOOSH

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Friday, October 31, 2003 6:46 AM
Maybe Knoebels will buy it and replace the Whirlwind!

<ducks to avoid everything that will get thrown at him>

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