Okay, I think the whole celebrating the 45th anniversary thing is a bit odd (though Disney did celebrate Disneyland's 50th at ALL of the Disney parks), however, I don't think celebrating Wild One's 90th is so wrong.
Take a look at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as an example. It was built in 1870, has had many upgrades and modifications over the years, and was moved nearly 3000' in 1999 to avoid erosion problems. It was built in one place, modified, and moved... but if you wanted to celebrate it's "birthday", you would celebrate from when it was first built, not when it was moved, right?
Maybe that example is a bit off, but I think the same principal remains. It's still the same basic ride, just in a different location.
I was just now thinking that they should repaint the trains to match the colors & logo on the display car out front...why they went with red & blue along with just the SF logo for the trains in 99 is beyond me.
Speaking of anniversaries they may as well celebrate TSC's 10th while they're at it.I can just see the catch phrase now. "come celebrate 10 years of breakdowns & long lines on typhoon seacoaster". LOL
What I've read is the cost of moving the actual coaster, exceeded the cost of rebuilding. From what I remember when working at the park in 1986, the year it opened, they move the materials and rebuilt it. Keep in mind, the people running the park at the time (known as Wild World) were a bunch of businessmen with banking experience. They had no experience in the amusement park industry.