I'm sorry to hear that. :( Like lots of people, I really wanted 2002 to be Astroworld's year. I thought I had heard that they were also requesting new paint in the budget; if so, are they still on track for that?
No new rides in 2002, but new paint and fixing existing rides is probable. Look at our track record: 1999: added Serial Thriller SLC, removed Excalibur mine train 2000: added nothing (except fireworks show), removed Astroneedle 2001: added nothing, Texas Tornado nor Thunder River operate all season (3 hrs doesnt count) 2002: will add nothing, remove ??? (probably the Astroway, just a guess) If they paint most of the coasters and fix broken rides like Tornado and Thunder River, 2002 won't be too bad (better than 2001, which has been somewhat disappointing with broken rides and single train operation on most coasters for long periods due to maintenance done during the active season instead of the off season). Still, we really had higher hopes for next year... SFTP has been screwing this park over, and it's a park that does good business.
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However, I find this interesting... just got an email from a full timer at the park saying the rumor of actually moving the whole park has sprung up internally again.
For those who don't know, Astroworld leases it's parking from the city, and that contract is just about up. Additionally, the city would just *love* to get their hands on that 100 acres to use for overflow parking for the new Houston Texans (is that a dumb name or what?) football stadium to be opened in 2003. Plus, with problems with the light rail construction (the city claims Astroworld is over the property line by 6 feet) ... so who says that they're not gonna just move the whole thing. There is certainly plenty of land to the south, north or west of town to do so.
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Actually, 2002 hasn't been too shabby so far. Thunder River was repaired after all, and currently the only down ride is Tornado (fingers still crosses). They did noticeable lanscaping improvements and have been running multiple trains more frequently on rides like Serial Thriller, Batman, and Cyclone.
It is absolutely not too hot in Houston to have an impulse. Cleveland (WT and S:UE), San Francisco (V2) and Chicago (V2) all get very hot in the summer time, and overheating is not a major issue with those rides. If there is any difference in summer temperatures between any of those cities and Houston, it would be small enough to not have a great impact on any LIM ride.
Trust me, there is a big difference between the average daily summer temperates in Houston compared to Cleveland, San Francisco, and Chicago.
Do those cities regularly hit 100 degrees in the peak season? I think not. Mr Freeze in Dallas has trouble enough keeping cool, and that's enclosed and doesn't have to fire as rapidly as an impulse would. Likewise, Poltergeist only has to dispatch every two minutes (and is also indoors).
I wouldn't mind for Cedar Fair to buy them, but I like the Looneys and Superman(thanks only to Smallville) better than Snoopy, so I can live with it. The park already has more coasters than any Cedar Fair park besides CP, so what's the problem? Their coasters do get fairly good reviews and Valleyfair! and Worlds of Fun haven't recieved many major additions in years. KBF has added SS and PP since CF bought them and we'll finally see Xcelorator in operation soon which I hope doesn't become another problematic ride from Intamin with rollbacks or something. There's positive and negative aspects of each, but I've been a SF fan since I was a kid and I want to stay that way. It sounds like they're keeping several parks alive and, in most cases, kicking.
I think all 3 Six Flags parks in Texas look phenomenally unique and I really can't wait to experience the diversity of the three. I forget what their coaster collection consists of exactly, but I think a normal Vekoma Invertigo or Premier Liquid Coaster or a CCI or GCI woodie would fit great for the park.
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