WillH51, to agree with your logic would be to assume that Six Flags knew KK would have major operational issues before they even built it, as this woodie has been in the planning stages since well before KK started going vertical. Parks don't call up a manufacturer in July and say, "You know, we'd love to have a Record Breaking wood coaster open by Memorial day next year. You can do that, right?" And they also don't buy record breaking coasters and heavily advertise them while assuming they'll be out of operation at least half the season. Intamin must've made some biiig promises to SF regarding their fixes to the hydraulic system (probably saying, "We've learned so much from Dragster, we've got all the issues ironed out"), which apparently didn't pan out.
I can see Great Adventure is really trying to stake itself out with a "look at me! look at me!" attitude. I really have to comment on this park heading down the right path...within two seasons they will have installed the world's tallest and fastest coaster - unveiled a new lushly themed area with new animal and childrens' attractions, following that up with TWO more themed areas, more childrens' attractions (something that has been overlooked in the past but is now being properly addressed), and a supposedly record-breaking wood coaster. This is what I feel is another "bomb-shell" dropped on the industry by Six Flags - in homage to Magic Mountain's "thrillseekers only"/"less all-groups inclusive" additions of X, Deja Vu, and Goliath Jr. in '01' and '02.
Huh. So, ride the new woodie as much as you can in the first season....as SF can't maintain wood coasters. After the first year...trims will be added and they will reprofile the first "record breaking" drop to cut costs. Thats my prediction.
Can you imagine what the nightly new is going to say on Sept 28?
"Great Adventure today announced a record breaking wooden coaster. It is made by the Swiss firm Intamin, whick also made the record-breaking Kingda Ka the park opened this year. That ride suffered a plague of problems and was closed most of the summer."