SFGRAM tricked us.

Thursday, August 8, 2002 3:55 PM

Does anybody think that this was in Great america's plans all the time. Just look. They tell everybody that whizzer is closing. This attracts more people to whizzer, brings its ridership up, and renews the love that enthusiasts, and the gp had for this ride. Now people reaslize that whizzer could be leaving and will make an extra efort to ride it.

This plan will show that the park cared fo its geusts, and listened to their opinions. People now feel better about the park and believe that they have had an impact on it.

Do you really think that this park changed its plans for their new rides location. I believe that this was the origional plan and they intended on demolishing shockwave in the first place.

This is just my opinion, and you may flame me if you must.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 3:56 PM
I think they pulled a Kennywood. But just the same, the outcome is great :)

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:00 PM
I'm not sure what to think. I guess I'll give it a couple of days to sink it. I hope Six Flags lets people have a last ride on Shockwave before its gone.
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:02 PM
Well I hear that Shockwaves chain and a train have already been hauled off. I'm still waiting to see if Shockwave is gonna stick around for some last rides before it moves on to SFAW.
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:04 PM
Not really. Whizzer is much older than ShockWave, harder and more costly to maintain. I don't think it was a "scam" at all on Six Flags Inc.'s part.
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:05 PM
I don't think they did that, but I have never been to SFGAm so I don't know what all the ridership was like and stuff.
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:06 PM

If it were the other way around (Shockwave stays, Whizzer goes) it would be a scam. :)

I feel that, if they played a little joke on us, it all turned out for the better, so I couldn't care less anyway.

One thing to note though: If it was a trick, they pulled out all the stops. Whizzer had a banner on its sign advertising a closing date of August 11th. But, in my eyes, the right coaster is being removed, and I'm still stunned and elated.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:26 PM

Personally, I think the whole incident makes them look stupid for not anticipating the reaction that they received. But so long as they've amended that issue, I'm happy.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:47 PM

RubberDucky said:
I don't think they did that, but I have never been to SFGAm so I don't know what all the ridership was like and stuff.

since the announcement of whizzer's closing whizzer's queue was always full ,and I think that it is very interesting six flags great america layed new concrete for the whizzer's station in january of 2002 if they were planning on tearing it down. also if they changed their minds on aug. 8th then why was shockwave being dissasembled on aug 4th?

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:49 PM
exactly
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:51 PM

I think they definitely had something up their sleeve months in advance, but I don't know what their plan was -- maybe just waiting to see which of the two to remove. This was put well in another post (by 2Hostyl, if I remember right) in the news thread.

I agree somewhat with the first post too. Even if SFGAm decided this a month or more ago -- due to reaction or more thinking on their part or whatever -- why not leave the Whizzer news out there and capitalize on the popularity? Plus, it makes them look better that they (supposedly) made a big change of plans at the last minute just for the fans.

So yes, I think SFGAm was playing the fans to a certain extent throughout.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 4:58 PM
I missed it...when was it announced that Shockwave had begun to be dismantled on Aug. 4th?
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 5:07 PM

JoNoJ27. Supposedly an accident occured on Shockwave last weekend(cant confirm that though). Since then the coaster has not operated.

Yes, it very well could have been a marketing ploy but with the outcry to save the Whizzer and Shockwave having problems last weekend, the park may have been persuaded to make the change.

With another Arrow Looper in the park(Demon) and a much more popular looper than Shockwave, this is the best decision if a coaster has to be removed for progress.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 5:09 PM

JoNoJ27 said:
I missed it...when was it announced that Shockwave had begun to be dismantled on Aug. 4th?


it wasn't announced i saw it i even think i got a pic well see when the film is developed (not dismantled dissasembled) which means simply they took the lift chain off and manually hadto remove a train from the block brakes

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 5:43 PM

If they did pull a Kennywood, at least I got a free keychain out of it when they sent the announcement.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 5:46 PM
They didn't trick you, trust me. What happened was they realized how many people actually like the Whizzer, and that it shouldn't go, but they already had plans for a 2003 attraction. Therefore, something had to go to free up some space. The next coaster on the list, Shockwave. It was just bad planning, thats all.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 5:51 PM

Well, with the new concrete in January, they may have just not have known yet that it would be removed. But the fact that it was being dismantled Aug 4th does make me wonder.

Has any other SF park ever done something like this before?

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 5:55 PM
CobraRoller:

Riiiiight!

If you believe that, then I have some beach front property to sell you here in Indiana.

Like I said in the news section, this whole stunt was as choreographed as a Brittney Spears video.

It really is a genius marketing plan.

Tell people that Whizzer is going down, wait for the reaction and FREE press, now tell everyone Whizzer will be saved!

They look like the good guy and get free advertising for their new ride. My hat goes off to them!

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 6:07 PM
When i get to go to SFGAdv i want to ride Gasm sooooo bad and since Shockwave is a clone im sadened that its going... and i hope it goes to a diffrent park (i wish SFNE) but will probably go to a smaller SF park that could use a great LONG arrow looper.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 6:07 PM
If this is so then why did they close the scrambler over by the Whizzer. They obviously did it to prepare for construction in that area, why else close that and plan to dismantle Whizzer? I feel they just had to keep the coaster due to the publics outcry to save it.
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