SFKK question about Chang and T2

Monday, May 2, 2005 5:38 PM
At one time I had heard that Chang and T2 were going to be renamed Poison Ivy(Chang) and Batman the Ride(T2) when Six Flags added there name to the park. When I was at the park yesterday, I noticed that the paint jobs (or lack there of) on both coasters were different from the last time I was there, but the names hadn't changed. Have they given up on the name change and if so, why don't the repaint both coasters back to there original colors??

Thanks,

timmyk

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Monday, May 2, 2005 8:29 PM
I heard that they were supposed to be renamed but I don't really know why they never did. I doubt that they would change the names now that Six Flags has had ownership of the park for several years.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2005 12:17 PM
T2 and Chang were repainted around 2001 with the intent of re-theming the coasters. From what I was told, the park budgeted to have the coasters re-painted and park staff decided to re-paint them with an all new color scheme.

T2 went from it's entirely red track/purple train scheme to black track retaining the purple trains.

Chang went from an entirely bright yellow scheme, to neon green track with purple supports.

According to word of mouth at the park... the park had intended to re-theme T2 as Batman: the Ride and Chang as Joker's Jinx. However rumor hat it that Gary Story (Six Flags CEO at the time) paid a visit to the park and single handedly nixed that idea. Chang's paint job had been completed upon his visit, but T2's was still underway. That is the supposed reason why not all of T2 was completed and that the station and station track remains red. I cannot verify this, but it does seem to make sense.

In the years since, the Batman Thrill Spectacular was canned, and the theming on Penguins Blizzard River has not been kept up. So I doubt the coasters will ever make the change.

Chang has been notoriously known for it's badly peeling paint. Literally within one year of having it re-painted, the coaster was flaking and peeling. This is probably a result of an improperly (or non) primed track. My perception is that rather than sand-blasting and priming, perhaps the painting contractors simply painted over the last paint job. Probably due to a request by the park to get the job done at a minimal cost.

Shaggy

*** Edited 5/3/2005 4:18:43 PM UTC by Shaggy***


Shaggy

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Tuesday, May 3, 2005 3:26 PM
They got the $199 Earl Scheib job.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2005 5:49 PM
Well the coasters are not the only things with pealing paint! There are buildings with rotting wood. I could go on but why. I guess you have to pick and choose which parks are the most important at the time. I'm glad to see they've added rides, and the Tornado waterslide looks awesome, but alittle work to structures and other things would help the park alot. Thanks for the info Shaggy!

timmyk

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