Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:51 PM
Six Flags Great America took down Shockwave to put up a new flying coaster "Superman." I really liked Shockwave and I was just wandering if any other Six Flags parks would be getting the ride?
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:53 PM
As of now, no one. The ride will sit in the employee parking lot for the season. What happens next year still hasn't been announced.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:54 PM
it was theorized, yes... although i'm not sure if Six Flags ever confirmed or denied its reappearance directly.

however, dont expect to see it anywhere until the 2004 season, as it was disassembled very late and by the time they decided to take it down instead of whizzer it was almost definetly too late to find a place for it in another park. so, i'd expect to see it sit in storage (possibly in the SFGAm parking lot) until this fall at least.

anyone correct me if i'm wrong... but this is what i have heard.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 6:15 PM
I think it would be a cool thing if they decided to to rebuild it elsewhere in the park. Just a thought, doubt it will happen, but it's okay to dream right. :-)

This coaster has a special place in my heart, as it was my very first real coaster (before this all I had ridden was Space Mountain). I really like getting rerides on it because the GP hated the ride, it had short lines. I will miss it very much, and hope it goes somewhere nearby like SFKK or SFSTL, or maybe even SFWOA.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 6:31 PM
You don't want that, trust me. (/end predictable comment.)

I wouldn't be surprised at all to see it running somewhere else, maybe with new rolling stock and some track improvements. I say that because I think they know that people didn't like the ride very much, and I bet that if they put it in a park with some capital or prestige (though I couldn't immediately tell you which park that would be, as opposed to a less popular park like Elitch Gardens) they'd fix it up a bit so it wouldn't have to come down in another 15 years.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:06 PM
In the original statement by the park, they said that the ride would be re-built at a different location. Not that they already knew a location, just that, somewhere, it would be re-built. The problem: There were several threads on this when the ride was being torn down, and no one could think of a Six Flags park that, A., has the space for this massively spread out ride, and, B., could use an Arrow megalooper in its line-up. Whether Six flags can think of one remains to be seen.

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Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:12 PM
They should move Shockwave to Six Flags New England. That way they could have another great, classic, Six Flags coaster. They can make room.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:36 PM
One rumor states SFNO as a possibility for 2004, but I do not know how reliable the source is. I feel confident that it will be reused given SF's recent penchant for rebuilding used rides and their current financial status.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:15 PM
There's plenty of room for Shockwave at SFA. Since it's blue, they could name it "Mr. Freeze". We're lacking a sitdown megalooper.
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:34 PM
ThrillChill: Yes, but do we really want it?

Besides, SFGAdv is close enough for an Arrow Megalooper (not dissing the ride completely, but if that's our next coaster, I'd be more than a bit disappointed).

And remember folks, the ride was broken down unexpectedly when they dismantled it. That probably had to do with whether or not SF wanted to risk another PR nightmare should the ride break down again. Also, at the time consulting Arrow for new safety measures on the ride (AKA new rolling stock that doesn't fall apart) probably wasn't an option seeing as how they were out of business (or very close to it) at the time. I wouldn't be surprised if S&S/Arrow is currently working on a new Arrow rolling stock as we speak. It would be wise as they can't support themselves on the 4-D alone, especially seeing as how even though enthusiasts see X as a godsend most parks see it as a serious maintenence issue (which in turn equals a whole bunch of dissatisfied guests).

Ok, i've probably irked some people already, so i'll stop but let me say I do really have high hopes for the future of Arrow. They've always had something even the most lauded of European coaster companies have never had: balls. (Although, not always the brains to back them up... :p )

~me

PS: Enigma13: remember SFNO is already getting Joker's Jinx - i doubt they'd want 2 used loopers. Intamin fan: I'm sure you're next in line for a B&M floorless clone; be patient... :)
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Thursday, February 20, 2003 9:07 PM
Send it to Frontier City in Oklahoma. They need it. I mean NEED it.
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Friday, February 21, 2003 4:18 AM
Actually I have it on pretty good authority (ACE exec) that Shockwave was originally intended to be moved to Six Flags Astroworld. However space limitations nixed that.

Shaggy

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Friday, February 21, 2003 5:06 AM
I'm still *ecstatic* about the last ride SFAW (apparently) turned down....it brought me Cheetah! AW could probably use a nice new Impulse, but I think it's against SF policy to give them good NEW rides...;)
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Friday, February 21, 2003 5:09 AM
/coasterman/ said:
I think it would be a cool thing if they decided to to rebuild it elsewhere in the park. Just a thought, doubt it will happen, but it's okay to dream right. :-)

Sorry buddy, that will never happen :-( It would be cool though if they re-used SW's lift hill and possibly first loop and have DH Morgan rebuild the rest. It did wonders for the Phantom, it could probably do the same for SW. Not that it will ever happen, just a thought :-)

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Friday, February 21, 2003 6:25 AM

rollergator said:
I'm still *ecstatic* about the last ride SFAW (apparently) turned down....it brought me Cheetah! AW could probably use a nice new Impulse, but I think it's against SF policy to give them good NEW rides...;)

AstroWorld did NOT turn this ride down. DDL overbooked her company and blamed not being able to build it on 'soil samples' being late. Besides, with the layout in our park, it would have just been an "ok" ride. She got a second chance to build, as negoations had begun for a CCI for 2003 at our park.. buuuut we all know what happened to CCI. (Fast Fast: Stan Checketts at Texas Winterfest told 100 ACE members he didn't know how he felt about the wood coaster division of S&S because it was costing him a "lot of money"... my prediction: DDL is outta there!)

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Friday, February 21, 2003 6:30 AM

Shaggy said:
Actually I have it on pretty good authority (ACE exec) that Shockwave was originally intended to be moved to Six Flags Astroworld. However space limitations nixed that.

Shaggy

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According to our Public Relations department at Six Flags AstroWorld, yes, Shockwave was originally planned to be installed at the park. With Texas Tornado being shipped off to SFMW, our Looney Toons Town was going to be moved the Tornado's pad, and Shockwave was going to be installed in European Village with the queue being where LTT was.

HOWEVER, once they went and rode GASM at SFNJ, they did everything they could to tell corporate "Please don't send us this ride". Somehow, it worked. And in Chicago, it still sits.

HONESTLY, if you want my *opinion*, I have a pretty good feeling it's new home will be in the land of Creole (points to his east).


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Friday, February 21, 2003 6:41 AM
Panther Modern is correct. I heard from several park employees and rep in 2001 (no dippin dot guys ;-) ) that Shock Wave was supposed to be removed at the end of the 2001 season, but the people in Texas who wanted it rode the GASM and changed their minds.

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Friday, February 21, 2003 6:42 AM
I think the park re-install it. As mentioned before, this coaster welcomed everyone to the park. The Condor will look out of place with the old girl gone. I loved to see the first loop right behind it. She will be missed. I just hope it doesn't end up in coaster heaven.
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Friday, February 21, 2003 6:43 AM
PM...thanks for clarifying...I was *pretty sure* that somehow the CCI that I did get close to home was originally intended for AW...but I had nothing but my *strong hunch* to go on. Hence the "apparently", lol...;). FWIW, Cheetah may not be the best of the CCI crop, but I am NOT complaining about any CCI 100.4 miles from my front door...and it's still a darn fine ride!

As for SW, I think I'd be a little surprised to see it go to Nawlins, now that they got TWO inverting coasters this year...I could be wrong, certainly have been before...I guess I'm only accurate when guessing about the IN/KY region...;)

edit: funny thought here....let's say the AW execs had ridden Viper at SFMM instead of GASM-II at GAdv....is anyone else thinking what I'm thinking.....ROFL.
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Friday, February 21, 2003 12:01 PM
My theory is it's headed to Great Escape. I have no clue what space problems (if any) they have up there, it just seems like GE is turning into Six Flags' scrap heap for old rides.

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