Shockwave Opening SFOT 1978

CoasterDemon's avatar

Just like heaven!

(I know gator will enjoy!)

There is alot more where this came from as well - pics of Big Bend, etc., I just found this site.


That's great footage. It's interesing to look back and see all the pomp and circumstance a coaster opening had back then with the band and cheerleaders. I wonder if the legal people would allow a bunch of cheerleaders on the catwalk now right next to a moving train though.

It's a just a shame Anton didn't make more coasters. His rides aged a LOT better than any of Arrows did.

Fever I really enjoy the Simpsons. It's just a shame that I am starting to LOOK like Homer.
Rick_UK's avatar

^ Agreed.

Even a £/$ 100 million ride or attraction doesn't attract half that sort of fanfare or excitement these days, we're so spoilt.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

rollergator's avatar

It was still very much a new idea then to have a *looping* coaster - hence a lot of the so-called pomp and circumstance.. The terrain Antons have aged really well. The loops are just plain perfection...and the airtime is none too shabby either... :)

Big Bend and Zambezi Zinger are two I wish I could have least we still have Whizzer.

CoasterDemon's avatar

^You can still get Zambezi, gator:
I would love to get down there and ride it again! It was Whizzer without the ADD medication. Airtime!

I rode Mind Bender yesterday nearly 20 times. For me, my favorites always start out good, then seem to get better and better the more I ride them! Can't wait to get back now!


Dude looks like Ron Burgundy

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