Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces closure of Roar roller coaster

Posted Friday, July 17, 2015 10:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announced Thursday that Roar will close at the end of National Roller Coaster Day, Aug. 16. The roller coaster opened in 1999.

Read more from The Mercury News.

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:03 AM

Wow. I had no idea...that there was such a thing as National Roller Coaster Day.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 11:33 AM

Pee-wee Herman usually mentions things like this on his Facebook. I've been Friends with him for years, and I have never heard of National Roller Coaster Day. lol

I do love the advertisement of the ride. It's just so obvious what they have up their sleeve.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 1:29 PM

I've known of National Roller Coaster Day for several years. Spent it at Great Adventure. last year. Some parks do promotions around it It's also the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and he enjoyed riding roller coasters...the only thing, other than being male, that he and I have in common.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 1:33 PM

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/its-national-roller-coaster-day-2012

I don't know if I should be proud or ashamed that I can actually remember you starting that thread nearly three years ago.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 1:39 PM

Hmmm. What a dilemma.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 2:40 PM

The comments in the article say that Roar had become painful and rough. I've not ridden it in about ten years and but it was smooth but very meh back then. Fun but almost no air time. Hopefully Iron Roar will cure that.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 2:42 PM

First mention of Roller Coaster Day around here was 14 years ago:

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/happy-roller-coaster-day

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Friday, July 17, 2015 3:28 PM

Pretty much every day/week/month is National _Insert Cause or Advertisement Here_ Day/Week/Month. For example, today, 7/17, is National Yellow Pig day. And tomorrow is National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day.

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

It's gone way past the point of being interesting any more.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Friday, July 17, 2015 3:30 PM
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Friday, July 17, 2015 4:07 PM

Vater said:

Wow. I had no idea...that there was such a thing as National Roller Coaster Day.

Uncle Coaster said:

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/its-national-roller-coaster-day-2012

I don't know if I should be proud or ashamed that I can actually remember you starting that thread nearly three years ago.

Ok, I lied. I had an idea that it existed...but promptly forgot, probably minutes after I posted that brilliant, inspired first reply in that thread that clearly should have received more than one +1 vote.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 4:22 PM

If Six Flags America were my home park, I'd be extra disappointed right now.

"They're gonna give Roar the RMC upgrade! Oh wait...."

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Friday, July 17, 2015 4:37 PM

Mr. Vater, I drew the breath to be second poster and tell you all about National Roller Coaster Day, but then I re-read... your post and promptly quit typing.

And there's your vote, thanks for the laugh.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 4:40 PM

I threw you a vote too, even though your 3 year old post now completely negates my 1 hour old post above.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 7:33 PM

These wood to steel conversions are starting to get tired. This ride isn't even that old. And to be completely honest I've not been completely impressed with RMC's work. I like wooden coasters and a lot of the converted rides don't add anything interesting to the layout, and don't make the best use of the medium. They're just steel coasters with wood supports.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 8:27 PM

BJames - Your picture was nearly the same look I gave when I saw this thread.

RMC was great, then they did a few conversions, now it seems like in 10 years everyone is going to be asking what happened to all the woodies. Granted I have not yet ridden an RMC creation, so i cannot judge quality, but if these things become a dime a dozen, then whatever.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 8:27 PM

...And yet every single one of them have been major hits in the parks they're installed in. I've been on 4 of 5 of them and they all make my top 10.

I like GOOD wooden coasters, not terrible ones.

Last edited by John Knotts, Friday, July 17, 2015 10:41 PM
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Friday, July 17, 2015 8:48 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

First mention of Roller Coaster Day around here was 14 years ago:

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/happy-roller-coaster-day

Waaaaayyyy before I was introduced to the pleasures of CoasterBuzz.

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Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 PM

Since August 16th is my mom's birthday, I've been trying for years to get her to go on a roller coaster. I think it would be hilarious. No such luck so far, but I'm going to keep trying. I think Phoenix would be a really good starter coaster.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 AM

She's never been on a coaster? Huh. You gots to do something about that, gurl!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:05 AM

bjames said:

I like wooden coasters and a lot of the converted rides don't add anything interesting to the layout, and don't make the best use of the medium.

I'm as big a wooden coaster fan as they come, but I don't get this at all.

I'd say, if anything, RMC is doing more to push the limits of creative coaster elements and overall design than any other coaster builder in recent memory. All of these coasters with crazy stalls and twists wrong-banked curves certainly constitute "interesting" to me.

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