Six Flags Great America's Whizzer to close Aug. 11

Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2002 12:53 PM | Contributed by Chitown

According to a telephone recording at Six Flags Great America, the Whizzer willl be removed after 26 seasons. The Schwarzkopf coaster has been there since the park originally opened in 1976.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:01 PM
Awwww, my little baby is going bye bye. :(

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:02 PM
At least now we won't have rumors about when it will close. Now all thats left are rumors of what will go there. They should hurry up and tell us!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:11 PM

TrBiggar -

A building.

A very big building.

:)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:14 PM
A building??? I don't think so. :-)

-Nate

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:37 PM
Why are they removing it August 11th? Can't they at least let it stay open until the end of daily operations - late August? I imagine they are doing that to ensure their new ride is open on time next year after last years fiasco.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:44 PM
Not surprising, unfortunately, as the rumor winds have been swirling for some time. I don't know about others on the list, but for one who has ridden Whizzer in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, this is kind of a sad reminder of 'progress'.

It's kind of like tearing down Old Comiskey park to build new Comiskey Park next door.

While I am not a park manager, maintenance tech, or amusement park person 'in the know', I wish Six Flags could have found some way to keep this ride going.

Is it thrilling? No.
Is it state of the art? No.
Is it fun and family-friendly? Yes.

Bottom line - it's probably no longer profitable.

Long live Willard's Whizzer!!!!


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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:44 PM
That makes me sick. Now watch...they'll put some piece of crap ride in like a Vekoma Boomerang or something. Everybody should know by now that I'm a huge Schwarzkopf fan, and I was looking forward to visiting SFGAm and riding Whiz (main reason I was going)...now those plans have been canceled. Well, I guess now I can take a more direct route to CP.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:52 PM

I just spoke with a park rep and was told they are dismantling the ride with the intention of relocating Whizzer to another park. Of course, there is nothing definite about this.

And, "no", it wasn't the Lemon Chill or Dippin' Dots guy I talked to. :)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:52 PM
Im surprised it's closing so early. It only takes a few months to build a B&M Flyer anyway...

Ooops! Did I say that out loud?

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:53 PM

Well im glad they are making it public now so people can get there last rides. After I think about it though I sort of wish they didn't make it public so that there would be shorter lines on the last day :(

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:56 PM
I'll be paying my respects this weekend. :( My home park keeps proving that family attractions don't matter......boy do I wish I had grown up with Holiday World.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 1:57 PM
Although this won't hurt the park as much as removing the Zinger hurt Worlds of Fun, I'm sure goign to miss the Whizzer.
This just isn't right. It always has a line unlike some of the coasters there. Hopefully they won't scrap it and someone else can have da Whiz. If it were up to me, I'd remove Shock Wave and Demon before touching the Whizzer.
Maybe the Kumba Killer is coming!
By the way, was the Whizzer at PGA identical to this one?
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:00 PM

I can't believe it! They are removing my first roller coaster. Whatever they put in that spot better be GREAT!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:04 PM
The lady running the whizzer told me a little differntly. She said that it was closing end of this month and they wanted it gone by the 11th of August. That's what I heard differently.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:04 PM
Well, we might be getting our 4th B&M...
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:05 PM

Change is painful. Its a signal that things can never be as they once were. Maybe on a deeper level it reminds us that aging and death are in store for us all.

On a slightly less serious level, the dismantling of Whizzer is a major step towards Great America losing the feel of the Marriott days. This ride is (was?) a true Great America classic. This was my first coaster, and even though it doesn't pack much of a punch after the first few turns, the coaster certainly has a certain "mystique" to it. Goodbye, old friend.

By the way, this was a great "starter" coaster for kids, and filled a niche in the park. Would we all be as sentimental if Demon was getting the heave-ho? A question to ponder.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:20 PM

Shy One. Thats the main reason you were going to SFGAm? While I respect that, if you havent been to the park before, its still well worth a visit. Of course you had to throw CP in on the end of the conversation. "rolls eyes".

While I am sad to see this classic being removed, I am sure its becoming a maintenence nightmare. This park at least held on to this coaster longer than any other in the states. I give them credit for that.

I am really hoping that if its replaced with something of higher thrills, they will at least compensate with a second addition for families to enjoy. Also, if its a B&M, that will bring the 54" height minimum coasters at this park to 7.

"" We will miss you old buddy"" :(:(:(

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:21 PM
I am going there tomorrow and will be sure to ride it for my last time. I am very depressed, that is a great slow but fun old ride. I just love how you circle around the trees, it makes me feel very free!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 2:27 PM

So...Whizzer...SFAW's new coaster for 2003?

LOL!

Moosh - who is sad to see it go :-(

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