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.
"Escuse me, can you tell me where the heck the Mystery Lodge is"? *** This post was edited by OutKast on 7/24/2002. ***
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Thank you for 12 great years Leroy!
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!!!!
... *** This post was edited by The Shy One on 8/5/2002. ***
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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Ooops! Did I say that out loud?
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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I can't believe it! They are removing my first roller coaster. Whatever they put in that spot better be GREAT!
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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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"" :(:(:(
Ric Flair was hitting on the female host, he told her - "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line." WOOOOO!
So...Whizzer...SFAW's new coaster for 2003?
Moosh - who is sad to see it go :-(
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