Six Flags Ohio in the news with new ride

Posted Saturday, November 4, 2000 4:48 PM | Contributed by Bubba

Okay, a new ride is coming to SFO. No I don't know what kind of ride it is but it will be 115 feet tall! It will be located in the front corner of the park near Superman. Geauga Lake road will be moved around the parking lot so the ride can be placed there. So it is pretty safe to assume that Mr. Hyde is coming down! I have no website but if you have the Cleveland Plain Dealer look at Saturady's Metro section and you will find the info there!

[Ed. note: Normally this would be placed under the rumor section, but we have more information that confirms some of this information. Read the Plain Dealer's article. A source close to CoasterBuzz confirms that there are Vekoma parts on-site:

"A good friend of mine was at SFO over the weekend and looked in detail at some skids of stuff in the RV parking area. They were clearly marked Vekoma and were very large J-shaped anchor bolts. Accompanying them were large plates with octagonal bolt patterns on them. There was also other writing in Dutch on these skids. There is talk that GL Road will finally be rerouted around the north of the parking lot, and a Vekoma Flying Dutchman will be located in the Superman area and the corner of the parking lot."]

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Saturday, November 4, 2000 4:56 PM
ahh yes, look to see Six Flags Ohio turn absolutely stunning next year! A flying coaster will solidly put SFO alongside Cedar Point in my opinion, i'd rather be riding a dutchman then most of CP's gimmicks.

To 3rd this motion, this is all absolutely true. As refreshing look so elegantly put it, "How do you compete with somebody who sells the best beef in town? sell the best chicken in town"
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 5:14 PM
How are their rides gimmicks?.If you have a problem with their rides take it up with the manufacturer?. But nevertheless, if it is a Stealth clone, it would make SFOhio just as good as CP maybe better. (As far as the rides are concerned) *** This post was edited by Bernard on 11/5/2000. ***
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 6:41 PM
A word of note: I looks like the article says that the rerouted road will not be ready until next fall. The road will temporarily be rerouted around the new ride that will open next year

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Saturday, November 4, 2000 7:58 PM
Those residents are going to be hot, GL Rd. is their secret backway, but we all saw this coming.

It will be neat to see the front of the park change again,
I wonder if they will have to build a new Go Cart track again.

If it is a Flyer, then that will be a great addition to the park.

Its amazing to see how my park has changed so much since 1976...My Lord!
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 8:14 PM
SFO will not be the only park to get a Flying Dutchman in 2001. Look for SFA to get one also located between the Batman arena and the picnic pavillions. I heard this from a park employee while waiting in line for Two Face. Screamscape has confirmed the collapse of the Vekoma/Paramount exclusive deal, and that Six Flags Inc. has bought 2-3 Dutchmans for next year.
What's up Wild One? Now do you belive me?
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 8:22 PM
Oh No! Six Flags has gotten ahold of the flying coaster. So much for it's uniqueness. The boomerang of the millennium has officially arrived...sigh...

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SOMETHING IS COMING!!!
In 2001 a new *beast* will rise at SFMM.
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 8:41 PM
PGA's Stealth is 115 ft. tall, does this mean we can expect a straight up clone?
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 8:59 PM
Oh, if this coaster is a Stealth clone, don't look for it to make a big splash, because Stealth is very underwhelming in my opinion. I prefer Medusa at SFMW or Goliath at SFMM over Stealth any day. Not enough "flying" time and a short duration are what make Stealth bad. Only 1min 45secs on that baby. Way too short. The technology is great, I love the flying coaster concept, and it is fun, it's just that PGA and Vekoma really didn't put too much effort into that coaster. I pray that Six Flags decides to have an original design and not just a clone. If not, then it's a waste of money. Just my opinion.
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Saturday, November 4, 2000 10:48 PM
I'd have to agree, it's a very good coaster, but not a great one. But it is a worthy coaster, and it would give SFO the most unique coasters in the world. So I say, go for it! I would just hate to see this coaster pop up everywhere, but it IS going to happen unfortunatly.

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SOMETHING IS COMING!!!
In 2001 a new *beast* will rise at SFMM.
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 2:35 AM
Millennium Force: "i'd rather be riding a dutchman then most of CP's gimmicks."
What gimmicks? If anyone has gimmicks it's SF. CP has coasters such as Raptor, Mantis, Magnum, MF that are all great, original and on the top 25 steel coasters!



Bernard: "But nevertheless, if it is a Stealth clone, it would make SFOhio just as good as CP maybe better. (As far as the rides are concerned)"
There is NO way to compare CP to SFO. CP has 14 coasters and 68 rides. CP is clean and has nice employees which is a major factor for a park. A good park is more than just coasters, but hey, since we have the most :)
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 6:27 AM
Here we go again. As soon as somthing good is mentioned about another park other than CP, here come the pissing matches. I loved Stealth, SFO WILL benefit from this install, clone or not. Madog, how many of those 14 coasters are good, maybe six of them. How many of the 68 rides are "kiddie circlular" rides, 20?

BTW, 14 may not be enough to claim the record in 2001. You heard it here first. Look to The Mountain.

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Sunday, November 5, 2000 7:32 AM
sheesh, maybe I should stop posting anything on this site..

Darn right Soggy, SFMM will be the record holder next year. As soon as they announce the boomerang and the "fill in the blank" by viper, they'll best CP.

Regardless of how people regarded Stealth at PGA, remember it was at a paramount park and a clone isn't likely, even though PGA didn't sign any contract to keep the technology to themselves. However, it uses relatively little space and SFO isnt huge, so it's always possible.
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 7:57 AM
It's a Vekoma, so a clone is VERY likely! How many SLC's (and boomerangs, and invertigos) are there worldwide??? Vekoma seems to find something that works (well enough) and clone the hell out of it. Oh well, at least I rode the original in its premier season.

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So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 8:21 AM
Personally, I don't think there's much comparison between SFO and CP. The Point is just the best; it's got almost everything you could want in a park.

Sometimes, though, Pointers and whatnot get a little too proud and seem obnoxious. That's upsetting.

[All this support for SFO... where'd that come from?]

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Sunday, November 5, 2000 8:44 AM
Can we please keep in mind that this is not confirmed yet?

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Sunday, November 5, 2000 9:36 AM
If this is true (which I'm finding hard to believe considering SFO got 4 coasters last year) it will be a good addition if they change a couple things with the ride.

Yes, I agree that Stealth is not long enough, but PGA seems to have space problems (all of their coasters seem so compact) but that's not the only problem with the ride. The loading and unloading time is the sloooowest process I have ever witnessed in my life. And if SFO is like any of the other SF's Parks that I've been to, they are already lacking in this area. Vekoma really needs to come up with something to speed this process up. This is such a great ride and concept, it's a shame you have to wait longer than you should to ride it.

Don't be offended Millennium Force. Once you become a CP addict, you'll defend it till day you die.

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Sunday, November 5, 2000 10:04 AM
For the record, I'm excited about any new coasters that appear in my back yard. My only concern is that the park has not proven itself capable of running and maintaining world-class attractions in a world-class manner.

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Sunday, November 5, 2000 10:04 AM
The only thing that can and WILL speed up the loading process is having more than 2 or 3 ride ops checking the restraints. If there were 6 or 8 folks on the platform checking the harnesses, there would be no capacity problem. Unfortunately, Six Flags NEVER puts enough ride ops on the platform. I must admit CP is king of fast loading/dispatches per hour. Why? There are plenty of ops on the platforms, all of them.

PGA could have easily built a much larger version of the Flying Dutchman, or any other ride. There is ALWAYS space, if you look hard enough. Besides, up until a few years ago, PGA was the only game in town in Northern California, no need for record breakers there.

Lynch hit the nail on the head about CP'ers, it is easy to simply point to a few numbers (14 coasters, the first 300 footer) and leave it at that. Where is their launched coaster? Where is their good wooden coaster? I think there are plenty of great things to do at SFO that you cannot do at CP. Look at BGW, 6 operating coasters, and 5 of them are extremely well received. It is not all about quantity, its about quality.

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So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
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Sunday, November 5, 2000 10:11 AM
I don't like to inform anyone here, but since we are on the subject. What are flying coasters suppose to do? Give you a thrill? It's like saying that inverted coasters are terrible. It's a lie, a flying coaster is not a wham bam ka-zam coaster, it's just another type of coaster that tries to impress people. Well instead of impressing me it bores me. Also on the subject of SFO and the point, I could careless about either park. I'm not wasting my time to go 6 1/2 hours just to see the points Millenium Force or SFO's Superman. When only 3-3 1/2 hours away is Dorney Park, a very underrated park. Lets face the facts, Six Flags is giving money out to the parks that don't absolutely need to add a coaster. What about SFDL? After Superman what did they get? The Twister. Well, I'm not a gravitron fan, I'm a coaster fan. Plus, why is SF trying to take over the U.S.? I'd rather get picked on for going to Dorney Park for all I care. To make a long story short I don't care about any other parks other than DP.

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Feel the force--Steel Force *** This post was edited by K Walker on 11/5/2000. ***
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