Six Flags Ride Rotation Program

Saturday, October 19, 2002 9:29 AM

First of all for how long did it last? Was it just something they did, or did they announce that they would do it and plan it out before? I need all the details.

Thanks! And did any couster move more than 3 times, I know Z-Force (Now Flashback) moved 3 times. Thanks.

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*** This post was edited by Stitch on 10/19/2002. ***

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Saturday, October 19, 2002 9:39 AM
Z-Force is now FlashBack @ SFMM

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Saturday, October 19, 2002 9:40 AM
Batman: The Escape at SFAg was at SFMM and SFGadv, and the Bobsled at Great Escape was at SFGadv and SFGam.
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Saturday, October 19, 2002 10:17 AM
Ultra Twister at SFAW, La Vibora at SFOT, both came from other SF parks.
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Saturday, October 19, 2002 10:19 AM

I meant to say Flashback, must of been thinking of Shockwave when I was typing that. But was this a planned thing and was it announced that they would be doing this?

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Sunday, October 20, 2002 12:45 PM
Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall at SFWoA has been moved quite a bit from what I hear.

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Sunday, October 20, 2002 1:58 PM
Nightmare at the Great Escape has seen about 5 different moves, from outdoors to indoors, to a dark ride indoors.
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Sunday, October 20, 2002 3:47 PM
Thanks but can anyone explainhow the system worked like in my first question?

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Sunday, October 20, 2002 4:21 PM
I'm assuming Time Warner (then the owners of Six Flags), decided that certain "hit" rides could be spread among there parks, therefore saving money on building more than one copy of a ride (and you people complain about clones). Park X gets it for a few years, then we'll move it to Park Y for a few years, and then to Park Z for another couple of years.
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Sunday, October 20, 2002 5:29 PM

In some cases it was announced to the public that a ride was at the park for a limited time only, such as the Condor ride that flitted from park to park.

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Sunday, October 20, 2002 6:10 PM
Did this stop becase it was costin them too much to do?

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Sunday, October 20, 2002 6:29 PM
So that's where the Condor ride went that used to be at Great Adventure. It's at SFGAM now, right? Thankfully, I've got one an hour-1/2 away at HP.
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Sunday, October 20, 2002 8:33 PM
I believe a ride broker, such as Bally, did most, if not all, of the ride rotation programs. Z-Force/Flashback was part of the Bally program. I imagine the purpose was to bring a "new" ride to many parks every few years at a low cost. Sounds dumb to us, but Joe Blow guest won't know the difference after a repaint. ;)

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Monday, October 21, 2002 9:41 AM

Actually, despite all the "enthusiast" whining and complaining, I'm gonna weigh in that I think it was a GOOD idea...*ducks head*. Seriously, after a ride had "worn out its welcome" at the original park, and lines had significantly dwindled, why not move it somewhere else so a different park can have the experience. Let's also remember here that "back in the day", more coasters were *transportable* rides....just look at the coasters SFGAdv has had....

Granted, moving Shockwave, Nitro, or X would require a LOT more effort than an old Anton like a WildCat or something....;)

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Monday, October 21, 2002 10:19 AM

Yah, to my knowledge it was medium sized coasters and flat rides that were shuffled around. Nothing really larger than the Batman The Escape/Shockwave stand-up coaster. I've been told that they actually intended XLR8 to get moved around, which would have been the largest, but the program ended before they got around to it.

I don't think it's that bad of an idea either. Most park visitors don't travel around to other Six Flags, and each swap gives two parks something "new" to advertise for only the cost of construction and shipping.

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Monday, October 21, 2002 11:27 AM

Viper at SFAW used to be the Jet Scream at SFStL. SFStL also had the Condor for one glorious season (maybe two, but I don't remember). But I do remember that it was announced when they got it that it was only for a short while.

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Monday, October 21, 2002 11:45 AM

I have a question, if, for example, you rode Z-Force at SFoG, then rode it again as Flashback at SFMM, would you count it as another credit?

DISCUSS!

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Monday, October 21, 2002 11:50 AM

RCmuzikGuY - using your scenario no, I would not count it again. Physically its the exact same coaster, just in a different locale. But others might count it twice and that's fine with me.

Moosh

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Monday, October 21, 2002 12:26 PM
I have SEEN the coaster at both SFoG and SFMM, (three trips to SFMM)....but have yet to ride it at all. So my *track record* on that particular ride is pretty poor. Offering to pay the ops salary for an hour also got no response....I guess it would have to be an acid trip instead of a coaster trip if one were to actually "get" Flashback...;)
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Monday, October 21, 2002 12:41 PM
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