Six Flags Worlds of Adventure misses target date for water park opening

Posted Friday, May 23, 2003 4:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure had hoped to finish construction by now on Hurricane Mountain, an attraction that consists of seven water slides that can reach speeds of 27 miles per hour. A park spokesman said recent wet weather, coupled with frozen ground earlier this spring, pushed back the construction schedule for Hurricane Mountain, which was to open to season pass holders tonight and to all park visitors on Saturday when the park's other water attractions will open for the season.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 4:57 AM
I am a little skeptical about their excuses. A park just down the way was able to get a much larger structure open on time.
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Friday, May 23, 2003 5:44 AM
Exactly. If they would start construction in October instead of March, then there would be no problem. I was shocked in years past that anything opened on time.
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Friday, May 23, 2003 6:03 AM
While, I don't know what exactly happen, I can tell you a few more things:

SFWoA has been working 24/7 on the Hurricane Mountain structure (yes, even throughout the night with huge light structures). It is close, I'd say one to two more weeks for it. Shark Attack WILL be open for Season Pass holders tonight and prizes will be given out between 6-9pm. I don't think it's SFWoA on when exactly they have the go ahead to announce the past plans for the water slide (I would be almost certain this is corporates fault...and we all know how they are).

On the bright side: It's going to be WAYYYyyy to cold for the waterslides this weekend and into early next week. It's calling for a high of LOW 50's all this weekend. So I don't think the general peeps will notice to much. There are going to be 3 shows taking place INSIDE Hurricane Harbor this year (something I don't think they have ever done). And the landscaping should look REALLY good around all the new slides due to the MASSIVE amounts of "nice" brick laying around the place (compared to blacktop laying at some parks...which I have never figured out).

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Friday, May 23, 2003 6:45 AM
Six Flags just seems to not be able to overcome their late-opening vibe. The problem here isn't with starting projects late, it's problem is it makes decisions too quickly, and doesn't prepare the parks for them. Six Flags Inc. seems to change their minds so quickly, they don't give the parks adequite time to prepare for the surprise they'll get for the new season.

I could be wrong, but it really looks that way to me.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 6:52 AM
That's a definate fact...

Six Flags procrastinates just about any new project for most parks except those parks who are in the top 5... Let's see...

Worlds of Adventure didn't have the water park expansion ready on time
New England is still under construction of their water park expansion
The Great Escape is also facing delays until mid/late June for their new coaster...

...all because they started into the 2003 season, and not in 2002 like they should have. There's probably more parks too that did this, not taking into account a cold winter.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 7:37 AM
The weather in the region this winter and spring has been the worst for construction in at least 10 years. I speak as someone who does heavy construction on a regular basis.
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Friday, May 23, 2003 7:38 AM
Its the same on the other side of the Atlantic. Challenge of Tutankamon, a Sally dark ride with interactive guns, was scheduled to open along with the park (Six Flags Belgium) in April... Ooops... its was pushed back to about now, since the press previews were last week and grand opening is this week.

But on the other hand... La Ronde had 7 rides to build this year. To my surprise, all 7 rides opened with the park on may 17th!

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Friday, May 23, 2003 10:02 AM
I know this isnt a real excuse but I went to a leads meeting in Feb. and at that time no one knew that the park would be getting the water park expansion. Not even some of the full timers in rides. I think this was just kinda a last minute decision to be put into the park.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 10:03 AM
The Anti-SF fanboys are out in force! I would like to see folks you plan a project of this scale.

Nah, you're right... because we all know how accurate weather forecasts are, especially months in advance.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 10:59 AM
"wahoo skipper

I am a little skeptical about their excuses. A park just down the way was able to get a much larger structure open on time. "

except a "ceartin" park down the way started their coaster (not water slide) in 2001. nice try, fanboy

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Friday, May 23, 2003 11:11 AM
Started early, did they?

Hmmm... 2 and 2 come together to make 4. Way to reinforce Wahoo's point.

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Friday, May 23, 2003 1:37 PM
Wow, the fan boys(on both sides) are in a particularly 'foul mood' today.

Just to switch gears for a moment, does anyone have any construction photos of this new area? I'll be hitting this park in less than a month and plan on doing the water park as well. I'm curious as to the scale of these new slides.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled SF/CF flame war...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2003 6:37 AM
All I know is it when I was on mind eraser that slide complex looked about the same height WOW. What slide complexes are bigger than Hurricane Mountain?
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