Posted Thursday, September 21, 2000 5:54 AM | Contributed by ShiveringTim
Six Flags Great America revealed their plans for next season in an article in the Chicago Daily Herald. Mentioned was the removal of the Sky Whirl, an Intamin Triple Wheel, and the addition of Two-Face, a Vekoma Invertigo. Also mentioned was the possibility of another coaster for next season.
An interesting fact is that the Chicago park's twin in Santa Clara, CA, Paramount's Great America, also replaced their Triple Wheel with the first Invertigo in the US, probably the only similarity between the two parks since Marriott's sold them.
I can't believe they're killing that wheel! I didn't get to ride it the day I was there because it was closed. By "long in the tooth" is he saying it's too hard to maintain, or it's just old? It's a fascinating ride. Bummer it has to go.
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Sounds like they may be doing exactly what SFA did last year, with a Two Face and a Jokers Jinx. Also, a two face with a 180 foot tall hill? That loop would have to be a lot taller than 72-feet or else it would snap necks. The 125' tall model is pretty darn intense, what's a 180' tall one going to be like? ------------- Six Flags America IS a Six Flags park!
If the 180 foot hill is confirmed, (and it looks kike it is) I say COOL!!! It's about time a park decided to up the ante on something like an Invertigo. KUDOS to SFGAm!! Did I mention that I am a real sucker for Boomerangs/Invertigos? Six inversions in a compact design, intense!! Too bad I live so far away, I would love to ride "Super-Invertigo"!!
Well I happen to love our (SFA's) Invertigo. And since Chicago/Milwaukee is still home to my parents/sister I know I will be back at the park next year to ride this new one.
And as for the 2+ hour waits, the line for Two-Face may get long, but the other lines are going to shrink drastically. Why do I say this? Well I dont think that Two-Face is going to bring that many more people to the park. The lines at SFGAm are always big, but that is the local traffic. I dont see there being any incentive for people to travel to go to the park (not for an invertigo) so I dont expect the crowds to be any different then say when Raging Bull was opened. Now you have an extra line to suck people away. I can almost see it...walkons on B:TR...it would be fabulous. The only problem is, unless they revamp the interior of the park, the entrance to Two Face will be in County Fair. That would put "most" of the major coasters really close together (Eagle, Demon, Two-Face, Bull, Viper). They really need to put something in Orleans Place (by Shockwave) to balance out the crowds. Then again they may have the queue run under Batman's Lift, but like I said, they would have to revamp the current paths...could be done =] jeremy
BTW: Jeff 'long in tooth' usually just implies old. I wish they had had the parks view of the Sky Whril and not Rubens, his recent comments have been questionable to say the least =)
*** This post was edited by 2Hostyl on 9/21/2000. ***
The article never said that it was going to be 180ft. It said that it will exceed the 125ft. hieght limit. Face/Off, Invertigo, and the other Two-Face coaster are all 138ft., and that exceeds the 125ft. hieght limit at Gurnee. Just to let you guys know. --------------
BEASTmaster: In paragraph six of the article, it clearly states "At 180 feet, Great America's version of Two-Face would be slightly taller than the one in Maryland." It cant get any clearer than that. You must have just glossed over that one...it happens =].
am i the only one who doesnt like invertigos here? i thought the one a PKI sucked big time, but i am still in favor of it so it takes the crowds away from other rides.. other than that i am dissapointed SFGAm isnt getting anything a little more exciting
I love face/off at pki, but i wish sfgam was getting an invertigo and an impulse for sure. That would be 100% lovely, but just the invertigo is a little dissapointing. I would like to see a CCI sometime......
Hey it's about time! SFGAm needs a new coaster and this will be fine with me! I wasn't too big of a fan of the wheel. I would rather have it be replaced by an Invertigo. Also MAYBE they will put a path in that goes under batman ot somthing, because it is a pain in the *** to walk all the way around the park just to get to another ride. So I hope SFGAm will do the right here!