Space Spiral destruction

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:07 PM
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We posted some official Space Spiral destruction photos and video on the PointBuzz GateKeeper construction page. It looked awesomely violent.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:03 PM
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Hell. Yes. That looked awesome, and that poor cabin didn't stand a chance.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:57 PM

Wow...that was awesome, though kind of in a sad way. Oh well, at least I got to watch a good destruction video.

Before I checked the distances and realized it probably wouldn't hit it...was anyone else thinking about if it fell the wrong way and hit WT?


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:14 PM
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I thought the "thud" when it hit the dirt was humorously--and somehow, at the same time depressingly--anticlimactic. I really expected a bigger noise, even captured on video. Still impressive as hell to watch.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:57 PM
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The aftermath photos are interesting to me. I'd like to see more of the base and bottom of the tower to see how the metal twisted, etc. by the explosives and weight of the tower before it fell/as it fell.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:57 PM

Hmmmm... I guess this means it WON'T be going to Michigans's Adventure...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:22 PM

I'm sure it's just me, and it's an entirely different thing..but it felt a little weird watching that video the day after 9/11.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:25 PM

RCMAC said:

Hmmmm... I guess this means it WON'T be going to Michigans's Adventure...

Or Dorney...........


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:35 PM

Poor thing.. I'm sad for it.
But it is cool to see it come down. I joked to someone that I thought they should implode it Vegas style. I guess they did, kinda. And they took the doomed cabin to the top for the final descent, didn't they? Probably for extra weight. On the second vid, notice how the cabin slides even further up as it falls. Yikes!
Ah well.... Buh bye, Space Spiral. I knew you well and will miss you.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:50 PM
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Vater said:

...I really expected a bigger noise, even captured on video.

Apparently they dug a hole in the sand where the cabin landed, to slightly cushion the blow.

I think they should have done an auction to push the button.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 5:02 PM
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I would have only bid if I could push this.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 5:55 PM

RCMAC said:

Hmmmm... I guess this means it WON'T be going to Michigans's Adventure...

It still could, but the MA crowd would be whining they wanted an operational ride. Just no pleasing some folks.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:05 PM
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Great video and I loved that we had multiple viewpoints from it (2 official and 1 iphone? vid from TPR). I especially liked the shockwave you could see from the beach view. I must have been pretty cool to actually be there and feel it as well as see it.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:17 PM

I was thinking of an auction, too, with the bidders invited to watch at the nearest vantage point safely possible, and the highest bid to push the button. The shirt would read "I KILLED SPACE SPIRAL" . "for charity".

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:50 PM
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GKTW sponsorship?

"I killed Space Spiral for the kids."

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:51 PM
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:00 PM
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They took "TAER IT DOWN!!1" to a new level with this demolition.

It's funny, Space Spiral operated for 47 years while Vertigo barely lasted a year before it fell over ;)


I'm sheriff of this here rollercoaster.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:53 PM
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Oh man that was awesome! That swooshing sound as the cabin zoomed up as it fell was really cool.

I'm actually pretty surprised by this, I thought they would have to use a crane to deconstruct it. I wouldn't have though imploding it was an option. They should have done it while DT was still there, that would have been much cooler of a crash lol. Plus they could have used the footage for a disaster movie.

It'll be weird not having it there.

Last edited by bjames, Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:57 PM
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:09 PM
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It wasn't imploded. It was toppled via precision explosives. If it were imploded, it would have fallen straight down.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:18 PM
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It was operational as recently as Sunday. Not open to the public, but the cabin was going up and down all day, sometimes with workers on it.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:29 PM
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Jason Hammond said:

It wasn't imploded. It was toppled via precision explosives. If it were imploded, it would have fallen straight down.

Well if I thought I was going to get graded on semantics I would have taken the time to find the right word for it.

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