Stealth at PGA

Monday, May 16, 2005 5:32 PM
I was just wondering why this coaster was moved so soon? I have not heard the reason nor did I know that it had moved. Was it a mechanical nightmare or something else?

Thanks,

TK

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Monday, May 16, 2005 5:37 PM
The story I heard is that on PGA Surveys that a lot people were disappointed because the line was very long and it wasn't always open or breaking down a lot. It was listed as one of the least popular rides and the surveys showed that most people really wanted to see a water park added in. I think you can figure out the rest.
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Monday, May 16, 2005 5:39 PM
And, from what I have seen and heard, moving it to PCar was a decent Idea. They added themeing, it seems to have less down time, and the south really loves it.
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Monday, May 16, 2005 5:41 PM
Anybody's guess. Maybe they just felt that a waterpark would be a better way to pull in the guests (as that's what much of the Stealth lot was replaced with). If it's anything like the other Vekoma flying coasters, which I'm guessing it is, it probably was also a maintenence nightmare. Factor in low capacity and the fact that it had lost it's "edge" and you can see several good reasons why they would remove it.
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Monday, May 16, 2005 7:05 PM
If I remember correctly, Stealth was never even planned to be a permanent attraction at PGA. I understand that during the move back east, Paramount took advantage of rehabbing it as well.

I have mentioned in every PGA survey I've taken, that I will not return until until a major coaster is added. I do like the park, but I've been so often, that it no longer holds any allure.

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Monday, May 16, 2005 7:58 PM
I'm just curious to know how profitable this waterpark has been for them. Hopefully being the laughing stock of all the water parks in the Bay Area does not manifest in their sales.
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Monday, May 16, 2005 8:24 PM
I am glad they moved it to Carowinds. I LOVED it.

-Tina

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Monday, May 16, 2005 8:28 PM
After riding it at both locations, I can personally attest to the fact that it is immensly better at Carowinds.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:40 AM
Carowinds has really done an AMAZING job with this ride. They took a somewhat lackluster ride based on the flying gimmick (like all other flying coasters) and improved it with awesome landscaping and a bit of a theme (gasp!). The area around the ride is stunning compared to the rest of the park. The fountains, bubbling water under the borg sphere, green lights at night, and cool paint colors make the ride LOOK as good as it feels in the back row. Flying over the water and the line are both very fun experiences, but the look takes the cake!

This year the park added some nice magnetic brakes so the ride doesn't slam to a stop anymore either.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 10:50 AM

Antuan said:
I'm just curious to know how profitable this waterpark has been for them. Hopefully being the laughing stock of all the water parks in the Bay Area does not manifest in their sales.

I would also add that Paramont's Great America is the laughing stock of all the Paramont Parks.

*** Edited 5/17/2005 2:51:32 PM UTC by SONiC Senshi***

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 11:04 AM
Well I'm from the midwest and had seen Stealth on one of those rollercoaster shows on the Travel channel with people just raving about how it was the best thing...blah,blah,blah! Then I logged onto coasterbuzz and saw the picture of it with defunct by the name, and was like,"Already"!

tk

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