Stealth being moved to Carowinds, Paramount's Great America to put water park in its place
Posted Thursday, August 21, 2003 10:48 AM | Contributed by special141
Paramount's Great America today announced the removal of Stealth and the replacement of Boomerang Bay, a new water park. Through no coincidence, Paramount's Carowinds announced the construction of their Vekoma flying coaster for 2004.
Call it marketing. It's brand new to Carowinds. There's no way they're buying a new Vekoma POS while simultaneously getting rid of the old one.
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Well I knew they were getting a waterpark, but why move their star attraction after three years of operation. Does not compute!!! It might be crap to us who know better, but Steath consistently has the longest line in the park. Imagine next year when the park opens and there is a mad dash to Steath, only to find that it is gone...
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I've never thought too highly of PGA, and this certainly does not help. I thought that Stealth was mediocre at best, but I would take Stealth over a waterpark anyday.
Are we sure the people running PGA know what they're doing? They remove GL and don't build a replacement, they remove Stealth and put a waterpark in its place... I'm just not sure what their strategy is here. Maybe turn it into a total family park and give all of the thrill seeking customers to SFMW?
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While I'm happy that my home park is getting a "new" coaster for 2004, I am actually very surprised that they're getting Stealth. I honestly thought that they would get more of an original design, and I'm seriously shocked that PGA would remove this coaster, which appeared to be one of their major attention-getters, after just 3 years. I was really hoping we'd get a B&M flyer...
On another note, does Stealth run reliably? I know that other Vekoma flyers like X-Flight and Batwing have been plagued with issues, and since Stealth is a prototype and all, it would seem that it would share some of the problems. If it's not a reliable coaster, then it would make even less sense to move it to Carowinds.
I can't understand why people feel that this will make PGA any worse of a park. This seems like a great move; getting rid of a strictly mediocre ride in place of an attraction that should appeal to people of all ages, regardless of their attidude towards coasters.
A great, great move on PGA's part. Waterparks really pull in new customers, customers that wouldn't otherwise visit an amusement park. Kudos to them.
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Okay.. if I have all my information correct (which it may not)....
PKI is sending their old waterpark attractions to PGA who are removing Stealth and sending it to PC .... I guess this means that I can give them a new slogan.... "Paramount .. Hey, we're just like Six Flags!"
But it is my understanding Stealth is having track issues (warping) and wasn't meant to be installed there for longer than 5 years, anyway. But this is all second hand information and I could be totally wrong.
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I think it is a great move for PGA to add a water park. I think it is a very bad decision to take out Stealth. That can't be the last resort.. why not remove the Grizzly, or even the demon. Both rides have low ride attendence and arn't very popular. Why couldn't they build the water park near the Topgun area or in the parking lot , the park never comes close to filling the lot up. What about behind the sky flyer where the Whizzer used to be? With Boomerang bay, where does that leave the fate of Loggers Run?
This makes absoulety no sense at all. Why would a park remove their most popular coaster for a crappy water park? There are already enough water parks in northern Cali anyways. Unless PGA is getting some 5,000ft long 300ft high 100mph rocket coaster this has got to be one of the most rediculous things I've seen a park franchise do. Remove two coasters for a used water park, whats next getting rid of Drop Zone in favor of a frog hopper, and Top Gun for an SLC?
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That's it I officially believe that paramout hates western USA! when you think about it, all of their parks are ( except great America) are anywhere but western USA. and all they do to great america is take away from what it's knowe for! This has to be stopped!