I have heard through some reliable sources that Steel Venom will probably not open with the park in May. The mechanics cannot touch the ride until Intamin does some work on the ride to reduce the cost of maintenance. If this is the new retro fix, which I have seen some supports in the parking lot about two weeks ago, the guy I talk to said this "retro fix" is not working. He also made it sound like all the Impulses are down until they figure out what to do. Anybody else heard anything on this? Has V2 in SFGAM or SFMW operated this year?
I guess all those guests in line for impulses that were complaining that the towers swayed too much were right after all. ;) I was just at VF and did not notice any new supports, but I was distracted by the Mercedes test drives. Now I have to go back.
SFMW's V2 just barely opened this past weekend, and has been running sporadically. It'll be up for a few hours, then go down for the rest of the day.
Not sure if the problems are related, but it seems like SFMW has had some serious reliability issues with V2 ever since the redo, and the holding brake hardly ever works. And when it does, it just barely slides across the brake for a fraction of a second, not even coming close to a dead stop like when it first opened.
That's a bummer, why don't they use the holding brake? The verticle hold was the best feature of the redone ride IMO, why on earth would they purposely choose not to utilize this feature? Short selling the ride if you ask me, even if you already know about it, it's still very unsettling (in a good way!) being tossed into those harnesses on that verticle spike.
Can someone please clear up WHICH Steel Venom? I am a ride-op for the one at Geauga Lake, but I am not sure what I can and can not post about how ready the ride is, as the park is not yet open, and I do not want to discose what could be construed as privaleged information.
-Sam *** Edited 4/28/2004 4:08:07 AM UTC by Avalanche Sam***