Short story...it's been shut down for some time, due to maintenance issues. It is expected to be shut down the rest of the year. The State of California is also involved, due to the Intamin restraint issues. There are shadowy rumors about the structure itself being suspect and not certified by the State (similar to the rumors about the Sky Tower) but that has not been confirmed anywhere in any way, shape or form (translation: Six Flags, don't sue me).
Don't expect to ride it before 2005, or possibly never again.
They have the ride down right now because they want to cut back on their electric bill. Honestly, the only reason I could think of the ride being down is the restraints. *** Edited 8/13/2004 3:29:03 AM UTC by cdrpointcrazy44***
Ah, but Peabody...is there any other launched ride in the world (besides the S:TE clone in Australia, of course) that uses LSM instead of LIM or cables for acceleration? I know nothing about how much power costs in Australia, but I know it's DAMN expensive out here in Ca.
I don't know for sure if it's power issues, structural one, or restraints keeping the ride closed, but it is worth noting the park hardly ever ran both sides simultaneously after the first 2 years and that the ride ran "one side only" exclusively the last 3 years before this current downtime.
I can't take credit, but I don't know WHO to give it to (bASS and mOOSH do I think): Upon arriving at the tollbooth, give you your parking slip AND a small note that says: "We apologize for the day you are about to have".
Seriously...Psucklone, Colossuck, understaffing, Sky Tower, Supes, Monorail, the filth, *Revulsion*, single-training RRv all year, what on EARTH is up with that place, and why is their GM not "under fire" for the way that place is run...*into the ground*...
Aye. I finally got to SFMM for the first time in my life two months ago, having wanted to visit for years, and what an anti climax.
I got on thirteen of the sixteen coasters; two SBNO and one for kids only. Psyclone wasn't open until the evening, but was sufficiently brutal that once was enough. B:TR, RR, Goliath, and X are the only coasters I would have reridden, though X had a wait of two and a half hours (one train op) so I could only manage one go. Sigh.