...it's all been but confirmed that Great Escape is getting Astroworld's SLC.
What will it be named? What will the color scheme be? Where will it be located? Will it go up in time for 2006? All of that is anybody's guess... but it looksl ike they're taking down the Ghost-Town Train cave finally (after many years of it just rotting away), and may be possibly fitting there or replacing a current ride.
Here's hoping it's as smooth as it was during my SFAW visit in 1999. I experienced NO headbanging on Serial Thriller, although I believe that may have been a fluke. *** Edited 12/12/2005 9:28:55 PM UTC by Ben Nelson***
Definite fluke. Serial Thriller was arguably the roughest of the 3 SLC's I've been on. But then, I wasn't up front, which may account for said roughness, as I've often found the front seat on SLC's to be the smoothest with regards to side-to-side headbanging. However, the constant stop-and-go sensations are rather annoying.
I for one am thrilled for Great Escapes receiving of this ride.
Ive been waiting to go back to SFFT, and Fiesta Fest, until they put something in (They dont have an invert yet!)For a while I really thought they were gonna put this there, because it really makes a lot of sense, but I guess not.
Maybe this is a sign that something could be in the works?
As for The Great Escape, they seem to be getting a nice little collection of rides in lately. Serial Thriller was a just barely tolerable SLC; honestly the only one that was intolerable for me was T2, most of the time, i thoroughly enjoy them. The park will probably benefit from this greatly, it's just what they need. *** Edited 12/12/2005 10:54:56 PM UTC by Krypton***
Good for TGE! I'll admit, I too was pulling for it to go to SFFT. I rode Serial Thriller for the first time two weeks before SFAW closed, and it was actually quite good (mind you, I was jamming my head as far out of the restraints as possible). But considering the investment that's going into the TGE area with hotels, this is a smart move.
So... quite a corridor of Vekoma SLCs and Boomerangs from Toronto to SFDL to TGE to SFNE.
Go a little bit south, a little bit west, and a little bit north you can add three more SLCs to that list: SFA, PCW, and GL. Can also add two more boomerangs for that matter. Seems the North East corner of the US is just over flowing with SLCs.
Anyways, it's a nice compact ride that actually has a pretty fun layout (even if it does bash your head) so it's a nice new attraction for GE. Really seems that they are investing a lot in that little park.
I have never found SLCs boring- even the smoother ones. I happen to like the layout, especially the weird first & second inversions, the heavily banked turn under the lift hill and the helix after the sidewinder-type element. I agree that there are too many of them but at least a park that needs some more thrilling coasters is going to get one.
Still, pretty odd it's not going to the only Six Flags park without any kind of inverted coaster whatsoever...