The Great Escape's Getting Astroworld's SLC!

Monday, December 12, 2005 3:30 PM
As discovered on here: (I think you gotta register to see it, so I'll just give the direct link)....'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.

Photo #1

Photo #2 (trains)

Photo #3 (more SLC trains)

Photo #4 (ripping away the cave)

Monday, December 12, 2005 4:00 PM
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***
Monday, December 12, 2005 4:29 PM
Fluke :)
Monday, December 12, 2005 4:57 PM
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.
Monday, December 12, 2005 5:05 PM
I figured it was a fluke. The three other SLC's I've ridden (at SFDL, SFNE, and PCW) have all been awful.
Monday, December 12, 2005 5:07 PM
Top Gun at PCW is by far the worst SLC I have been on, but then again I have only been on 2. Top Gun and Mind Eraser at SFDL.
Monday, December 12, 2005 5:54 PM
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***

Monday, December 12, 2005 8:28 PM
Cool information. Thanks for posting Dawg. ;)
Monday, December 12, 2005 9:08 PM
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.

Monday, December 12, 2005 9:22 PM
Yeah, you got 4 SLC, 6 Boomerang and 3 B&M. At least La Ronde escaped the SLC curse.
Monday, December 12, 2005 10:32 PM
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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:14 AM
The SLC at Geauga Lake is 100% better than it used to be. I was surprised not only that it wasn't painful, but that it was incredibly boring. Maybe the distracting pain was a good thing!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:35 AM
Dammit. I wanted this to come to SFFT. SFFT NEEDS SOMTHING!

Maybe Batman? I'll take it. *** Edited 12/13/2005 5:36:20 AM UTC by Keith2005***

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 1:19 AM
I'm with you Jeff. I've been on a smooth SLC before (Vampire in Belgium) and found it really, really boring! I guess that model is either painful or boring!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 7:30 AM
I think the best SLC is the one at Geauga Lake.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:04 AM
I think Great Escape should name the ride properly... MIND ERASER! Never a more appropriate name for that ride.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:52 AM
Aren't you guys just so lucky! Just kidding glad to see anther coaster coming to the North East!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:06 AM
I just hope they change the color...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 11:08 AM
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...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 11:27 AM

jwhoogs said:
I think the best SLC is the one at Geauga Lake.

And I will add Great Nor'Easter at Moreys and Hangman at Wild Adventures. I don't think those three are rough at all.

The "Mind Erasers" at SFA and SFDL... now those are different stories. "Mind Eraser"? More like "Head Banger" (or "Ear Amputator").

*** Edited 12/13/2005 4:28:02 PM UTC by SLFAKE***


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