Tony Hawk Coaster coming to SFOT in 2008

Monday, September 24, 2007 10:35 PM
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/story/245840.html

Six Flags Over Texas visitors will be able to spin like Tony Hawk on his skateboard next year.

The Arlington theme park plans to add the Tony Hawk Big Spin rollercoaster, replacing the 25-year-old Wildcatter ride in the park’s Boomtown section.

“We’re really excited about this ride coming and we look forward to teens, tweens and families enjoying the Tony Hawk Big Spin,” said Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker.

The company already has two different Tony Hawk coasters at other parks: Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. Parker said the Arlington park’s ride, made by coaster manufacturer Gerstlauer of Germany, will be similar to the one at Fiesta Texas, with an elevation of 52.5 feet and a track length of 1,351 feet.

(You can read the full article for details...)


If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Monday, September 24, 2007 10:39 PM
Good to hear. From what I can tell, these Tony Hawk coasters have been a real hit at St. Louis and Fiesta Texas.

How many miles apart are Over Texas and Fiesta Texas?

I feel like they have a very similar lineup of coasters and large thrillrides for two parks that are within a day's drive of each other...both have a Vekoma Boomerang, a three-tower S&S Combo-Ride, a B&M Batman coaster (2008 Fiesta Texas), and now a Tony Hawk Spinning Coaster.

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Monday, September 24, 2007 10:41 PM
Interesting to hear that the company as a whole will (according to the article), be making several announcements this Thursday (Sept 27th)... I'd guess by this Thur we should know about SFStL's new coaster and possibly the rumored indoor coasters coming to SFGAm, SFGAdv, and SFNE... should be interesting...

If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Monday, September 24, 2007 11:26 PM

However, the company reported a loss of $45.4 million which was greater than its $39.6 million loss in the same period a year earlier.

Kind of surprising to me.


I survived a Japanese typhoon and the Togo flat ride of death!!!!!!
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Monday, September 24, 2007 11:27 PM
Well that makes four coasters out of I believe six right? so that means once again SFA gets the shaft.

Ohh well at least I'll go down to KD to ride their new floorless next season but as far as SFA's concerned I'm pretty much done with them.

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Monday, September 24, 2007 11:36 PM

BATWING FAN SFA said:
Well that makes four coasters out of I believe six right?

It's eight "new" coasters being introduced by the company for 2008, not six. So, we have so far:

1) New Orleans B&M Batman to Fiesta Texas

2) Tony Hawk's Big Spin to Over Texas

3) New coaster for St. Louis

4) AstroWorld Vekoma SLC to The Great Escape

So we still have four to go! Or am I missing any? We'll find out this Thursday when the formal announcements are made.


so that means once again SFA gets the shaft.

You know, I am so used to hearing this same old same old from you in every single post of yours that it's more amusing than obnoxious now. I can always rely on you to state the same thing in every post you make. :) :)


Ohh well at least I'll go down to KD to ride their new floorless next season but as far as SFA's concerned I'm pretty much done with them.

Well, there ya go! That's a good outlook on things. Let's just hope Dominator actually does make it over to KD as the rumors suggest. ;)

*** Edited 9/25/2007 3:38:58 AM UTC by kRaXLeRidAh***

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 12:18 AM
^well if TGE is putting up the SLC they would need to get new trains since the other ones are at SFNE and running on Mind Eraser.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 12:31 AM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Ok, let me be the first to say that I love Wildcatter and hate to see it go. These spinners are a blast, but I hate to see another classic ride erased from SFOT.

AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 12:39 AM
^ Now that Wildcatter has joined the Great Adventure and Over Georgia Freefalls in the scrapyard...are Cedar Point's Demon Drop and Magic Mountain's Freefall the only 1st generation Intamin drops left operating in the states?

Well if all rumors come true, Magic Mountain's installation may soon join the rest in the scrapyard soon.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:51 AM

kRaXLeRidAh said:

BATWING FAN SFA said:


so that means once again SFA gets the shaft.


You know, I am so used to hearing this same old same old from you in every single post of yours that it's more amusing than obnoxious now. I can always rely on you to state the same thing in every post you make.


Well, I guess I will join him. It has been since 2001 since SFA has added a new coaster and since 2003 since the park has even added any rides to the "Dry" side of the park and that wasn't event a "Dry" ride. Even longer for a flat ride. The park now has no inverting flat rides since they have been removed. SFA is long overdue for at least some new flats and at least a "family" coaster.


A day at the park is what you make it!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 8:40 AM
SF supposedly is going to announce 8 coasters. One has been officially announced.

7 to go. Yes, we know of a few going in, but let's just wait and see what happens.

SFA getting the shaft is really getting old around here. Regardless, the same person (we won't mention him because everyone knows) just keeps saying the same song and dance of SFA not getting something.

What is the point of continously ranting about it? It's not going to change anything.


My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 10:08 AM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
How many miles apart are Over Texas and Fiesta Texas?

286 miles.


I feel like they have a very similar lineup of coasters and large thrillrides for two parks that are within a day's drive of each other...both have a Vekoma Boomerang, a three-tower S&S Combo-Ride, a B&M Batman coaster (2008 Fiesta Texas), and now a Tony Hawk Spinning Coaster.

The sad thing is, San Antonio does attract a lot of tourists from the Dallas area. Some of whom might have been interested in going to a theme park while they are there. But as they continue to homogenize these parks, many people aren't going to want to go to a park that has the same rides as the one at home.

An interesting tidbit: We are hearing rumors that Gambit-Man might not get a Batman theme. If that is the case, the only two Batman clones in the U.S. that aren't Batman themed will be in San Antonio.

*** Edited 9/25/2007 2:39:40 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:06 PM
We already have the following parks,with two of those eaight rides being relocations.

SFOT-THBS.

SFGRAM,SFNE & SFGRADV-Dark Knight indoor coaster.

SFDK-THBS.

SFFT-SFNO'S B:TR (relocated).

TGE-SFAW's Serial thriller (relocated)

SFSTL-Wooden coaster.

Those are the eight parks that will be seeing new coasters in the SF chain for 2008,watch when the announcements are made & see that I'm correct.As for SFA all sources say that they want to "fix" internal problems before adding new attractions & this will make the fifth season with no new attractions in the theme park since PBR's installation back in 2003 & the HH rennovation back in 2005.

I've been a pass holder for nine years now but I just can't continue to support a park that has gone downhill in such a manner any longer.SFA has not only suffered from a lack of new crowd drawing attractions to the ride side over the past 5 years<not to mention all the removals recently> but it's their poor perations that have also left me rather disappointed with the park in general.

Sometimes I really wish the park had remained as Adventure World,it was doing well for the market that it's in as a local park & was investing in the capital needed to compete with KD & HP but most if not all of that changed in the years shortly after Premiere parks flagged the place.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:18 PM
So if SFA got a 50' tall family coaster, would you be ecstatic? Yes or no?

NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:57 PM
wow, the drought is finally over for us! and while it is an exact copy of SFFT's most people really won't have a clue, seriously, the settings are completely different. Too bad about wildcatter, I really enjoyed that ride.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:06 PM
Are we sure the indoor coasters are going to be called Dark Night? Doesn't SFNE already have a floorless coaster called Batman: The Dark Knight?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:35 PM
I'd like to throw out a completely different opinion on SFA, one that has changed after a recent visit. Six Flags Inc. needs to repair what is in the park FIRST, then they can add new rides. That means repainting things, repairing torn leather on the Roar trains, replacing seats and handlebar pads on S:ROS etc.

The big thing though that comes to mind though is that Roar is in desparate need of a retracking. Now mind you, the severe drought may have something to do with it. I rode in the back-row with a friend and both of us felt a lot of pain either at the bottom of the first drop, or after the first turnaround, or both. I talked to an enthusiast who rode Roar west and he said they had a sprinkler system because it gets so dry out there.

I'm worried about the status of The Octopus. It is now missing all of its cars. I don't know if they were taken off for some kind of modification after the kid falling out, or if the ride is going to be taken out altogether. That would be a shame.

They still can not get the former Typhoon Seacoaster to work consistently, or they don't have enough employees to man it. In any event, maybe it's time to throw in the towel like they are doing with Chiller.

If SFA went without a new ride next year, would it be bad? Maybe, but I own a car and can go to other parks if I want to. Sometimes you go to other parks (like this summer), come back and ride one of the park's signature attractions like S:ROS, and you realize "Holy crap did that ride just kick a lot of ass!" and it's like renewing your interest in it all over again.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:37 PM
I can think of many parks that would benefit more from a myriad of minor improvements rather than a brand-new ride. You're absolutely right- fix what's broken.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:40 PM

BATWING FAN SFA said:


As for SFA all sources say that they want to "fix" internal problems before adding new attractions & this will make the fifth season with no new attractions in the theme park since PBR's installation back in 2003 & the HH rennovation back in 2005.


First, quit calling it a source like your being told in confidence. Your not! Your source is Screamscape.

Second, Please get your facts straight before posting. Two attractions were added to Hurricane Harbor during the renovation in 2005. Since Hurricane Harbor is part of the "Theme Park" those qualify as new attractions.

Third, Yes, the park has gotten rid of four inverting flat rides and hasn't added a flat ride since 2001. Yes, they need a flat ride package and a junior coaster. They also need a ton of other work. However, change isn't going to happen overnight.


I've been a pass holder for nine years now but I just can't continue to support a park that has gone downhill in such a manner any longer. SFA has not only suffered from a lack of new crowd drawing attractions to the ride side over the past 5 years<not to mention all the removals recently> but it's their poor perations that have also left me rather disappointed with the park in general.


You have been complaining that SFA needs a new coaster for at least six of those nine years. What poor operations? The only coaster that I remember even have any sort of extreme downtime this year is Two Face and that was mother nature induced. Your disgruntled about the Flash Pass system. So is just about everyone else. Quit blaming poor operations. Things have improved this season and they still have some more improving to do. One season of battling Kings Dominions long lines and you will be coming back to SFA. The bottom line is, if SFA were to build a new coaster you would be back in a heart beat, poor operations or not.

*** Edited 9/25/2007 6:44:34 PM UTC by coasterguts***


A day at the park is what you make it!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:42 PM

coasterguts said:


First, quit calling it a source like your being told in confidence. Your not! Your source is Screamscape.


Nice. ;)

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