Valleyfair has problems with Steel Venom, misses opening day

Posted Monday, May 12, 2003 4:50 AM | Contributed by TopWeb01

Valleyfair's new Intamin Impulse coaster, Steel Venom, did not open with the park last weekend as some electrical component failed the morning of opening day. The park expects the ride to open next weekend.

Read the press release from Valleyfair.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 4:54 AM
We were at the mall of America on Saturday and decided to swing down and check out Valleyfair. SV looks great, and Wild thing still amazes me after 8 seasons.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 6:38 AM
I find this a bit amusing.

If SV is anything like V2, expect hit-and-miss availability all season.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 6:42 AM
Not if it is like the California V2. :) It is always up.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 7:21 AM
Nothing says "reliability" like an Intamin ;)
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Monday, May 12, 2003 7:45 AM
Intamin makes the best rides, in my opinion (except B&M's originals). They're smooth, fast, and reliable - Steel Venom just had something break in the control room (some chip), and they need to order another from Intamin. The ride should be up next Saturday - May 17th - according to one of ValleyFair's employees.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 8:06 AM
I'd chalk it up to bad luck, nothing more. Reliability shouldn't be an issue if the park knows what it's doing.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 8:17 AM
to be honest, i don't think intamins are too reliable. hey they do get alot of coasters working well, but they don't compare really to B&M's reliability

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Monday, May 12, 2003 8:44 AM
Of course, this means Friday's schoolkids will miss SV too....as you can't have the public riding before the auction-winning 'first public riders', no? Guess the kiddies will be screaming even more obscenities than usual--and not just at each other. Imagine that.

Why not print off a few thousand 'buy one, get one free' admission coupons good only during Preview weekends for Friday? It would be good for PR, good for the attendance numbers and really no different than offering Starlight admission. Of course, VF may already have a better idea, but it's just a thought.

-'Playa


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Monday, May 12, 2003 12:49 PM
I happen to think both Intamins and Beemers have their fair share of breakdowns. With S:UE and BKF at our park, I'd say neither is more reliable than the other!

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Monday, May 12, 2003 12:54 PM
B&M is not coming up with as many different innovations as Intiman is in the coaster industry. They do not design launched coasters. They are all the traditional lift hills. They usually just change the type of train and that is it. Once you have the train innovation under control, there is not anything new to cause you problems. You have to give Intiman the credit. They are coming up with new and different ways to thrill. The problems will be fixed and the coaster will operate regularly. You just have to give it time.*** This post was edited by forcedude04 5/12/2003 4:55:59 PM ***
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Monday, May 12, 2003 1:12 PM
How did this turn into B&M vs. Intamin?

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Monday, May 12, 2003 1:51 PM
I was there on Media day, Friday May 9th. I watched 5 launche's. Steel Venom looked like it was running great! It didnt have any problems on media day. Hopefuly this weekend it will be open.

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*** This post was edited by The Beast 5/12/2003 5:54:53 PM ***

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Monday, May 12, 2003 8:28 PM
"Reliability shouldn't be an issue if the park knows what it's doing."

So King's Dominion, Knotts, Marine World, SF Great America, Magic Mountain, Valleyfair, SF Over Georgie and Cedar Point don't know what they're doing and are to blame for problems experienced by Volcano, Perilous Plunge, Xcelerator, V2, Superman The Escape, Wicket Twister, Dragster, Acrophobia, and Steel Venom?

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 5/13/2003 9:24:03 AM ***

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Monday, May 12, 2003 9:45 PM
I was also there on Media Day. Are you the guy with the black Thrillride.com shirt? I was impressed with SV. SV was easily the best ride in the park UNLESS you are lucky enough to get a lightly braked or totally brakeless ride on Wild Thing. I haven't made it during normal park hours yet but word has it that High Roller was running with minimal braking. I hope to God it stays that way. Was Excalibur and Mad Mouse running good? Last year I found those two rides to be the best performer closest to their full potential than the other coasters with the exception of Corkscrew which is so tame that even VF don't seem to feel the need to tame it down so that is alway running 100%.
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Monday, May 12, 2003 10:56 PM
Pink Floyd Fanatic. On Media Day I was sitting in my car out in the parking lot watching Steel Venom for a while. Are you asking me if I was wearing the Thrillride.com shirt? Which I wasnt. On opening day I did notice the mid course brakes were off on High Roller. I'll be there this Saturday around 10am by SV. I usualy wear my yellow cbshirt when I go to VF. So watch for me. If SV is open this weekend I'll be rideing it most of the morning. Are you a season pass holder?

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*** This post was edited by The Beast 5/13/2003 2:58:25 AM ***

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Wednesday, May 14, 2003 6:29 PM
Funny. If this ride was at a Six Flags park, there would be no end to the bashing. But now that it's at a Cedar Fair park, everything's cool, it's the manufacturer's fault, it's something else, so long as the park isn't to blame, eh?

"Crap happens." That's the way I would put it.

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Thursday, May 15, 2003 12:37 PM
I was there on opening day - Excalibur and Mad Mouse were fine (excalibur's trims on as usual). Come to think of it - I noticed that we went faster over the bunny hops on High Roller - and there wasn't any midcourse braking. I really wish Morgan would make ValleyFair turn off the midcourses on Wild Thing, and I bet everyone can agree with me! Also, the people who were there - did you say "hi" to Cedar Fair president Dick Kinzel - cause he was there for a while after opening. I said hi, and he seems like a really cool guy, and he said Top Thrill will be awesome.

-->>For anyone who might not know this - you can use your ValleyFair season pass to go to any other Cedar Fair owned park in the US - like Cedar Point, Dorney Park, Knotts Berry Farm...etc. If you ever have a chance - you should definitely go to Cedar Point!

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Friday, May 16, 2003 11:38 AM
I was talking with some management. They have the part they needed to fix the ride. They have been working round the clock to try and get it open. It's a possibilitie it maybe open this Saturday & Sunday. Crossing fingers.

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*** This post was edited by The Beast 5/16/2003 3:39:47 PM ***

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Friday, May 16, 2003 2:24 PM
The train on Steel Venom was moving back and forth in the station today when I was working. They are starting to test it again. From what I hear, it should be up by tomorrow (Saturday).

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