What happened to Tidal Wave/Viper?

Wednesday, October 2, 2002 9:48 PM

Does anyone know what happened to Anton's classic Tidal Wave. I would guess that it's not being stored at Old Indiana. Is in in Six Flags "rotation" program? It's hard to see a good ride go to waste!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 10:07 PM
It's still sitting at SFoG. Six Flags sold Old Indiana so nothing else will be shipped there to rot.

As for the ride rotation program, that ended many years ago.

-Nate

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 11:25 PM
Maybe it will end up back at SFGAM in a new themed area. That would be sweet. The ride didn't take up much room and would be sweet to have back again.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 5:32 AM

This is one of those instances where I wonder what Six Flags was thinking. The fact that they took it down at SFOG is not real bad, but if they couldn't relocate it somewhere in the park, they should've sent it to one of their smaller parks that they've been buying and haulting their expansion. Great Escape I think would be very happy with Viper and it would benefit the park greatly. Other parks I can think of are Enchanted Village. Or if they really wanted to spend minimal money (which is a plus for six flags) they could just send it to American Adventure in nearby Atlanta, but of course that would create some competitition for SFOG, nothing terrible but for a family looking for a quick thrill would probably go there. Still it is owned by six flags so it probably wouldn't bother them at all.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 7:27 AM
If they don't relocate "Viper Wave" - name credited to a certain Chitown buzzer...;), then that would be a serious crime. If SF is willing to buy a used Beemer from overseas (which IMO was a GREAT deal before the flats were thrown in) then this Anton deserves the chance to thrill again....it would have gotten better ridership when standing if it hadn't been in the far CORNER of the park....
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Thursday, October 3, 2002 7:41 AM
For the life of me, I cannot understand why it hasnt found it's way to SFKK. Cheap, small, and would be well received. Why spend the millions (....and millions...) of dollars on an Impulse coaster when, IMO if it's anything like Greezed Lightnin' @ SFAW, this coaster is just as thrilling? But remember, I'm an engineer not a CEO...
lata,
jeremy
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Thursday, October 3, 2002 8:08 AM
probbly had more to do with mait & parts then ridership, six flags may seem dumb, but remember they have some college grads running the company
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Thursday, October 3, 2002 8:12 AM

djhush, there's PLENTY of college grads here too...;)...my diploma flew in my window driving thru Gainesville.....there's a lesson here somoewhere, and it has something to do with the fact that a degree means SQUAT (except it may help your paychecks) - but it DON'T make you smarter....lol.

Besides, jeremy's not an engineer for SF....and my *guess* is that his company's stock hasn't fallen 80%...;)

I was suggesting SFKK at Viper's goodbye party, and REALLY thought I had figured out the destination park for the awesome shuttle-looper...but *now* I'm thinking SFNO (Jazzland)....WAY better than SBNO, or even it's current dismantled state...

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 10/3/2002. ***

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 11:17 AM
Lots of people forget this ride was really falling apart towards its final year at SFOG. It's 20 years old... which isn't *that* old, but when you couple that age with all the moving parts it had (way more than your typical coaster) it equated to lots of downtime and maintanence problems. Personally I would not want this coaster at my park for those reasons. Sure it's fun, but from a park's standpoint--is it worth the trouble?

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 12:06 PM

One thing that should be mentioned is that the ride (Viper/Tidal Wave) is owned by Six Flags Over Georgia LLP, the limited partnership that owns the park - not Six Flags, Inc. So if they do move the coaster somewhere funds will have to be transferred internally to recover at least some of the depreciated value on the LLP's balance sheet. There won't be a "free ride" to get it to another park.

The only place it could be moved without that problem would be American Adventures and it doesn't really fit their target market anymore (toddlers - 4th grade).

That said, I'm sure a "deal" could be worked out.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 12:20 PM
While the mechanical problems can be...well...a problem I am still one who thinks tha a coaster that is down some of the time is better than no coaster at all (as long as it's not as bad as Deja Vu was!) But still, these coasters are becoming extinct and it is very heart-wrenching would it be outrageously expensive to have Consign AG install a new drive motor or did Schwarzkopf actually produce it themselves? Shouldn't any of the other parts (other than train and track) be fairly easy to get?

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 1:10 PM
I find it interesting that her sister at PGA (which is a year older) is running flawlessly! SF's is still a far better choice than reviving an Arrow shuttle.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 1:15 PM

"But still, these coasters are becoming distinct"

Aren't all coasters distinct? :) Oh, extinct! Now I got it.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 1:22 PM
A big part of the reason it was removed at SFOG was because it had so much downtime... apparently the park didn't think it was worth a major [expensive] overhaul, so it was removed. Hsa they wanted to keep Viper, SUF could have been constructed elsewhere. It was (and still is) worn out.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 3:14 PM
I would love for it to be moved to enchanted village. Takes up little space and offers a thrilling ride. I love Monte, and Tidal Wave.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 5:26 PM
The reason that Greezed Lightnin' runs so well at SFAW is because a new flywheel was installed in 2000. Also, it could be because GL is a flywheel launched. Was Viper/Tidal Wave flywheel launched or weight-drop?
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Thursday, October 3, 2002 6:06 PM
i'm almost positive it was weight drop.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 6:19 PM
"ViperWave" was a weight drop. The launch wagon or whatever you call it (Rideman?), would brace itself to the back of the train and when the weights were dropped in the tower from the front spike, the wagon would push the train forward. Just before the train would enter the loop, the wagon would drop underneath the track and head back to the station from underneath the structure.

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 7:38 PM
Bring it back to SFGAM! Theres room for it here!
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Thursday, October 3, 2002 7:58 PM
Yeah, ViperWave can be turned into the Clark Kent ride, and the Flyer can be Superman. ;)

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