White Lightening

Thursday, January 22, 2004 6:30 PM
Anybody know why Paramount Carowinds removed White Lightening?
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Thursday, January 22, 2004 7:08 PM
It was removed in 1988, and is now at Gold Reef City.

http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail667.htm

As for why, who knows. *** Edited 1/23/2004 12:15:45 AM UTC by rOLLocOASt***

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 8:08 PM

Jennie Ann said:
Anybody know why Paramount Carowinds removed White Lightening?

White Lightnin' was an expensive ride to maintain, as it was draining the park's wallet. They found another use for the space it was located on in the Rip Tide Reef waterpark, so it was removed and like rOLLocOASt said, was sold to Gold Reef City.

I miss it alott. It was my first looping roller coaster.

*** Edited 1/23/2004 1:17:23 AM UTC by Dukeis#1***

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 8:31 PM
That was also PGA's excuse for removing Tidal Wave, too expensive to maintain.

Curious though how both Carowinds and PKD's 1st generation Swartz Shuttle Loops were both relocated to third world countries, that apparently are able to afford to maintain these great rides, and a mega-media corporate giant cant.

I miss my Tidal Wave too :o(

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 8:40 PM
The reason being is because Paramount didn't own Carowinds or PKD when the rides were remove.
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Thursday, January 22, 2004 8:52 PM
But seriously, I don't think they'd last that long under Paramount either. ;)
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Thursday, January 22, 2004 9:00 PM
Right. I was just pointing out how PGA used that reason to remove their Shuttle Loop. And using these parks in third world countries as examples, that they aren't operated by corporate giants, but still manage to maintain these classic rides.

Seems to me if it was really that expensive, these small parks would go bankrupt from the impression one gets about how expensive these rides are to maintain.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 12:25 AM
At Coasterpalooza they mentioned that Greased Lightnin' was a NIGHTMARE. I guess it could only run 10 hours and then it required 4 hours of work to keep it chugging along. That sounds pretty unreliable. So maybe it's not expensive, just requires a lot of time to keep going.
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