Whizzer to be saved, Shockwave takes the fall

Posted Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:26 PM | Contributed by Draegs

Six Flags Great America has decided not to removed the 26-year-old Whizzer. Apparently, public outcry was too strong and plans have been haulted. The park has decided to remove the park's Arrow looper, Shockwave, instead.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:29 PM
This explains why when I went on the 7th Shockwave was closed and the chain on the lift hill was removed.

I am proud to say my homepark has 3 B&M's, soon to be 4, hopefully.;)

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:30 PM

i guess you get the good with the bad....

#1-MF #2-S:RoS #3-WT

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:32 PM

Let's just hope that whatever takes its place doesn't become another parking lot coaster. ATTN SFGAm - spend some money on landscaping!!!

This is VERY good news indeed ;-)

So...SFAW...looks like you got yer new coaster for 2003....bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Matthew "mamoosh" Sullivan
[aka DaDoosh, thanks to pikfanatic]

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:34 PM
Wow. This is really really hard to believe. I actually liked Shockwave a lot.
Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:34 PM
I will post here the same thing I posted to the RCT list:

I hate ANYTHING that gives Nate his way =]! In any
case, while I much prefered riding Shockwave over
Whizzer, I *do* think this is a better choice of ride
removal if the only consideration is a "lack of
space". If the rumors are true and the replacement
ride is a "big thrill coaster" (not to be confused
with Knoebel's 'Hi-Speed Thrill Coaster), then it
makes sence to remove a "big thrill coaster" and not a
family-type ride. I personally did NOT care if
Whizzer goes the way of the dodo. BUT ONLY if there
is going to be a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad-type
ride brought in instead.
However, I cannot in good conscience let my comments
end there. My "Too-Cynical-for-Twenty-Six" year old
ego will not let me ignore that rodent-ital fragrance.
On the one hand, it is completley reasonable that a
Company can do a "double-take" to avoid alienating its
customers. I mean, Coke *quickly* reverted back to
the original formula after attempting (pitifully) to
mimic Pepsi's sweeter taste. BUT, in this case, if
the "bigwigs" @ SFGAm were really bent on taking
Whizzer down, they would have done so expeditiously,
without any fanfare or apologies. Now, I'm not saying
that there were *no* plans to take Whizzer down. I'm
not that naive either. But I *do* think that like the
Notre Dame football team under Lou Holtz, SFGAm was
"running the option". I think that they were going to
take down "one" of these two coasters, but weren't
*quite* sure which to take. I still bet that they
*wanted* Whizzer to go, but *someone* had the
foresight to know that its removal had the "potential"
to cause trouble. Therefore, they leak the news of
the closure and wait to gauge the elicited response.
Now that they know that it might cause some ruckus for
them next year, they suddenly recant, as if swayed by
the court of public opinion.

This, of course has tremendous upside for them. 1)
They got a WHOLE bunch of free press for not only the
park this year, but their "upcoming attraction" for
next year. 2) In response to announcement, I'm sure
that a not-so-insignificant amount of people took a
quick jaunt to the park for "one last ride", boosting
short term attendance. 3) POSITIVE Free press by
stating that are doing this in response to "a public
outpouring of support for the ride" WOW, this park
really cares about its guests (YEAH....RIGHT....).

Even though this is the park I have affections for
above all others (though Hershey is quickly gaining)
even I'm a little "reserved" in my celebration of this

But in any case, they should not have even
*considered* removing Whizzer for a flyer.....
"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:36 PM
Great move for those of us who thought the Shockwave was a poor coaster anyway. I'll take the Whizzer over the Shockwave any day. But, sad as it is, the Shockwave would greatly improve SFAW's lineup.

Now, about all those "it's too late to do anything" posts we've been seeing recently...

After reading Hostyl's post I must agree (I think) that this decision has probably been in the works for a while. But I still think that all the Whizzer hype right up to the announcement helped a bunch.

PLEASE READ: This post wasn't meant to offend or anger anyone; I apologize in advance if it does. So please don't post a reply just to rant about it.
*** This post was edited by StandUpFan on 8/8/2002. ***

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:38 PM

The amusing part, to me, is that this was the first time I'd ever seen (on this site and others) a consensus that said any sort of "Save the Whizzer!" campaign would be unsuccessful. :)

~~~ Maddy ~~~

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:38 PM

I'm impartial. I think Whizzer should definitely be saved, however, I ride Shockwave more often, and find more enjoyment in it. I also think that the land that Whizzer is located on would be a better location for the new (rumored) flying coaster.

I also find this "announcement" to be suspicious, without any "official" press release from Six Flags to back it up. Only time will tell.

I guess even though I prefer Shockwave to Whizzer, and I'd prefer the new coaster go into Whizzer's location, that replacing Shockwave really will be the best solution, as it is probably the only way that the Whizzer will be able to stay at SFGAm.

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:38 PM

I repeat what I wrote in the buzz section:

I pledge allegiance to the flags of Six Flags Inc. And to the thrill, for which they stand, one corporation, under God, indivisible, with laughter and excitement for all.

Did you know that 1 in every 5 American teenagers believes that the US declared its independence from FRANCE???

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:40 PM

Jeremy - now that I've had time to think it over I agree that you might indeed be right. Sorta along the lines of Kennywood saying they saved the first half of Phantom after a "public outcry."

I'm still happy Whizzer is staying, tho!

Matthew "mamoosh" Sullivan
[aka DaDoosh, thanks to pikfanatic]

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:47 PM
Good! I'm so happy to see Whizzer stay! Even though I've heard bad things about Shockwave, it is still sad to see a coaster go.............hopefully it will got to another park.

Good Times!! Good Times!!
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:48 PM

Great news for Whizzer, but I will miss Shockwave. The unfortunate thing is Whizzer has such a great location in the park while Shockwave is... well not even in the park. So we'll probably have another coaster we can park under. But better Shockwave than Whizzer.

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:49 PM
The great thing about this Six Flags park is that they listen to the people. First the wall comes down because of massive complaints and now the Whizzer stays.

I guess enough public outcry makes a difference.

The recording for the park has removed the message stating that the Whizzer is closing. Life is good.

Heck, if enough people tell the park they want the backwards side of Eagle to stay permanently, they might do that as well.

Ric Flair was hitting on the female host, he told her - "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line." WOOOOO!

*** This post was edited by Chitown on 8/8/2002. ***

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:49 PM
Wow. I wonder what rides will be like when people are saying "Good riddance" to S:RoS or MF. I, for one, really liked (and kinda still do) all three arrow mega loopers.


Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:51 PM
but the question still remains, what is the new attraction? B&M Flyer?
Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:53 PM
This is by far the worst news I have ever heard, I can't believe it. I was one of the few people who actully loved Shockwave and always rode it. I still don't understand how the park can change there plans so quick. I heard a couple days ago about a incident on Shockwave and it has been closed ever since. Anybody else know what the real reason is for the change. I just have the feeling it wasn't SFGAm's choice since Shockwave has been down for about a week now.

Deja Vu Count = 23

Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:54 PM


See everyone, Six Flags does care about and listen to their guests.


Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:54 PM

I honestly think that a huge floorless would make a better addition at this point. It makes sense with the large amount of space shockwave took up. Replace a 7 inversion coaster with another 7 looper....

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 2:59 PM

Now, to my knowledge, ShockWave does sit on a larger plot of land than Whizzer (thought Whizzer does take up quite an amount of space).

I'm glad that painful ride is on its way out. Let's see if Great Adventure follows suit by removing their near copy of ShockWave.

That would then just leave Viper, which is smoother than the previous two.


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