Sunday, May 11, 2003 9:00 AM
do they normally close roller coaster for high winds

im reallly debating if i should go to SFGA because around here we are expiriencing 25-40 mph winds


Sunday, May 11, 2003 9:24 AM
One word: DON'T! I'm only like 5 miles from Gurnee. My neighbor's tree ripped in half. I think they don't close them in high winds.

My favorite coasters:

1)Shockwave (SFGAm) 2)..... There is no # 2.

I'm going to place a cross with SHOCKWAVE's logo by the enterance to Superman Ultimate Flight.

Sunday, May 11, 2003 10:46 AM
The rules vary depending on the park and the coaster. There are 2 problems with high winds. The first is the uncomfortable feeling that passengers get on some of the slower sections. The second is that high winds cause more aerodynamic drag and can cause a coaster to valley. Structural considerations are not really a problem unless winds reach hurricane force in which case you don't want to be at the park anyway.
Sunday, May 11, 2003 11:30 AM
I bet the tall tall rides will be closed.

I wonder how it would feel to be on Giant Drop with all this wind ? You probably feel the wind worse up higher and you really feel it as you are freefalling

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 12:43 PM
I was at the parks during high winds, it was a planned trip so nothing we could do about changing the date. Allmost all of the coasters were closed, most flats were open, blue streak, and mine ride were the only open coasters that come to mind.
Monday, May 12, 2003 4:47 AM
This is the reason that I decided not to go to Kennywood today (it was our school picnic). They'll probally be even more careful about rides because of the accident where that lady was killed when the roof of the Whip was torn off by a macroburst.

My mind works in strange ways. Yeah with a chain driven lift hill and gravity.

Monday, May 12, 2003 5:01 AM
I was there yesterday. Like above, it was a planned trip and I couldn't change the date. When the park opened, the only coasters that weren't closed due to wind were: Batman, V2, Iron Wolf, and Whizzer. V2 went down after about 45 minutes and never came back up.

Then the rains came... this closed down all the rest of the coasters except Batman (which ran the entire time I was there). I actually saw the train closed for inclement weather. Most of the flats stayed open, even though there was noone to ride them. Some "important" looking guy from the park I talked to said there were less than 500 people at the park, and I counted 50 cars in the lot when I left.


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