XCALIBUR at Six Flags St. Louis in 2003

Wednesday, January 29, 2003 7:54 AM

Yes, I know there is a big topic on SFSL, but since this is official now I made a new topic.

Official press release here(same thing):

http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/030129/050598.html

http://www1.internetwire.com/iwire/release_html_b1?release_id=50598

I am not 100% for sure that this is the Evolution from New Jersey but it sure looks at sounds just like it.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:35 AM
So what exactly is that? We've had so few flats at SFStL that's I'm not up on them.

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Jeff-Jeff

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:50 AM

It is built by the Fabbri Group. There is some information on their website here.

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The Other Siebert

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:51 AM
As much as I wanted to see that Intamin hyper go in, this is probably a good move for SFStL.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:55 AM

At least they are going to theme it to the section. I agree, SFSTL needed some more flats. Better to get something used than nothing at all.

I shouldn't assume it is used. Anyone know?

*** This post was edited by Matt on 1/29/2003. ***

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:56 AM
Thanks, Drew. But is it a new Evolution or the used one from SFGAdv?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:57 AM

Ok, if you look at their site it shows a banner at the top for their "mega drop" free fall tower called Drop Zone. Can't paramount sue them for using their name on a similar ride? Or is it just the logo that is trademark.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:58 AM

This appears to be the Nauta Bussink model. The one that never runs at Great Adventure is one. It has 16 gondolas. The Fabbri model has 10.

This is without a doubt one ofthe most spectacular looking flat ride currently available (rivaling the intamin double and triple wheels). If it runs, its a great addition to any park.

Its a shame the Ohio parks are in such a coaster battle they neglect putting in great rides like this (until Kings Island puts in their frisbee at least).

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:07 AM
D'oh! I knew there was another company who made a similar ride - I just couldn't put my finger on it! If this is the one from Great Adventure, it is a Nauta Bussink version. Information from the real manufacture can be found here (just click on rides, than Evoulution). Sorry about that :).

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The Other Siebert

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:08 AM
All right! Finally a new flat ride! lol It looks like a really fun ride, but it also looks similar to the highland fling...well, a more intense version on highland fling. lol

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:14 AM
No this gives a completely different ride than an enterprise from what i have seen. You face outward of the spinning wheel, not forward. So when it starts to spin, the gondolas swing out like enterprise, but you are looking at the sky. When the arm rotates to the top and it continues to spin, you are looking down at the ground from quite some distance. It seems like the spinning takes a pause at the top like the condors do. Maybe someone who got the rare chance to ride this ride in New Jersey can say more.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:17 AM
If you want to see one in action, go to http://www.twistedrails.com/lafair/lafair.shtml and download the video at the top of the page. It is a Fabbri version, but there basically the same thing.

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The Other Siebert

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:21 AM

Hrm.

Why would Evolution work better in Missouri than it does in New Jersey?

I wouldn't be too excited over getting a flat ride that's hardly operated for the last two seasons.

~~Maddie

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:25 AM
Thanks for the link, I was just going to ask if anyone had video of the ride motion.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:28 AM

The ride is replacing the Great Escape right at the edge of Britania. I don't know why the ride will work better here than in NJ, but it better otherwise we are getting screwed.

Exactly 20 years ago Six Flags St. Louis sent the Sky Chuter(parachute drop ride) to Six Flags Great Adventure, so they are finally giving us something back. lol.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 11:43 AM
I think this will be a warm welcomed ride to SFStL if it is running consistently. Does anyone know if it will be up and running by opening day?
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 12:52 PM
So it is confirmed to go in the spot previously home to the Great Escape Arcade? That's odd...I mean, it seems like out of all the arcades, the Great Escape would be the one to keep. (Other than the ones that were renovated last year) Oh well. Also, it doesn't seem like that space would be big enough for this large of a ride...do you think they may take out some paths on the other side of the Great Escape to make room? Just wondering...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 2:36 PM

Number of times "X" used in first article: 14

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 7:04 PM
My *guesstimation* is that it will operate better in Missouri for one simple reason....they need it to. In NJ there were SO many other flats that a *tempermental* one could be left alone and not be a big deal. If it goes somewhere where they need flats, then they'll make sure it works. As with the other rides that are "testy" AND moving, what better time to do a maintenance *overhaul*.....Guess I already sorta said it, but *to the best of my knowledge* this IS the N-B model from Joisey....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 7:35 PM
Well, just hope that they put this thing somewhere with big, hefty trees nearby.

I vividly recall watching some staff at Great Adventure wrap a winch around a nearby oak and pull the Giant Evolution down from its stuck, inverted position. It was testing at the time.

I haven't seen it run since, but I'm sure it has - once or twice ;)

But, hey. . . I'd rather lose Evolution than Jump. It's about as mechanically sound, but a heck of a lot more fun.

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