Xcelerator Closed

Thursday, March 6, 2003 6:28 AM
I read in another post about new parts arriving for Xcelerator. I was planning on taking my first ride on the coaster today so I called Knotts customer service this morning to see if the ride would be open during modifications. The woman with customer service told me the ride was closed for "annual rehab" and she didn't know when it would reopen. Bummer. Anyone have any ideas how long it may be down?
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 6:30 AM
Man if it isnt open April1st Im gonna be upset. I've been drooling over my SoCal trip for 4 months now!!

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 6:32 AM
That would be a bad April fools joke if they said it was open and you got to the park and it was closed.
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 6:39 AM
Xcelerator is due to re-open on March 22nd.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:08 AM
That's good. I will be going there around April 20th.
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 7:33 AM
Goliath (SFH) just got its annual rehab. You can see clearly that it has gotten support-reinforcements (in Dutch: schetsplaten) in this photo. My guess is that Xcellerator will get to see a lot of those as well.. it will only take a few weeks to install these type of reinforcements.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 8:27 AM
Xcel isnt in "rehab", its more like a "fix the swaying" downtime. http://www.americacoasters.com/KBFConstruction/feb20/pg2.php

As you can see, part are in the backlot. They will be used as crossbeams between the 2 towers, to recude the sway. People and cry and dispute it all they want, but thats whats really happening, lol.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:00 AM
I'm glad they are doing this to the coaster. I mean, I know it's supposed to sway, but honestly it was swaying A LOT during Solace. So much so that a lot of us were just staring at the tower while it and the supports were just-a-rockin' back and forth. Rather disheartening at times... ;)

Justin
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:09 AM
This does not bode well for a few Buzzers who are headed to Cali tomorrow night.

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Da Poodle

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:27 AM
No, it doesn't...Kristin & pals are gonna be bummed fer sure.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:30 AM
They are Moosh :(

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Da Poodle

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:33 AM
God forbid X is closed this weekend. I think Peabody would hear Kristin's scream all the way in Baltimore ;)

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:37 AM
Well they have a whole week so they will still have a great time.

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Da Poodle

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:43 AM
The "downtime" has been planned for a while now people. There is almost no communication between maintnance and PR for obvious reasons.

You're not going to advertise when various rides are going to be down, BUT you have to expect them to be down at some point during the "off season" of a full time park.

When You're home park is seasonal, you don't have to deal with this.


God forbid X is closed this weekend

Don't ever count on anything being open during the off-season, and when a ride has as many problems as this one has.. Double down people.. even if the dealer glares at you.

Did everyone file thier building permits as required??? ;)

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*** This post was edited by Red Garter Rob 3/6/2003 4:46:28 PM ***

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:20 PM
RG Rob sez:

"You're not going to advertise when various rides are going to be down, BUT you have to expect them to be down at some point during the "off season" of a full time park."

But the Disney website [and 800 phone number, I believe] does advertise what rides and attractions are closed. If they can do it, why can't other parks?

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:38 PM

Mamoosh said:

But the Disney website [and 800 phone number, I believe] does advertise what rides and attractions are closed. If they can do it, why can't other parks?

Knotts does have a list of rides that are down on their customer service hotline. The number is 714-220-5200.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:38 PM
Moosh has a point, especially since this was CLEARLY pre-planned downtime, as the pieces have been sitting in the park for weeks. I'm sure the timing was planned around solace, too, so it wouldn't be down for that (I think we would've heard the whining all the way here in the midwest if they'd planned scheduled downtime on Xcelerator for this year's solace)
It's not like it was a last minute decision.
Seems to me we have a clear pattern of poor communication & planning from Knott's, between this and the 'Rain Days'

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 1:10 PM
There is no doubt in my mind this was planned around Solace, especially after the frustrations at ACE Con last year. Even though its frustrating for the ride to be down there is a lot of fun things to do at the park and I'm sure Kristin & friends will have a fun time.

We've all experienced travelling to a park only to find a ride we were looking forward to closed. You just gotta roll with the punches and make the best of your day.

Moosh
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Thursday, March 6, 2003 1:14 PM
All the way to Knott's and no Xcelerator! :(

They'll live. :) I visited Knott's last February before Xcel was open, and loved it. If Ghostrider is running anywhere near as well as it was last weekend, the trip will be well worth it.

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Thursday, March 6, 2003 1:20 PM
I think that's the best point of all Moosh. I've been to SFA's twice now and both times, Joker's Jinx has been closed. Sure I was disappointed, but it's not like JJ was sitting alone in the field by itself. Being that the park was new to me at the time, there were several other rides that I ended up finding interesting. As RRG said earlier, it's the price you pay when you visit a year round park, they have to rehab their rides sometime, and each time they do, someone's going to have the misfotune of catching the park during that time. Also as stated above, Knott's does the best they can to inform potiential guests of what will and won't be open. And even if they didn't, you can usually find out from one of us west coast buzzers. :)

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