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?
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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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 ------------------ Never look a gift horse in the mouth, because horses have very bad breath
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'
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 ------------------ "Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
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. :)
------------------ "Oh tell me why, do we build castles in the sky, oh tell me why, all the castles way up high".