From reports, ride signs have also been removed at the park. So this is pretty much a confirmation it's history considering it was barely open last year and never did open at all this year (just for reference, SFMM's SBNO Flashback is still listed on SFMM's site). But for those that didn't ever get to ride, probably never will, just can't see any other park wanting to deal with this maintenance nightmare. Another classic Swartzkopf that will most likely end up in the scrap heap :o(
Sorry Parker. Forgive me, but I won't be missing this monster. It was never open, it was an eyesore at the entrance of the park, and the station sucked on ice. Not to mention torturous death machines they call trains. I'd be more happy with the grass they replace this ride with. (Man, I'm just a ray of sunshine today :))
This ride can be taken down, relocated and set up within about 1.5 weeks (at least that's what they used to do with it regularly). They spend so much money on re-designed trains and changes in the track.. it's really strange that the thing just disappears now - even though I never thought it was very successful (there are enough threads about that one though).
But - who knows where it will suddenly "pop up" next. Maybe they will find a storage space somewhere in the endless praries of the midwest for it, and then, at some point, someone digs it out in the future, and re-opens it as the historic cult classic coaster of the 1980ies. As long as we don't see the rails & supports physically destroyed through our own eyes, the "villain" is bound to reappear in the next sequel.
There is something about the history of this coaster that reminds me of the history of the movie "metropolis". I am trying to figure out what it is.
*** Edited 10/18/2005 10:03:48 AM UTC by superman***
Don't know guys, does anyone honestly think this ride will be relocated? Had operational issues in Texas that were even worse at SFMW, expensive to maintain and run when it was running, not marketable ("world's only 4 loop super tilt coaster" is how they tried to market it here), and nobody including the GP cared for it much. Seems pointless and a complete waste of money to relocate to another park where these issues will be the same if not worse. But it'll make a pretty lawn ornament for it's next park I guess.
It's hard to understand what supposedly turned the ride into such a maintenance problem - it supposedly ran without problems for years under the harshest conditions travelling around the German fair circuit. I know in Texas, people said "climate", but in SFMW this shouldn't be (have been) such an issue.
*** Edited 10/20/2005 12:19:21 PM UTC by superman***
well to be honist i think that the ride is being moved that was a good ride the messed it up when they modified it from texas as i recall the moved it because the wheels were melting in texas :/ could be roung
WinningFreak - people are going to continue to make fun of you until you start submitting posts that make sense. Proper spelling and grammar are important. Not having Microsoft Word on your computer is NO EXCUSE...people were able to spell correctly and constuct sentences that make sense long before computers were invented.
Slow down next time you want to submit a post. Re-read it. Capitalize the beginning of each sentence and put some sort of punctuation at the end. And CHECK YOUR SPELLING!
No one expects you to be 100% perfect everytime but you have to do better than you're doing now.