Zonga tested and prepared for public opening this week at Six Flags Marine World

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2003 4:49 AM | Contributed by Brian Grapes

An exclusive tour of the Zonga construction site was given to selected enthusiasts the morning of Saturday, April 19. Attendees were treated to a 30-minute tour, as well as a 30-minute ERT session. A new update has been posted to SFMW Online that features 35 photos from the event. Included are two shots of the very first test run, which happened to take place during the ACE visit.

Zonga is set for its media preview on Thursday, April 24 and public opening on April 25 at 2:00pm. The ride will then close to the general public again at 8:00pm Friday night while ERT is offered to winners from local radio stations. The ERT will last until 10:00pm. There is also a small media event scheduled for the morning of April 25 for local high school journalists.

Link: SFMW Online

Tuesday, April 22, 2003 8:17 AM
Those OSTRs look pretty nicley padded

It isn't so bad. . .
Once you're used to it

Tuesday, April 22, 2003 11:12 AM
Nice to see THRILLER back up and operating. I must say however that the alterations of the first drop and the two loops (and i think the rise to the first brake) seem much stronger than I thought.

The former killer drop resembles the drop on the OLYMPIA LOOPING now. Its not so steep and deep anymore. I used to ride this coaster more than any other while it was touring in germany and it was by far my favourite. I even rode it with lapbars only in its first season. It was a hell of a ride, and even after the modifications (before it went to the US) it was still the most extreme but enjoyable ride.

The first drop came close to the shock of the EGF drop and I hope that it is not too "smooth" now.

i was a teenage rollercoaster designer

Tuesday, April 22, 2003 1:30 PM
When the ride operated at SFAW, it was still a fantastic ride. The first drop was worth the wait alone, and the final inversion was my favorite ever because it was taken at such a high speed. I still remember doing the marathon thing because the ride had no line whatsoever. But the ride had the same problem as SFMM's Revolution, it was too painful because of the restraints. I don't have high hopes that the ride will be as intense, and I'm sure there will still be some headbanging, but I'd still rather ride even *this* version, than all the other coasters at SFMW combined, it's that fun.

People complain about clones, yet can't even come up with original conversation, which is ten times worse.


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