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  1. On 2/21/2021 at 5:05 PM, Sluggo77 said:

    Sorry about that. Yes I get the essential stuff. I guess my point was it had been and then the parks themselves weren’t open and had no real timeline when they could open at least from what I had seen.  So they had no reason to work on it.  Now that they can open there isn’t a ton of time to do much at this point. My bad for not reading your thought correctly. 

    Not entirely true. The mandatory state shutdown wasn't until March and while they didn't get a timeline on reopening there was a spool up of readying rides and staffing in anticipation of a potential August opening opportunity. Ultimately that didn't happen beyond the campground operation, but it's not like they've been sitting idle the past year until the State guidance came out.

    Predator needing track repair I wouldn't call an indicator that it doesn't open; it usually has about a hundred feet that gets extensive rebuilding every year or so. Definitely a fantasy to think they'd do track conversion when the ride that's bought and was ready for assembly was deferred, though. (Batman was an entirely different circumstance before folks get started on that again)

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  2. I can't imagine them selling trains to make money, but at the same time.....if they have all the second trains still and attendance is up, then why not use them?

     

    Presumably they don't consider the cost of refurbishment (which is considerable) of two trains instead of one doesn't offset the loss of guest satisfaction. Even if they run a second train only on busy days or weekends it still needs to be near completely disassembled, checked for cracks by third-party inspection, and the majority of hardware replaced annually. Between 4 coasters this could be two hundred thousand or more?

    Just the bit of Predator track replaced was something like close a hundred thousand I'd heard.

  3. It would be interesting to know how much it would cost to move it in its current state. The thing has looked as if it were a temporary install since 2008 when it opened

     

    The original plan I believe was for it to be temporary for 3-5 years and then PARC wanted to move it to a different park while putting something else there. At about that age some of the major cost items like the launch cable would be due and it could then be defrayed tax-wise as the capital improvement at its new park.

  4. I think what people are most frustrated with is that DL never seem to add anything major anymore. In the late 90’s/new millennium, DL unveiled the Mind Eraser, the Ride of Steel and the Boomerang. They really haven’t added anything of substance since.

     

    And it worked out real well for Six Flags going bankrupt the first time around. I thought Boom and Mind Eraser were supposed to be derided as standard 90's SF cookie cutter coasters, anyways.

     

    And 'nothing of substance': two new roller coasters, a new water park area, and a number of flat rides.

     

    Edit: three coasters. Forgot Rolling Thunder.

  5. My understanding is a large chunk of funding for those installs came from CNL as the property owner. After Herschend they were seriously working to sell the park so might not have been as interested in investing a lot in improvements if the value wouldn't be reflected in the sale bids. The campground was getting focus as a part of the business with the cabin installs going on. During the Premier period there was also considerable amount going to infrastructure (power and the water treatment). Not as sexy as a new ride, but the park hasn't had the total/partial power loss issues 2-3 times a year. Another average size coaster would have been three years out, but they decided they needed a coaster sooner than later so Tantrum fit the bill.

  6. There was a fancier version?

     

    There were two built for Darien Lake. One was more custom that headlined on the show. The other was similar in design, but built more around one of their standard semi-custom choppers as something that could be driven. The second was the one that was to be raffled off. Except the winner turned out to be Canadian and the motorcycle wasn't legal by their regs. So the raffle bike sported a For Sale sign for about two years.

  7. On an unrelated note, I stumbled upon the source of parts for Corn Popper. Apparently PARC bought Geauga Lake's Thriller Bees when Cedar Fair closed it. Found that interesting. If I recall correctly they used some cars of it for Fright Fest too.

     

    They used old Crazy Quilt cars on and off, don't recall any Corn Popper. Or if they did it could have been off the live ride; Corn Popper used to be shut down mid-September when they fenced off that part of the park. But I'm pretty sure they don't have a spare Corn Popper for parts.

  8. I don't know if they will go with another splash pad in similar style to Hooks. Apparently it takes a lot of chemicals to maintain that much surface area of water compared to the other water park attractions. In general a water attraction seems like it would be an odd choice especially since with Six Flags they are looking to push back into October when the water park closes in, what, early September?

  9. Attendance has been doing better this month, but the place was really empty the first two. If anything I'd heard they were down or to about equal. A lighter concert schedule probably has a lot to do with it. PAC didn't have a lot going on until this later part of July. Expanding from ME into the parking lot would be a bit of a mess. 15k crowds usually fill the lots as it is. Unless they rip out Grizzly Run and use that space.

  10. Boomerang also is pretty rough even for a boomerang, compared to the one at Great Escape this one is worse, new wheels or not.

     

    The wheels aren't appreciably 'new' in like a design sense. Coaster wheels get changed fairly regular and re-coated. Usually about a set throughout the season and any marginal leftovers are likely to be changed during the rehab as they all get removed then. There has been a changeover the past few years from welded axle assemblies (like Mind Eraser) to machined ones on Boomerang, though. Don't know if the old ones had urethane pucks in them like Viper and ME for cushioning.

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