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If you're going when school is in session on a offpeak weekday Sept-Feb the place will be absolutely dead. When this happens they will rotate ride ops between rides so watch out for this and plan your riding accordingly. That being said you won't wait more than one cycle for just about everything so the amount of rides won't ever be a problem.

 

I always liked visiting here in Mid-Feb when you're just itching to ride something for an afternoon when the regular season is still a ways off. No lines and plenty of fun when you bring some friends. Since you won't spend all day there I'd also recommend walking around the mall, eating tons at the food court and visiting the aquarium.

 

How long are the rides close for when they rotate between rides?

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Normally Log Chute and Rock Bottom Plunge, and Fairly OddCoaster stay open all day. The others are in packages of 3 where they run for 20 and sit out for 40.

 

Example:

 

10:00-10:20: Pepsi Orange Streak

10:20-10:40: Crazy Cars

10:40-11:00: TNMT Shell Shock

11:00-11:20: Pepsi Orange Streak

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I wonder what's going on with TMNT Shell Shock, besides the obvious of being torn to pieces. I looked and it is still listed on NU's website, and not being listed as undergoing maintenance. Here's a few pics from Friday, along with a picture of the Shredder, the new ride being erected.

 

EDIT: Funny, 2 minutes after posting these pictures, I get an answer on NU's facebook site. It is undergoing refurbishment, and will be back in action soon.

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Shredder construction

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The sign reads "This ride is closed while we make changes for your enjoyment"

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I saw that today and asked about it. I happened to ask the Nick U. maintenance supervisor. Shell Shock is down because of a pretty major mechanical failure. As they were replacing a very large gear the main bearing was damaged during some welding. Needless to say the supervisor told me they do not normally do this kind of maintenance. If fact they had a mechanic from Gerstlauser on site heading up the repairs. Management wants it back up by Friday afternoon or Saturday at the very latest. It's a pretty major undertaking and work was going on during operating hours which is very unusual.

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if they continue on the route there going shredder should be opening when they originally had planned in oct.. posted pics below. but i can say im not happy with the color. i thought it was suppose to be sliver from the concept art work. also shell shock isn't under maintenance , the last group/lock in they had . college kids broke the ride. as it was lowering the kids were shaking the seats....i used to be an employee their. so i talked with some co workers.and as a employee that operated shell shock we were strictly enforced . do not let the riders shake the seats as its lowering. prime example now...also if look closely into the support beam its hallow ..think if you have seats on one end and riders are putting heavy stress on it. of course its going to break....simply science ...i remember when they opened the ride and i was standing their looking at the beam just SHAKE. im ooooh thats not going to last long...

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the last group/lock in they had . college kids broke the ride. as it was lowering the kids were shaking the seats....i used to be an employee their. so i talked with some co workers.and as a employee that operated shell shock we were strictly enforced . do not let the riders shake the seats as its lowering.

 

No offense but I kind of find it hard to believe that a ride, where part of the experience is shaking your seats, would have a design flaw where the whole ride could need extended maintenance if too many people shake their seat at inappropriate times. People are always going to do things like that during raising and lowering regardless of announcements, look at all the times people pull down their lap-bars before a seat belt check on Full Throttle. I'm sure this would have been considered when the ride was being developed.

 

think if you have seats on one end and riders are putting heavy stress on it. of course its going to break....simply science ...i remember when they opened the ride and i was standing their looking at the beam just SHAKE. im ooooh thats not going to last long...

 

As a employee that operated shell shock we were strictly enforced .

 

Speaking of simply science.... you know rides usually have counterweights on the other end, right? If the seats are all mounted centrally so they can spin in a circle easily, surely the stress isn't overly different spinning vs non-spinning, I'd assume as an operator you are aware of that.

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the last group/lock in they had . college kids broke the ride. as it was lowering the kids were shaking the seats....i used to be an employee their. so i talked with some co workers.and as a employee that operated shell shock we were strictly enforced . do not let the riders shake the seats as its lowering.

 

No offense but I kind of find it hard to believe that a ride, where part of the experience is shaking your seats, would have a design flaw where the whole ride could need extended maintenance if too many people shake their seat at inappropriate times. People are always going to do things like that during raising and lowering regardless of announcements, look at all the times people pull down their lap-bars before a seat belt check on YOLOcoaster. I'm sure this would have been considered when the ride was being developed.

 

think if you have seats on one end and riders are putting heavy stress on it. of course its going to break....simply science ...i remember when they opened the ride and i was standing their looking at the beam just SHAKE. im ooooh thats not going to last long...

 

As a employee that operated shell shock we were strictly enforced .

 

I would take what Cory says with a grain of salt; there's a reason he is no longer employed at NU.

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yep i walked out...i grew old of that childish job. i have a real job now . you guys should be happy were actually getting the revolution. i was the one who told tasha to look into it. i was the one who gave them a list of rides to put into the park. heck she wanted to put a zac spin in and you know how well avatar is operating its constantly down and have you hear the reviews about it... also she wanted to put in a air race .and look what happened to mighty axe, got chopping block .the mechanics begged them to take it out..the ride broke down every day.. and a technical park pegasus..so really sit their and say i don't know my stuff and come at me ..figures bison your from north dakota. stick to what you know farming ... and herding cattle ... cheese heads i swear ....continue being stuck their doing nothing with your life bison. ROFL!!!!

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yep i walked out...i grew old of that childish job. i have a real job now . you guys should be happy were actually getting the revolution. i was the one who told tasha to look into it. i was the one who gave them a list of rides to put into the park. heck she wanted to put a zac spin in and you know how well avatar is operating its constantly down and have you hear the reviews about it... also she wanted to put in a air race .and look what happened to mighty axe, got chopping block .the mechanics begged them to take it out..the ride broke down every day..so really sit their and say i don't know my stuff and come at me ..figures bison your from north dakota. stick to what you know farming ... and herding cattle ... cheese heads i swear ....continue being stuck their doing nothing with your life bison. ROFL!!!!

 

I only work there during the summer, otherwise I'm in college.

 

But anyways, looks like Shredder is going up fast. I have no doubt they'll have the ride ready for its November opening.

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what i have been trying to say . they originally wanted it open for black out.. then they switched it to nov, but with the pics. idk. they are hauling on it...i would say they are well over 70% done...im just mad the color isn't the same as the concept art work. too much green rides in their. sliver would had been sweet..they have green on streak. green on dutchmans. green on foc. and green on shell..

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Thanks for all the pics and insight! I wish NU would stop taking out unique rides like DP and take the time to shore up what's already there and make better use of the Nick IP. It would be great if they shut down and re-did Log Chute and actually had a storyline to it from beginning to end, same with Ghost Blasters on the other end of the park. I think someone said it before but Fly Over America seems more like an MOA attraction than NU. Peeps, American Girl, Hard Rock Cafe, Fly Over...some of the biggest blunders in the past few years for a totally landlocked park that cannot expand, are they not building a massive mall expansion these could have gone in instead of the park?

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Thanks for all the pics and insight! I wish NU would stop taking out unique rides like DP and take the time to shore up what's already there and make better use of the Nick IP. It would be great if they shut down and re-did Log Chute and actually had a storyline to it from beginning to end, same with Ghost Blasters on the other end of the park.

 

1. I really don't blame NU for losing Danny Phantom. Of the parks out there, they're among the few who kept one running this long. It reached the end of its service life and I'm sure the expenses to restore it couldn't be justified. Plus, they've held on to most of their unique rides and installed plenty of uncommon attractions in recent years. Look at the experiment that was Shell Shock. They were also the first to open a Chance Downforce/Unicoaster as well. They are the only ones (as far as I know) to still operate a Zierer Hexantanz/Tumbler, they built the first Gerstlauer Spinner, and also have an Intamin Surf Rider.

 

2. Most locals would hate to see the original theme replaced by a nick IP. Remember the reaction to the hinted Barnyard re-theme? That attraction holds a special place in the hearts of most Minnesotans, and hopefully will remain untouched for the forseeable future.

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Thanks for all the pics and insight! I wish NU would stop taking out unique rides like DP and take the time to shore up what's already there and make better use of the Nick IP.

Don't look now, but considering that it's the only one of its kind left and that it's likely close to the end of its service life itself, I'd be willing to bet that the Tumbler / Atomic Collider is next.

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Thanks for all the pics and insight! I wish NU would stop taking out unique rides like DP and take the time to shore up what's already there and make better use of the Nick IP. It would be great if they shut down and re-did Log Chute and actually had a storyline to it from beginning to end, same with Ghost Blasters on the other end of the park.

 

2. Most locals would hate to see the original theme replaced by a nick IP. Remember the reaction to the hinted Barnyard re-theme? That attraction holds a special place in the hearts of most Minnesotans, and hopefully will remain untouched for the forseeable future.

Agreed, don't touch the Log Chute! Really, I love the Paul Bunyan theming, and I would hate to have anything done to it.

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Thanks for all the pics and insight! I wish NU would stop taking out unique rides like DP and take the time to shore up what's already there and make better use of the Nick IP. It would be great if they shut down and re-did Log Chute and actually had a storyline to it from beginning to end, same with Ghost Blasters on the other end of the park.

 

2. Most locals would hate to see the original theme replaced by a nick IP. Remember the reaction to the hinted Barnyard re-theme? That attraction holds a special place in the hearts of most Minnesotans, and hopefully will remain untouched for the forseeable future.

Agreed, don't touch the Log Chute! Really, I love the Paul Bunyan theming, and I would hate to have anything done to it.

 

Agreed. The Log Chute doesn't need to be re-themed, being as it ties into local folklore.

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