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Certainly a chain isnt supposed to break in this amount of time, but its possible. I heard from one person that someone at the park told them it was a "manufacturing defect", which could refer to a problem with how the chain was made causing it to fail.

 

Also I think we're all jumping to the type of chain failure that X2 incurred which was an actual snapping of the chain leaving a train stuck on the lift; but it's possible that maintenance simply noticed an unacceptable problem with the chain during an inspection and decided it needed to be replaced before operations could continue.

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Certainly a chain isnt supposed to break in this amount of time, but its possible. I heard from one person that someone at the park told them it was a "manufacturing defect", which could refer to a problem with how the chain was made causing it to fail.

 

Also I think we're all jumping to the type of chain failure that X2 incurred which was an actual snapping of the chain leaving a train stuck on the lift; but it's possible that maintenance simply noticed an unacceptable problem with the chain during an inspection and decided it needed to be replaced before operations could continue.

 

I agree with this.

 

Hard to believe about the chain but completely understand the possibility of a defective part of the chain, nothing is always perfect and sometimes these things happen. Sometimes right away and sometimes not for.... some time.

 

Defective chain and I too think they may have caught a problem and decided to shut the ride down to avoid a catastrophic failure. I mean, nobody has said they saw anywhere the lift chain slack, hanging, or in pieces and I would think if it actually broke apart you might at least see a little of that, unless they were very quick to get it out of there, which would not surprise me because they have a very good maintenance staff at this park.

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^ I doubt that it is the train wearing prematurely, but I decided to throw the idea out there to see what others think. It seems that Cedar Fair likes to trim roller coaster for some reason (Magnum, Mean Streak at CP, Thunderhawk at Dorney, Wild Thing, High Roller at Valleyfair etc.). I still find it hard to believe the chain broke.

 

Also, has anyone heard rumors about 2015?

 

I wouldn't count Magnum's trims as being Cedar Fair's fault. I'm pretty sure they were added when the up-stop pads were replaced with wheels, making the ride run faster than it should. Thus resulting in the need for trim brakes, I think.

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^^^^ I forgot that Magnum originally ran with pads. Do the pads make much of a difference because I believe Magnum still hits the same speed as when it opened, and there aren't trims on the first hill. maybe the wheels speed it up a lot on the 3rd hill, which looks like the upstop wheels are in use because of strong airtime. Still, CF likes trims.

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^^ wasn't there something going on by the front entrance and the picnic pavilions? I dunno I thought I heard about that and there was talk of a large flat ride going in that area. it was something like that.

 

I thought that had to do with haunt.

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^^ wasn't there something going on by the front entrance and the picnic pavilions? I dunno I thought I heard about that and there was talk of a large flat ride going in that area. it was something like that.

 

I thought that had to do with haunt.

 

They are doing renovations to CGA's Pavilion and adding a seperate entrance for it.

 

Other than that, there is absolutely no rumors about next year's addition other than people blantantly making stuff up. I wouldn't expect much anyways.

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^^ wasn't there something going on by the front entrance and the picnic pavilions? I dunno I thought I heard about that and there was talk of a large flat ride going in that area. it was something like that.

 

I thought that had to do with haunt.

 

They are doing renovations to CGA's Pavilion and adding a seperate entrance for it.

 

Other than that, there is absolutely no rumors about next year's addition other than people blantantly making stuff up. I wouldn't expect much anyways.

 

That's right, now I remember.

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I think we can all agree that there waiting on an order to ship for Gold Striker because there are no mechanics,employes or anyone even at the ride. If there was a problem with the chain or something there would of been people fixing it already instead of them waiting without fixing anything.

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Hey guys, CGA rides employee here. First off, I don't wan't to get in trouble, so I don't want to get too specific on anything I've heard about what's wrong with Gold Striker. Besides, I don't work at Gold Striker, so all I know are rumors from Gold Striker operators that may or may not know what they're talking about.

 

From my experience at other rides, I would guess it's very possible that the frequent downtimes prior to this could be completely unrelated and could continue after the ride is re-opened. I know that at Eagle's Flight/Delta Flyer, the ride has fairly frequent down times for an issue that is easily-fixed, but results from a situation that pops up ALL. THE. TIME.

 

I also noticed all the employes who operate gold striker still report to the ride even though it's closed.

 

Yeah, they all still show up for their scheduled shifts. A couple people stick around to operate Star Tower and some (if not all) of the rest are sent to other rides to help out.

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Hey guys, CGA rides employee here. First off, I don't wan't to get in trouble, so I don't want to get too specific on anything I've heard about what's wrong with Gold Striker. Besides, I don't work at Gold Striker, so all I know are rumors from Gold Striker operators that may or may not know what they're talking about.

 

From my experience at other rides, I would guess it's very possible that the frequent downtimes prior to this could be completely unrelated and could continue after the ride is re-opened. I know that at Eagle's Flight/Delta Flyer, the ride has fairly frequent down times for an issue that is easily-fixed, but results from a situation that pops up ALL. THE. TIME.

 

I also noticed all the employes who operate gold striker still report to the ride even though it's closed.

 

Yeah, they all still show up for their scheduled shifts. A couple people stick around to operate Star Tower and some (if not all) of the rest are sent to other rides to help out.

 

Why does the skyride at CGA have 2 names, anyways?

 

Also, did you know that Grizzly is listed as a family ride on CGA's website? I really don't get why Cedar Fair insists on making 48" height restrictions on family rides... has Grizzly always been that way or is it a Cedar Fair thing?

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^ I have no idea why they have two different names for the skyride. It's always seemed unnecessary to me.

 

As for the Grizzly, I'm fairly sure that the height restrictions are set by the ride manufacturer and not the parks. So I would assume that the Grizzly has been 48" since it opened. The classification as a "Family Ride" is most likely a Cedar Fair thing.

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Why does the skyride at CGA have 2 names, anyways?

 

Pretty simple:

 

Delta Flyer is in the Orleans Place area.

 

Eagle's Flight is (formerly) in the County Fair area.

 

Obviously, Delta Flyer wouldn't make sense in a County Fair-themed area and Eagle's Flight, you know, wouldn't make sense in a New Orleans-themed area.

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Why does the skyride at CGA have 2 names, anyways?

 

Pretty simple:

 

Delta Flyer is in the Orleans Place area.

 

Eagle's Flight is (formerly) in the County Fair area.

 

Obviously, Delta Flyer wouldn't make sense in a County Fair-themed area and Eagle's Flight, you know, wouldn't make sense in a New Orleans-themed area.

 

If this was Six Flags, I think Delta Flyer would get plastered with Delta Airlines ads... with the airport nearby, why not?

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^ Has anyone ever actually bought Takis? The only time I've ever heard of them is at Six Flags, and the only time I've ever tried them were when they were handing out free sample bags at SFOG. I wasn't impressed enough to ever want to buy them.

 

I had never even heard of them until I went on Medusa at Discovery Kingdom. I'm glad Great America doesn't feel like a giant advertisement.

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